Monday, June 17, 2024

Andrew Nurnberg Associates has eight agents, all looking for authors ~ both children's books & adult

Thorn in My Side by C.J Skuse
represented by ANA

Andrew Nurnberg Associates 

43 Great Russell Street
London
, UK

https://andrewnurnberg.com/

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Andrew Nurnberg Associates was founded in London in 1977. They represent authors from around the world in the fields of literary and commercial fiction and general nonfiction, as well as children’s authors.  Several have received major prizes, ranging from the International Prize for Arabic Fiction to the French Goncourt.

There are eight agents on the team, all of whom are accepting queries, but for new authors, your best bets tend to be agents who are actively building their lists:  

Gyamfia Osei is the newest member of the team. She joined ANA in 2023 as a Literary Agent in the UK department. She was previously an agent at The Good Literary Agency, where she began building her list of authors. 

Recent successes include a “significant” 6-figure pre-empt for Busayo Matuluko’s YA debut ‘Til Death, a 5-way auction for Quiet Storm by Kimberly Whittam and the shortlisting of Ebinehita Iyere’s Girlhood, Unfiltered at the 2023 British Book Awards.

At ANA, Gyamfia will focus on developing the agency’s list of children’s authors, including the representation of ANA’s international children’s authors into the English language, while also representing a bespoke list of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction.

In the Children’s space, Gyamfia would love to find contemporary stories that are full of heart and joy-driven books that celebrate kids from underrepresented backgrounds (think Clare Weze, Kimberly Whittam and Elle McNicoll).

Funny middle-grade and YA horror are currently at the top of her list, and she is keen to read more teen projects (think Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and Glow Up Lara Bloom). She’s also very interested in finding a graphic novel or illustrated project for either MG or YA readers.

She is very open when it comes to Children’s nonfiction but would be particularly interested to consider unique cookbooks aimed at young chefs, books exploring mental health/wellness and projects that bring the experiences of marginalised children to the forefront.

In the adult fiction space, Gyamfia enjoys well-plotted, fast-paced narratives with authentic characters who lodge themselves in her mind long after she’s finished reading (think Big Little LiesVerity and Girl A). She’s open to a broad range of genres, but would be particularly keen to see cosy crime, contemporary romance and tightly plotted domestic noir.

Note that Gyamfia does not consider literary fiction and, in the commercial space, she is not hugely interested in high fantasy, trauma-focused stories or particularly gruesome horror.

In the adult nonfiction space, she would be happy to consider commercial narrative nonfiction and cultural history projects (think Brit(ish)It’s Not That Radical and Everything I Know About Love).

Twitter: gyamfia_o

Query Gyamfia at: submissions@nurnberg.co.uk

Make it clear you’re submitting to her in the Subject line of your email. Attach a 1-page synopsis and the first three chapters or 50 pages. For nonfiction proposals, please send an overview, chapter outlines and three sample chapters.

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Note: If you’re interested in writing for children, don’t miss our online “Writing Little Kid Lit” course on Wednesday evenings, July 3 – Aug 14 (details here), and our one-day workshop, “Writing for Children and for Young Adults with Nan Froman, Editorial Director of Groundwood Books, Sunday, Sept 22. Details here.

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Sara O’Keeffe is an Affiliate Agent. She specialises in fiction, representing literary, reading group and genre fiction authors. She is based in London but hails originally from Waterford, Ireland. Sara has twenty-five years’ experience in the world of publishing, having worked with a host of major brand names in fiction, initially as a publisher and now as an agent.

Sara enjoys the process of working with authors on their ideas, honing their craft and turning their creativity and talent into commercial success. She is passionate about storytelling, with particular interest in upmarket genre (especially thrillers)reading group and accessible literary fiction.

Sara enjoys working closely with writers, helping to shape and develop their work and advocating on their behalf. Sara has a very deep network of contacts in the publishing industry, built over a long career, and seeks to use that knowledge and insight to give her clients the best possible publishing journey.

Sara is excited to hear from fiction authors of all backgrounds. She loves powerful, page-turning stories and she’s drawn to unique voices.

