Our ‘How to Get Published’ conference with the charity Literature Works is just under 10 days away. In the run up to the event, Literature Works have interviewed our brilliant line up of speakers to give you a taste of the insider information they'll be sharing.
Next up is leading literary agent Juliet Pickering!
I’m an agent and Vice Head of the Book Department, at Blake Friedmann. I joined them nearly 5 years ago when my previous agency merged with United Agents, bringing 15 lovely authors with me. Since 2013 I’ve grown my list of writers to 50, and represent both fiction and non-fiction. My tastes are fairly broad (one of the reasons I love being an agent!), from literary to commercial fiction, and from cookbooks through memoir to humour and craft. It’s a varied job!
I got involved in Get Published both because I know the great people at Writers & Artists, and because I live not too far away from Plymouth, in Bath. I’m keen to meet writers around the UK so volunteered for this!
The internet is a brilliant resource for information, but it holds many and varied opinions on the best ways to get published. I hope that having the opportunity to meet agents and publishers face-to-face, and ask them questions, will provide more helpful than relying on a website or twelve. It also reminds you that, as a writer, you’re not alone; writing can be such a solitary pursuit!
There are many different ways and routes to getting published, and as a writer it’s good sense to equip yourself with knowing all your options. Agents and larger publishers might represent the more traditional route, but indie and self publishing can be just as successful. It’s great to hear a range of views and experiences at one conference.
That it’s who you know. It’s not, it’s got to be about what you write and how. You could be best friends with J K Rowling and still be the worst writer in the world – it doesn’t matter if you don’t know anybody in publishing at all, your book should be able to work its magic regardless.
When submitting to an agent, do your research! It’s no use sending a science fiction novel to an agent who only works with cookbooks. Make sure you know who you’re targeting and why!
This interview first featured on the Literature Works website. How To Get Published takes place on Saturday 2nd December at Plymouth University in the Portland Square Building. Book your place now, using the code SOUTHWEST30 at the checkout to save yourself £30 off the ticket price!