WriteWords talks to Julia Churchill of literary agency The Greenhouse|
Tell us all about the agency- ethos, list etc
The Greenhouse is a literary agency with a difference.
We exclusively represent and manage the careers of authors writing fiction for children, from young chapter-book series through to middle-grade novels to sophisticated teen fiction.
The Greenhouse aims to nurture and grow to full maturity
the talent of exceptional writers. Itís all in the name!
I am based in London and represent UK based authors and Sarah Davies is in the US and represents North American authors. With our transatlantic approach, Greenhouse is in an unequalled position to find the very best market for our authors - on whichever continent that may be.
What excites you in a manuscript submission?
A story thatís conceptually strong, a great character, a hook in a first line, an original turn of phrase. Tonnes of things! People sometimes say ďHow can you tell if itís goodĒ. Actually thatís the easiest thing. You just canít stop reading Ė and I reckon my heart rate goes up by about 20% when that happens!
Who are your favourite writers and why?
Judy Blume because she got it so right. Steven King because heís so scary. Iíve got broad taste in childrenís books. Julie Hearn, Captain Underpants, The Spookís Apprentice books, Stephenie Meyer, Young Bond. These are books Iíve read and liked in the last few months. Favourite book ever is probably The Count of Monte Christo. I read it every few years and it keeps getting better.
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