Call your Agent: How to Become a Successful Literary Agent

This event is curated by BolognaBookPlus

A half-day training conference aimed at those who are thinking of a career in literary representation or are in the early stages of working in this area.



On Demand


Recorded Video


150 min.



Event description

This is a new half -day training event that will provide invaluable information on all that being a literary agent entails. It presumes no prior knowledge and goes through the essentials step-by-step. It is ideal for those who wish to start a career, or set up an agency in this sphere.

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Introduction and welcome from chair
Jason Bartholomew

Keynote: What benefits do agents bring?
Michèle Roberts with Jacks Thomas

The publishing ecosystem 
Understanding how publishing works
Seonaid Macleod, Hachette

The role of the literary agent  
Isobel Gahan, Curtis Brown

  • Qualifications, skills and experience 
  • How a literary agent differs from a publisher or rights professional
  • Why writers need literary agents

In Conversation: making the relationships work, from an agent’s perspective 
Luigi Bonomi, LBABooks Agency with Tom Tivnan, The Bookseller 

Panel Discussionwhat if my country doesn’t use literary agents?
Karolina Jaszecka, Poland; Benas Berantas, Lithuania; Stephanie Barrouillet, Israel

Success story: learning from the best
Kardelen Genç, Kalim Agency, success in Turkey and the world