This week we were grateful to have a chance to fire some questions at literary agent Jo Unwin.
Jo joined Conville and Walsh Literary Agency in 2008 and took to being a Literary Agent ‘like a duck to water’. She was part of a shortlist of three for the Bookseller Industry Awards Literary Agent of the Year in 2010, and was picked out as one of the Bookseller’s Rising Stars in 2011.
Jo now runs JULA (Jo Unwin Literary Agency), working in close association with Rogers, Coleridge and White. Here’s what she had to say!
Last week I went down into London to meet with Imogen Pelham, a literary agent working for Marjacq. Imogen joined Marjacq in 2015, after five years at Aitken
Alexander where she started building her list, which includes Wellcome Prize shortlisted Emily Mayhew, and Costa Short Story Award winner Angela Readman.
Phil: How did you get into publishing?
Imogen: I decided I wanted to be an agent when I was 17, which is kind of weird, but I knew More…
This week we’ve been speaking with Chloe Turner. Chloe lives and writes in Gloucestershire. She has been published in various magazines and anthologies, including the upcoming Issue 10 of Kindred magazine (US), and has a single-story pocketbook coming out with In Short Publishing (Aus) this November. Chloe has had stories shortlisted in the 2015 Frome Festival Short Story Prize, The 2015 Fiction Desk Newcomer Prize and been longlisted in the 2014 Highlands & Islands Short Story Association Competition. She blogs at www.turnerpen2paper.com and can be found on Twitter at @turnerpen2paper.
Here’s what she had to say.
Have you always been interested in writing?
I wrote when I was young. Creative writing was taken seriously at my school – we even had a short story competition judged by Monica Dickens each year, and I won that when I was about twelve. But it all tailed off as I got older, and something about a ten year career in finance seemed to kill off any creativity in me whatsoever! It wasn’t until I read more