London Writers' Club notes from agent Laura Macdougall of Tibor Jones, plus Sam Eades Orion Publishing event 23 February 6.30-8.30pm and Write with an Agent session 28 January 10.30-1.30pm
London Writers' Club have generously shared the notes from their agent Laura Macdougall of Tibor Jones event in their latest newsletter, plus the details of two upcoming events with Sam Eades of Orion Publishing and the Write with an Agent session, full details below:
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Notes on January's event with agent Laura Macdougall
of Tibor Jones.
Our first event of 2016 was with the agent, Laura
Macdougall of Tibor Jones and Associates.
She joined Tibor Jones in March 2015 (after 5
years at Hodder & Stoughton) and has been steadily building her
list. Tibor Jones is a small team of agents based in Brixham. Their
most famous client is Wilber Smith and they also represent a number
of music journalists/musicians. The atmosphere is fun, laidback and
Laura's current list is mostly made up of novelists
(12 novelists, 3 or 4 non-fiction writers) but she is looking for
more of both. 2 of those novelists came through the usual process -
through the site - the remainder came through recommendations from
friends/editors etc. Contacts can be used!
Laura spends an hour a day reading the submissions
sent to her - it's an important part of her day. However, the
majority of her time is spent editing ms. and proposals.
Foreign rights are sold 'in house' and it's
important to consider that different territories have different
What is Laura looking for?
Fiction - literary (books which Fourth Estate,
Granta, Sceptre etc. would publisher) and then more commercial
fiction - including Historical Fiction. And Crime.
Top tip - be persistent - it's a subjective industry!
What stands out in a submission letter?
Formal but not overly
Get your research done on agents
Follow an agent's guidelines/rules
Have a great title. It's a selling tool!
Laura recently sold an historical crime series to
Headline - editors could see beyond the perceived problems (of
historical fiction not doing so well) and this happens all the
time. So don't apologise for your work.
Non-fiction - cookery, travel, history, nature,
narrative - quite a broad remit. She recently sold a book to Virago
about genders/identity and is currently working on a book about
If you'd like to submit to Laura do mention you are
part of the London Writers' Club community and you will get shifted
to a higher place on her manuscript pile. All guidelines
are on the Tibor Jones website here.
Next event will be with TWO publishers
What: Event with publisher, Sam Eades of Orion Publishing
and her colleague
When: 23 February, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Where: The Cube, Studio 5, 155
Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ (nearest station is
Shoreditch High St.)
tickets: £20 for event plus a free copy of Write a Bestseller
by Jacq Burns
Or £15 for just the ticket.
Write with an Agent session
Three hour session £107. (Join the club and
receive theLondon Writers' Club Members' discounted price of
Venue: Central London
When: There will be just one session
for this quarter. Thursday, January 28th, 10.30-1.30pm.
Most writers need help somewhere on their journey.
Here you will get help to plan your book, to start writing and keep
going, or in the drafting, editing or pitching process.
These intimate sessions are a mix of one-to-one advice
and taking action on that advice that will move you on from
whatever stage you are now, to get your book written faster.
you're finished your book and are ready to prepare your book
proposal and synopsis or you want to create a platform for your
book, you can do that here too. Jacq will read
your synopsis or outline in advance ready to advice you
as you improve your proposal and writing.