We were delighted to catch up with literary agent, Hellie Ogden, of Janklow & Nesbit this week to ask her some quick fire Q and A ahead of the event on Tuesday, September 17.
Q/Please give us a brief biog.
A/Before joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2013, I spent three years at Greene & Heaton Literary Agency where I built up my list of clients and managed the translation rights. I’m actively building my list and looking to take on both fiction and non-fiction.
Q/What are you working on at the moment?
A/I’m working on a couple of exciting YA projects, a restaurant cook book, a thriller and two non-fiction proposals.
Q/What are you looking for?
A/ I’m looking for series crime, psychological thrillers, commercial women’s fiction, young adult debuts and accessible, charming literary fiction. I enjoy novels with exotic settings, bold twists and enticing protagonists. In non-fiction I’m looking for unique personal stories and work that has a large social following with cross-media potential. I represent cook books from aspiring foodies, as well as popular culture projects, helping to build my clients’ profiles across different platforms.
Q/Which two authors would you have liked to have represented?
A/ In non-fiction Caitlin Moran and in fiction Hilary Mantel.
Q/Which three authors would you like to have round for tea and cake?
A/ Sarah Waters, Philip Ridley and Maggie O’Farrell.