Beating the Odds of Getting Published – Crimefest 2013
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 CRIMEFEST is offering unpublished writers two ways to beat the odds.
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 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.
LOUISE PHILLIPS is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent novels, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, LAST KISS and THE GAME CHANGER, were each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She won the award in 2013. Louise’s work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first two novels, RED RIBBONS and THE DOLL'S HOUSE, were published in the US. She has recently been awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland, and her latest novel, THE HIDING GAME, will be published on September 5th 2019. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.