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Kate Dobinson: Non-Fiction Competition Winner

  In the Spring we opened our Non-Fiction Competition, asking for writers to Inspire Us. Today, we’re delighted to announce the winner.   We were looking for a book written with wisdom and heart, something we couldn’t help but talk about and share – and we found exactly that in Kate Dobinson’s Ergo: I Row Read More

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Alice Sutherland-Hawes: What I’m Looking For

  Actively looking for: Middle Grade for 9-12 (standalone and with series potential); tween stories to fit between MG and YA; quirky picture book illustrators; non-rhyming picture book texts; brilliant world-building; diverse and marginalised authors across all ages and genres.     Alongside my role as Rights Agent, I am also growing a Children’s, YA Read More

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Two MMLA authors selected for The Observer’s 2017 debut novelists

  We’re incredibly proud to see two of our authors on the list of eight 2017 debut novelists to watch in The Observer this weekend.   Gail Honeyman was one of two MMLA authors to be selected for her debut novel ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, which is to be published by HarperCollins in May Read More

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Interview with C.J. Tudor, author of Frankfurt sensation THE CHALK MAN

C.J. Tudor, author of the Frankfurt Book Fair sensation The Chalk Man, talks to us about her experience so far.  The MM Agency has sold rights to her fastest-selling debut novel in 38 territories including major rights deals with Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph in the UK and Penguin Random House / Crown in the US.   In this interview with C.J. Read More

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Make Us Scared: Competition Shortlist

Today we are officially announcing the shortlist for our Summer Writing Competition: Make Us Scared.   We received hundreds of entries in a range of genres and have spent the last week reading through them all to find our top five. It was a tough decision but we finally settled on the following five for Read More

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MM Agency Team Top Fives – Non-Fiction

In our second set of Top Five favourite titles, the MM Agency Team is delving into the world of non-fiction books we have recently read. Here are our rather different takes on our favourites: Anna: Wild Swans, Jung Chang The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo Wild, Cheryl Strayed Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer The Artist’s Read More

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Q&A with Madeleine Milburn

Madeleine is a Literary Agent and the Director of Madeleine Milburn Ltd. She formed the agency at the beginning of 2012 and it has quickly become one of the top literary agencies in the UK. Madeleine represents a wide range of bestselling authors writing literary and popular fiction including crime and thrillers, psychological suspense, literary, Read More

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Holly Bourne’s AM I NORMAL YET? wins Lancashire Book Award 2016

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our bestselling YA author, Holly Bourne, has won the 30th annual Lancashire Book of the Year Award , 2016, with her  fantastic novel AM I NORMAL YET?   The award is voted for by Year 9 students in twelve high schools around the county. Each school is given Read More

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Cover Reveal for THE GIRL YOU LOST by Kathryn Croft

Bookouture have just revealed the gorgeous and atmospheric new cover for Kathryn Croft’s forthcoming title THE GIRL YOU LOST, which will be publishing in February 2016:   Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched.   Today, she came back.   Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have Read More

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Literary Agent Sarah O’Halloran’s Wish List

I started at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency last month and now that I’ve mastered the coffee machine I thought it was high time I let you know a little bit more about the kind of books that excite me.    I’m looking for upmarket commercial fiction, reading group fiction, accessible literary fiction, children’s and Read More

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Writing Competitions 2014 judged by UK Literary Agent

The Madeleine Milburn Agency is judging two major writing competitions next year – these competitions are great opportunities for writers to get recognition from the book trade and the general public. The Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize is the first competition that Madeleine Milburn will be judging in May 2014. Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge has a Read More

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Things I’m often asked as a Literary Agent: Q & A session with a leading London Literary Agency

What kind of books are you looking for? In short, everything! I’m looking for all types of accessible literary and commercial fiction, crime and thrillers, young adult, children’s, and popular non-fiction. When I read a submission it’s usually very clear within the first few pages whether the voice and concept are strong enough. No matter what Read More

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UK literary agent tips for new writers

