Category Archives: Literary agents

Are you going to be OK on the Underground?

In a feisty – nay, combative – piece for the Guardian, the author Anthony Horowitz wrote: I remember my first meeting at Walker Books. The first question they asked me – and I swear this is true – was what … Continue reading

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The S*** Agents and Editors Say

Following a new secret programme from the WW’s Special Ops department, we’ve been able to implant video cameras into highly trained cockroaches … and have released those roaches into the offices of the most influential editors & agents in New … Continue reading

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Magic Slippers – Part 2 by Dexter Petley

A Guest Blog from Dexter Petley. Dexter is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), and White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003). White Lies was shortlisted for the … Continue reading

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Simon Whaley on why rejection is compulsory.

Simon Whaley is the author of ten non-fiction books, including his latest: The Positively Productive Writer. His first book, One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human (Hodder & Stoughton) spent 4 weeks on the UK bestseller lists … Continue reading

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Literary agents seeking new authors

We get asked a lot of questions over the course of a month, but perhaps the commonest questions boil down to these: how do you find a literary agent? Do you know literary agents who are taking on new and … Continue reading

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The Blackbird Effect – guest post by John Taylor

Every so often we invite a WW client to give us a “My Path to Publication” type post – in order to make the point that everyone’s path is different and those paths are normally long. Our current invitee, John … Continue reading

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Magic Slippers by Dexter Petley

A Guest Blog from Dexter Petley. Dexter is the acclaimed author of a number of novels: a literary noir whodunnit, Little Nineveh (Polygon 1995), Joyride (Fourth Estate, 1999), and White Lies (Fourth Estate 2003). White Lies was shortlisted for the … Continue reading

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How literary agents work – from Conville & Walsh

We’ve had a bit to do with Conville & Walsh over the years – all good things, of course – and it’s a pleasure to reprint the following piece by David Llewelyn, their chief talent scout. We’ve somewhat abridged the … Continue reading

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I was blind, but – Guest Post from Shelley Harris

Shelley Harris won the Friday night competition at the Festival of Writing 2010, spent the weekend being wooed by numerous agents – and ended up with a wonderful book deal with Weidenfeld & Nicolson, after a hotly contested auction. Her … Continue reading

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Brit Writers – a final word

A week ago, and after a surge of concern at the way the Brit Writers company operates in a number of areas, I posted these questions on this blog. I notified the company of those questions in advance and asked … Continue reading

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BWA Statement – full text

I promised that I would print in full any statement presented by the BWA. I have just this minute received one and the full text is reproduced below. I’ll comment at length – and I hope for the last time … Continue reading

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BWA Brit Writers – request for help

My previous post raised a number of questions to which I and others would like an answer. A national newspaper is currently investigating these matters and would like to speak to people who have direct experience of: Being shortlisted for … Continue reading

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BWA Brit Writers Awards – Some questions

The Brit Writers Awards sprang from a noble intention: a desire to honour and support new writers. Unfortunately, we have noticed  an increasing murmur of concern at some of the BWA’s business practices (for example here, here and here). As … Continue reading

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How to write a non-fiction synopsis

A guest blog from Sam Jordison. Sam has been earning a living as a writer since the year 2000. He is the author of five books (including the best-selling Crap Towns and Sod That!: 103 Things Not To Do Before … Continue reading

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Finding literary agents: UK and US

On the whole, it’s simple. British authors write books. They send them to UK literary agents – almost always based in or close to London. A British agent finds a British publisher. Then, once that first crucial deal is in … Continue reading

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