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Madeleine Milburn judges the Caledonian Award

Caledonia Novel Award 2018

  To all unpublished writers!   The brilliant Caledonia Novel Award is now accepting entries for its 2018 competition. Based in Scotland, but with an international outlook, the award is open to all unpublished or self-published works from around the world, and has an excellent reputation for discovering writers who go on to sign deals Read More

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Writing Middle Grade Fiction

  Today, in the midst of Bologna Book Fair, we’re sharing a wonderful piece from Dave Lowe, author of the MY HAMSTER series and, more recently, THE MUMBELIEVABLE CHALLENGE and THE INCREDIBLE DADVENTURE which are published this Thursday by Bonnier Zaffre / Piccadilly Press.     When I tell people that I’m a children’s author, Read More

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The Art of Non-Fiction

With the launch of our brand-new non-fiction writing competition ‘Inspire Us’, Literary Agent Anna Hogarty talks about the five elements she’s looking for in a stand-out voice.   1: Teach me something about the world The best non-fiction enables the reader to see the world in new ways. WILD SWANS opened me up to the 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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My Sister's Bones

How to Write a Crime Novel – Top Tips from author of MY SISTER’S BONES

Nuala Ellwood, author of MY SISTER’S BONES, shares her top writing tips on ‘How to Write A Crime Novel’. My Sister’s Bones was published in hardback on 9th February by Penguin Random House, Viking, to great critical acclaim.     Nuala Ellwood is the daughter of an award-winning journalist. She was inspired by her father Read More

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Holly Bourne to judge BBC Young Writers Award 2017 & AM I NORMAL YET? wins Southern Schools Book Award

  We’re thrilled to share the news that Holly Bourne will be judging the BBC Young Writers Award 2017 alongside Nikesh Shukla and Alice Levine.   The award is open to all young people aged 14 to 18, who live in the UK. All you have to do is create a story of up to Read More

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MM Agency Team Top Fives – Make Us Scared

To celebrate the launch of our Summer Writing Competition, we choose our top five books on the same theme: Make Us Scared. We cannot wait to find a brand new author we can add to our lists. Madeleine: The Likeness by Tana French The Woods by Harlan Coben The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne Read More

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‘Writing IS a Weird Job…’ by Fiona Barton

 ‘Writing IS a weird job, basically sitting in a room with a cast of people who don’t exist, but I love it too.’ Psychological suspense authors Fiona Barton (The Widow) and Kate Hamer (The Girl in the Red Coat) discuss the ins and outs of writing: from planning and publicity to their inspiration. Barton reflects 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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Novelicious: Want a Literary Agent to Critique Your Query Letter?

On Tuesday 3 February Madeleine will be critiquing cover letters for Novelicious’s Agent Pitch Critique! From 9am you will have 24 hours to post your query letters in the comments of a dedicated post on Novelicious. Throughout the event, literary agent Madeleine Milburn will critique each one, offering ideas and advice on how to hone Read More

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Madeleine Milburn Agency features in the 2015 Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

The Madeleine Milburn Agency is privileged to announce our contribution to the 2015 Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook  The annual edition of the best-selling guide to all aspects of the media and how to write and get published, the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook is now in its 108th edition.  The Yearbook is acknowledged by the publishing Read More

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Mother of the Year published ahead of Mother’s Day

Congratulations to Karen Ross on the publication of Mother of the Year (Random House / Ebury Publishing). Mother of the Year is an engaging comedy about a mother and daughter’s minefield relationship with real depth and heart. Karen wanted to explore this relationship for very personal reasons: “My own mother died young.  So growing up, Read More

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Publication day for THE DARK INSIDE

     Huge congratulations to Rupert Wallis on the publication of his debut novel, THE DARK INSIDE. As part of Simon & Schuster’s blog week, today Rupert will talk about his experience of the publishing process. You can read the blog post on So Many Books, So Little Time. ‘What my editor, Jane, helped me to do Read More

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Blogs and Reviews: THE DARK INSIDE by Rupert Wallis

As publication day at the end of January draws nearer, this week Simon & Schuster will be posting a blog entry each day about the process of publishing Rupert Wallis’ debut, THE DARK INSIDE. This series of blog entries will offer a really interesting insight on all aspects of the writing and publishing process – Read More

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1 day ’til Christmas: The Literary Agency Advent Calendar

In the run up to Christmas, the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency will be posting an entry from one of our authors each day, offering anything from writing tips and their inspiration, to Christmas memories and their wishes for the year to come. Writing tips from Carolyn Jess-Cooke and Marcia Moody CAROLYN JESS-COOKE How to write while caring Read More

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