Join us for an intimate lunch in the beautiful Georgian surroundings of Bloomsbury, London.
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.
Laura Williams - Greene & Heaton
Laura Williams joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018. She worked at Peters Fraser and Dunlop from 2011, after completing a degree in Classics at Oxford.
She is actively building a fiction list and a small non-fiction list. She is currently looking for literary fiction, edgy commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high-concept contemporary young adult, as well as narrative non-fiction of all types. Her taste is quite dark, and she loves gothic, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister. She also loves books that make her cry, from big love stories to intense family dramas.
Louise Buckley - Zeno Agency
Louise Buckley is an agent at Zeno Agency Ltd, but was previously an editor at Pan Macmillan and Dorling Kindersley. She is actively building her list of authors and reads across most genres, but is particularly keen to see submissions in the following areas: women's fiction, crime fiction, thriller and psychological suspense, literary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy rooted in a real-world setting, as well as YA fantasy.
Louise is also curating a small bespoke non-fiction list and is keen to find authors writing in the following areas: cookery and food; health and lifestyle; popular history; popular psychology and sociology; biography/memoir; nature writing; true crime; parenthood.
Hayley Steed - Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency
Hayley is an Associate Agent, actively seeking new talent for the agency. She also coordinates the digital rights and Film & TV rights, focusing on book to screen adaptation and scripts written by existing clients.
After graduating from Loughborough University with a First Class Honours in English she spent a year interning at five of the top UK literary agencies before working at an esteemed PR agency, where she was shortlisted for a PPC Award for her work promoting bestselling authors. She is also a long-suffering West Ham fan and season ticket holder, spending most of her time watching sport, reading, or at the cinema.
Hayley is actively looking for: commercial fiction across all genres including smart women's fiction; contemporary women's fiction; uplifting love stories; high concept novels; grounded sci-fi; speculative fiction; feminist reads; magical realism; tense crime and thrillers; cross-genre books; 14+ YA; non-fiction focused on sport.
Final agent tbc.
Booking and payment
The price for this event is £175, including lunch and the opportunity to purchase a copy of the latest edition of the 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 half day session was excellent . I went into it thinking I am 75% of the way to my goal of getting something published. After the session I realised that I am really maybe only 50% of the way to that, but that is okay as all of the speakers were pragmatic, yet friendly and enthusiastic about the writing process. I came out thinking that it was money well spent as it will allow me to avoid a few of the pitfalls of the process. I would certainly recommend the course, venue and organisation - even with the time and effort to get from Scotland.
Christine Thom, How to Hook an Agent - Children & YA, June 2014
Julia and Sallyanne were both really open and shattered the illusion that agents are hard, business types who make brutal decisions on a whim. They were empathetic, encouraging, funny and warm. The 10-minute session I had with Sallyanne was really helpful too.
Jules Bryant, How to Hook an Agent - Children & YA, June 2014
'I thought the entire day was extremely well organised, and to have the opportunity to sit down and discuss my book with an agent was a great end to the session.
I felt like I learnt so much about the process of submission, and am now approaching my work with a fresh eye. Once again, thank you.'
A writer from our February 2014 conference
'Thank you so much for the day. It has provided me with an invaluable experience. I have gained much more knowledge of how to write a better submission letter and have gained a clearer understanding of the the role of the literary agent and this will help me enormously when I am finally ready to submit my manuscript.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day.'
A writer from our February 2014 conference
'One-to-one chats with agents were a delight - productive and inspiring. The talks were also extremely useful and covered new ground.' Magda Knight
'The conference served its purpose very well. I left with the information I hoped to obtain. Also, I can't recall receiving more helpful advice on writing the introductory letter. This was enormously helpful.' Vee Fallon
'What was genuinely invaluable was hearing about the submission
process directly from agents, being able to put questions, and
discovering how the "nitty gritty! of an agent's business life works.
That latter was an important insight. Over the years I've research and
attended several workshops/seminars. I don't think I am alone when I say
that for the first time I understand exactly what needs to go in the
submission letter and the synopsis. And just why the two-sentence
summary and the first paragraph are so important.' Geoffrey Arnold
'Professional and well-organized, I was impressed by the "tone" of the sessions, particularly the respect shown to aspiring authors.' R. Watt
'I thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt that I took a lot away in terms of understanding how I need to change my submission structure.' Helen Joy
'I found the agents extremely helpful and the time spent discussing the process of submission with them was invaluable. Actually getting to meet and pitch to them was priceless (and my primary reason for attending).' Writer from Saturday 13th April 2013 conference
'The day brought out, as no other way could have, the degree of subjectivity amongst agents and publishers. A lesson to be learned - and straight from the "horses' mouths".' Alan Hamilton
'Event was excellent & well worth the money. The one-to-one with the agent was fantastic and almost made the whole thing worthwhile in itself.' Anne-Marie Swift
'A really useful event - it was nice to put a human face to the agents and hear what they had to say. It was wonderful to have an opportunity to practice pitching my story to a real agent who specializes in my chosen area and obtain feedback on my idea. Incredibly useful - it's given me lots of food for thought and will hopefully help me improve.' Sarah Leavesley
'The approachability of the agents - they offered advice in a friendly, un-intimidating manner. The organization was also impeccable.' Luna Chatterjee
'Very helpful. Great advice and lovely meeting other writers on their different journeys. The professionals were great, warm and encouraging.' Mandie Hooson
'Very good. Interesting, encouraging, inspiring and a nice, friendly atmosphere.' Sarah Steele
'It was all I hoped and more. It was heartening to meet real live agents and to see how welcoming and interested they are. It was useful to practice a pitch and have instant feedback.' Mary J Howell
'Excellent. Really gave honest and practical advice. I think I was very lucky to have two such good and complimentary agents (Jo Unwin and Alex Christofi). Their passion and professionalism were palpable.' Tessa McGregor