BREAKING NEWS! The Book Bound Agent Panel for 2016
Amber Caraveo, Skylark Literary Agency
Prior to setting up the Skylark Literary Agency with Joanna Moult, Amber was the Editorial Director at Orion Children’s Books and Indigo for nearly five years, joining Orion from Random House Children’s Books in 2010. Before joining Random House, she was busy developing children’s fiction for Working Partners, including bestselling series such as Rainbow Magic. Many years ago she used to create children’s titles for a magazine company – heady days when she interviewed stars such as Gordon the Gopher! She has an MA in Children’s Literature and has been privileged to work with a host of bestselling and award-winning authors, including Holly Black, Liz Kessler, Caroline Lawrence and Juno Dawson. Skylark Literary welcomes submissions and seeks to find and support talented new authors for children and young adults.
Penny Holroyde, Holroyde Cartey
Holroyde Cartey is a literary and artistic agency representing a quality list of award-winning and best-selling authors and illustrators.
Penny Holroyde has been a literary agent since 2005. “Prior to that I was working in the USA as Director of Rights and Licensing for Candlewick Press. As I had worked for Candlewick’s sister company in the UK, Walker Books, I was quite often asked to comment very early on whether a project would have worldwide appeal and I think it’s helpful to have that hat on as an agent. More than that though, in my previous job, authors would call for help when they couldn’t understand their royalty statements or if a film producer had been in touch. As more and more authors got representation, that side of my job got less frequent and I realised that being at the coal face was a place I could be very happy, and I am.”
Jenny Savill, Andrew Nurnberg Associates Ltd
Jenny Savill is senior literary agent for the UK/US at Andrew Nurnberg Associates Ltd where she represents authors of contemporary fiction, historical fiction and non-fiction. In addition to building a highly respected roster of Children’s and Young Adult authors, Jenny has recently launched several exciting new voices in women’s literary and commercial fiction. A regular speaker on university Creative Writing courses, Jenny is on the look-out for compelling voices and confident storytelling. Though not keen on high fantasy, she has a penchant for the speculative and genre-bending novel, for wit, emotional incisiveness, observational skill, and the ability to move and engage the reader. www.andrewnurnberg.com; @nurnberg_agency; @JennySavill1
Sallyanne Sweeney, Mulcahy Associates
Sallyanne Sweeney grew up in Dublin and studied English at Trinity College before completing an MPhil in American Literature at Queens’ College, Cambridge. After graduating she joined Watson, Little Ltd, becoming a Literary Agent in 2008 and a Director of the company in 2011. She joined Mulcahy Associates in 2013 and is building her list of fiction and non-fiction authors for children and adults, as well as a small number of picture book illustrators. Passionate about working with debut authors, her fiction tastes are wide-ranging, from the literary to the very commercial, but she is particularly looking for voice-driven narratives with a strong hook. Sallyanne regularly attends writing festivals and events and is a judge for the inaugural Bath Children’s Novel Award.
Felicity Trew, Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency
Talented, enthusiastic and energetic, Felicity Trew is keenly building up a list of children’s writers and illustrators at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. Clients she already represents include Joseph Coelho, Wendy Meddour and Yuval Zommer. Felicity has a particular love for quirky and imaginative children’s books. Dream projects to arrive on her desk would be: a spellbinding novel of our time, a bold UK teen voice to rival the likes of John Green and Holly Smale, an accessible, well-plotted (and don’t hold back on the funny!) middle grade book, and a picture book classic of the future à la The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Felicity is also on a mission to find extraordinary illustrators who capture the life of their characters and have a real love of story-telling at the heart of their artwork.
The Agent Panel for 2014
Julia Churchill, A.M. Heath
I joined A.M.Heath in 2013 as Children’s Agent, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where I started the children’s book side of the list. I’m lucky to represent some fabulous writers, but I’m always on the treasure hunt for new writing talent and consider the slushpile to be the greatest place on earth. I’m looking for debut and established authors with storytelling magic, from picture book texts right up to YA fiction.
Zoe King, The Blair Partnership
As an agent, it’s my job to maximise commercial potential and take care of business, leaving our writers to get on with what they love: thinking, creating, and writing. We want our authors to feel delighted with their working life, and to know that they’re in the best possible hands. As well as making deals and building revenues, I love the unique relationship with each client, working together to bring their creative vision to fruition. As the main submissions handler at The Blair Partnership, I’m inspired daily by the feeling that the next literary and entertainment sensation is right around the corner too.
When not fighting writers’ corners or immersing myself in new manuscripts, I love cooking, high days and holidays, surfing and the Arts in general.
Polly Nolan, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
Polly Nolan joined Greenhouse in June 2013. After a long and distinguished publishing career, Polly is making the move into agenting to do more of what she enjoys most – finding new writing talent, helping to develop great fiction, and achieving publishing deals for authors both new and established. Polly began in children’s publishing in the 1990s and has worked at a number of major London houses, including several years as Editorial Director of Fiction at Scholastic and latterly as Associate Publishing Director (Fiction) at
Macmillan Children’s Books. She still edits a handful of leading authors, and has an enviable record as a talent-spotter and experienced nurturer of writers.
What Polly is seeking: Fiction by UK, Irish, Commonwealth (including Australia, NZ and India) authors, from picture books to young fiction series, through Middle Grade and Young Adult. She is open to all genres, but is particularly looking for an arresting voice, strong concepts, and stories that have heart and engage the emotions – in short, stories with
true child and teen appeal.
Hannah Sheppard, DHH Literary Agency
Hannah has worked in publishing for over a decade, starting her career at Macmillan Children’s Books before moving to Hachette to run the YA and Crossover list. In 2013 she moved to the DHH Literary Agency to build her client list – she has a particular focus on Children’s and YA but is lucky enough to have an open brief so she can take on any project she falls in love with. Hannah relishes the editorial process and is passionate about stories and helping writers to develop their ideas for commercial success.