Posted by Polly
What an exciting day 21.05.18* is for me! Today, I start representing North American authors and selling to publishers there too.
We have terrific writers and editors and publishing houses in the UK and Ireland and these have always been my focus and love . . . but it is amazing to have the opportunity to stretch my wings and take my passion for great writing across the Atlantic, and to develop productive, happy relationships with authors and editors there too. (I am sure that I could crowbar in some reference here to the special trans-Atlantic relationship the UK and US have, not least following Saturday’s Royal ‘Harry & Meghan’ Wedding . . . but as I am Irish, I won’t.)
Suffice to say that, from today, the world really is my oyster: I am open to anyone, from anywhere in the world, who writes outstanding fiction for children and young adults in the English language. And if your gifts lie more towards picture books and you write and illustrate (to a tip-top level) your work, I would love to hear from you too.
Have a look at my profile under the ‘Team’ tab on this website to see what sort of stuff is on my wish-list.
Meantime, I am already looking forward to my first work trip to the States later this year, when I will be visiting as many US editors as I can, catching up with those I was lucky enough to work with during my own in-house career as an editor in the UK, and making lots of new contacts.
Most of all though, I’m looking forward to reading – and getting deals! – for outstanding new writers and adding to the brilliant list of clients I am lucky enough already to represent.
*I should probably get used to writing 5.21.18 now, right?