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Martin Ouvry - Book Doctor

Martin is a writer, teacher, editor and musician. His short fiction has appeared in a range of publications including Esquire Magazine, New Writing (Picador), A Little Nest of Pedagogues – Selections of British Short Stories (British Council; published in the People’s Republic of China with dual English and Simplified Chinese texts), Tell Tales and The London Magazine. At the University of East Anglia he received end of year prizes for outstanding achievement (UEA BA) and the Alumni Prize for Fiction (UEA MA). Martin has been a Hawthornden Fellow and is a Wingate Scholar in literature. He has taught widely, for the British Council, the Arts Council, at City, University of London, Kingston University, UEA and elsewhere. He has provided editorial services to hundreds of clients through Jericho Writers and other routes. He recently completed his novel Frugality with the generous support of Arts Council England.

‘I think his is a voice of true originality and distinction, and one that will in time emerge as a major player in a new generation of British novelists.’

Deborah Rogers, literary agent to Kazuo Ishiguro, Peter Carey, Angela Carter, Hanif Kureishi, Ian McEwan, M.J. Hyland and others

Julie Fergusson - Literary agent

North Literary Agency

Julie Fergusson is an agent with the North Literary Agency. She has a degree in mathematics and a master’s in creative writing, both from the University of Edinburgh, and was an editor for several years before becoming an agent. Julie is looking fiction across a range of genres, particularly psychological thrillers, domestic suspense, sci-fi, near-future speculative, reading group and literary fiction.

Broo Doherty - Literary Agent

D H H Literary Agency

Broo Doherty graduated from Downing College Cambridge and then started working in publishing, where she has worked for the last twenty years. She has worked right across the board in publishing houses and as an agent. She handles all genres, excluding children’s books, screenplays and sci-fi, but particularly enjoys crime, women’s commercial fiction, literary fiction and quirky non-fiction. In 2017 she was voted Literary Agent of the Year at the Royal Novelist’s Association.

Alice Sutherland-Hawes - Literary Agent

Madeleine Milburn Agency 

Alice is the Rights Agent at Madeleine Milburn Ltd and is also growing the children’s & YA list at the agency, including illustrators.

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.

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 Faulks - Literary Agent

Greene and 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.You can follow her on twitter: @hollycfaulks

http://greeneheaton.co.uk/agents/holly-faulks/

Julie Crisp - Literary Agent

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. This also included three years spent working in the Australian publishing industry. 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, bookclub fiction and science fiction and fantasy. Her clients include: John Gwynne, Heather Child, Den Patrick and Nick Setchfield.

Davinia Andrew-Lynch - Literary Agent

Andlyn Literary Agency

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 I’m on the hunt for 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!  The agency has also recently expanded to represent adult authors of commercial fiction and non-fiction.

Sandra Sawicka - Literary Agent

Marjacq Scripts

Sandra Sawicka joined the agency in 2014.  Her main interests are genre fiction (SFF, speculative, crime, horror) and a bit of YA. She also handles translation rights for all authors represented by Marjacq.

She would love to see:

crime with a speculative edge, Southern Gothic, campus novels, road novels, spooky mysteries, ghost stories, high concept, YA adventure, anti-heroes, adventure space operas, atmospheric historical crime/mystery, popular science non fiction (especially linguistics, cybernetics, and astronomy).

Laura Williams - Literary agent

Greene & Heaton

Laura Williams 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. She 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.

Available: June, July, August

Holly Dawson - Book Doctor

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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

Imogen Pelham - Literary agent

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Marjacq Scripts

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.

Available: June, July, August

Hannah Bond - Book Doctor

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Bookouture

I began my career in publishing at Orion, then moved to Hodder & Stoughton, where I worked with authors such as David Nicholls, Erin Kelly, Mike Gayle and Sabine Durrant. I joined Bookouture, a digital-first publisher of commercial fiction, in May 2019 and work on the editorial team, publishing authors such as Donna Ashcroft, Ellyn Oaksmith and Laura Wolfe. I’m interested in commercial fiction, particularly crime, reading group and US-set books. I’d be excited to read anything well-plotted, twisty & character-led (I’m not looking for beautiful writing where nothing happens) & I want a lively voice with strong dialogue and great characterisation. No YA or SFF for me, please.

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.

https://www.sll.com/our-team

Noah Ballard - Literary agent

Curtis Brown Ltd

Bio coming soon.

Catherine Cho - Literary Agent

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Madeleine Milburn 

Catherine Cho is an agent at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency where she is building a list of adult fiction and non-fiction. She began her career in publishing at Folio Literary Management in New York as a literary assistant and contracts manager before moving to Curtis Brown in London. She is also the author of a memoir, Inferno, which was published in 2020 by Bloomsbury.

http://madeleinemilburn.co.uk/team-member/catherine-cho/

Jamie Cowen - Literary agent

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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

Jo Williamson - Literary agent

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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

Emma Darwin - Book Doctor

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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

Susan Armstrong - Literary Agent

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C&W Agency

Sue Armstrong joined C&W Agency as an intern in 2005, became an agent in 2010 and a Director in 2019. She represents a broad range of both new and established novelists, including New York Times, Sunday Times and international bestselling and award-winning writers such as ML Stedman, Joanna Cannon, Daniel Cole, Jess Kidd, Maxine Beneba Clarke and Ali Shaw. When it comes to her list, Sue is particularly interested in literary fiction, book group/women’s fiction, complex family dramas, vivid historical, and high-concept crime and thrillers. She is also keen to see magical realism, gothic and speculative fiction and loves novels that blend genres, are unusual in setting or circumstance, have unexpected twists, a little darkness, pull at the heart-strings, and contain some sort of moral dilemma. Ultimately she’s looking for immersive storytelling that’s thought-provoking and packed full of character. Sue is open to submissions from anyone anywhere.

