Get to know the Literary Agent: Chris Wellbelove

Get to know the Literary Agent: Chris Wellbelove



well obviously meeting new writers that's always exciting and then also this year I'm hoping to to guess on a big table tennis match against Sam Copeland last year last year it didn't happen but this is me I'm calling you out Sam I'm coming for you a professional footballer and if not then I guess I'd still be an intern at a literary agency trying to get a job I'll come in in the morning the first thing I do is read my submissions then there's normally some contract work that's I need to do and then the rest kind of just depends on what comes in so often I'll be talking to you I might be something to publishers talking to editors or I'll be talking to radio people or television production companies or people who want clients for speaking engagement things like that we don't really go for any lunch I don't tend to do any editing at work yeah I've always really liked just the those early stages of work the performative stages of working on any project so whether you're putting together a proposal with and all that I mean it's actually quite different with fiction and nonfiction so on fiction I just like that editorial stuff in nonfiction sometimes it's exciting because you can find an author yourself you know you can have an idea and then you can go and find someone for writers because obviously because of the access to people from the industry so you've got lots of agents and editors you I don't really see that that many that number of people out at events like this and then and then also for writers I think it's just really good to meet other writers and to be able to have that chance to you know share ideas and get excited and things and I think that is valuable just have to have people who may give you feedback on your work aside from one-to-ones I'm doing a workshop on the opening five pages how to begin your novel I'm doing that with Jamie Coleman here I think that's on the Sunday morning yeah so we're going to everybody we're going to ask people to bring along the first five pages of their novel and then we're just going to kind of talk about good openings to two novels what and a bit about the process how we look for four new submissions how we take them on because I think what people maybe don't know is although we asked for fifty pages it's very rare you know it's very rare that we read more than five you know and that actually agents and editors read in the same way that readers read so if if you're not hooked when somebody reads you their opening page then we're not going to be hoped so I think that's the message we're going to trying it across

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