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Beating the Odds of Getting Published – Crimefest 2013

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Louise Phillips

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With a host of events organised for Crimefest 2013 in Bristol – it sounds like an event not to be missed!! Sadly Yours Truly is away on hols at that time, so I can’t make it, but fingers crossed, NEXT YEAR!!!

A couple of links you might find interesting are PITCH AN AGENT & Crime Writing Workshop with the amazing Jeffrey Deaver!  Here’s what Crimefest has to say about both events….

These days it not only is impossible for a manuscript to be picked from a slush pile at a publishers any more! CRIMEFEST is offering unpublished writers two ways to beat the odds.


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 in 2013. Top agents will be at CRIMEFEST and aspiring crime writers will have ten minutes to pitch their manuscripts to them. Consider it speed dating for an agent! Authors represented by these agencies include Lee Child, Martina Cole, John Connolly, Paul Doherty, Tana French and Paul Johnston.

There are only a limited number of places, and the registration fee for a place is £35. 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 Day or FullCRIMEFEST Pass. (Unless the buyer also signs up for a Day or Full CRIMEFESTPass, 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. All the PITCH AN AGENT slots have previously sold out, so BUY TICKETS early to avoid disappointment.


Camilla Wray is the Crime and 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, and Tana French.

“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.



jeffrey deaver
CRIMEFEST is honoured to announce Jeffery Deaver as the lecturer of this year’s crime writing workshop. The two-and-half hour long seminar—which includes a thirty-minute tea break—covers all the elements of crafting a first-class thriller as well as some aspects of the business of writing. The event, which allows for some interaction, does not require participants to complete writing exercises. This is a unique opportunity for both established novelists with an interest in the genre as well as hesitant aspiring writers.

The workshop includes the opportunity for up to twenty-five aspiring crime novelists to sign up for a fifteen minute one-on-one assessment of a manuscript. (Crime writer Janet Laurence will be in charge of the assessments.)

The seminar will take place on Thursday afternoon, 30 May, 13:30 – 16:00. Assessments will be scheduled during Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning.

Assessment participants will be required to submit the first 3,000 words of their manuscript, together with a brief synopsis of no more than 1,500 words by 30 April 2013.

All the one-on-one assessments slots have previously sold out, so BUY TICKETS early to avoid disappointment.



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