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Welcome to the homepage of the Lindsay Literary Agency. Our areas of special interest include all types of children’s books, from picture books up to young adult. We are also particularly interested in debut writers and setting up authors in a career.

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Our list will always be open to new authors, whether they are unpublished or mid-career.








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EARLIER this year, I received an email that informed me that I was shortlisted for the Lindsay Literary Scholarship to the Winchester Writers Festival. At that point, I knew better than to pop the champagne. I had been longlisted and shortlisted before for various mentorships and opportunities. Yet, something had always fallen short. So when, only a few weeks later, another email from Becky at Lindsay Literary popped up on my phone, I expected another ‘it’s not quite right” or “it’s just not there yet” kind of response. Instead, it was an email congratulating me on winning the scholarship. 

That’s not to say that my writing had improved much between the previous rejections and my being accepted for this scholarship. However, for the first time, the conversation didn’t stop at “It’s not quite there yet.” This time, I was given an opportunity: It’s not quite there yet, but with Becky’s feedback and the lessons to be learned at the Winchester Writers Festival, it can get there

I’d never had the opportunity to attend writing workshops or classes, had nobody teaching me about storytelling techniques or publishing. The only literary conventions I’d been able to attend were book fairs or book festivals, designed for an audience of readers, not for writers. Being allowed to attend a festival for writers, I was not going to let anything pass me by. I signed up for a wide spectrum of events: Workshops specific to my genre, as well as talks and classes that were neither directly related to my writing nor my status as an unagented/unpublished writer. 

I went into the workshops and talks that focused on my genre, expecting to find likeminded writers and fill dozens of pages in my notebook with writing advice. Instead, while the teachers were enthusiastic and knowledgeable, I walked out of these classes with very little that was new to me. However, I had also booked workshops on writing high fantasy and presentations on writing historical fiction – both not the genre I’m writing in – and came back with notes on worldbuilding, crafting characters that are believable (even in unbelievable, or unrealistic settings), researching beyond the common knowledge, and how to transform a pebble-sized idea into a full story arc.

Between the courses, there was always plenty of time to socialize. You could have a nice chat with someone over a cup of tea, or find new writing buddies by sharing a dinner table with the people you met in class. Yet, I quickly found that I began surrounding myself with seemingly random writers. I clicked with strangers I met on the bus to our accommodations, or other writers in the waiting room, anxiously re-reading the material they had submitted to agents. Poets, writers of short stories and picture books, and more – no two projects similar, but we all felt like we were in the same spot with our writing: Not quite there yet. And it didn’t matter that we weren’t quite there, because at Winchester we had our own space: A “here” where we signed up for Open Mic Night and read our unfinished works and cheered each other on.

Now, two weeks after the festival, still buzzing with inspiration and talking to my Winchester Writers every day, I wanted to pass on the valuable lesson I learned from being granted this scholarship.

If you ever get an opportunity like this, don’t close yourself off to the possibilities. It would have been easy for me to stop submitting my work after one or two rejections. It would have been easy to stick to workshops that were tailored to my writing. It would have been very easy for me, as an introvert, not to socialize. 

I didn’t stick to my comfort zone, and it has made all the difference.

Yasemin Fischer and Becky Bagnell at the Winchester Writers’ Festival 2019

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THE Lindsay Literary Agency is delighted to announce that we will once more be sponsoring a fully funded place at Winchester Writers’ Festival, 14th- 16th June 2019. The scholarship place is open to any UK unagented YA or middle grade writer from an under-represented background. Below is a transcript of a Twitter Q&A we held recently and further information on how to apply can be found on the Scholarship page of this website. 

Can you apply if you have already been published? I’m afraid not if you’ve been traditionally published, but self-published is fine.

When is the Deadline? It is Monday, 4th March 2019 at midnight.

Can I submit work that has been previously self-published? Yes you can.

I belong to the Indian ethnic background, however I’m a British Citizen. Do I qualify for this scholarship? Yes you do – anyone from a BAME background who is living in the UK or Ireland can apply.

Some members of my critique group have asked who’s eligible for the scholarship? 

Applicants are asked to self-identify with regard to their under-represented background so we’re taking a very broad approach, but LGBTQIA, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities are all eligible

Are you accepting new clients? Yes we are – please see our website for details http://www.lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk 

Do you have a preference for picture books/MG/YA? Personally I like all writing for children, but for the scholarship we’re only accepting MG and YA this year.

Who are the judges? Kirsty Stansfield from Nosy Crow, Eishar Brar from Scholastic, Aimee Felone, co-founder of Knights Of, Sue Wallman author of four YA books and Becky Bagnell of Lindsay Literary Agency.

The scholarship looks brilliant! Which industry experts might the winner meet at the festival? That’s a good question – I don’t know if the line up has been finalised for this year, but usually lots of great editors, agents and authors might be there like: Anne Clark, Amber Caraveo, Joe Marriott, Joanna Moult, Kirsty Stansfield, Pamela Butchart etc. 

How do you define under-represented? Groups such as LGBTQIA, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities are all currently under-represented in UK, but we’re not limiting the scholarship

Will you consider unfinished manuscripts if the writing/concept has potential? The rules state that the manuscript should be finished, but we’re only asking for the first 4,000 words of your work in progress, so it doesn’t need to be the final version as long as the concept is planned out as a first draft

Does a story need to be finished to submit for consideration for the scholarship? Or is a WIP OK? Work in progress is fine – as long as you have a first draft somewhere on your computer and you know where you’re going with the story.

