Peter Buckman was on the editorial board of Penguin Books, and moved to New York to be a commissioning editor with the New American Library. He then became a full-time writer, producing books, films, plays, and scripts for TV and radio. Agenting has always been part of his life. The Ampersand Agency handles literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction.
When did you come into agenting? What did you do before? And why agenting?
I was a publisher and then a full-time writer before becoming an agent in 2003, so I know the pleasures and pain involved in all aspects of the creative process.
Have you ever opened a new manuscript, read a single page, and thought ‘I’m going to end up making an offer on this’? What was it about that page which excited you?
Yes. The opening sentence of “Q&A”, which turned into Slumdog Millionaire.