The session will take place on Friday 4th December. The event is free and each pitcher will have ten minutes with their chosen agent over a digital meeting platform, that is mutually agreed upon by the agent and pitcher prior to the session. The list of pitchers will be decided on based on the strength of their submission.
Below is an idea of what each agent is looking for:
David Headley is actively seeking well-written stories with strong characters and an original narrative voice across general, reading-group and genre fiction with a particular fondness for crime, thrillers, historical and romance.
Broo Doherty is looking for commercial women’s fiction, historical fiction, crime and literary fiction. What really excites her are novels that capture a familiar setting, in an unusual way, or take her to a new unimaginable place in a convincing manner; and if it makes her both smile and wince simultaneously, so much the better.
Hannah Sheppard is looking for middle grade, teen and YA fiction as well as commercial adult fiction (mostly women’s romance / psychological and high concept thrillers). She loves vivid voices, original, hooky pitches and humour - and she’s a sucker for lost, found or misdirected letters. She is actively looking for diverse voices and characters, and thinks we’re all going to need some happy and uplifting stories over the coming months.
Natalie Galustian is looking for compelling narrative non-fiction, literary fiction, short stories and humour.
Harry Illingworth is looking for mould-breaking genre fiction with unique voices and strong concepts; books that can crossover from genre fiction to the commercial market. This could come in the form of epic fantasy, high-concept crime and thriller, anything with a touch of the supernatural or accessible science fiction.
Emily Glenister is looking for reading group and commercial novels, with an emphasis on crime thrillers, upmarket women’s fiction with a unique hook, post-eighteenth century history and gothic novels / ghost stories. Diverse / own voices submissions actively encouraged. As long as the story is strong and the voice distinctive, Emily will keep turning the pages.
How To Apply:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the agent in the subject line of the email, including a cover letter, one-page synopsis / outline and the first three chapters of the novel, or the first 5,000 words (please do not submit more than 5,000 words) if shorter. You may only approach one agent on the team. If these guidelines are not adhered to, unfortunately we cannot consider your submission. We are also not able to consider pitchers who have attended any previous pitching events with us.
Submissions open: 10am on Monday 12th October
Submissions close: 6pm on Friday 27th November
Please do not submit outside of these dates
We will let everyone know whether or not they have a slot by Wednesday 2nd December.
If you have any questions about this event, please email email@example.com, but remember - no submissions before 12th October!