Friday, May 06, 2016

Writing4Children – Becky Bagnell

This month I have a brand new regular feature in the national writing magazine Writers’ Forum. It is all about Writing for Children. The first issue launched with insights into the children’s book world with Becky Bagnell founder of the Lindsay Literary Agency. She explained to me what she looks for in a manuscript, what makes a good children’s book agent and what makes a great children’s book.

Becky set up the Lindsay Literary Agency in 2008 having worked as a commissioning editor for Macmillan. The agency represents a wide range of authors including Pamela Butchart, who won last year’s Blue Peter Award. She has a particular interest in discovering new talent from picture books to YA.

At the London Book Fair this year, Becky was able to complete on the sale of US rights to Sam Gayton’s new book His Royal Whiskers and she also had a couple of offers from UK publishers on two new books - one for an author who’s already published, but it will be their first deal together and one for a debut author. She is also due to appear at Winchester Writing Festival in June where she will be engaged in one-to-one appointments on the Friday and Saturday.

There are loads of other features scheduled to be covered in my new monthly column, including interviews with top authors, editors and more agents.

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