What are your 3 top tips for making the first 4k of a story gripping? I’d say that first something BIG needs to happen OR something unusual to really peak your readers interest. Then you need characters who stand out from the crowd and a STRONG voice.

Do you have a preference for picture books/MG/YA? Personally I like all writing for children, but for the scholarship we’re only accepting MG and YA this year.

Before you attend you can submit your work to be read by ACTUAL EDITORS AND AGENTS who you then get to meet face-to-face to chat about work/ask questions AND you get WRITTEN FEEDBACK. Invaluable!

If you are unpublished or self-published from a BAME background, this fully funded scholarship opportunity to the Winchester Writers’ Festival is for you.

I met my awesome agent at this festival. AND learned about a MILLION things I didn’t know about the children’s book world. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

And is there anything you would say entrants should actively avoid? In your WIP I’d say that a bullying scene or a dream sequence in the first chapter can be a hard sell… editors and agents see this very often and it’s hard to make these work.

What exactly does an under-represented background mean? Groups such as LGBTQIA, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities are all currently under-represented in UK, but we’re not limiting the scholarship and so if you’ve not seen yourself represented in children books please apply

Hi Becky, not a question but just to say how rewarding Winchester Writers’ Festival is. it’s been a few years now, but it was wonderful.

From what I understood the application for the scholarship should have three attachments – The 4,000 word sample of my work, 500 word statement and 500 word synopsis of my work. Is that correct? Yes that’s right

Why do we need more stories from under-represented writers? Because stories depicting children from underrepresented backgrounds render their experiences and behaviours visible and valuable, which can affect the development of positive self‐concept

Even though the Lindsay Literary scholarship is for MG or YA, are you still interested in receiving PB submissions in your normal submissions inbox? Yes I love picture books so please do keep sending these in.

More good reasons for seeing books from under-represented writers: Children who see themselves represented in books are better able to retain and recall plot and character information after reading such texts. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/socf.12404

I was told by another writer that coming from a single parent family – a working mother- didn’t fall into the category of underrepresented. Is that true? The MC of my current WIP comes from a similar background and has a half-sister.

Thank you for your question – we ask applicants are asked to self-identify with regard to their under-represented background and so although this isn’t one of the most obvious of groups we’re not ruling you out at this stage. If you know the statistics tell us on applying.

Are there any hot themes/topics in mg that you’re looking out for? I would say that anything funny is always in demand, but I’ve not seen any good animal stories for a while…

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PAMELA Butchart has written a brand new Secret Seven story to carry on the celebrated series, The Mystery of the Skull. A huge fan of Enid Blyton, Pamela was commissioned to create a new mystery for her favourite club to solve.

Set in the same world and time as the original stories, this story is brought to life by Tony Ross’s brilliant illustrations.

When asked by her publisher, ‘What did Enid Blyton mean to you as a child?’ Pamela said:

Enid Blyton‘s books were a huge part of my childhood. The Secret Seven books had the biggest impact on me. They helped turn me into an independent reader and were the first series of books I fell in love with. I loved them so much I formed a secret society with the other kids in the block of council flats I lived in. We’d pile outside into the bushes in the communal green and hold our very own secret meetings (complete with picnics of course – that was the best part!). We didn’t have ginger biscuits, rock cakes or homemade lemonade but we did have jam sandwiches, KitKats and plenty of Quavers.

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WE are delighted to announce that two of our authors have won awards this summer. Sue Wallman won the Lancashire Book of the Year 2018 for her YA thriller See How They Lie and Sharon Tregenza won the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year 2018 for her middle-grade novel The Jewelled Jaguar. Well done to you both!

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THE Lindsay Literary Agency is delighted to announce that it will be sponsoring a scholarship place at the Winchester Writers’ Festival 2018, 15th-17th June. This brand-new scholarship will be awarded to a children’s fiction writer (YA or middle grade), of any age, from an under-represented background. The scholarship covers the cost of three days at the Festival, access to all workshops and talks, four one-to-one appointments with industry experts, all meals, accommodation and travel.

The Winchester Writers’ Festival is where Becky met two of the agency’s most inspirational authors (Pamela Butchart and Sue Wallman) and it is really important to us to able to extend this opportunity to a writer from an under-represented background.

If you’re interested in applying please take a look at the Festival website for more information – Winchester Writers’ Festival

For ideas on the kind of writing we’re looking for, we’d love to find a British (or Irish) YA writer along the lines of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie or again a UK version of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Alternatively we love funny middle-grade like You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum by Andy Stanton and adventures with heart like The Abominables by Eva Ibbotson.

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PAMELA Butchart is, ‘set to go stratospheric in 2018’ according to Fiona Noble writing in The Bookseller. As well as being a World Book Day author for 2018 and having written a £1 book, The Baby Brother From Outer Space, Pamela’s new Izzy title, The Phantom Lollipop Man! is due out in February. Also coming next year is The Mystery of the Skull, the first ever new story written for the classic Enid Blyton Secret Seven series. Oh and we almost forgot Pamela is also expecting her first baby – go Pamela!

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