Q & A with literary agent, Juliet Pickering

Our speaker at this month’s LWC event is the literary agent Juliet Pickering. We were delighted to catch up with her today for a quickfire set of Q and A:

1/Why did you become a literary agent?

Because I love being involved with a book at the very first stage of its journey to publication; and for the thrill of discovering something exciting that usually only the author and a couple of their friends have read.

2/What are you working on at the moment?

I’ve recently taken on two or three non-fiction writers, who are writing variously about food and relationships.

3/What book would you have liked to have represented?

This is tough. Thinking of recent reads, The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe perhaps, because I could have taken the author for cocktails in New York and we could have decried the state of publishing (then and now!). And it is a fun, yet serious and still pertinent read.

4/What writer would you have round for tea?

Haruki Murakami.

5/What three things do you look for in a submission package?

Intelligence, clarity and focus.

6/What three top tips could you give to an unpublished author?

  1. Write the book you want to write and don’t fret too much about the market.
  2. Do your research before approaching agents.
  3. Know your own worth but be realistic.

7/What are you interested in representing?

Well-written fiction, narrative non-fiction.

Join us at our January LWC event with the agent Juliet Pickering on Tuesday January 24, full information here

Tickets are £15 in advance, £20 on the door.

Location: Clerkenwell House, close to Farrington Tube

Time: 7pm start, with the speaker kicking off at 7.15pm prompt.

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