One-to-Ones - Festival of Writing 2019 | Jericho Writers

One-to-one sessions

Get personal feedback from literary agents and book doctors during the Festival.

Festival of Writing 2018

Every weekend Festival ticket includes two, ten-minute one-to-one sessions with either literary agents or book doctors.

And the best thing? The choice of who that is with, is yours! We’ll ask you to submit your query letter, synopsis and the first three-thousand words or your novel in advance, so you can both get right down to business. You’ll also be able to choose your own timeslot when you come to book (but please be aware that one-to-ones are subject to change.)

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

Amanda Saint

Amanda Saint
Book Doctor

Amanda Saint is a novelist and short fiction writer. She founded and runs the independent publishing house, Retreat West Books. Amanda’s an experienced fiction editor and creative writing tutor.

Available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Anastasia Parkes

Anastasia Parkes
Book Doctor

Anastasia Parkes, pen name Primula Bond, is the author of erotic romance novels. Recently, she’s ventured into domestic noir and short stories, whilst working as a freelance ‘human interest’ writer and an editor.

Available: Saturday, Sunday

Carrie Plitt

Carrie PlittCarrie Plitt
Literary Agent – Felicity Bryan Agency

Carrie Plitt is a literary agent at Felicity Bryan Associates. She is looking for writers of literary fiction, upmarket crime, narrative non-fiction, pop-science, history, big ideas, memoir and nature writing.

Available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Catherine Cho

Agent Catherine ChoCatherine Cho
Literary Agent – Curtis Brown

Catherine represents reading group fiction, speculative fiction and science fiction. She’s looking for powerful stories that transcend genre, whether it’s reading group fiction or historical fiction, she loves stories that transport you.

Available: Friday, Saturday

Catherine Pellegrino

Catherine PellegrinoCatherine Pellegrino
Literary Agent – Marjacq

Catherine represents an eclectic list of Children’s and YA authors and is looking for great storytelling, distinctive new voices and characters who take up residence in your head and your heart.

Available: Saturday, Sunday

C.M. Taylor

CM TaylorC.M. Taylor
Book Doctor

Craig’s last novel was Staying On (Duckworth, 2018). He edits fiction for publishers, co-wrote the thriller Writers Retreat, lectures on a Publishing degree and teaches widely on the structures of narrative.

Available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Darcy Nicholson

Agent Darcy NicholsonDarcy Nicholson
Publisher

Darcy Nicholson, Commissioning Editor, Transworld Publishers (Penguin Random House) Darcy works across commercial fiction and non-fiction; her list is varied but at the heart of each book she publishes you’ll find pace, heart and a brilliant pay-off.

Available: Friday, Saturday

Davinia Andrew-Lynch

Davinia Andrew-LynchDavinia Andrew-Lynch
Literary Agent – Andlyn

Davinia Andrew-Lynch runs Andlyn, a boutique agency dedicated to finding storytellers whose material can not only exist on the page but can also find an outlet through other media territories. Children’s fiction is at the forefront of what Davinia is looking for but Andlyn is now open to adult submissions too

Available: Saturday, Sunday

Debi Alper

Debi AlperDebi Alper
Book Doctor

Debi has been published by Orion. For the last thirteen years, she has helped other writers through critiques and workshops. She runs the phenomenally successful Jericho Writers’ Self-Edit Your Novel course.

Available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Emma Darwin

Emma Darwin
Book Doctor

Emma is a novelist and mentor; she has a PhD in Creative Writing and blogs at This Itch of Writing. Her latest book is This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin.

Available: Saturday, Sunday

Emma Finn

Emma Finn
Literary Agent – C&W Agency

Emma is a literary agent at C&W, and is on the hunt for accessible literary and book group fiction, stand-out thrillers, high-concept novels and smart, original narrative non-fiction of all stripes.

Available: Friday, Saturday

Hal Duncan

Editor Hal DuncanHal Duncan
Book Doctor

Hal Duncan writes mainly fiction, specifically Sci-Fi and Fantasy. He also writes poetry and has written literary criticism and commentary as collected in Rhapsody, a non-fiction book on strange fiction. Hal has written to critical acclaim and has shared awards lists with the likes of Neil Gaiman.

Available: Saturday, Sunday

Hattie Grunewald

Hattie Grunewald
Literary Agent – Blake Friedmann

Hattie Grunewald is an agent at Blake Friedmann Agency, representing women’s fiction, crime, middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction in areas of lifestyle and personal development.

Available: Saturday, Sunday

Hayley Steed

Hayley Steed
Literary Agent – Madeleine Milburn Agency

Hayley is an Associate Agent at Madeleine Milburn. She is actively seeking commercial fiction including contemporary women’s fiction, uplifting love stories, high concept novels, speculative fiction, gothic novels and narrative non-fiction.

