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We have close contacts with all the major publishing houses and because we are very selective in the manuscripts we submit to editors we can ensure our authors get the attention and interest they deserve.

Our list will always be open to new authors, whether they are unpublished or mid-career.








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I’m hugely proud to announce that TODAY Pamela Butchart’s book, The Spy Who Loved School Dinners has won The Blue Peter Best Story Award 2015!
I met Pamela at the Winchester Writers’ Festival back in 2011 when we had a one-to-one chat about a selection of picture book texts she’d sent me. Pamela had travelled all the way down from Dundee in Scotland to attend the festival and from the moment we met, not only did I think she would be a lot of fun to work with, there was one story in particular that had me hooked. This story is now the wonderful picture book, Never Tickle a Tiger illustrated by Marc Boutavant and which was published by Bloomsbury in February. Emma Blackburn at Bloomsbury fell in love with Pamela’s writing and as well as the fabulous Yikes! series of dinosaur picture books illustrated by Sam Lloyd, she has commissioned many more texts which are to come.
However, Pamela didn’t stop with conquering the picture book market, she was also keen to try out writing for primary school aged children. This was the moment that the text for Baby Aliens Got My Teacher landed in my inbox. Pamela is a funny person in real life, but what is remarkable is that her writing makes me laugh out load – which can be embarrassing when I’m reading on the tube or in a public space! I sent this text to the wonderful editor at Nosy Crow, Kirsty Stansfield and she immediately got Pamela’s writing and hence began a sparkling relationship. Pamela has now had four books published with Nosy Crow – and there are many more to come, but today The Spy Who Loved School Dinners, illustrated by Thomas Flintham won The Blue Peter Best Book Award 2015 and so I’d just like to say ‘Well Done Pamela’!
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There have been so many things happening at the Lindsay Literary Agency recently, that we clean forgot to blog. However, we’re going to try and make an effort to keep this a little more up to date from now on.

2015 got off to a good start with the publication of ‘My Head Teacher is a Vampire Rat’, the third in the highly acclaimed series by Scottish author Pamela Butchart. The first two books published by Nosy Crow for this series are both up for national awards. ‘Baby Aliens Got My Teacher’ is on the shortlist for The Red House Children’s Book Award, due to be announced on the 21st February and ‘The Spy Who Loved School Dinners’ is up for ‘Best Book’ in the Blue Peter Book Awards 2015.

Also published in January was Claire Young’s new book, ‘Beat the Bloat’ which is packed with recipes and diet tips for anyone looking to avoid wheat and gluten in their diet.

There have been lots of things happening for our authors in translation with multiple translation deals for ‘The Book of Storms’ by Ruth Hatfield. This is the first book in a middle grade trilogy that was published in the UK in November, and had its American launch at the end of January. Kirkus Reviews wrote, ‘A powerfully conceived and executed story that adds a wholly original element to the fantasy genre.’ I’ve just been shown a cover proof of book two and it looks fabulous… will share when we’re allowed.

We are also very pleased to announce that all of Sam Gayton’s middle grade books will soon be published in America with three great deals with US publishers and beginning with ‘Lilliput’ which comes out in August with lovely new illustrations by Alice Ratteree.

This week we’re looking forward to the publication of picture book, ‘Never Tickle a Tiger’ written by Pamela Butchart, illustrated by Marc Boutavant and published by Bloomsbury. This book has already had a lot of hype and great anticipation with translations deals in France, Holland and China to name just a few – well done Pamela!

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I’d always loved picture books and often bought them for myself, as well as receiving them as gifts from my family and friends. I used to think about how brilliant it would be to be able to write my own, but alas, I could not draw (my stick people resemble sausages).

It wasn’t until my boyfriend bought me ‘How to Write for Children’ by Louise Jordan for my birthday two years ago that I realised I COULD write picture books. I was reading the book one morning, and I couldn’t believe it when I reached page 16 and read that many picture books have a separate writer and illustrator! How did I not know this?! I felt a bit silly for not realising this all these years, but mostly, I felt mega excited! I started writing the very next day, and haven’t stopped since.

After about four months of intense writing, reading, and research, I knew that I needed some professional feedback. I’d read a lot of self-help books about writing and searched the web heavily for information and advice, and now it was time to approach someone in the industry in order to gain feedback and improve.

Whilst researching how best to do this, I came across the Winchester Writer’s Conference, held annually in Winchester by the wonderful Barbara Large. I found out that, for a small fee, you could submit your writing for competition, and that each piece of writing entered was returned with written feedback. There was also the option of submitting further pieces of writing to your choice of industry professionals such as literary agents, editors, and publishers prior to the conference and the opportunity to sit down with them at the conference and discuss your work – it was perfect! I couldn’t believe what a wonderful opportunity this was. So, a few car-boots sales later, I paid for my place at the conference and took a train down to Winchester.

