The Summer Festival of Writing 2020 One-to-ones | Jericho Writers
Summer Festival of Writing

One-to-one sessions

Get personalised feedback on your work from industry experts

Book a one-to-one slot with a book doctor, agent or publisher during the Summer Festival of Writing.

Your fifteen-minute one-to-one phone chat will give you direct feedback on your query letter, synopsis and first five thousand words.

You’ll get the chance to choose your own expert and timeslot, and upload your work in advance for you to discuss in your meeting.

One-to-ones are available separately to the main Summer Festival ticket and will sell out fast!

Find out who will be available for a one-to-one during the Festival below. But be warned – spaces will book up quick!

Debi Alper - Book Doctor

Debi’s first novels were published by Orion. For the last fifteen years, Debi has been helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, and creative writing workshops.

Available: June, July, August

Ben Clark - Literary agent

Soho Agency

Ben loves smart non-fiction of all kinds whether narrative, prescriptive or illustrated. Whether that is history, philosophy, memoir, technology, science, business, nature writing, or anything that explores the world we live in. He works extensively with brands, television producers and magazines in developing their IP for publication. He has a soft spot for fantasy and science fiction that transports you out of the everyday, something he feels we all need a bit more of. He is drawn to the strange and unusual, stories from the fringes that need to be seen by the mainstream or different perspectives on established narratives that challenge a status quo.

Available: June, July, August

Jamie Cowen - Literary agent

Ampersand agency

Jamie is looking for genre fiction of all kinds, including crime, thrillers, SF, fantasy and horror. He is also looking for sport-related non-fiction, and commercial narrative non-fiction, and is keen to see submissions of all genres from BAME and LGBTQ writers.

Available: June, August

Sonali Chanchani - Literary agent

Folio Literary Management , US

In fiction, I’m looking for character-driven literary fiction and upmarket women’s fiction with a strong, distinctive voice. I’m particularly interested in smart, funny novels about identity and coming of age, braided narratives of friendship and/or family, nuanced psychological suspense, and elevated crime fiction. Across the board, I love books that center female voices and blend emotional depth with sharp, witty insights. In general, I have a soft spot for small towns, quirky characters, historical settings, magical realism, and elements of folklore or mythology.

In nonfiction, I’m looking for narratives and collections that illuminate some aspect of our society or culture with an eye towards social justice. I’m especially interested in reported narratives that advance our current conversations about race, class, gender, and/or politics.

Available: June, July, August

Emma Darwin - Book Doctor

Emma’s new memoir is This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin; her fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers and other prizes. She blogs at This Itch of Writing.

Available: June, July

Holly Dawson - Book Doctor

I have been a freelance writer and editor for more than ten years. I work closely with authors to write, shape and edit their work and secure publication, alongside editorial work for brands such as Timberland and journalism for the BBC and elsewhere. My own novel, The Book of Keys, will be published in 2021 by HarperCollins

Available: June, July

Jessica Felleman - Literary agent

Foundry Media, US

Jessica represents a range of fiction and non-fiction. On the nonfiction side, she looks for projects with a strong, relatable, and often humorous voice, and prescriptive titles that offer realistic advice or new perspectives that help readers better understand themselves and the world.

Jessica looks for fiction featuring compelling and underserved voices that focus on strong characters and interesting worlds, including commercial and literary fiction, fiction that balances on the edge of genre, and some science fiction and fantasy. She loves fresh stories about magic, complicated families, everyday people doing extraordinary things, and unforgettable places.

Available: June, July, August

Alice Fugate - Literary agent

Trident Media Group, US

Alice is working to grow a client list of her own. She is interested in children’s middle grade and young adult, fiction and narrative nonfiction, and select author-illustrator projects in the picture book and graphic novel space. She’s drawn to stories with a classic but fresh feel with distinctive, surprising voices from diverse backgrounds. In children’s literature, she’s partial to animal fables, fairy tale retellings, adventure stories, historical fiction, and heartfelt contemporary stories. She loves the wit and whimsy found in the works of Lewis Carroll and Jane Austen, as well as in Studio Ghibli and Wes Anderson films, and the beauty and goodness present in works like The Wind in the Willows, Redwall, and The Chronicles of Narnia. She also enjoys comedies of manners, fun love stories, and stories set in Latin America, with a special interest in Ecuador, Chile, and Patagonia.

Available: June, July, August

Katie Greenstreet - Literary agent

C&W Agency

My taste is very broad and ranges from literary fiction to juicy beach reads, but upmarket commercial writing is what I’m most interested in reading right now. While I have a soft spot for my roots and books set in the American South (and my adopted home, New York City), I’m particularly keen to read stories that transport me somewhere new, whether real or imagined. I read widely and am open to anything with writing that grips me, but I do particularly love fiction about food and families, thrillers with complicated characters and a unique hook, campus novels, historical fiction starring strong women, quirky coming of age stories, and literary works that reveal a darker side of human nature.