Visit her website: www.saraokeeffe.co.uk

Query Sara at: submissions@nurnberg.co.uk

Make it clear you’re submitting to her in the Subject line of your email. Attach a 1-page synopsis and the first three chapters or 50 pages. For nonfiction proposals, please send an overview, chapter outlines and three sample chapters.

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Note: If you’re interested in getting an agent and how the how publishing process works, don’t miss our online “How to Get Published” workshop with guest Gordon Warnock of Fuse Literary agency, Sunday, July 21. Details here

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Rory Clarke studied English Literature at Birmingham City University before going on to gain his Masters degree in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Warwick. He joined Andrew Nurnberg Associates in 2017 and assisted the Foreign Rights Agents for France, Germany, the Netherlands and Nordic territories.

In 2021, Rory joined the UK department. Now an Agent, Rory is actively building his own list of fiction and nonfiction, which began with the sale of the debut book by Nadeem Perera and Ollie Olanipekun of Flock Together in a pre-empt to Gaia Books (Octopus).

In fiction, he is drawn to voice-driven and story-led literary writing powered by strong ideas, evocative settings and a command of form.

He is interested in a wide range of nonfiction from popular science, history, literary and cultural criticism, current affairs and nature writing. He is primarily looking for compelling, original stories from emerging experts with surprising and new takes on a subject.

Twitter: @_RDClarke 

Query Rory at: submissions@nurnberg.co.uk

Make it clear you’re submitting to him in the Subject line of your email. Attach a 1-page synopsis and the first three chapters or 50 pages. For nonfiction proposals, please send an overview, chapter outlines and three sample chapters.

Andrew Holgate has joined ANA as an Affiliate Agent. Previously, he was Literary Editor of The Sunday Times for 14 years until his retirement in October 2022, and before that was deputy literary editor for a further nine years. 

He has spent his whole working life in books, either in bookselling, publishing or literary journalism, and will be growing a small list of fiction and literary non-fiction, memoir, biography, nature and history.

Holgate is an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has co-edited two books (including one, The Cost of Letters, on how authors earn their living) and has judged many literary prizes, most recently the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, which he chaired in 2021. In his time at The Sunday Times he also relaunched the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and ran the Sunday Times Short Story Award.

Find him on twitter: @aholgate

Query Andrew at: submissions@nurnberg.co.uk

Full submission guidelines here.

See Brian Henry’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and four-day writing retreats here

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Walker UK is one of the world's best children's publishers ~ and they're open to picture book submissions

Walker UK

Walker is a large company, publishing over 300 books a year in the UK alone. And in the UK, they’re open to submissions of picture books. Walker UK’s sister companies are Walker Australia (not open to unagented submissions) and Candlewick in the USA (not accepting unagented submissions).

Walker and its sister companies is one of the world’s most prestigious publishers of children’s books. Among its hundreds of titles, it’s perhaps best known for the Where’s Waldo and the Peppa Pig series.

Submissions: Illustrated picture-book stories or illustration samples should be sent as a jpeg or PDF for images (5 MB size limit) and as a Word document for text. 

Email submissions to: illustratorsubmissions@walker.co.uk 

Or: editorial@walker.co.uk 

Full submission guidelines here.

Literary agent Gordon Warnock

Note: If you’re interested in getting published or getting an agent, don’t miss our online “How to Get Published”  workshop with guest Gordon Warnock of Fuse Literary  agency, Sunday, July 21. Details here

And if you’re specifically interested in writing for kids, check out our online “Writing for Children and for Young Adults” workshop with guest Nan Froman, Editorial Director of Groundwood Books, Sunday, Sept 22. Details here.

See all upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and four-day retreats here.

Friday, June 14, 2024

You're invited to an online Kid Lit workshop with Nan Froman of Groundwood Books

The Prisoner and the Writer
by Heather Camlot, illustrated by Sophie Carson
published by Groundwood

“Writing for Children and for Young Adults”

~ with guest Nan Froman, Editorial Director at Groundwood Books

Sunday, September 22, 2024
 1:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom and accessible wherever there’s Internet

If you want to write the next best-selling children’s books or just want to create stories for your own kids, this workshop is for you. Learn how to write stories kids and young adults will love and find out what you need to know to sell your book.

This is your chance to speak with someone within a publishing company in a small group setting and to pull back the curtain and see how it all works. Be sure to bring your questions – we'll have lots of time for interaction.

