Getting Published

Vanessa O'Loughlin

Saturday 13th October 2018
Time: TBC
Venue: TBC
About This Course​

The content of this workshop is entirely governed by the participants – Vanessa’s knowledge of publishing and self publishing is vast and she tailors each workshop to meet the needs of the attendees to ensure they leave with knowledge of key actions they need to take to improve their chances of publication. At the start of every workshop she finds out who everyone is and what their needs are in order to deliver the most relevant information.


Who is this course suitable for?


Anyone writing fiction or non fiction or poetry, ideally who has their book finished and are ready to submit, but open to anyone at any stage of their writing career.

What do I need to bring?


Pen and paper!

We Like
  • Finding out exactly which publishers to submit to and how

  • Understanding how the publishing industry really works

  • Knowing the key reasons books are rejected and why


Praise for Vanessa

‘Vanessa O’Loughlin is at the pulse of Irish and UK publishing. As a scout, she has a keen eye for commercial potential and vast contacts across the industry; she has an excellent track record in match-making writers with the best agent or editor for their work. As a bestselling author herself, she and her team are able to work editorially with writers to get their proposals pitch perfect. She’s the fairy godmother any talented new author needs!’

Sallyanne Sweeney, Literary Agent,  Mulcahy Associates, London


‘Vanessa had confidence in my writing from the beginning and she introduced me to the perfect agent, Sallyanne Sweeney. She has continued to take an interest in my career, offering support and sound advice every step of the way. She is knowledgeable, professional, but also human, and she has all her writers’ best interests at heart. Over the years, I’ve seen Vanessa help so many people on their path to publication. She’s a true gem in the writing world.’


E.R. Murray, award-winning author of The Book of LearningThe Book of Revenge, and Caramel Hearts.

Vanessa's Tip

The best advice I was ever given was by Sarah Webb many years ago; ‘just keep writing.’ But as Liz Nugent says, her best advice is to ‘finish the book!’

Vanessa's Story

‘Like millions of other people out there, I always wanted to write a book, and had an idea that I would right from childhood, but it wasn’t until my husband set sail across the Atlantic and I found I had eight weeks of dark winter evenings stretching ahead of me, that I started playing with a story idea and began to write it.’


Vanessa left England for love, and moved to Ireland in 1992 after meeting her husband. She worked in shopping centre marketing and corporate event management until her passion for writing and supporting new writers, combined with entrepreneurial flair, led her to establish The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy in 2006. Inkwell initially provided workshop training and went on to develop other vital services for writers at all stages of their careers. Most recently, they have worked with Amazon to programme and present their first public-facing, self-publishing conference which was streamed worldwide.


Vanessa is Ireland’s leading literary scout who has assisted many award-winning and best-selling authors to publication. She also founded and developed the world’s only national, and one of Europe’s busiest, writing resources websites. showcases Irish and international writers as well as providing resources to help writers develop their skills. Featuring information about competitions, submission opportunities, literary events and festivals, it is the go-to place for writing-related information in Ireland.


Vanessa conceived and developed the National Emerging Writer Programme for Dublin City of Literature, and was the lead consultant and presenter for WritersWebTV bringing free, live, online workshops to writers worldwide. She is the Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors. She is a regular on Sunshine 106.8fm’s Saturday Morning Show.

Writing crime as Sam Blake - because Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin is too long for a book cover and impossible to say if you’re not Irish - the first of her Cat Connolly thriller trilogy Little Bones was published in May 2016 and hit the Irish bestseller list, spending eight weeks in the Top Ten with four weeks at Number One. In Deep Water, book two of the trilogy, was released in April 2017.

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