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Mushens and Caskie form new agency

Agents Juliet Mushens and Robert Caskie have formed their own agency: Caskie Mushens Ltd. Mushens will continue to represent a range of commercial fiction an...
London Book Fair

London Book Fair offers much for authors

A fantastic line up of industry experts and best-selling authors is on hand at The London Book Fair (LBF) this week. They will share  expertise and experience o...

New site lets writers rate agents

A new social community website aims to connect authors and agents.

LitFactor - in beta form until 1 July - allows authors to rate and review the agents they approach. Agents can use the site to announce changes in their submissions criteria.

LitFactor aims to reduce rejections and create an online community where writers "speak as a whole, not just with a small voice at the end of a letter."

Being your own editor – a revision checklist for writers

After I finish a draft I let the manuscript sit for at least a couple of weeks and then go back and read it over. When I've made all the changes I want to make and have all of the big pieces in place I go down my revision checklist and make sure I haven't missed anything.

Top UK Agent Offers Access – At a Price

One major London agent looks set to risk credibility by charging new writers a whopping £1,600 to get their work in front of people who might be able to sell it.

Writers are constantly told to avoid any agent who charges a fee to consider their work. Such practices are frowned upon by industry watchdogs who tend to feel the flow of money should be from agent to writer - based on deals and sales - and not the other way round.

Jamie Weiss Chilton talks submissions, eBooks and vampires

Jamie Weiss ChiltonJamie Weiss Chilton worked in different areas of publishing before settling into life as an agent at a leading agency for children's and teen literature.

Like any good agent, she learned the industry form the inside, working four years in the editorial department of Random House Children's Books. From there she moved to LA to work for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.