Special option: Participants are invited to submit the opening couple pages (first 500 words) of your children’s book or young adult novel (or up to 800 words if that gets you to the end of your picture book or to the end of your first chapter). Email your pages to me prior to our workshop.

Nan and I will publicly critique about half a dozen submissions so everyone can see what works, what doesn’t, and how to improve your story-telling. Get your pages in early if you want to be part of this. If you’re not currently working on a children’s story, don’t worry, we’ll get you started! ~Brian

Guest speaker Nan Froman is the Editorial Director at Groundwood Books, an independent Canadian children's publisher that is part of House of Anansi Press. Groundwood publishes literary picture books, fiction, poetry, nonfiction and graphic novels from Canada and around the world.

Groundwood is home to ground-breaking books and award-winning authors and illustrators, such as Deborah Ellis, Marie-Louise Gay, Isabelle Arsenault, Sydney Smith and Jillian Tamaki among many others. 

As editorial director, Nan participates in the list-planning, acquisitions and development of Groundwood’s publishing program, which consists of about twenty-five new titles a year. She acquires and edits picture books, along with some nonfiction. Nan lives in Toronto. 

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor, author, and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers and is the author of a children’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tribute Publishing Inc). But his proudest boast is that he’s has helped many of his students get published.

Read reviews and reflections on Brian’s retreats, classes and workshops here.

Fee: $45.13 + 13% hst = $51 paid in advance by mail or Interac

To reserve a spot now, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See all of Brian’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and weekend retreats here.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Muskoka Authors Association presents: The Publishing Extravaganza Event

The Publishing Extravaganza Event

Saturday, June 22
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Doors open at 8:30 am
Bracebridge United Church
46 Dominion Street, Bracebridge, Ontario (Map here)
Enter by door on the northside driveway. 

Muskoka Authors Association, is hosting an all-day one-of-a-kind Publishing Extravaganza Event. This event will be one of the largest gatherings of professionals related to the publishing industry ever held in Muskoka.

No matter the stage of your writing project, this is a must-attend event where you will hear from industry specialists covering all aspects of the publishing journey.

Publishers will walk you through the publication process (whether you’re looking to publish with a traditional publisher or self-publish) and Literary agents will share the secrets on how to attract an agent and the benefits of being represented by an agency.

Also included are special presentations on everything from writing that critical query letter (presented by Brian Henry), to the ins and outs of accounting for writers, to marketing your book for maximum impact and more.

There will also be an opportunity for a limited number of participants to have a one-on-one evaluation of 5 pages of their manuscript by a literary agent or publisher. This is a priceless opportunity to avoid the slush pile and get in front of a literary agent or publisher to pitch your work and get vital industry feedback.

These spots are offered on a first come first serve basis at a nominal additional charge. You will be advised if your submission will be evaluated and how to submit the fee.

Your registration includes lunch (although we can’t guarantee that special dietary needs can be met.  

You won’t want to miss this event if you’re serious about having your work published and out in the world.

Speakers and Topics

Literary Agents:

Marilyn Biderman (Transatlantic): “Marilyn’s Twelve Rules for Writing Great Sentences”

Kathryn Williams (The Rights Factory): “Just the Facts, Ma’am: On Writing and Selling Nonfiction”

Leonicka Valcius (Transatlantic): “The Agent/Author Relationship: Role of your agent and reasonable expectations”           

Editor & Creative Writing Instructor Brian Henry: “Writing your query letter”

Publishers:

Blue Denim Press: “Publishing in a Fragmented World”

Crooked Lane Books: “Getting Your Mystery or Thriller Published”

Entourage Media & Marketing (hybrid publisher): “Marketing to Maximize Your Book Sales”

Accountant Dave Stevenson: “The Business of Writing”

Fees: MAA Members: $35, Non-Members: $80

Manuscript Evaluation Fee: $40

Register through eventbrite here.

Note: If you’re looking to get your manuscript published – or you’re just curious about how it all works – you may also be interested in “How to Get Published,” with guest speaker Gordon Warnock, founding partner and literary agent with Fuse Literary, Sunday, July 21, online. Details here

See all of Brian’s upcoming weekly writing classes, one-day workshops, and four-day retreats here.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Sparkles and Karim by Dave Moores, reviewed by Michael Joll

(Sparkles and Karim by Dave Moores, 261 pages MiddleroadPublishers. Available from Amazon here.

