18th May 2019 - 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. This event will focus specifically on popular non-fiction - making it ideal for anyone writing memoir, social history, feminist and political commentary, cookery, pop culture, popular history, narrative non-fiction and self-help. 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 non-fiction authors including Reni Eddo-Lodge, Peter Frankopan, and Elizabeth Gilbert, 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 manuscript is ready, finding the right agent and what to include in a submission package.
10.45-11.25 Advice on how to pitch your manuscript (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.
Natalie Galustian joined DHH in 2013, having spent over a decade in the antiquarian book trade. She holds a BA Hons in English Literature and Language and an MA in Modernism and Modern Writing, both from the University of London. Before life as a literary agent and rare book dealer, she spent several years working for BBC television and radio and Film4.
She is looking to acquire literary fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography and humour, as well as titles on food and drink.
Before moving to England, Carrie was the SVP Publisher of Harper Perennial, where she watched after countless authors, including classics, new writers and notable names such as Michael Chabon, Barbara Kingsolver and Mary Karr. Carrie also co-founded It Books, an imprint dedicated to pop-culture, fashion, film, music and celebrity, and is also the co-founder of the independent bookstore/cocktail bar The Society Club in Soho, London.
Carrie is looking for non-fiction that either answers a question or asks one. She want to work with writers in all fields; but most especially science, psychology, business/economics, fashion, style, music, art and philosophy. She reps authors such as Allen Frances, Giovanni Frazzetto, Daniel Rachel, Christine Toomey, Amber Butchart and Julie Ferry.
Jane Graham-Maw founded Graham Maw Christie Agency in 2005 having spent a decade publishing non-fiction, including overseeing many bestselling titles as a publishing director for the Thorsons imprint at HarperCollins. She has also worked in rights and marketing and has ghostwritten several books, an experience that gives her a real understanding of how it feels to be an author. Spanning pretty much every area of non-fiction from memoir to cookery, nothing is off-limits for GMC if it’s well written, original, timely, with a clear message. Jane spends much of her time talking to editors about what they are looking for so that she can focus her authors’ efforts in the right directions. She is particularly interested in books that show us how to live a better, healthier, more engaged life - books that can truly change the way we see the world.
Final agent to be confirmed shortly.
The price for this event is £175, including lunch and the opportunity to purchase a copy of the latest 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.