Friday, 30 October 2015

Canon Tales: Slide 19

Submitting my first debut author project was terrifying. As an editor going into an acquisition meeting you already know you have supporters in other departments. But as an agent you’re going out alone, saying, I love this; I’ll rest my reputation on it.

This is a postcard I sent ahead of my first submission to attract attention and thankfully, my reputation is in tact – I secured a lovely deal for the author with S&S. 

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Lovely New Books

One of the best days in the life of a literary agent is the day finished copies of a book land on your is such a day - look at this beauty from Keris Stainton - Lily and the Christmas Wish comes out next month and is a gorgeous, magical Christmas story with a talking pug...what's not to love?

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Canon Tales: Slide 18

This image is a bit tongue in cheek – but, I do aim to be a top Literary Agent in terms of looking after my clients and helping them build careers.

I made the move because I wanted to be able to spend more of my time working creatively with authors to develop ideas and it seemed that the more senior I was getting in house the more of my attention was spent elsewhere. So far, I couldn’t be happier – I get to concentrate on what I love.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Canon Tales: Slide 17

Coming back to my childhood ambition to be Nancy Drew… in a lot of ways I see being an editor as similar to being a detective. And not just in searching for talented authors the way a detective might search for suspects…

When I’m helping an author develop a novel I’m looking for the holes in the alibi plot…Asking the questions that haven’t been covered yet, ensuring everything’s as clear and true to the story as possible. 

Ambition achieved.