Getting Your Novel Published: A publisher and agent’s view

Time: 2 - 4pm
Pop Recs Ltd
27 Stockton Road, Sunderland SR2 7AQ
Ticket price: Free (30 capacity)

This moderated panel discussion will explore what publishers and agents expect from an approach, the importance of agents, how to act as a ‘professional’ writer even before you approach agent or publisher, something about the state of the nation in terms of publishing industry, what not to do in submissions, what happens if an agent takes you on, how might our audience look to develop themselves as writers, and more.

A panel discussion with Julia Churchill, (Children’s Fiction Agent, A.M Heath) and Catherine Richards, (Senior Editor, Pan Macmillan), moderated by Iain Rowan (writer, Creative Director of the Festival Creative Writing strand).


We’ll be asking for audience questions in advance, so please book and we will send you details later of how to send your question in!


About Julia Churchill: Julia joined A.M.Heath in 2013 as Children’s Agent, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where she started the children’s book side of the list. She considers herself lucky to represent some fabulous writers, but she is always on the treasure hunt for new writing talent and considers the slushpile to be the greatest place on earth. Julia is looking for debut and established authors with storytelling magic, from picture book texts right up to YA fiction.

About Catherine Richards: Since joining Pan Macmillan in 2009, Catherine has worked with some of commercial fiction’s biggest brand authors and rising stars, including Jeffrey Archer, Ann Cleeves and Lucinda Riley. She is excited to have launched debut crime novelist Michelle Davies this year, and to publish writers Liz Trenow and Julia Chapman in early 2017. In terms of new acquisitions, Catherine is looking primarily for crime fiction and commercial historical fiction – or that with a historical element.