Available: Friday, Saturday

Imogen Pelham

Imogen Pelham
Literary Agent – Marjacq

Imogen Pelham is a literary agent at Marjacq, representing a range of literary and upmarket-commercial fiction, and non-fiction which looks at serious subjects in interesting ways.

Available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

James Law

James Law
Book Doctor

James’ debut thriller, The Dark Beneath, was published in 2015 by Headline (UK) and Holt (US). The third book in the series, The Coldest Blood, is out now.

Available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Jenny Savill

Agent Jenny SavillJenny Savill
Literary Agent – Andrew Nurnberg Associates

Jenny is the Director of Andrew Nurnberg Agency. She represents children’s and YA fiction; literary fiction, commercial and literary women’s fiction, suspense, historical fiction, and occasional narrative non-fiction. @jennysavill1 www.andrewnurnberg.com

Available: Saturday

Jo Williamson

Agent Jo WilliamsonJo Williamson
Literary Agent – Antony Harwood

Jo represents across all ages in children’s publishing from picture books to YA. She is particularly keen on classic Middle Grade adventures and thought-provoking YA and books that reflect our multi-cultural society.

Available: Friday, Saturday

Julia Churchill

Julia Churchill
Literary Agent – A.M.Heath

Julia Churchill runs the children’s department at AM Heath. She represents some fabulous writers, but is always on the lookout for new writing talent.

Available: Saturday, Sunday

Kate Evans

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Literary Agent – Peter Fraser And Dunlop

Kate Evans is the Publisher of Agora Books and an Agent representing journalism and a small list of non-fiction. She joined PFD in 2014 and launched Agora Books in 2018.

Available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Laura McNeill

Agent Laura McNeillLaura McNeill
Literary Agent – Peter Fraser And Dunlop

Laura is currently building her own list and is on the lookout for new voices and ideas. She is particularly interested in non-fiction, but encourages submissions of all types and genres.

Available: Saturday, Sunday

Laura Williams

Laura WilliamsLaura Williams
Literary Agent – Greene & Heaton

Laura Williams joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018 from Peters Fraser & Dunlop, where she worked for seven years. She represents a wide-ranging list of fiction and non-fiction.

Available: Friday, Saturday

Lucy Morris

Agent Lucy MorrisLucy Morris
Literary Agent – Curtis Brown

Lucy Morris is an associate agent at Curtis Brown, where she is building a list of upmarket commercial and book club fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir.

Available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Millie Hoskins

Agent Millie HoskinsMillie Hoskins
Literary Agent – United Agents

Millie Hoskins is actively building her own list whilst working with some of UA’s long-standing bestselling clients. She wants to find exciting new writers of fiction, both commercial and literary.

Available: Friday, Saturday

Sam Jordison

Editor Sam JordisonSam Jordison
Publisher – Galley Beggar Press) and Book Doctor

Sam Jordison is the co-director of the award-winning independent publisher Galley Beggar Press. He writes about books for The Guardian and he is the author of several non-fiction titles such as Enemies Of The People and the best-selling Crap Towns series.

Available: Saturday, Sunday

Sandra Sawicka

Sandra Sawicka
Literary Agent – Marjacq

Sandra Sawicka is an agent at Marjacq Scripts. She’s looking for genre writing, from YA through crime to SFF and horror. Particularly interested in escapist YA, spooky crime and high concept speculative fiction.

Available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Sarah Hornsley (nee Manning)

Sarah Hornsley (nee Manning)
Literary Agent – The Bent Agency

Sarah’s taste is varied. She is currently looking for commercial and accessible literary adult fiction, YA and nonfiction and is on the hunt for uplifting women’s fiction in the reading group space.

Available: Friday, Saturday

Tom Witcomb

Tom Witcomb
Literary Agent – Blake Friedmann

Tom is looking for upmarket and commercial crime, thriller, historical and science fiction where character is equal to plot. He loves complex ideas and simple sentences.

Available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Tips on choosing your sessions

Festival of Writing 2018

One-to-one sessions always book up fast. 

Your one-to-one booking form contains up-to-date information on which sessions have spaces available. You will be asked to choose your one-to-ones as soon as you have purchased your ticket, so we recommend creating a shortlist of five/six agents or book doctors before you purchase.

Here’s some tips on how to choose

Take note of when the agent or book doctor is available – especially if you plan on booking a day ticket.

Think about whether you have a preference for time. For some writers, this doesn’t matter. For others, they might want to get them out of the way nice and early, or leave them until the end. Make a note of this so you can check the remaining available times when you come to book.

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 are suitable for your writing.

Book doctor or literary agent? Book doctors are perfect if you are 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

Getting Published Video Course

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

Once you’ve booked your ticket and chosen your one-to-one slots, you’ll soon receive an email asking you to submit the following to us, via a special link:

  • Your query letter
  • A one / one-and-a-half page synopsis
  • The first 3,000 words of your manuscript

You’ll have a deadline of 19th August 2019 to do this. Please note that once you have submitted your work, it can’t be altered, so take your time!

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