World Rights: Agents Hold Firm

To my fellow literary agents, gathered this week at the London Book Fair: let's take this opportunity to consider why it is in the author's interest for the Halls for one year to go quiet, to shrink and go small. For the noise from the IRC to roar above - for the agents to take over Olympia. Agents are under increasing pressure from the big…

Let me represent you: The agent’s verb

Sometimes, my non-publishing friends stumble on how to express what I do. They can't get their heads round the fact I don't "publish" anything... what is it I do with books again? With authors? I explain to them that the agent's verb is: to represent. I represent a list of authors; I represent their interests.…

The Interference: What I do

I've been dogged by poor health for a few weeks now - a cough that won't shift, some sort of virus hanging around me, poor sleep - and a few of my friends, clients and colleagues have started up a loving interference. 'What time did you go to bed last night?' they enquire nosily. 'You…

Agent of the Year: Good agenting

We are supposed to be nominating each other, we publishing professionals: the closing date for the Bookseller Industry Awards is nearly upon us. If we think we can discern the Imprint of the Year, Rights Professional of the Year or one of many other Publishing Persons of the Year including, indeed, the Literary Agent of…