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Stewart Talent Hires Two Former A3 Lit Agents To Head Launch Of New York Literary Division – Saturday March 2, 2024

Stewart Talent is expanding its literary footprint with the hires of A3 veterans Ron Gwiazda and Amy Wagner, who will launch the agency’s New York literary division.

“We at Stewart Talent are thrilled to welcome Ron Gwiazda and Amy Wagner to our organization,” the Agency said in a statement. “Their extensive knowledge of the industry, coupled with their passion for cultivating literary talent, makes them the perfect duo to spearhead the launch of our New York literary division. We are confident that under their leadership, Stewart Talent will continue to thrive and solidify its position as a leading force in the entertainment industry.”

Gwiazda brings over 36 years of experience in literary representation, having played a pivotal role in shaping the careers of numerous artists. Wagner boasts an impressive background in talent management and development, having garnered widespread recognition for her ability to connect talented artists with meaningful opportunities, according to the Agency.

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Pérez Literary & Entertainment promotes Isabel Lineberry to junior agent – Saturday March 2, 2024

Isabel Lineberry has been promoted to junior agent and rights assistant after a year at Pérez Literary & Entertainment (PLE). 

Lineberry joined the company at its launch in February 2023 and has worked directly under managing director, Kristina Pérez ever since. As a junior agent, she will be focusing on broadening the agency’s New Adult, YA and Children’s client lists. She will also oversee the day-to-day co-ordination of audio and translation rights for the agency. She holds a master’s degree in fantasy literature from the University of Glasgow.  

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With the Novel Prize, Three Anglophone Publishers Team to Champion Innovative Fiction – Thursday February 29, 2024

Barbara Epler, president and publisher of New Directions, couldn’t help but pun when describing the biennial Novel Prize, awarded jointly by the New York City–based New Directions, London-based Fitzcarraldo, and Sydney-based Giramondo to a book-length work of literary nonfiction: “Global publication by three anglophone publishers—I think that’s sort of novel.”

Indeed, the Novel Prize, launched in March 2020, is the first—and only—of its kind.

While other literary prizes may offer publishing contracts—including Spanish publisher Anagrama’s Herralde Prize, Graywolf Press’s Nonfiction Prize, and a number offered by university presses—none offer the same international reach as the Novel Prize. Presented by a triumvirate of international indie publishers, the award offers a $10,000 purse and simultaneous publication in North America, courtesy of New Directions; the U.K. and Ireland, courtesy of Fitzcarraldo; and Australia and New Zealand, courtesy of Giramondo.

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Rachel Yeoh and Maddy Belton step up at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency – Thursday February 29, 2024

The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency has promoted Rachel Yeoh and Maddy Belton to literary agents.

Yeoh joined MMA in 2019 as an intern, before becoming Madeleine Milburn’s assistant, and then – in 2021 – an associate agent. She is building a list of literary, upmarket and book club fiction. 

Madeleine Milburn said: “Rachel is phenomenal member of the MMA team. She gives her all to everything that she does – and she does so much! As well as helping with my list, she has excelled in her approach to building her own by bringing exciting new talent into the agency and striking deals with major publishers, dynamic in her leadership of our mentorship programme, and infinitely generous in collaborating with colleagues. I’m so excited to see her continue all of these qualities now that she is a literary agent.” 

Yeoh said: “I have learned so much from working closely with Madeleine over the past four and a half years, and feel incredibly privileged. I’m so excited to see what the future holds, and cannot wait to continue championing my remarkable authors and finding promising new talent."

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Marilia Savvides leaves 42 Management & Production to set up The Plot Agency – Monday February 26, 2024

Marilia Savvides has left 42 Management & Production to set up The Plot Agency — a boutique literary agency with a "global vision".

All of her clients will join her at The Plot Agency, including Jessica Moor, Eleanor Morton, Lauren Brown and Natasha Bell. Also joining her for book representation are Henry Lewis, Hanna Jameson, Jack Anderson and Paul Bradley Carr, who will still be represented by 42 for screenwriting and film/TV rights.

