Meet the Literary Agents: Louise Lamont and Amanda Preston



well I went last year and my children worked out that I had one two ones on the Friday wanting on the Sunday and the whole day is Saturday free so I went to the Chocolate Factory in York York Minster walked around experience the Cape Atkins inside I went to Betty's normal ones so I'm excited about actually being at the festival for the full length and I'm getting to explore a bit more of it so that would be great well I do like Betty so I'm in front not back but apart from that it's just I love being around all different you know the publishers different agents or the authors meeting you all third how it's like you know I thought Haggart once and I met Lee Child like crush so you know it's fun before I went into becoming an agent I worked at the Lonely Planet for a bit and I really really wanted to be a travel writer and going white child books we'll all you know go around traveling but I realize quite soon that I had to live in the country for 10 years before I did that hence why I thought no no I'll just see something else and I sort of fell in to 18 18 years ago but it would have been it would have been good otherwise I'd have been yeah I would need a job that depended on excellent dueling skills I think that's really my my forte and so maybe like private detective work I mean I don't see yeah I'm gonna be lazy yeah yeah stalking people the streets quietly that sort of thing a lot of that is transferable skills from 18 so it's all good there is no real typical day although that is sort of email based I would say and I think the biggest surprise to people is is probably the reason it takes up so little of your official White House is for the most part I think reading and certain extent editing will go on outside of office yeah it's always evenings or weekends yeah but you come in you check your emails you check unsolicited that have come in see if anything comes box will fancy and then whatever needs to be done that day it could be negotiating contracts it could be running an auction it could be getting back to an author with crews about their marketing or cover design I mean it's so varied it's really difficult then you'll have meetings with people here I'm around town so yeah it's hard to come to my way exactly what but it's fun and there's a fair bit of admin admin but that's what you know an agent's there for do all of that yeah discovering your voices discovering new so the Bentley comes in and you read it and you're like yes I can see this this I love this and then taking it on and then say it comes from sort of a manuscript in your on your desk to default the book on your shelf and it's awesome that's amazing yeah I think also what's exciting is when you've taken someone on for their first book I find really exciting when they come back to you and their idea for the second book and the third because that's something that you have no inkling nor for me to come on and it's this video excited to see them developing and and sort of pushing their imagination and also on a very part of that is working at attorney with authors before it's gone to a publisher and seeing them take your notes which may be useful there may be useless and seeing them transform a draft and you know one idea that you posed might spark off the billion ideas that they've put into place and actually makes the book much stronger the e-cat everything imagined yourself and so that's that's incredibly exciting because of that happening I'm just also the authors sort of getting to know the authors and they're when they're in your kind of your client list but you're stable you just had you it's a very very personal relationship where you've got their back and you want it you want them you know to succeed and you see each book after year you know book after book after book so some of all those you know that assignments on his 14th book so you have this brilliant yeah I think when you an unrepresented writer and I imagine it's it's a fairly lonely impression at the best of times and I think it's very lonely pursuit and and I think publishing can also seem impenetrable and I think the things like the festival you can address both of those things you're surrounded by like-minded people who you know you spend their days writing and and it's my tell someone to talk to you about that and you may not be writing the same sort of thing but you'll probably still come up against the same sorts of obstacles or issues or difficulties and it's just nice to have that kind of natural support great and hopefully as well it serves to familiarize you with the publishing industry and make it a little bit less daunting and and show you that there is a way of getting into it and it's not an impossible trivial so I would hope that those things that the authors would look forward to colleges and also lots of new authors they fought great relationships on Twitter but they've never met so at these festivals they actually meet and then you saw this dang with each other we have some clients who's that have met over Twitter and they've ad to them when they went to both festival it's brilliant and also I think for new also it's really aren't the pictures that we do we do this one-to-one event it's really useful because it's sort of it's a very lonely scary thing sending out to agents of submission so if you can meet an agent and you can realize that we're not we're not scary we're not going to buy nothing and we aren't we are approachable I think it really helps a lot of new authors so that that's what I find yeah good for them I'm going to be doing one two ones and I think I want panel as well about children's and why they writing for children but I'm going day of one two ones

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