27th September 2014 - 9:30am to 2:30pm
Are you writing a book for publication but unsure of how to find an agent? This intimate half-day event with four literary agents will give you insider knowledge on how to submit your manuscript to an agent, what they’re looking for and how to grab their attention. With a networking lunch and a chance for a one-to-one with the agent of your choice, you’ll receive direct feedback on how best to hook your agent.
Held in the historic literary surroundings of Bloomsbury at Bloomsbury Publishing, home to authors including Margaret Atwood and J.K. Rowling, this is your chance to get noticed.
9.30-10.00 Morning refreshments and a chance to meet fellow members of the group you will be attending the morning sessions with.
10.00-10.40 A how-to session on knowing when your novel is ready, finding the right agent and what to include in a submission package.
10.45-11.25 Advice on how to pitch your novel (a short exercise where you can talk about your own work is included in this section).
11.30-12.30 Agents discuss what appeals to them in a submission, with real examples and case studies from both successful and unsuccessful submissions.
12.30-1.00 Both groups will come together for an open networking session with drinks and lunch
1.00-2.30 You will have a 10 minute one-to-one session (the last session will begin at 2.30) with one of the agents and an opportunity to try out the pitch for your book, ask questions and receive feedback.
Juliet Mushens - The Agency Group (UK Literary Division)
Juliet Mushens is an Agent in the UK Literary Division of The Agency Group. Juliet began her publishing career in 2008 at HarperCollins, after reading history at Cambridge, and became an agent in 2011. She joined the Agency Group in 2013 to set up their UK Literary department and represents a bestselling and critically acclaimed list of fiction and non-fiction writers. She was shortlisted for the Literary Agent of the Year Award at the Bookseller Industry Awards in 2014, was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize for excellence in young women in publishing in 2013 and picked as a Bookseller Rising Star in 2012. Alongside her role as an agent, she supervises Creative Writing dissertations for Kingston University and is currently working on ‘Get Started in Creative Writing for Young Adults’, a creative writing guide which Hodder will publish in 2015.
Lucy Luck - Lucy Luck Associates
I set up Lucy Luck Associates in 2006 after 8 years at Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd, and in 2008 I joined with Aitken Alexander Associates as an associate agency. My agency focuses on writers of quality fiction and non-fiction, and I see my role as encompassing all aspects of a writer's career, as well as offering focused representation in all markets throughout the world. My authors tend to the literary end of the market, and include Catherine O'Flynn (whose novel What Was Lost won the Costa First Novel Award 2007 and Galaxy Newcomer of the Year), Adam Thorpe, Kevin Barry (winner of the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize 2012), Amanda Smyth, Jess Richards, Richard Beard, Owen Martell, Ray Robinson, Greg Baxter, Jon Hotten and John Hooper.
Jo Unwin became a literary agent in 2008, leaving behind a successful career as an actress, screenwriter and film scout. Jo was in a shortlist of three for the Bookseller Industry Awards Literary Agent of the Year in 2010, and was picked out as one of the Bookseller’s Rising Stars in 2011. In 2013 she set up her own agency JULA, based at and working in close association with Rogers, Coleridge and White. Jo represents authors of literary fiction, commercial women’s fiction, Young Adult and children's books (though not picture books) as well as narrative non-fiction and comic journalism.
Juliet Pickering - the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency
Juliet Pickering is an agent at the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. She studied English Literature at university before working for Waterstones as a fiction buyer. She joined A P Watt in 2003 and become an Associate Agent in 2007. Juliet joined Blake Friedmann in 2013 and her list includes Costa, Commonwealth, Orwell Prize, Sky Arts and Guardian First Book shortlisted authors as well as journalists such as Lucy Mangan and Laurie Penny. Her interests range from literary and well-written commercial fiction to mystery, crime and thrillers. She also represents many non-fiction writers across the board, including memoir, pop culture, social history, feminist and political commentary, cookery and food writing, and all sorts in between.
The price for this event is £149, including lunch and a free copy of the 2015 edition of Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook.
Bookings can be made by either clicking on the 'Book' buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.
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