Find out which literary agents, book doctors and publishers will be available for personal, one-to-one sessions at the Festival of Writing conference.
This is the perfect opportunity to get guidance on how to improve your work from industry experts, or even get ‘discovered’ by a literary agent.
Every Full Weekend ticket holder at the Festival of Writing will get two, fifteen-minute one-to-one sessions with an expert included during the weekend. As well as meeting literary agents, you could chat through your cover letter, synopsis and first 3,000 words with a book doctor, publisher or editor.
Below is a full list of experts available for one-to-ones over the Festival. You’ll get the chance to secure your favourite when you book your ticket. But be warned – some experts will book up fast!
Experienced tutor and editor Debi provides critiques, mentoring, Book Doctor sessions and creative writing workshops. She edits in all genres and many authors that she has worked with have been signed up with agents and gone on to see their books published. Tutor of the famous Jericho Writers’ Self-Editing course, Debi’s novels have been published by to critical acclaim. She has since set up her own imprint www.debialper.co.uk
Literary Agent (Sheil Land Associates Ltd)
Literary Agent (Curtis Brown Agency)
I joined Curtis Brown in 2017 and work across Jonny Geller’s brilliant list of fiction and non-fiction. Previously, I worked at Pan Macmillan’s Bello imprint – which is dedicated to bringing out-of-print gems back into circulation – and am now on the look-out for gripping and intelligent new writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, that can stand the test of time.
Literary Agent (A.M.Heath)
Julia is the children’s book agent at AM Heath and she’s always on the lookout for new writing talent.
Julie’s novels Dear Thing and Together were chosen for the Richard and Judy Book Club; Together, a number one Amazon bestseller, won Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year. She has taught creative writing and is Vice President of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Jamie has worked in publishing for 15 years. After some time as a contracts manager for HarperCollins and Hodder Headline, Jamie became a commissioning editor for HarperFiction, a job he did for two years. Following this, Jamie moved on to become an agent with Ampersand, and hasn’t looked back. Jamie’s taste is broad, and includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, YA, crime, thrillers, quirky non-fiction and sport
Emma’s debut The Mathematics of Love is possibly the only novel ever nominated for both the Commonwealth Writers Best First Book and RNA Romantic Novel of the Year; A Secret Alchemy was a Sunday Times bestseller. Her blog This Itch of Writing gave rise to Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction, and her memoir, This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin, is forthcoming in 2019. She mentors and tutors writers, and has a PhD in Creative Writing.
Hal writes mainly fiction and poetry but also a considerable amount of literary criticism and commentary. He’s also made forays beyond print, with a queer rock musical, collaboration with a Scottish band and an Edinburgh Fringe show.
His first novel, Vellum shared awards shortlists with everyone from Neil Gaiman (BFS Award) to Brett Easton Ellis and Haruki Murakami (World Fantasy Award).
Literary Agent (C+W Agency)
I’ve been at C&W for nearly 5 years and am building my list of accessible literary and book club fiction, and narrative non-fiction ranging from popular science, psychology and anthropology to memoir. I’m also looking for unusual crime novels and true crime stories. I’m drawn to strong, original voices and love books that fuse ambitious, insightful writing with an emotionally compelling story.
Literary Agent (Blake Friedmann)
Hattie Grunewald is an agent at Blake Friedmann Agency, where she represents commercial fiction including women’s fiction, crime and thriller, book club and 8+ children’s fiction, and a range of non-fiction including self-help, health, politics and smart thinking.
Literary Agent (Holroyde Cartey)
I founded Holroyde Cartey with Claire Cartey in 2015 and we represent an award-winning and bestselling roster of clients. I have also worked for Walker Books in the UK, Candlewick Press in the US and for a decade as an agent with Caroline Sheldon
Editor and Book Doctor
Rebecca is a bestselling novelist, script doctor and creative writing tutor and lecturer. She has been an editor and coach for more than a decade, working with over 150 different novelists in genres including character-driven fiction, romance, literary fiction, historical, political, detective and fantasy.
Publisher (Galley Beggar Press), Editor and Book Doctor