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!

Julie Crisp - Literary Agent

Julie Crisp Literary Agency

Julie is an editor with over fifteen years’ experience working for three major houses across a broad spectrum of commercial titles within fiction, non-fiction and children’s. For nine years, she headed up the UK arm of one of the largest global brands of science fiction and fantasy, Tor. She’s worked on bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ann Cleeves, Peter F. Hamilton, China Miéville, Neal Asher, Amanda Hocking, Naomi Novik and TV/Game partnerships including Halo, The Returned, The Walking Dead and Twin Peaks.

As an agent, Julie is actively looking to build her list and she’s looking for historical fiction, crime/thrillers, book club fiction and science fiction and fantasy. Her clients include: John Gwynne, Heather Child, Den Patrick and Nick Setchfield.

Laura Williams - Literary Agent

Greene & Heaton

Laura joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018. She worked at Peters Fraser and Dunlop from 2011, after completing a degree in Classics at Oxford. She is currently looking for novels across the spectrum of literary and commercial fiction, from voice-led literary novels to love stories to domestic family dramas to psychological thrillers. She’s always on the lookout for meditative, beautiful novels about modern life, as well as books in the upmarket/reading group space, either funny or moving, or a bit of both. She also loves dark stories, including gothic novels, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister.

Laura is also looking for historical fiction with contemporary resonance, and occasionally represents young adult novels. On the non-fiction side, she is keen to consider narrative non-fiction of all kinds, particularly untold stories across popular science, history, social issues, mental health and popular culture. She is also always on the look-out for memoirs by extraordinary people.

Jo Williamson - Book Doctor

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.

Alice Sutherland-Hawes - Literary Agent

ASH Literary

Alice was the Rights Agent at Madeleine Milburn Ltd, but is now growing the children’s & YA list at her very own ASH agency. She began her career as a bookseller before working at The Agency for three years, where she gained an invaluable insight into the publishing industry. Whilst at The Agency she negotiated multiple UK deals and helped sell rights across the world in titles including A Kestrel for A Knave, the Paddington books and Malorie Blackman’s books. Along with books, she has a passion for films and spent some time as a film critic.

Alice is actively looking for: Middle Grade for 9-12 (standalone and with series potential); tween stories to fit between MG and YA; New Adult; illustrators and graphic artists; brilliant world-building; diverse and marginalised authors across all ages and genres.

Holly Dawson - Book Doctor

Book Doctor

Holly has been a freelance writer and editor for more than ten years. She works 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. Her own novel, The Book of Keys, will be published in 2021 by HarperCollins.

Davinia Andrew-Lynch - Literary Agent

Andlyn

Davinia Andrew-Lynch is a Literary Agent and the founder of boutique agency Andlyn.  With a core client list of children’s authors, Davinia is especially looking for fresh, adventurous stories with a cast of characters that truly reflect the world around us.  In particular, she’s on the hunt for a heartwarming but funny younger middle grade series and, just to be very specific, would love to see a great new take on an alien/futuristic world for this age group!  Davinia is also now actively looking to represent adult authors of commercial fiction and non-fiction.

Chloe Seager - Book Doctor

Madeleine Millburn

Chloe is looking for books that capture the pure joy, pain and wonder of growing up. Being a child or a teenager is a unique time in life when you’re discovering the world around you and who you are for the first time, and Chloe is seeking the special and rare talent able to capture that spirit on a page.

Actively looking for: Gothic; horror; sci-fi and fantasy with a strong hook; romance; thriller, magical middle-grade; adventure; contemporary middle-grade with a big heart; funny books across all ages; interesting/inspiring non-fiction across all ages; diverse authors.

Imogen Pelham - Book Doctor

Marjacq

Imogen represents non-fiction, literary fiction and some standout commercial fiction (particularly thrillers, historical and women’s fiction – no SFF or YA). In fiction, she’s principally interested in identity, compelling characters, and moral quandaries. In non-fiction, she looks for serious subjects approached in interesting ways, and would love to find an exceptional memoir.

Jessica Felleman - Literary Agent

Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency

Jessica Felleman 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.

Danielle Bukowski - Literary agent

Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc

Danielle Bukowski is the foreign rights manager and an associate agent at Sterling Lord Literistic Inc. For her domestic list, Danielle is looking for upmarket women’s fiction, smart commercial fiction, literary fiction, and select nonfiction. She is looking for narratives from underrepresented and marginalized voices in particular and prefers fiction that balances a unique hook and well-paced plot with strong writing and a distinctive voice. Her clients have been excerpted in the New Yorker, finalists for prizes, and have multiple foreign sales. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Logan Harper - Literary Agent

Trident Media

Logan Harper earned her B.A. in English Literature and Communication at the University of Washington. Following graduation, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University. She moved to New York and joined Trident Media Group in 2019 to assist Executive VP Scott Miller and Senior VP Erica Spellman Silverman.

Logan is now working to build her own list. She seeks plot-driven stories with fresh and distinctive voices across a range of upmarket women’s fiction, book club fiction, mystery/suspense, and psychological thrillers, as well as some literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She gravitates toward stories about unconventional family dynamics and upbringings, unreliable narrators, and female antiheroes.

Millie Hoskins - Book Doctor

United Agents

Millie Hoskins joined United Agents in 2014 and has been building her list for the last three years, whilst continuing to work with some of the agency’s long-standing clients, like Quentin Blake, Philip Pullman and JP Delaney.

She wants to find exciting new writers of fiction, with an interest in both literary and commercial, and anything in between! The only genre she isn’t looking to take on more of right now is fantasy/sci fi. She represents a range of non-fiction but is most interested in narrative at the moment.

Holly Faulks - Book Doctor

Greene & Heaton

Holly joined Greene & Heaton in 2015 and is actively building a list of fiction and non-fiction clients. In non-fiction she’s looking for writing on current affairs, language, lifestyle and popular science as well as memoir. She’s also looking for literary and upmarket commercial fiction.

She works across both the literary and media sides of the agency so is always keen to hear from people who have ideas that might extend beyond the written word. In all genres she is particularly keen to hear from under-represented writers and to champion stories that may have been overlooked.

Hannah Sheppard - Literary agent

D H H Literary Agency

Hannah Sheppard has spent over a decade working in trade publishing: first at Macmillan Children’s Books and more recently running Headline Publishing Group’s YA and crossover list.

She joined the DHH Literary Agency in 2013. Hannah represents authors across middle grade, teen and YA fiction as well as commercial adult fiction (mostly women’s romance/psychological and more traditional thrillers). She loves vivid voices, original, hooky concepts and humour. And she’s a sucker for lost, found or misdirected letters. She’s actively looking for diverse voices and characters and thinks we’re all going to need some happy and uplifting stories over the coming months.

Silvia Molteni - Book Doctor

Peter Fraser Dunlop

Silvia Molteni is the dedicated children’s and YA books Agent at PFD and is currently building her own list of clients. The Bookseller named Silvia 2019’s Rising Star.

Silvia is actively looking for Middle Grade novels, strong and diverse voices with brave narratives and contemporary and realistic settings, edgy, funny and moving Middle Grade fiction.

She is also looking for YA fiction across all genres, but her wish list at the moment also involves finding a great psychological thriller. She’s on the hunt for non-fiction books aimed at children and YA – from memoirs to manuals, popular science and humorous books.

Silvia is drawn to voice-driven and character-driven narratives, LGBTQI storylines and characters, endearing narrators, magical realism and upmarket literary fiction.

Josephine Hayes - Book Doctor

The Blair Partnership

Josephine’s clients have won or been shortlisted for accolades including The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards, WHSmith Non-fiction Book of the Year, The Carnegie Medal, The Blue Peter Book Award, and Crimefest’s Best Crime Novel for Children.

