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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WE are delighted to announce that two of our authors, Sharon Tregenza and Sam Gayton have been shortlisted for the Calderdale Best Children’s Book of the Year 2018. Sharon’s ‘The Jewelled Jaguar’ was published in September by Firefly Press and Sam Gayton’s ‘His Royal Whiskers’ was published in the UK by Andersen Press and in the USA by Simon & Schuster. Many congratulations Sharon and Sam!

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World Book Day has just announced that Pamela Butchart will be one of 10 authors writing a brand new story available to all kids in the UK and Ireland for just £1. The writer and illustrator team Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham, who together have created the Izzy series are currently working on the new story, The Baby Brother From Outer Space, due out on World Book Day 2018!

When Haroon’s mum brings his baby brother into school, Izzy and her friends are ALARMED! The baby is clearly using mind control because the office ladies start squeaking and saying made-up words. He writes strange messages with his blocks and he REALLY LIKES SCHOOL DINNERS! But it’s when he’s caught speaking in an alien language on his ‘phone’ that they know. Haroon’s baby brother is from outer space and he’s trying to BEAM THEM ALL UP!!!

World Book Day marks the world’s biggest celebration of reading, where the nation’s entire book industry comes together to work proactively to address falling literacy levels and create readers of the future. This year, thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, more than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens will be distributed to children and young people (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland).

Many Congratulations Pamela!

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Many congratulations to Pamela Butchart on publication of Pugly on Ice – just in time for the winter weather.

When Pugly straps on his blades of glory, he knows he is the best ice skater EVER! But someone wants the gold medal very badly and they will stop at nothing to get it. Can Pugly pirouette on to the podium, or will he be cut down in his furry prime? Pugly is a laugh-out-loud series about a very adventurous pug, written by Pamela Butchart, winner of the Blue Peter Best Story Award and the Children’s Book Award. The hilarious illustrations are by Gemma Correll.

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WE are so pleased that Sue Wallman’s YA debut Lying About Last Summer has been chosen by the vlogger, YouTuber and author Zoe Sugg for her WHSmith Zoella Book Club.
Lying About Last Summer was first published in May 2016, and to celebrate its inclusion in the Zoella Book Club, Scholastic have designed the fabulous new cover shown below.
Sue is currently working on her second book See How They Lie which will be published in March 2017.
Many Congratulations Sue!
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We are thrilled to announce debut author Christina Collins has been offered a two-book deal by Kate Prosswimmer at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
ZERO, is a middle grade contemporary with a dash of magical realism about a girl who believes the answer to her problems lies in speaking zero words a day. Publication is set for 2018 and we would like to thank Allison Hellegers at Rights People for negotiating the deal.
Christina is currently studying for her PhD in creative writing on a full scholarship at Queen’s University Belfast. Christina’s stories and poems have appeared in over a dozen publications, including Jabberwock Review, Weave Magazine, and NonBinary Review. She holds an MFA in fiction from George Mason University, where she received full funding and an Honours Award.

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We’re delighted to be celebrating publication day for Dotwav, Mike Lancaster’s third book which is published in the USA today! Mike was one of the first authors that the Lindsay Literary Agency represented and his debut book, 0.4 has sold in over 7 different languages including Chinese.

Dotwav has already been attracting lots of attention from reviewers. The latest edition of Publishers Weekly said, ‘Believably written characters and a quick-moving plot distinguish this compelling thriller with an SF twist.’
In Booklist’s September issue a reviewer wrote, ‘With charismatic protagonists, sharply self-aware dialogue, and gut-wrenching detail—particularly in the visceral portrayal of X-Core’s adverse effects and Ani’s haunting recollections of her mother—this tale of ingenuity in the face of insatiable evil is a deeply infectious one.’

Congratulations Mike!

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We’re excited to share the new UK cover artwork for the final volume in the The Book of Storms trilogy by Ruth Hatfield, The Book of Shadows. This atmospheric cover illustration is by Nicolas Delort and the book will be published in the UK in November this year and in the USA in June 2017.

Ruth said about the cover, “I’m super excited to finally see Sammael on a cover – although I’m also pleased that a lot of him has still been left to the imagination! In Danny and Cath’s final adventure, grey shadows are drawing over the world, draining it of colour and hope. Danny sets out to destroy Sammael once and for all, but comes up against the terrible truth: sometimes the only way you can defeat someone is by trying to take their place…”

Congratulations Ruth – can’t wait for publication!

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We are thrilled to announce that US rights to Sam Gayton’s new book, His Royal Whiskers have just been sold.

Allison Hellegers brokered a deal on behalf of Becky Bagnell with Annie Nybo at Simon & Schuster Children’s. Sam Gayton’s first book, The Snow Merchant was also published in the US by Simon & Schuster and came out earlier this year under the new title, The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn.

Sam’s second book, Lilliput was published in 2015 America by Peachtree and his third book, Hercufleas (which came out last year in the UK) will be due out in October 2016 in the US, edited by Anne Hoppe and published by Clarion Books. Which makes three US publishers for Sam’s four wonderful books – a lot of love coming to Sam from America.

His Royal Whiskers is due out in the UK in January and will be published by Andersen Press. A sneak preview of Sam’s UK cover image for His Royal Whiskers is below:

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