Sarah Davies, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
Sarah Davies founded The Greenhouse Literary Agency when she moved to the US in 2007 after a long career as a UK children’s publisher. She now divides her time between London and New York.
Sarah has been an editor most of her life and has considerable experience in contract negotiation, marketing and rights. As an agent, she has launched many debut writers into publishing deals, and her authors include New York Times bestsellers and many other recipients of awards and accolades. Excellent publishing contacts in both the USA and Britain, and many years spent living in both countries, have given her an unusually transatlantic view of the children’s books industry, from both sides of the desk.
A member of AAR, Sarah is usually in the top 5 agents selling Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction into the US market (according to Publishers Marketplace), and has crossed America and Europe talking about children’s books and writing craft. She says, ‘Everything you need to know about Greenhouse is in its name.’
You can find Sarah on Twitter at @SarahGreenhouse
Tig Wallace, Penguin Random House
Tig grew up in a town between London and Oxford, where he spent the holidays as an underpaid runner on the James Bond movies. He started his publishing career interning at Penguin, HarperCollins, and Bloomsbury. After a brief and eye-opening experience at Condé Nast involving a dead dog and Cold War boiler suits, Tig joined the team at Penguin Children’s as editorial assistant. Now an editor at Penguin Random House Children’s, Tig works across middle grade, YA and crossover fiction. He looks after authors and brands including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Megan Miranda, will.i.am and this year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize nominee, Emily Suvada.
Felicity Trew, Caroline Sheldon Literary Agents
My list is open to every sort of work. I particularly devour contemporary and historical fiction and quirky and imaginative children’s books.
Dream projects to arrive on my desk today might include: a spellbinding novel for our time, a bold contemporary UK teen voice, an accessible, well-plotted (and don’t hold back on the funny) book for middle grade and a potentially classic picture book text for younger children. It is also my mission to build up a list of extraordinary illustrators who capture the life of their characters and have a real love of storytelling at the heart of their artwork.
I am an unremittingly passionate advocate of those I represent; I love the challenge of finding the best home for them in the market – that perfect place on the shelf.
You can find Felicity on Twitter at @FelicityTrew
Amber Caravéo, Skylark Literary Agency
Amber Caravéo is the co-founder of Skylark Literary – a boutique literary agency that seeks and supports the very best in Children’s and YA fiction. Prior to founding Skylark, Amber was the Editorial Director for Orion Children’s Books, where she was privileged to work with a host of prize-winning and bestselling authors including Caroline Lawrence, Juno Dawson and Holly Black. Before that she was Senior Commissioning Editor for Random House Children’s Books after many happy years at Working Partners, where, among other things, she edited and developed the million-copy-selling series phenomenon, Rainbow Magic. After so many years working for major trade publishers, Amber is ideally placed to negotiate with them on behalf of her authors. She is particularly looking for talented new voices, and Skylark specializes in offering a bespoke service tailor-made to each author’s individual needs.
Alice Williams, David Higham Associates
Alice Williams has been representing children’s book writers and illustrators at David Higham Associates since 2008, and is particularly keen to consider fresh, funny, inspiring middle-grade and young fiction, as well as children’s non-fiction ideas, and picture book texts. She is always interested to hear from illustrators with picture books in development.
You can find Alice on Twitter at @alicelovesbooks
Helen Boyle, Pickled ink
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2016 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sarah Odedina, Pushkin Press AGENTS: Amber Caraveo, Skylark Literary Agency; Penny Holroyde, Holroyde Cartey; Jenny Savill, Andrew Nurnberg Associates; Sally Anne Sweeney, MMB Creative; Felicity Trew, Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency,