Thursday, 15 June 2017

London Writers' Club Agent event 20 June

The next London Writers' Club event features Therese Coen agent at Hardman & Swainson, full details below:

Come and meet Therese Coen, agent at Hardman & Swainson
June 20, 6.30-8.30pm:
At: Adam House (The Rehearsal Room), 7-10 Adam Street, The Strand WC2N 6AA

Book a ticket now, £15 in advance, £20 on the door. Members come for free but let us know if you'd like to reserve a place. 


Therese Coen, agent at Hardman & Swainson
Part of The Bookseller's 2017 Rising Stars 

While heading up the rights department at Madeleine Milburn, she orchestrated a number of headline-grabbing deals, including selling C J Tudor's The Chalk Man into 38 territories and Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine into 28. The Belgian emigrée didn't lose pace when she moved to Hardman & Swainson in January to take up the newly created role of rights director. Recent triumphs include increasing Sarah "The Unmumsy Mum" Turner's international reach while notching up a raft of deals for S R Mastrantone's The Killer You Know. Coen says the opportunity to build an in-house foreign rights team was one of the attractions of the Hardman & Swainson role, as was the chance to agent in her own right. She recently sold Alex Bell's novel The Polar Bear Explorers Club to Faber in a three-book pre-empt, and YA author Christine Lehnen's Touch that Fire to Random House Germany for a six-figure sum.

Audible launches £10k writing grant
Calling all unpublished thriller/crime writers!
Audible has launched a £10,000 audio-exclusive writing grant for unpublished writers. 
The Audible New Writing Grant: The Crime Edition invites crime writers to submit an unpublished thriller of 50,000 words or more to a panel including two-time Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year winner Mark Billingham; CWA Dagger In The Library winner Sharon Bolton; The Girl On The Train and The Widow narrator Clare Corbett, the Daily Telegraph's crime critic Jake Kerridge and Audible's director Of content Laurence Howell.
Free to enter, a shortlist of three candidates will be announced in early 2018. Applicants will be able to download a free copy of one of Audible's "best-selling" crime novels, The Widow by Fiona Barton (Bantam), during the first week of submissions, for a "little extra inspiration".
The winning author will receive a £10,000 advance, accountable against royalties, for an exclusive Worldwide English language audio publication deal, as well as mentoring from Audible's panel of judges. Read more here.

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