Meet the Agent
Please ensure you can fulfil the requirements set out below before purchasing the ticket.
|Date||Saturday 13th November 2021|
|Doors Open||10:45 AM|
|Venue||High Street Baptist Church|
Back by popular demand is our Meet the Agent event, which gives you the opportunity to spend 15 minutes with your chosen agent to discuss your submission.
The submission requirements andagent details follow. Please make sure that you will be able to meet these requirements and submit them by the deadline of Friday 22nd October prior to booking your session as late submissions will not be accepted.
ALL GENRES: Your submission must include:
Personal biography of around 250 words covering information relevant to your application
A synopsis (up to 600 words) outlining the plot
First 3000 words.
Stage you are at - e.g. unfinished/finished manuscript; second draft, etc.
In addition -
For adult narrative non-fiction, including memoir/biography, serious non-fiction including science, health and wellbeing, history.
Please also include why you are the best person to tell this story, why you are qualified to write on this subject and your ability to promote the story/online presence, and why this story should be told.
an overview and outline (including brief chapter breakdown) of the book of 600-800 words.
Niall Harman, Curtis Brown
I start reading something, be it a published book or unsolicited submission, looking to be swept up in a narrative and transported somewhere new. I particularly enjoy books that have a strong sense of place and am constantly drawn to novels that have a strong, compelling voice.
In fiction, many of my best loved reads would be considered accessible literary fiction, and I enjoy crime fiction that continually surprises and leaves me desperate to discuss what happened with other readers as soon as I’ve hit the final page, such as The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton and My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. My recent fiction reading highlights include Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Piranesi by Susanna Clarke and The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, one of my favourite authors. Other favourites include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Katherine Heiny, Daphne du Maurier, David Nicholls and the incomparable Anne Tyler. Please note that I am not looking for Children’s and YA submissions at the moment.
In non-fiction, I look for those same brilliant voices, especially when it comes to memoirs (think Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink and I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Sammader). I’ve spent many years worshipping at the altar of Bill Bryson and his adeptness at tackling a broad range of subjects. I enjoy biography, books that tackle big issues in an accessible way and I'm especially keen to seek out books that offer new takes on histories I thought I was familiar with such as Greg Jenner’s Dead Famous, a witty history of early celebrity culture.
Susan Yearwood, Susan Yearwood Agency
I am Currently looking for book club and commercial women’s fiction, including contemporary and historical romance, psychological suspense and domestic noir. Would love to find escapist and upbeat fiction as well as upmarket reading group fiction with a magical twist. Represents debut and published novelists and is growing their list.