She is currently open to submissions of children’s books and is particularly looking for unexpected twists, ‘real-world’ books with a sprinkling of magic, brilliant world-building and diverse and marginalised authors writing across all genres and age ranges.

She gravitates towards quality middle-grade fiction, especially a good mystery or adventure. In teen and YA fiction she loves an anti-hero and is always keen to see strong young female characters taking centre stage.

Paul Roberts - Book Doctor

Paul Roberts

Book Doctor

Paul’s first book was published by The Economist in 2007 and is presently being redeveloped for a third edition. He has had several further books published by Kogan Page, forming part of their hugely influential ‘Business Success’ series. He writes frequently for magazines and professional publications. He has also written for television. He has a novel nearing completion.

As a reviewer, editor and teacher of creative writing, Paul has supported developing writers for many years. He specialises predominantly in non-fiction titles.

Mark Gottlieb - Literary Agent

Trident Media

Mark Gottlieb is a highly ranked literary agent both in overall deals and other individual categories. During his time at Trident Media Group, Mark has represented numerous New York Times bestselling authors, as well as award-winning authors, and has optioned and sold books to film and TV production companies. He previously ran the agency’s audiobook department, in addition to working in foreign rights.

Mark Gottlieb is actively seeking submissions in all categories and genres and looking forward to bringing new and established authors to the curious minds of their future readers.

Clare Coombes - Literary Agent

The Liverpool Literary Agency

With more than 15 years’ experience of writing professionally, including the publication of two novels, Definitions (2015) and We Are of Dust (2018), Clare has developed an in-depth knowledge of what commissioning editors and publishers expect to see from a submitted manuscript. She has been through the process of drafting, editing, pitching, publishing and marketing a novel, using her background in PR and marketing to analyse what a book needs in order to get the attention of publishers and readers alike.

As an agent she aims to support northern writers and is open to all fiction submissions (apart from children’s and YA), but she particularly loves historical fiction, women’s fiction and psychological thrillers.

Rebecca Horsfall - Book Doctor

Book Doctor

Rebecca’s first novel, the best-seller Dancing on Thorns, described by The Bookseller as ‘736 un-putdownable pages of pure delight’, was published by Random House in the UK and USA to critical acclaim. She has also written several non-fiction films (for clients including the NHS, London Criminal Justice Board, and Leeds City Council), and is working on a further novel under commission to Penguin Random House.

Rebecca has been a fiction editor for Jericho Writers for over a decade, working with dozens of novelists in genres including literary fiction, romance, psychological drama, historical, fantasy, international and political/sociological drama.

Katie Greenstreet - Literary Agent

C&W Agency

Katie’s taste is very broad and ranges from literary fiction to juicy beach reads, but upmarket commercial writing is what she’s most interested in reading right now. While she has a soft spot for her roots and books set in the American South (and her adopted home, New York City), she’s particularly keen to read stories that transport her somewhere new, whether real or imagined.

Katie reads widely and is open to anything with writing that grips her, but she does 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.

Laura Bennett - Book Doctor

Book Doctor

After obtaining an MA in Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, Laura began work at a college for young adults with special needs, and then moved to a vocational college while studying for a post-compulsory PGCE. She taught English for several years and ran several Creative Writing courses. Laura now works at The Liverpool Literary Agency and is looking to build her own list.

Laura’s specialty is Fantasy and Sci-Fi and she is also interested in Young Adult. She loves strong female protagonists and new takes on the genres. She also likes political and ethical situations examined through a new lens. Laura is a big believer in diversity and wants to see a lot more of it, especially in the fantasy genre.

Alice Saunders - Book Doctor

The Soho Agency

Alice loves storytelling, in all its forms. Whether it’s fiction or narrative non-fiction. Alice is active in all types of representation – literary, audio, live audiences, film and television. She is actively looking for new talent in crime, thrillers, epic family sagas; book club literary fiction, memoir – in fact everything apart from science fiction and fantasy. Asides from tight narratives and compulsive characters, she’d love to see writing with bundles of humor, heart and unusual takes on the everyday.

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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