23rd June 2018 - 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 refreshments 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.
Carrie Plitt - Felicity Bryan
Carrie Plitt is actively building a list of authors writing non-fiction and fiction, with a focus on debuts. She loves well-written non-fiction by authors who are passionate about their chosen topic, and she has a particular interest in books about the issues facing our society today, narrative non-fiction, popular science, big ideas, nature writing, history, travel, feminism, health and art. In fiction, the books Carrie represents range from the very literary and experimental to those you might read in a book club. Besides excellent writing, she always seem to be drawn to unique and diverse voices, atmospheric settings, coming-of-age stories and novels that capture the zeitgeist. Carrie also host a monthly books radio show called Literary Friction.
Imogen Pelham - Marjacq Scripts
Imogen is a literary agent at Marjacq, where she has been since 2015. She represents literary and upmarket-commercial fiction, and a range of non-fiction including history, pop-science, memoir, investigative journalism and cookery. Her list includes Wellcome Prize shortlisted Emily Mayhew, Gordon Burn Prize shortlisted David Keenan and Costa Short Story Award winner and Edge Hill Prize shortlisted Angela Readman.
Hayley Steed - Madeleine Milburn
Hayley Steed is an Associate Agent at Madeleine Milburn Literary, Film & TV Agency, working closely with Madeleine’s clients as well as 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.
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.
Danielle Zigner - LBA Books
After reading Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University, Danielle spent a year working with a number of publishers and agencies. In 2014 she joined the team at LBA as a Junior Agent, and has since been actively building her list.
Her heartland lies with Young Adult literature, and is open to all genres within that. She'd love to find some quirky YA, as well as some YA romance and fantasy.
Danielle also loves adult fantasy and science-fiction, as well as historical thrillers, and is keen to take on clients in these areas.
On the non-fiction side Danielle 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.
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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