The organisers anticipate announcing the itinerary in February. For an idea of what to expect see the PROGRAMME pages of past websites.
PITCH AN AGENT
Are you an aspiring author looking for an agent? If so, CRIMEFEST is pleased to announce that it will once again be hosting the PITCH AN AGENT strand on Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 May. Top agents will be at CRIMEFEST and aspiring crime writers will have ten minutes to pitch their manuscripts to each of them simultaneously in a private session. Consider it speed dating for an agent meets BBC’s Dragon’s Den (aka Shark Tank in the USA). Authors represented by these agencies include Lee Child, Martina Cole, Charles Cummings, Elly Griffiths, Ragnar Jónasson and L.C. Tyler. There are only a limited number of places—which have previously sold out—and the registration fee for a place is £55. PITCH AN AGENT is only open to delegates who have not previously participated, are not commercially published, are without an agent and who have registered for a Friday and/or Saturday Day or Full CRIMEFEST Pass. (Unless the buyer also signs up for a Day or Full CRIMEFEST Pass, a £10 refund fee will be charged for incorrect bookings.)
Participants will be required to submit the first 3,000 words of their manuscript, together with a brief synopsis (of up to 1,500 words) by 12 April 2019. All the PITCH AN AGENT slots have previously sold out, so BUY TICKETS early to avoid disappointment.
Camilla Bolton, originator of PITCH AN AGENT, is the Crime & Thriller agent at the Darley Anderson Literary TV & Film Agency. She studied English Literature and Psychology at Cardiff University, specialising in novel writing and abnormal psychology. In 2003 she co-founded a successful business and worked on this until 2005, when she decided to follow her love of stories. After gaining a distinction from the University of the Arts, she worked for a national newspaper until she joined the Darley Anderson Agency in 2007. The Darley Anderson Agency is an international market leader for commercial crime and thrillers, and represents No.1 bestselling authors such as Lee Child, John Connolly, Martina Cole, Tana French and Tim Weaver.
‘There are agents. There are good agents. There are super agents. And then there’s Darley Anderson.’
Hellie Ogden joined Janklow & Nesbit in 2013, an agency renowned for its electric list of authors from the literary to the commercial and including Tom Wolfe, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joan Didion, Thomas Harris, Danielle Steel, M.J. Arlidge and Charles Cumming. Hellie represents fiction, children’s books and non-fiction and enjoys novels with bold storytelling, moving prose and vivid, thought-provoking characters. She is on the lookout for psychological or high-concept thrillers with big ideas and daring twists and series crime. As an editorially focused agent, she has a keen interest in helping to develop and nurture debut writers. Hellie featured in The Bookseller Rising Stars list 2013 and was shortlisted for the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize in 2014.
Hannah Sheppard joined the DHH Literary Agency in 2013 because she realised that being an agent gave her more time to do what she loves most—using her editorial experience to help writers develop their ideas for commercial success. Hannah spent ten years as an in house editor, first at Macmillan Children’s Books and later running Headline Publishing Group’s YA and crossover list where she published Tanya Byrne’s critically acclaimed Heart-Shaped Bruise. She likes stories that push the boundaries, have a strong voice and, often, a dark edge. As an agent, she represents children’s fiction as well as commercial women’s and crime thrillers. Her clients include Adam Hamdy and Chris McGeorge.
FORENSIC CRIME SCENE EXCURSION
Thursday, 9 May, 09:30 – 12:30
Have you always wanted to get your hands dirty at a crime scene? Maybe that’s not the best way of putting it, but with CRIMEFEST’s special tour returning by popular demand, that’s what you’ll be able to do. The University of the West of England are offering delegates special access to their Crime Scene experts who train Forensic Science students and police. And we return to the special location for our crime: the Glenside Hospital Museum. The hospital, originally called the Bristol Lunatic Asylum, was built in 1861, and the museum is situated in the church within the grounds of the old asylum which closed in 1994. It provides an insight into the evolution of treatments and shows how mental health care has changed over the last 150 years. It is a fascinating place to visit on any day, but, as an added bonus for CRIMEFEST delegates, it will be hosting a murder, just for us.
Delegates will be briefed on the scene and will walk through the Museum identifying clues and getting hands-on experience of searching for evidence, testing for fingerprints, identifying blood and other substances and getting to use mysterious pieces of forensic kit. Forensics experts will also be on hand to guide you through and answer specific questions, focusing on modern day procedures in a historic setting. You even get to keep your outfit.
We will be visiting the house on Thursday, 9 May. The trip costs £39.95, including transport to UWE’s campus which is about half an hour away. A minibus will pick us up at 9:30am outside the convention hotel and deliver us back at 12:30, in plenty of time for the first panel. Tickets are limited in order to ensure a great experience for all participants, and are only available to CRIMEFEST pass holders.
Visit CRIMEFEST’s TICKET page to register.
THE INDIE ALTERNATIVE PANEL
Increasingly authors are going it alone and self-publishing their books because the financial rewards can be significantly greater than the traditional path. Also, publishing houses are now using the sales figures of self-published authors as a tool to seek out new talent. Recognising this development, CRIMEFEST organises a panel to give four independently published authors a chance to discuss their work. If you are a self-published crime writer and are interested in participating on this panel then visit THE INDIE ALTERNATIVE page for more information or to sign up.