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Interviews with the experts

Here you can find our interviews with leading figures in the publishing industry - carry on reading for interviews with agents, editors and booksellers.


Advice from Catherine Clarke

Catherine Clarke joined Felicity Bryan as an agent in 2001 having been Publishing Director of the trade books department at OUP for several years. She represents a broad range of writers of serious non-fiction, including biography, memoir, philosophy, and history, as well as literary …

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Interview with Alison Baverstock

Alison Baverstock is a published author and a senior lecturer on the Publishing MA at Kingston University.

How do you write?

I find it helpful to have a structure around which to fit your writing: if you had all day in which to write, the risk is that nothing would get done.

What was …

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Interview with Becky Stradwick

Becky Stradwick started working as a children’s bookseller in 1997 and worked in a number of Books etc stores before moving to Borders Head Office, where she was Head of Books. She has since become a children’s literary agent with the Darley Anderson agency and is now Editorial Director at …

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Interview with Bloomsbury editor Bill Swainson

Quickfire questions with Bill Swainson, a commissioning editor at Bloomsbury. 

Writers & Artists: What’s on your list?

Bill Swainson: History, ideas and current affairs, some illustrated books, plus fiction in English and fiction from other languages. In short, I’m …

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Interview with David Solomons

David Solomons

Writers & Artists interview successful screenwriter David Solomons, on his  debut novel, getting started in the film industry and the differences between writing for the page and writing for the screen.


For those who don’t already know, can you tell us a little about your latest projects …

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Interview with literary agent Rosemary Canter

Rosemary Canter is the children’s specialist agent at literary agency United Agents.

What qualities do you need to be a literary agent?

A literary agent’s work is complex, varied and very wide-ranging; but the heart of it is something that cannot be taught – and that something is …

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Interview with Suzanne Collier

Careers consultant Suzanne Collier specialises in publishing, helping her clients get even the most coveted editorial roles. Having joined Andre Deutsch Ltd at the age of 16, she’s never looked back, working for Random House, Orion, Aurum Press, Ian Allan and Elsevier among others. Here’s …

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