From my Masterclass Courses, Q&A panels and one-to-one sessions at the Winchester Writers’ Conference this year, I’ve compiled some tips for new writers.  These should hopefully help you pitch your work successfully and capture an agent’s attention! There are key things to think about whilst preparing a submission letter.  I personally receive between 20 and Read More

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Help for writers

 As an agent, I’m often involved in a lot of events aimed at helping writers hone their craft.  I thought it would be useful to mention some of the organisations I’ve been involved with recently.  Last month, I spoke at a two-day event co-hosted by Psychologies Magazine and Writers & Artists in their Bloomsbury offices.  This consisted of workshops, Q&A sessions and one-to-one appointments.  Writers & Artists Read More

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Competition Update

Thank you to everyone who entered the Crime & Thriller 2012 competition.  I am currently reviewing the entries so you should all hear from me between now and the first week of September, if you haven’t already.  There is a huge amount of talent in the 912 entries that we received, so there are a lot of Read More

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Have you written a crime, thriller or psychological suspense novel?

Competition: The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency is launching a new Crime, Thriller and Psychological Suspense side to the Agency, and is looking to represent new talented crime writers.  The Agency will offer representation to writers they find exceptional, and in depth editorial feedback to runners up.   To Enter: Please submit the following material in one Read More

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Part 3: What does a literary agent do?

For my final entry on ‘What does a literary agent do?’ I will address deal making. Every single day I am negotiating top deals in the UK, US and foreign markets, including film and TV rights.  This aspect of the being an agent gives my writers a platform to be successful.  A writer’s career will grow Read More

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Competition Results

I am delighted to announce the first winner of the Madeleine Milburn ‘Competition for Representation’. Jean Burnett from Bristol is now part of the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.  She won our representation with her chapters from WHO NEEDS MR DARCY? Or The Further Adventures of Lydia Bennet, which is a subversive but affectionate  spoof of one of Jane Austen’s minor characters Read More

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My two top Literary Consultants

Some literary consultants are fantastic at improving the standard of a manuscript before submitting to agents and publishers.  Two literary consultants I hugely recommend are as follows: The Shelley Instone Literary Consultancy, established in 2011 in order to give writers the very best advice and critiques in the business. Focussing entirely on children’s books, Shelley has the Read More

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LAUNCH COMPETITION

Tomorrow is the final day you can submit to the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency’s ‘Competition for Representation’.  Due to postal delay, I will consider all material I receive up until Friday 16th March.  This will allow you to actually post your submission on the 14th March if you haven’t already.  You will know whether you are Read More

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Competition for Representation

The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency invites you to submit one work of fiction for the chance to be represented by the Agency.  All submissions must be sent by post on an exclusive basis to the Agency, and must include a covering letter, the first eight chapters and a one page synopsis.  The closing Read More

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Covering Letters

I was recently asked to be on a panel at the How To Get Published conference in the Wellcome Collection giving advice about submitting work to agents.   The panel was chaired by Jeremy Lewis and included myself,  Carole Blake, James Gill and Patrick Walsh. We were each given a batch of covering letters in advance, sent in by Read More

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Right now, I am looking for…

…a book that is more reading-group, something that can be pitched in the more upmarket, literary cross-over area.  A book that will appeal to readers of Maggie O’Farrell, a book to follow THE LOVELY BONES, THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE, THE MEMORY KEEPER’S DAUGHTER, SISTER.   If you have written a book that you believe works in this area, i.e Read More

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THE ‘ONE LINE’ PITCH

A quick piece of advice – learn how to pitch your book in one  sentence.  It is invaluable to get to the ‘core’ of your book when you are discussing your work with friends, writing groups and potential agents.   Agents use them when pitching to editors, editors use them when pitching to sales teams, Read More

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THREE QUICK TIPS

These tips are surprisingly obvious, but time and time again I read submissions that are weak in one, if not all, of these areas: KEEP YOUR CHAPTERS SHORT: each chapter should be between 10 and 15 pages long to keep the reader’s attention.  Create a mini drama in every chapter and have a hook at the end of Read More

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