Our Connections

It's better to have a great manuscript and lousy connections than a scintillating contact list and a mediocre novel ... but since you're with the Writers' Workshop, why not have both?

No one knows literary agents the way we do

We work with agents in three main ways:

  • We place clients with them
  • We bring them to our events
  • We co-host writing competitions with them

 

Agencies whom we have worked with in these ways include:

  Aitken Alexander Blake Friedmann Conville & Walsh
  Curtis Brown AM Heath Greene & Heaton
  LAW Lucas Alexander Whitley MBA Literary PFD Peters Fraser Dunlop
  Rogers Coleridge White United Agents The Agency
  Janklow & Nesbit Sheil Land William Morris Endeavor
  Watson Little The Viney Agency Wade & Doherty
  Furniss Lawton Andrew Lownie Caroline Sheldon
  Chambers Literary Fox & Howard Futerman & Rose
  Geraldine Cook Graham Maw Christie Hardman & Swainson
  Jane Judd John Jarrold Kate Nash
  Juri Gabriel Lorella Belli Madeleine Milburn
  Richard Becklow Rupert Heath Stephanie Roundsmith
  Greenhouse Jo Unwin  Ampersand

 

But that actually understates how well connected we truly are. We also:

  • Host The Festival of Writing, the UK’s largest writers’ conference. For three days in September, every year, we commandeer the York University campus and fill it with aspiring writers, best-selling authors, and around 30 top agents and publishers. We’ve yet to run one which hasn’t resulted in at least several delegates landing themselves with agents and publishing deals.
  • Run Agent Hunter. This is the UK's largest and best online directory of literary agents. Through Agent Hunter, we actually make contact with every literary agency in the UK, from the very biggest and best-established through to the smallest and newest.
  • Advise agents. Sometimes agents want to pick our brains about how to improve their connections with debut authors. We're always happy to help and we've worked with some of London's most prestigious agencies.
  • Host agents at parties. Agents like to have fun - and we're always happy to pour the wine.

We also know publishers incredibly well

  • Our founder, Harry Bingham, has been published by HarperCollins, Orion, & Bloomsbury; he's worked as ghost or editor on books published by Transworld, Harvill Secker & Orion; and he's been published by Random House in the US, as well as publishers all over the world.
  • We bring publishers to our events too, including senior editors from HarperCollins, Random House, Hachette, Bloomsbury, Chicken House, Macmillan, and many more.

The simple truth is...

If someone matters in publishing, then we either know them already or we can just pick up the phone and get straight through. We will never let you down because our connections aren't strong enough to swing the deal.