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How to Hook an Agent - October

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21st October 2017 - 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. 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.


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 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.

Agent Profiles

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

Booking and payment

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 .


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