Buckle up!

Iraq, 2014. Outside the wire, there are three types of people: bag guys, worse guys and victims, doing whatever it takes to survive in a country dominated by ISIS, the dregs of the Muslim world.

It’s a time and a place where you can trust no one unless you have a death wish, where money can buy you a “Get out of jail free” card, but only for so long.

Repeat: Trust no one. If you can buy someone, so can others with a different, competing agenda. Loyalty comes with common blood ahead of everything, but don’t count on it.

Now inject USAF Major Michelle “Sparkles” Wilson and Iraq-born, California-raised Karim Hamid into this human-made cesspool of corruption, betrayal and hatred. Faced with a dishonourable discharge for disobeying orders, a court martial and a jail sentence in an armed forces prison for women, Sparkles chooses to accept a near-impossible CIA mission deep inside Iraq as the lesser of two evils. Her chances of success, which will include her survival? Not good.

Regular army soldier Karim Hamid, recruited by the CIA to penetrate ISIS in Iraq, has a different motive – to rescue Miriam, the girl he left behind as a child in ISIS-controlled Mosul. He, too, feels pressured into accepting the CIA assignment as his best chance of finding her.

Competing agendas and incompatible motives, to say nothing of diametrically opposite personalities, do not make for a cohesive team. Karim’s an immature, impulsive daredevil; Sparkles is a controlling, by-the-book perfectionist. Matches and gasoline somehow have to get along without killing each other.

Text to Karim: Earn my trust, hotshot.

Text to Sparkles: Stop acting like you own the show.

Ahead of them is the imperative to find a stolen consignment of radioactive cesium sufficient to make a dirty bomb that could change the outcome of the ISIS-fuelled insurrection. The CIA wants it.

Author Dave Moores

The man who stole it intends to sell it to buy his way out of Iraq. ISIS wants in on the Weapons of Mass Destruction business. And no one in Washington will want to admit they were careless in relinquishing control of the material or complicity in the implementation or threat of the use of a dirty bomb against the civilian population of their ally.

Behind them is a financially troubled Texas oil company looking to make a killing on energy futures. A dirty bomb exploding in Iraq’s biggest oilfield, rendering it uninhabitable for years, will do just that.

Running parallel is the CIA duo with their own interests and the Pentagon with theirs.

Sparkes and Karim takes the reader on a wild ride through Iraq, mainly in Toyota Hiluxes, the mode of transport favoured by ISIS. Arabic-speaking, Quran-quoting, nominally Christian Karim has spent months inside ISIS and passes himself off easily (sometimes with the help of some serious graft) as an ISIS fighter.

To form a team, if less than a partnership, to survive and give the mission any chance of succeeding, broomstick-up-her-ass, Air Force issue, Sparkles swallows her pride and masquerades as his wife.

Moores’ strength is his ability to bring the reader along with Sparkles and Karim on their stomach-turning rollercoaster ride through atrocities and the ever-present threat of capture, torture, and death. He places the reader firmly behind the wheel of the Hilux as Sparkles and Karnm dodge gunfire, strafing, and bombing.

His vivid descriptions of the towns, cities, and countryside inject life into what would be mere backdrops in the hands of a less gifted writer. His minor characters, never intrusive but always convincing, bring a sense of ever-present menace to the narrative.

The story unfolds over about a week, so there is little time for character development or epiphanies on the road to Damascus. Instead, Moores offers plot twists, hairpin bends, box canyons, and serious, bloody mayhem. Prepare to be blindsided by the unexpected and have your senses assaulted by the visceral cruelty and depravity of what passed for life in Iraq under ISIS in 2014.

Sparkles and Karim provides a terrific and often terrifying read.  

Those of a nervous disposition might prefer Jane Austen. 

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Sparkles and Karim by Dave Moores is available at Amazon here.

Michael Joll is a novelist and short story writer with four published novels and two collections of short stories to his credit. His latest novel is “Hacker.” He lives in Brampton with his wife of nearly fifty-five years and an elderly springer spaniel, a retired member of the Toronto Police bomb squad.

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