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The Greenhouse Interview

Posted on 23 March 2009. © Copyright 2004-2024 WriteWords
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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. It’s 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 that’s conceptually strong, a great character, a hook in a first line, an original turn of phrase. Tonnes of things! People sometimes say “How can you tell if it’s good”. Actually that’s the easiest thing. You just can’t stop reading – 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 he’s so scary. I’ve got broad taste in children’s books. Julie Hearn, Captain Underpants, The Spook’s Apprentice books, Stephenie Meyer, Young Bond. These are books I’ve 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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