Lina Langlee - Literary Agent

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The North Literary Agency 

Lina is originally from Sweden but moved to Scotland in 2008 to study. After graduating with a First from University of Glasgow and an MLitt (Distinction) in Publishing Studies from Stirling University, she went on to work in publishing, notably at Canongate and Black & White. She has been an agent since 2018 and is actively building her list. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the RNA ‘Agent of the Year’ award.Lina is looking for books across genres: commercial fiction with a great hook, literary fiction, speculative or high concept books that remain very readable, crime fiction that stands out, fun and moving Middle Grade, and any genre of Young Adult. In terms of non-fiction, Lina is interested either in ‘the small made big’ or ‘the big made small’: specialists that can make really niche subjects accessible and interesting to a wider market, or deeply personal accounts of the big issues we might all one day tackle.@LinaLanglee

Nelle Andrews - Literary Agent

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Rachel Mills Literary Agency

Nelle Andrew joined RML in 2020. She previously worked as an agent at Peters Fraser and Dunlop for eleven years, and prior to that at Macmillan publishers. Nelle represents an array of internationally bestselling and award-winning authors across both fiction and non-fiction. Among those on her list are Sara Collins (winner of the Costa Debut fiction award), Jing-Jing Lee (a longlistee for the Women’s Fiction Prize and Walter Scott prize), Beth Underdown and Cecilia Ekback (HWA Goldsboro Award winners) and six Richard and Judy book club picks such as the bestselling Heidi Perks, Bryony Gordon and Elizabeth Day.

https://www.rachelmillsliterary.co.uk/about

Hannah Sheppard - Literary Agent

D H H Literary Agency 

Hannah Sheppard studied English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She 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.

In 2013 she joined the D H H Literary Agency because she realised that being an agent gave her more time to do what she loves most – using her editorial experience to help writers develop their ideas for commercial success. Her authors include Abi Elphinstone, Darren Charlton, Amy Beashel, Adam Hamdy, Chris McGeorge and Olivia Lara amongst others. 

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.

Follow her on twitter @YA_Books 

Logan Harper - Literary Agent

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Trident Media Group

Logan Harper earned her B.A. in English literature and Communication at the University of Washington, where she worked as the Marketing and Publicity Assistant at the University of Washington Press. 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.In addition to assisting Scott and Erica, 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.​

Carrie Plitt - Literary Agent

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Felicity Bryan Literary Agency

Carrie Plitt is a literary agent at Felicity Bryan Associates where she is building a list of both fiction and non-fiction. She was named a 2018 Bookseller Rising Star. The authors she represents include Sunday Times bestseller Reni Eddo-Lodge, Wellcome Prize winner Will Eaves, and Royal Society Science Prize shortlisted Joseph Jebelli. She is looking for writers of literary fiction, upmarket crime, narrative non-fiction, pop-science, history, big ideas, travel, memoir and nature writing. Prior to joining FBA, she worked at the literary agency C&W and in the rights department at Penguin Books. She also hosts a monthly books talk show and podcast on NTS Radio called Literary Friction.

Emma Finn - Literary Agent

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C&W Agency

Emma Finn is a literary agent at C&W, where she has worked since 2014. She represents a broad range of authors across literary and reading group fiction, crime and thrillers, high concept novels, memoir and narrative non-fiction of all stripes.

Marcy Posner - Literary agent

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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

Ben Clark - Literary agent

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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

Katie Greenstreet - Literary agent

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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

Debi Alper - Book Doctor

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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

Millie Hoskins - Literary agent

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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 also represents a range of non-fiction, but is most interested in narrative.

Available: June, July, August

Jessica Felleman - Literary agent

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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

Julia Churchill - Literary agent

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A.M.Heath

I joined A.M.Heath in 2013 to run the children’s department, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where I started the children’s book side of the list.

I’m lucky to represent some fabulous writers, but I’m always on the lookout for new writing talent. I’m looking for debut and established authors with storytelling magic, from picture book texts right up to YA fiction.

Available: July, August

Chloe Seager - Literary Agent

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Madeleine Milburn 

Generally, I’m 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 being able to capture that spirit on the page is a special and rare talent.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.

http://madeleinemilburn.co.uk/looking-for/chloe-seager-im-looking/

Lucy Morris - Literary agent

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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

Alice Fugate - Literary agent

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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

Hayley Steed - Literary agent

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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

Sonali Chanchani - Literary agent

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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.

Sarah Bedingfield - Literary agent

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Levine Greenberg Rostan

Sarah has been an agent with Levine Greenberg Rostan since 2016. She represents high-concept, genre-busting literary novels, domestic and psychological suspense, upmarket, big-hearted family epics, unique historical fiction, and international, diverse voices.

She reads most types of literary and upmarket commercial fiction, especially novels that show powerful imagination, compulsive plotting and unexpected points of view that say something important or new. Family dramas, cross-genre narratives with light speculative elements, darker narratives that may lead to nightmares and twisty psychological suspense are her favorite kinds of stories, particularly those set in interesting places. She loves books that highlight nature or the environment, especially in extremes.

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 one week 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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