|Bookbound Team: Sara O'Connor, Karen Ball, |
Jasmine Richards & Sara Grant
|SCBWI members Sarah, Nick Cross, Michelle Newell,|
Miriam Craig, Linda Lawlor
The venue in Kent looks absolutely gorgeous, and the four agents attending are Julia Churchill (A. M. Heath), Zoe King (The Blair Partnership), Polly Nolan (Greenhouse Literary Agency), and Claire Wilson (Rogers, Coleridge and White).
You can read full details about the retreat and how to apply here. And our lovely editor Lorraine Gregory has blogged about the launch event here. Meanwhile here are some pix and soundbytes from the Book Bound Team and the many SCBWI members who were there....
Sara Grant: “I’m thrilled by the people we’ve had here today. What we want to build is a writing community and we want a retreat where writers, agents and editors will all learn from each other."
|Linda Lawlor & Jasmine Richards|
Miriam Craig: “I was really interested to hear Jasmine’s point about making sure you can say ‘But’ or ‘Therefore’ about what happened from chapter to chapter, rather than just ‘And then’.”
|Nick Cross & Lorraine Gregory|
Nick Cross: “I won a one-to-one with Sara O’Connor. My pitch went on for about five minutes, so I might have to shorten it slightly! Sara kept smiling despite it all.”
Karen Ball: “I hope it’s an opportunity for a group of writers to become friends, hear expert advice, benefit from the workshop and go home inspired and full of confidence. PS the venue is awesome!”
|David Richardson, Sara Grant,|
David Richardson: “The prospect of meeting with agents and polishing my work is really useful for me at this stage.”
|Clare, Annie Walmsley|
Annie Walmsley: “To have the chance to meet people who are as passionate and eccentric about children’s literature as myself is invaluable.”
Jasmine Richards: “We want to give an honest and realistic view of the children’s publishing industry, as well as support and guidance for writing a novel that will be published.”
|Sara Grant, Sara O'Connor, Jasmine Richards & Karen Ball|
Larisa Villar Hauser: “So much enthusiasm, energy and expertise all in one team. Wow!”
Sara O’Connor: “Book Bound has been so long in the making I’m so glad we’ve finally kicked it off with so many lovely people!”
If you get your skates on and submit before 31 October you can get a £50 discount when you join their mailing list. So let’s wish the team a big Hurrah! for launching such a fantastic retreat. And if you need some distraction from wondering whether you’ve made the UV longlist, why not give Book Bound a try?
Tania Tay is an ex-advertising copywriter and has been published in Sable LitMag. She is currently writing a YA romantic thriller, and is on the editorial team at Words & Pictures.