Some surprising tips on pitching to an agent (and some not so surprising)

Helena Fairfax

andrew lownie, helena fairfaxLast week I was at the Ilkley Literature Festival – a series of writing-related workshops and talks held every year here in the north of England. One of the talks was given by Andrew Lownie, who deals with non-fiction at the literary agency of the same name.  Andrew Lownie’s agency has been running for nearly thirty years, and he’s been shortlisted for ‘Agent of the Year’ at the British Bookseller Awards for the last three years running.

Here are some of the things he talked to us about:

  • If you’re writing a series, you stand a better chance of getting published. (I’ve heard quite a few industry experts say this now, and to be honest, it’s a little disheartening. Think of all the authors who had one great novel: Margaret Mitchell with Gone with the Wind, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in…

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