4th February 2017 - 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.
Danielle Zigner - LBA Books
Danielle Zigner joined LBA Books as a Junior Agent in 2014, after having spent a year working with a number of publishers and agencies, and has been since actively building her list. Her heartland lies with Young Adult literature, and she’s open to all genres within that. She’d love to find some quirky YA, as well as some YA romance and fantasy.She also loves adult fantasy and science-fiction, as well as historical thrillers, and is keen to take on clients in these areas.
For middle graders she’s after adventure stories and mysteries that capture the imagination. And of course, books that make her laugh. On the non-fiction side she looks for feminist literature that has something new to add to the dialogue. She also represents a couple of health and cookery titles, and is excited to find new stars in this area.
Carrie Plitt - Felicity Bryan Associates
Before joining Felicity Bryan as an agent in 2016, Carrie worked for five years at Conville & Walsh Literary Agency. At Felicity Bryan she is actively building a list of non-fiction and fiction clients, with a focus on debut authors.
Carries loves non-fiction by authors who are passionate - perhaps even bordering on obsessive - about a topic, and she has a particular interest in books about science, nature, history, travel, sport, healthy, women, art and music. On the fiction side, Carrie represents literary and book-club titles. It's difficult to define what she's looking for in a novel besides fantastic writing, but she always seems to be drawn to unique and diverse voices, atmospheric settings, coming-of-age stories and books, that capture the zeitgeist. She also hosts a monthly books radio show and podcast called Literary Friction.
Jemima Forrester - David Higham Associates
Jemima joined David Higham Associates as a literary agent in September 2016, having previously been senior commissioning editor at Orion Publishing Group. She is actively building a new list of commercial and upmarket fiction and non-fiction.
Her fiction taste is relatively broad and includes everything from accessible literary fiction, to gripping crime, thriller and suspense novels, as well as smart, funny women’s fiction and speculative, high-concept ideas. She loves strong or unusual narrative voices, clever, twisty plots and emotionally engaging characters. Her favourite books of recent years include Elizabeth is Missing, Disclaimer, Life After Life, The Night Circus, Me Before You and anything by Jo Nesbø, Margaret Atwood or Curtis Sittenfeld.
In non-fiction, she is looking for fresh, innovative cookery ideas, popular-culture and lifestyle projects, unique personal stories and humour.
Diana Beaumont - Marjacq Scripts
Diana Beaumont is an agent at Marjacq Scripts. She started agenting with Rupert Heath Literary Agency in 2011 before moving to UTA. Prior to this she was a senior commissioning editor at Transworld where she published numerous bestselling authors, after studying English at Oxford. Diana was chosen as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2012. Books she’s represented range from ground-breaking cookbook The Meat Liquor Chronicles by Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins to Man Booker longlisted The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris. She's keen on quality commercial fiction and accessible literary fiction, crime fiction and thrillers. On the non- fiction side, Diana likes memoir, feminism, lifestyle, cookery and open to anything with a strong, original voice.
The price for this event is £175, including lunch and the opportunity to purchase a copy of the 2017 edition of Writers' & Artists' Yearbook or the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook at a discounted price.
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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The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 9.30am, with workshops starting at 10am prompt.