Savvides began her career in publishing at Peters Fraser + Dunlop (PFD), where she was first an international rights agent representing and selling translation rights across the agency’s client list. She later worked as a literary agent at PFD, building her own list of authors.

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Yasmin McDonald moves to CAA after 11 years with United Agents – Wednesday February 21, 2024

Yasmin McDonald has joined entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) as an agent in its books department after more than a decade with United Agents. 

Based in the agency’s London office, McDonald will focus on identifying books and other literary International Property (IP) suitable for adaptation to screen and stage both from within CAA’s books department, and from external sources across the UK and Europe.

McDonald will also continue to represent authors, illustrators, screenwriters and directors such as as Booker-shortlisted Paul Murray, John O’Farrell, JP Delaney and Lisa Mulcahy, director of “The Tourist”, among others. 

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David Nobbs Memorial Trust 2024 writing competition opens – Saturday February 17, 2024

The annual comedy writing competition run by the David Nobbs Memorial Trust is now open for entries, with the deadline set as 17th March.

The competition, which seeks out 10 pages from a sitcom script or four 3-minute sketches, is now in its seventh year. The trust, which was established in 2017 after the death of the beloved Reggie Perrin author, runs the competition to encourage and champion emerging talent with one-off financial aid for winners and events for long-listed entrants.

The competition offers cash prizes to up-and-coming comedy writers, helping them 'buy time' for writing. Prizes for the 2024 competition will see the overall winner will take home £1000. Any runners-up will receive £250 per entry. The winner will also be offered one-to-one consultation with an established comedy producer or commissioner from the Trust board.

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Eli Keren to join the Curious Minds Agency as non-fiction agent – Thursday February 15, 2024

Eli Keren is joining the Curious Minds Agency as a non-fiction agent, working mostly with experts, academics and researchers on "ideas-led" books in the fields of smart science and current affairs.

Keren was previously an associate agent at United Agents, where he represented clients for both fiction and non-fiction. “I learned a vast amount from my colleagues at United Agents over these last eight years, and I’m looking forward to focusing on my core interests going forwards," he said. "As a former research scientist, Curious Minds feels like a natural home for me, and I’m excited to join a team I hugely admire."

He will remain in his role as treasurer of the Association of Authors’ Agents.

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Bloomsbury boss hails ‘publishing phenomenon’ Sarah J Maas as shares hit record high – Wednesday February 14, 2024

The boss of Bloomsbury Publishing hailed author Sarah J. Maas as a “publishing phenomenon” as it revealed its revenue and profits are set to be “significantly ahead” of expectations.

Fantasy writer Maas’s popularity on Tik Tok is set to push Bloomsbury’s profits beyond £40 million, and has helped send shares in the Harry Potter publisher to an all-time high. More than half a million videos featuring the hashtag #SarahJMaas have been posted on Tik Tok, attracting a combined 3.3 billion views.

Bloomsbury said it would invest more in fantasy following the success of her books, with the most recent release - House of Flame and Shadow in January - being an especially big hit. 

Boss Nigel Newton, said: "I am overjoyed to report an exceptionally strong period of trading, principally driven by the increasing demand for fantasy fiction.

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Curtis Brown Creative launches new short story writing course on Zoom, taught by Naomi Wood – Monday February 12, 2024

Curtis Brown Creative (CBC) is expanding its Zoom courses, with Writing Short Stories – Advanced, taught by 2023 BBC Short Story Award winner Naomi Wood.  

It will take 15 students and last for nine weeks. Students will also attend two exclusive Zoom masterclasses: one with Deborah Treisman, fiction editor for the New Yorker, and one with Kevin Barry, short story writer and Booker Prize-longlisted author, and his literary agent, C&W’s Lucy Luck. At the end of the course, the CBC team will help students submit their stories formally to the agents at Curtis Brown and C&W.   

The new course is the latest in CBC’s range of online courses with interactive Zoom teaching sessions. CBC said it has increased its online offering four-fold in the past three years and now runs over 40 online courses for writers of all levels of experience, supported by its bespoke learning platform, which was updated and relaunched in 2023.  

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