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How to Hook an Agent (Non-Fiction)

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18th May 2019 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

£175.00

Overview

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. 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.


Schedule

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.


Agent profiles

Natalie Galustian - DHH Literary Agency

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.

Carrie Kania - C + W

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. 

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Jane Graham-Maw - Graham Maw Christie Agency

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. Spanning pretty much every area of non-fiction from memoir to cookery, nothing is off-limits if it’s well written, original, timely, with a clear message. 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. 

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 looking for narrative non-fiction of all types. Some of her non-fiction clients include Gabrielle Fernie, John Sutherland, Bella Younger and Gemma Milne, who write on a variety of topics including science and technology, humour, dating, memoir, and cookery.

Booking and payment

How to Hook an Agent

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.

If this event is Sold Out, please look out for other How to Hook an Agent events here.

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Event details

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.


Feedback


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

£175.00