My very first meeting was with a literary agent and I was terrified. A real-life literary agent was about to comment on my work (to my face!). Thankfully, she liked my work (and seemed to appreciate my quirky sense of humour – yay!). Next I met with some wonderful people including editors, publishers, published and unpublished writers who all gave me great advice and support.

Later I discovered that one of my picture book texts had won 1st place in the picture book competition, and that another one of my texts had been commended. This, along with all the feedback, made me feel positive that what I was writing had potential. And everything just took off from there!

My advice to anyone aiming to be published is to read and write as much as possible and to do your research. I suggest that you know what children are actually reading and what’s working well. If, like me, you love children’s books then you are probably reading them all the time anyway. If not, my advice would be to read as many books as possible written for children in the age group you are interested in.

This will help you to understand what works and why. This research helped me to make my own texts stronger. In terms of gaining feedback and approaching industry professionals, I would recommend reading the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook for further advice (which was the next book I bought shortly after I finished reading the book my boyfriend bought me which started everything off). This book is full of practical advice including information on conferences such as the one I attended, as well as information about contacting literary agencies and publishers.

Finally, it may sound obvious (and maybe even a bit cheesy) but write for yourself. I often read this, but I didn’t fully understand what it meant until I burst out laughing at my own book while I was writing it. I thought it was hilarious! (My boyfriend said I had a big head). But basically, if you find it funny, or exciting, and scary, I think that’s a good sign. It means you’re enjoying it. And if you enjoy it, then there’s a good chance others will too!

Pamela Butchart now has three picture books under contract with Bloomsbury and three works of children’s fiction with Nosy Crow. Her first book, Baby Aliens got my Teacher will be published by Nosy Crow in August 2013.

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We are delighted to announce that HarperCollins has acquired World Rights in How To Do Everything and Be Happy by Peter Jones.

Peter Jones was once a normal guy. Sometimes frustrated, often dissatisfied, but always working hard towards a ‘happily ever after’ he would share with his wife Kate.

But when Kate died in Peter’s arms after just 2 years and 3 months of marriage, he realised his days had been spent working towards a fantasy, instead of making every hour count. Alone and at rock bottom, Peter discovered that the secret to happiness is simple: it’s about filling your time with the things that make you happy.

Natalie Jerome, Publishing Director for Harper Non-Fiction says, ‘Peter’s story and reasons for writing a self help book, though heartbreaking are incredibly inspiring… we’re looking forward to establishing him as one of the key authors in the genre. The physical book will be released in time for Blue Monday, traditionally the most depressing day of the year – the perfect moment to show everyone how they can be happy, even in January!’

Originally self published, Peter’s book has clearly struck a chord and has consistently remained among the top selling self help e books on Amazon, rivalling more established authors in the genre.

Peter Jones says, ‘I never set out to write a self-help book. I just wanted to be happy, all the time, not just occasionally. And so I decided to tackle the problem in the only way I know; by making plans, and lists, and taking control of my own destiny. Friends would laugh at some of my nuttier ideas, but when they noticed I was more fun to be around they suggested I write some of this stuff down. A few months later, I was racing up the amazon charts. But aside from the success of the book I can honestly say that I’ve never been happier than I am now. I’ve learnt that you only get one life – and that it might be a lot shorter than you think. The time to start enjoying it, is now..’

How To Do Everything and Be Happy will be published on 13th September 2012 as an e book and as physical on 17 January 2013.

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Hay-on-Wye Festival celebrated its 25th birthday this year and I was lucky enough to make it for the final weekend of festivities. Hay is a literary festival which brings writers together from around the world to celebrate and share stories.

One of the highlights of the festival for me was seeing Simon Callow speak about Dickens. Then, aside from staying with very generous and wonderful friends, I must mention the tour we had around Hay Castle (photo above shows views from the castle) which currently houses a great second-hand bookshop. The medieval castle and Jacobean mansion are about to undergo a complete restoration. For further information about the festival see: www.hayfestival.com or for the castle see www.haycastletrust.org and finally for somewhere great to stay www.countrypad.co.uk

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Mike Lancaster’s fabulous debut 0.4 has been listed in the top 10 best Sci-Fi/Fantasy books for youth by Booklist and in celebration they’ve put the artwork from Mike’s book on the front cover of their May 15th issue (pictured right).

Booklist is the magazine the New York Times calls “an acquisitions bible for public and school librarians nationwide.” Mike Lancaster is a British author, but his writing has been hugely successful in America where it was published in hardback and is known as, Human.4 – and the paperback is being published later this month.

Mike has written his own post about Booklist and you can find it here http://www.mikealancaster.com/

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