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Quickfire Q&A with Literary Agent Clare Conville

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bunny earsListed by the Observer as one of ‘our top 50 players in the world of books’, Clare worked as an editor at Random House before co-founding Conville & Walsh in 2000. Between them, Clare’s clients have won or been nominated for nearly every major literary prize in the UK, including the Man Booker Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Woodhouse Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award, the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Blue Peter Book of the Year award and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Clare is the co-author of Dangerous Women: The Guide To Modern Life and co-curator of the Curious Arts Festival.

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Q&A with Literary Agent, Kevin Conroy Scott

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Kevin Conroy Scott is the co-founder of Tibor Jones & Associates. As a literary agent he’s discovered and represented authors shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, worked with authors who have won the Nestlé Prize and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and recently arranged one of ‘the biggest publishing deals of all time’ for his most well-known client, Wilbur Smith.
 

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Q&A with Lisa Horton

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Freelance designer and illustrator Lisa Horton originally studied to be a fashion illustrator before finding herself in the world of YA and kids’ book design, via a stint in adult fiction and a return to college to study Graphic Design. Among many others, she has designed a series of covers for author Lisa Heathfield, including Paper Butterflies, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017.

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Q&A with Hannah Sheppard

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Hannah Sheppard is a Branford Boase Award-nominated editor who has worked in trade publishing for fifteen years. She started her career at Macmillan Children’s books before moving to Headline Publishing Group to run the YA and crossover list, where she published Tanya Byrne’s Heart-Shaped Bruise, Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Julianna Baggott’s Pure trilogy. She is now a literary agent with the D H H Literary Agency, representing authors such as Abi Elphinstone and Keris Stainton.

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Q&A with Cecelia Ahern

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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series. She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You. She lives in Dublin with her family.

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Q&A with Julie Scheina

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Julie Scheina is a freelance editor of children’s and young adult fiction. As Senior Editor at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, she worked with talented authors and artists on books for ages 0–18+. Since founding Julie Scheina Editorial Services, she has collaborated with debut and bestselling authors, as well as publishers, packagers, and agents. During her career, she has edited numerous acclaimed and bestselling books for children and teens, including #1 New York Times bestsellers, a Lamda Literary Award finalist, a William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award finalist, and an Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy nominee.

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