1st October 2016 - 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Price inclusive of standard VAT.
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.