21st October 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.
Jenny Savill- Andrew Nurnberg Associates
Jenny Savill is a senior literary agent at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Ltd where she represents authors writing for both the children’s and adult markets. After gaining an MA in Mediaeval History from St Andrews University, Jenny worked in the theatre, joining Andrew Nurnberg Associates in 2002. She has built a strong children’s and YA roster, whose authors include Sophia Bennett, Sophie Cleverly, Keren David and Leo Hunt. She loves quirky, life-affirming stories and while she is not looking for high fantasy, she is partial to a story with a slight, speculative thread running through it. She is interested in finding new voices in both commercial and literary women’s fiction, historical fiction and narrative non-fiction. Her adult fiction authors include Deborah Install, Natasha Pulley and Tor Udall, and, on the non-fiction side, Mark Logue and Peter Conradi.
Thérèse Coen - Hardman Swainson Literary Agency
Thérèse Coen was born and raised in Belgium and moved to England in her late teens with her family, and then stayed in London to do a History degree and Masters at University College London. Having been brought up bilingual, speaking French and Dutch, then picking up German and English later on, translation rights seemed like a very logical next step. Her first job in publishing was at Bloomsbury Publishing, where she started as an intern and left as Rights Executive. Thérèse then worked at Ed Victor Ltd where she was lucky enough to learn from one of the most renowned and experienced literary agents in the world, handling huge celebrity titles alongside Booker-prize winning authors.
Thérèse has been building her own list of authors alongside selling translation rights since early 2016. She is happy to cut her teeth on genres across the board and loves nothing more than keeping her reading and her authors an exciting and wide-ranging mix of styles and readerships.
Within these varied spheres, what is needed to grip Thérèse is an original concept or hook, polished and pacey writing, captivating worlds and always a strong kick-ass protagonist, be they fictionalised or real. She wants original, distinct and memorable voices, books that make you feel (tie your heart in a million knots or smash it into a million pieces), laugh until you have a stitch, or stay with you and make you ponder for weeks. For non-fiction, Thérèse wants these books to teach her, without making her feel ignorant.
Federica Leonardis - Martin Leonardis Literary Management
Federica Leonardis is the founder of the Martin Leonardis Literary Management. Her publishing career includes four years in Foreign Rights at Ed Victor Literary Agency, three years in the Contracts department at the Orion Publishing Group and over two years at Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency where she worked alongside two senior agents while building her list until July 2016.
In terms of what Federica is looking for in fiction, it's commercial, cross-over and reading-group fiction. She loves stories that keeps her reading through the night and those can be in different genres: commercial or literary, a love story or a murder mystery, a cosy crime or an international thriller, a romantic comedy or a story of loss and grief, a speculative and dystopian novel, or a psychological or domestic suspense.
In non-fiction, Federica loves cookery and is looking or new and fresp recipe books with the potential to become classics but also books about food that readers can curl up in bed with. She's also looking for smart thinking, lifestyle, life stories and self- help books. Books that can make a positive difference to our everyday life, whether it be psychology, business, health, smart thinking, positive thinking, inspirational memoirs and personal development.
Fully bilingual, she considers submissions in both English and Italian.
Final agent profile to be confirmed
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.