Jessie Botterill | Janklow & Nesbitt Literary Agency
Jessie joined Janklow & Nesbit in 2010, shortly after graduating from Leeds University with a degree in English Literature. As well as building up her own list of fiction and non-fiction authors, she handles audio rights, permissions and the sale of foreign rights across a number of different territories
Piers Blofeld | Sheil Land Literary Agency
Piers is a literary agent at Sheil Land Associates where he represents a number of high profile, prize winning and internationally bestselling authors. These include Nadine Dorries MP, Jamie Thomson, winner of the 2012 Roald Dahl Funny Prize; Su Quinn and J.S. Taylor whose novels have both topped kindle charts in the US and UK several times this year and who have each sold well over 100,000 copies in the last year alone.
Laura West | David Higham Agency
After stints working at Waterstones and the Lamb Bookshop post-university Laura took a job in the Film & TV department at DHA. It was a short while before she landed where she wanted to be – in the book department. Laura is currently building a list of all types of fiction and non-fiction. She is always on the look-out for a bright new voices, especially children’s and YA.
Andrew Lownie | The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency
Andrew has been a literary agent since 1985, and became the youngest director in UK publishing the following year. He set up Andrew Lownie Literary Agency in 1988 and has an impressive list of mainly non-fiction clients. He is an author himself, has written and reviewed for a range of newspapers and magazines, and founded The Biographers' Club Prize.
Hellie Ogden | Janklow & Nesbitt Literary Agency
Hellie Ogden is a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit UK, and has significant experience across the publishing industry, having previously worked as a publisher at Penguin, a literary agent at Greene & Heaton, and with literary scout Anne Louise Fisher. Hellie's list covers both fiction and non-fiction, and she also represents work on behalf of US agents. Hellie chairs the Events Committee for the Association of Authors' Agents.
Update 6th Feb: All the PitchUp! slots have now been filled. For those that didn't receive a slot, you have been placed on a waiting list, should slots become available. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email email@example.com with the subject line "Add me to the Waitlist".
Don't forget that you can still meet literary agents at the LAF. Both Hellie Ogden and Piers Blofeld will be holding hour-long workshops for smaller groups to discuss the author-agent relationship and how to submit.
Update 30th Jan: nearly all 99 slots have been filled. If you have a ticket and want to pitch, please email us with your details as requested above ASAP. Once we have filled the remaining free slots, we will add names to a waiting list. Even if you don't have a slot, there will be a chance to meet with agents one-on-one in the workshops and at the evening drinks reception. We will be emailing everyone that has a slot with their pitch details a couple of weeks before the day.
The lovely literary agents below will all be receiving pitches at the London Author Fair. There will also be a chance to speak with agents during the evening drinks reception.
Yasmin Standen | The Standen Literary Agency
Before setting up her agency, Yasmin originally practised law - a skill that must greatly benefit her author clients when she's negotiating their publishing contracts!
Yasmin is interested in all genres of writing including adult and children’s fiction, literary or fantasy fiction.
Meg Davis | The Ki Agency
Meg is an established agent, representing authors and scriptwriters, as well as film/TV rights for some other agencies.
Having set up her own company, Ki Agency Ltd, Meg’s clients include bestselling authors Anne Perry and Simon Scarrow, and author/scriptwriters Mike Carey and Stephen Davis.
Career highlights include serving as Secretary for the Association of Authors’ Agents, and as co-Chair of the Dramatists’ section of the PMA. Currently she is Chair of the Writers’ Organisations Advisory Group, and is the external examiner for the post-graduate scriptwriting course at Sheffield Hallam.
Ajda | Luigi Bonomi Literary Agency
Ajda is an agent at leading London agency LBA. She started working for the bookseller Blackwells whilst at university and it was here that her passion for literature grew - she says she simply loved uniting people with books. Ajda is always on the lookout for outstanding new voices in fiction and is particularly interested in literary works with original plot lines and a commercial edge: literary fiction, women’s fiction, YA and narrative non-fiction.
Pitch to a Literary Agent at the London Author Fair!
David Headley | D H H Agency
David studied theology in London and Durham before co-founding and becoming the Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, a much admired independent bookseller, based in central London.
In 2008, David founded the D H H agency which is based in London and represents an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, historians, short-story writers and children’s authors.
Jemima Hunt | The Writers' Practice
The Writers' Practice is headed by Jemima Hunt, a writer, editor and agent who has worked in London, New York and Rio de Janeiro. She is interested in commercial and literary fiction and specialises in memoir and narrative non-fiction.
Lorella Belli | The Lorella Belli Agency
Lorella worked for various publishers and literary agencies before setting up her own agency in 2002. The Lorella Belli Literary Agency is particularly interested in first-time authors, journalists, multi-cultural writing and books with international appeal and potential. Lorella represents several award-winning and bestselling authors of both fiction (from literary to genre to YA) and general non-fiction. We also sells UK rights on behalf of a number of US co-agents and handle translation rights for British publishers, agencies and successful self-published authors.