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How to Hook an Agent (YA & New Adult)

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1st October 2016 - 9:30am to 2:30pm

£149.00

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 is specifically for writers of Young Adult and New Adult (if your protagonist is aged 18-25) fiction. 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

Hannah Sheppard - DHH Literary Agency

Hannah Sheppard studied English Literature at the University of Liverpool and has since spent over a decade working in trade publishing. She made the move to agenting in 2013 when she joined the DHH Literary Agency. As an editor, her successes included the stunning debut HEART-SHAPED BRUISE by Tanya Byrne which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award. Tanya was also shortlisted for New Writer of the Year at the National Book Awards. As an agent she represents authors such as Keris Stainton and Abi Elphinstone and is currently working with a number of others towards submission. 

Hannah loves the editorial process (so is very hands on as an agent) and is passionate about stories and helping writers develop their ideas for commercial success. She likes stories that push the boundaries, have a strong voice and, often, a dark edge.

Sallyanne Sweeney - Mulcahy Associates

Sallyanne Sweeney grew up in Dublin and studied English at Trinity College before completing an MPhil in American Literature at Queens' College, Cambridge. After graduating she joined Watson, Little Ltd, becoming a Literary Agent in 2008 and a Director of the company in 2011. She joined Mulcahy Associates in August 2013 and is building her list of fiction and non-fiction authors for children and adults, as well as a small number of picture book illustrators. Passionate about working with debut authors, her fiction tastes are wide-ranging, from the literary to the very commercial, but she is particularly looking for voice-driven narratives with a strong hook. Sallyanne was a judge for the 2014 Undiscovered Voices Award, run by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is a judge for the inaugural Bath Children's Novel Award.

Thérèse Coen - Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency

Thérèse is the Rights Agent at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency and is building her own list. She handles translation rights for all of the agency’s clients in all foreign language territories, and is building a boutique fiction and non-fiction list, so far concentrating mainly on children’s titles and YA. 

Born and raised in Belgium, Thérèse is multilingual and has a History degree and Masters from University College London. Previously she was Rights Manager at Ed Victor Ltd, where she managed foreign rights across both the Ed Victor list and Toby Mundy Associates. Prior to this, she was Rights Executive at Bloomsbury Publishing.

When not reading, she can be found circling Richmond Park on her bike plotting to win the first women’s Tour de France.

Elinor Cooper - Diamond, Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Before joining DKW in 2015, Elinor Cooper worked at Rochelle Stevens & Co as a literary agent.  She represents writers of literary and commercial fiction, non-fiction including memoir and politics, writers and illustrators of children’s books across all age ranges – from picture books to YA – and graphic novels.  She loves working with her clients editorially, often giving in-depth feedback and support, particularly with debut novelists.

She began her career at A P Watt, where she spent eight years, working with Caradoc King across his varied list and beginning to take on her own authors and illustrators.  Before that, she was a bookseller in Manchester, Brighton and on London’s Charing Cross Road.  She has a degree in English & American Literature from the University of Manchester.

@ElinorCo

Booking and payment

How to Hook an Agent

The price for this event is £149, including lunch and the opportunity to purchase a copy of the 2017 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.

Price inclusive of standard VAT.

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

£149.00