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Children’s Writers Agents; Who’s Who

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Sarah Webb

Who Represents the Most Successful Irish Children’s Writers? A Who’s Who of Exceptional Children’s Agent

Who represents Eoin Colfer? Who is Darren Shan’s agent? Who helped Derek Landy climb to the top?

A Who’s Who of Children’s Agents with Contact Details by Sarah Webb, Author of the Ask Amy Green series for young readers and nine bestselling adult novels.

For more see www.sarahwebb.ie or www.askamygreen.com

You’ve written a book for children (or teenagers) and you’d like to get it published, so what’s next?

If you are interested in reaching the widest readership possible and giving your work the best possible chance to be successful, you’ll need to find a good agent.

Why do you need an agent? Can’t you just go it alone?

In Ireland we are lucky to have the O’Brien Press whose editors are happy to read unsolicited manuscripts. You can send your book directly to one of their editors. Details of how to do this are here: http://www.obrien.ie/guidelines.cfm

But most UK publishers do not accept unsolicited manuscripts so you will need to submit your work through an agent.

What does an agent do exactly?

1/ An agent can advise you on your manuscript and on how to make it more attractive to a publisher. Some of them will act as unofficial ‘editors’ to their clients or at the very least can suggest changes or improvements.

2/ An agent can find the right editor or publisher for your work – like a book matchmaker. And they can sell your UK, US, digital and foreign rights. They can also look after any film or television rights.

3/ Agents deal with the difficult and technical area of contracts. This is particularly important at the moment, with eBooks coming to the fore.

4/ Financial back up – they can chase up your royalties and talk to your publishers about outstanding monies owed to you.

These days having potential isn’t enough, your manuscript must be as perfect as you can make it before it goes anywhere near an editor – this especially goes for popular fiction. A good agent can play a vital role in this process.

Who Represents Who?

The Agent’s Who Represent the Most Successful Irish Children’s Writers (with Contact Details.

Remember to check each agent’s website for submission guidelines before you send anything out. Or ring the agency for details – I know it’s daunting but they are always happy to advise you on how (or if) to submit. Be warned – you may get the agent herself/himself on the phone. Be prepared!

Eoin Colfer is represented by Sophie Hicks.
0044 (0) 2073044100

Derek Landy is represented by Michelle Kass
(Who also represents the wonderful Patrick Ness)
0044 (0) 207 74391624

Darren Shan is represented by Christopher Little

Christopher Little Literary Agency
10 Eel Brook Studios
125 Moore Park Road
London SW6 4PS

Tel: +44 (0) 207 736 4455
Fax: +44 (0) 207 736 4490

For general enquiries please email:  info@christopherlittle.net

Sarah Webb (moi!) is represented by Philippa Milnes Smith at LAW

Contact: All submissions should be sent, in hard copy, by post to:
LAW, 14 Vernon Street, London, W14 0RJ

Cathy Cassidy is represented by Darley Anderson (Spends a lot of time in Ireland and a lovely woman so I’ve included her!

Contact: Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency
Estelle House
11 Eustace Road
London SW6 1JB
Tel: 00 44 (0)20 7385 6652
Fax:00 44 (0)20 7386 5571
Email:  enquiries@darleyanderson.com

Judi Curtin and Marita Conlon McKenna are represented by Caroline Sheldon
Contact via:www.carolinesheldon.co.uk
71 Hillgate Place, London W8 7SS

Other Recommended Children’s Agents:

Julia Churchill
Greenhouse Literary Agency

If you want to make a submission, we take e-queries only, please.
To Julia at  submissions@greenhouseliterary.com.  Check our submission guidelines on this site for full information before querying.  Please note, we no longer accept snail-mail queries or email attachments.

We are sorry that we cannot take (or return) phone queries regarding submissions.

Eve White, Eve White Literary Agency
(represents Andy ‘Mr Gum’ Stanton)
00 44 (0) 207 6301155

Veronique Baxter at David Higham

Contact: David Higham Associates
5–8 Lower John Street
Golden Square
London W1F 9HA
Switchboard: 00 44 (0)20 7434 5900
Fax: 044 (0)20 7437 1072
E-mail:  dha@davidhigham.co.uk

About the author

(c) Sarah Webb, October 2011

For a longer version of this article, with some tips on writing for children please see the blog pages at www.sarahwebb.ie

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