A recent article in a publishing magazine mentioned that it not only is impossible for a manuscript to be picked from a slush pile at a publishers any more, it is now virtually impossible with an agent as well! CRIMEFEST is offering unpublished writers two ways to beat the odds.
CRIME WRITING WORKSHOP
PITCH AN AGENT
There are only a limited number of places, and the registration fee for a place is £25. Please note that PITCH AN AGENT is only open to delegates without an agent who have registered for a 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 20 April 2012. Based on entries, the agents will decide which of the participants they meet. All the PITCH AN AGENT slots have previously sold out, so book early to avoid disappointment.
"There are agents. There are good agents. There are super agents. And then there's Darley Anderson." - Lee Child
Broo Doherty, of Wade & Doherty Literary Agency, has worked
in publishing for the last twenty years and has had a variety of different roles throughout the industry. She started as a production assistant at Victor Gollancz and moved to Hodder & Stoughton for a brief period before joining Transworld as an editor for the Bantam Press imprint where she was involved with authors such as David Gemmell, Anthony Holden and Jilly Cooper. Then she joined a literary agency as the editorial director before setting up Wade and Doherty almost five years ago. Broo handles all genres, excluding children's books and science fiction, but focuses her attention on crime, commercial women's fiction, literary fiction and quirky non-fiction.
David Headley is the Managing Director of DHH Literary Agency. He studied theology in London and Durham before creating Goldsboro Books, an independent bookseller in London. He spent 10 years developing the company and building many contacts in all of the UK's publishing houses. He created the UK's largest collectors' book club and is influential in selling large amounts of hardback fiction in the UK. In 2008 David created DHH Literary—a new agency that enables him to concentrate on discovering new talent in fiction writing. He is only looking to represent fiction writers currently. In his spare time he reads for pleasure as well as travelling all over Europe visiting cities. He likes different, quirky and something that may challenge.