Available: June, July, August

Millie Hoskins - Literary agent

United Agents

Millie Hoskins joined United Agents in 2014 and is actively building her own list whilst continuing as Associate to senior agent Caradoc King, working closely with many long-standing bestselling clients of the agency. Millie wants to find exciting new writers of fiction – commercial and literary- and narrative non-fiction.

Available: June, July, August

Lucy Morris - Literary agent

Curtis Brown

I am actively building a list of commercial and reading group fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir.

In fiction, I look for brilliant social observation and clever storytelling. Books with heart and humour. I’m on the hunt for a great returning detective like Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie or Susie Steiner’s Manon Bradshaw, and stories about families are guaranteed to pique my interest.

In terms of non-fiction my tastes are pretty broad, but I am always drawn to memoir, the professional and the personal, beautifully written stories told with wit, warmth and precision.

Available: July, August

Imogen Pelham - Literary agent

Marjacq Scripts

Imogen joined Marjacq as a literary agent in 2015, after five years at Aitken Alexander where she started building her list, which includes Wellcome Prize shortlisted Emily Mayhew, Gordon Burn Prize shortlisted David Keenan and Costa Short Story Award winner and Edge Hill Prize shortlisted Angela Readman.

Imogen represents literary fiction, non-fiction which looks at serious subjects in innovative ways, and some standout commercial fiction. Her non-fiction list includes cookery, design, history, memoir, medicine and psychology. She is particularly interested in identity, the arts and investigative journalism.

Available: June, July, August

Lucy Morris - Literary agent

Curtis Brown

I am actively building a list of commercial and reading group fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir.

In fiction, I look for brilliant social observation and clever storytelling. Books with heart and humour. I’m on the hunt for a great returning detective like Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie or Susie Steiner’s Manon Bradshaw, and stories about families are guaranteed to pique my interest.

In terms of non-fiction my tastes are pretty broad, but I am always drawn to memoir, the professional and the personal, beautifully written stories told with wit, warmth and precision.

Available: July, August

Marcy Posner - Literary agent

Folio Literary Management, US

The editorial process sets me apart from my colleagues. Within my working relationships, I like shaping authors writing to make the book as good it can be and get the best deals.

What I am looking for: Women’s fiction, thrillers, historical fiction, history, psychology, narrative non-fiction. YA and middle grade, fiction and non-fiction. No genre fiction for any age especially sci-fi and fantasy.

Available: June, August

Hayley Steed - Literary agent

The Madeleine Milburn Literary

Hayley is a Literary Agent and Book to Screen Agent, actively building a list of fiction, and focusing on film and TV adaptation and scripts written by existing clients.

Actively looking for: commercial and book-club fiction across all genres including contemporary women’s fiction; uplifting love stories; upmarket general fiction; high concept novels; grounded sci-fi; speculative fiction; gothic novels; horror; feminist reads; magical realism and cross-genre books.

Available: June, July

Laura Williams - Literary agent

Greene & Heaton

Laura Williams joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018 from PFD, where she worked for seven years. She represents a wide-ranging list of fiction and non-fiction, with a particular focus on literary fiction, reading group fiction, and narrative non-fiction.

Available: June, July, August

Jo Williamson - Literary agent

Antony Harwood Ltd

Jo represents across all ages in children’s publishing from picture books to YA. She is particularly keen on classic Middle Grade adventures, thought-provoking YA and books that reflect our multi-cultural society. Above all, anything with characters whose voices and stories linger long after the book is finished.

Available: June, August

TIPS ON CHOOSING YOUR SESSIONS

The Festival of Writing

One-to-one sessions always book up fast. 

When you buy your one-to-one, you’ll be directed to a booking form which contains up-to-date information on which tutors have spaces available, and when.

We recommend creating a shortlist of five/six agents or book doctors before you purchase, so you can snap up your choice before someone else does.

Tips on how to choose

Take note of when the agent or book doctor is available – especially if you have a holiday booked.

Think about whether you have a preference for time. All times will be listed in BST and take place via phone call.

Do your research! Certain agents will only represent certain genres. Take your time to look at their website or AgentMatch profile to find out if they’re suitable for your writing.

Book doctor or literary agent? Book doctors are perfect if you’re interested in receiving critical advice on your writing. Literary agents are perfect if you would like advice on marketability, or are interested in submitting to them.

Please note that one-to-one sessions are subject to change due to illness and timetabling changes. If your session is moved, we will endeavour to tell you in as much time as possible and arrange an alternative time or suitable person to your genre. Funnily enough, such changes in the past have ended up in offers of representation!

Preparing your submission

In order to get the most from one-to-ones, we ask all delegates to submit their work in advance, so your chosen agents and book doctors have ample time to read before the session.

Once you’ve booked your one-to-one slot, you’ll be directed to upload your work. You’ll need to compile the following in three separate Word or PDF documents:

  • Your query letter
  • A one / one-and-a-half page synopsis
  • The first 5,000 words of your manuscript

If your work isn’t quite ready to submit yet, you’ll get emailed a link to upload this later. However, we recommend submitting at least two weeks ahead of your slot (or earlier if possible!), to give your expert ample time to read it.

Please note that once you have submitted your work, it can’t be altered.

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