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Stephanie tells Sophia what she’s looking for in children’s fiction at the moment, and why the covering letter is so important. If you’ve ever wondered who is reading that submission you slave over, and how to make it stand out, Stephanie has the answers.

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Show Notes

Stephanie Thwaites joined Curtis Brown sixteen years ago. She represents authors including Francesca Simon and Tom Fletcher.

Sophia went to the agency’s expansive offices in Central London to talk to her about what she’s looking for from prepublished writers (you don’t need to worry about the synopsis!) and what an agent does once you sign up.

In addition to living authors, Stephanie represents the estates of AA Milne and John Steinbeck. (Yes, she really does represent Tom Fletcher and John Steinbeck. The life of an agent...)

Thanks as always to Christopher Pett for production and editing.


Stephanie Thwaites:

What is Prepublished?

What does it take to get your brilliant story published? The children’s writer Sophia Bennett and her guests explore the techniques authors use to get writing and create something that agents and editors can get excited about.

It can be a lonely place, working on your manuscript and never being sure if anyone will like it. If you want to hear successful writers and editors talking about how they got started, which writing tips they recommend, and what today's publishers are looking for, this podcast is for you.

Don't forget, 'writing is rewriting' - but sometimes it is also listening. We hope you enjoy the conversation.

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