Bookseeker Literary Agency

Introducing authors and publishers.


An exciting new client!

We here at Bookseeker Literary Agency are very pleased to welcome Jessica Secmezsoy-Urquhart as a client. In what is an unprecedented move for us, we have taken on a writer whose novel is not yet complete! We have broken this principle because we believe we have found someone unique…

Publishers – be prepared to hear from us!

Jessica is of Scottish and Turkish heritage, is an autistic and queer writer, PhD historian, and filmmaker. Their* first novel is called Life Goes On and will tell the strange-but-true story of their Turkish grandfather Aycetin. In the nineteen-forties and fifties, after his father died, Aycetin had to try to survive within the institutions and on the streets of Istanbul.

Life Goes On melds 19c realism with magic and fairytale, it opening a window onto early republican Turkey, from the point of view of a young boy.

Jessica has previously written for publications such as The National Student and Den of Geek founder Simon Brew’s Film Stories. They contribute videos on everything from autism to fire arrows for BBC’s The Social, have appeared on BBC Scotland’s Loop, and are in the post production stage of their first short film, ‘The Constant Companion’.

A self-proclaimed “wee angry goth,” they love to write in any fashion, do historical reenactment, and hang out with their German Shepherd Freya. They can be found at: jessicasuaka or their history blog Past Caring on Facebook, at @JessicasuAKA on twitter, or jessicaakas on Instagram. However, all communication regarding literary representation and/or publication should be directed via this agency.

Jessica mentioned, as an afterthought, “Oh I have a first from the University of Glasgow and a distinction in MScR History at Edinburgh too…”

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*This agency supports people’s right to use gender non-specific pronouns.

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Are you having problems with uploads to Amazon?

Are you a publisher, a publishing house, or someone who self-publishes. Do you upload your titles to Amazon? Many people do, because it is one of the first places readers go to if they want to buy a book on line.

Have you had any technical problems uploading to Amazon? We would like to find out. We’d also like to know how you managed to fix the problem or devise a work-round. Please get in touch, using the agency email address on the contact page.

Thanks

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Our position on Transgender rights

In the preset atmosphere it has become necessary to make the following statement. Our position on transgender rights is clear: they are human rights. Our agency is a zone of safety and respect for trans and nonbinary people along with all other people whose identity comes within the LGBTQ+ matrix. We will not knowingly work with any person or organisation that does not give the same respect.

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Farewell Les Noble, an exceptional editor.

We have learned today that Les Noble, who has edited so many of our clients’ books, died on the 13th of March. It was an honour to be associated with him – his skill at spotting errors in manuscripts was enviable. He was also a good storyteller himself, and his fiction is still in print.

We have left this blog post as it stood, apart from an introductory paragraph, as a tribute to Les.

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Covid-19

Just a quick update. Due to the current situation with coronavirus, the P.O. Box for the agency will not be checked. Please don’t send anything by post until further notice. Thank you.

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Publishers! Tell us what you want!

Publishers!

Are you wondering where your next best seller is going to come from? Are you waiting for the next Salman Rushdie, Jean Rhys, or Margaret Atwood? Or even the next Dan Brown, Jeffrey Archer, or JKR?

This agency has access to a large list of authors working in many genres:
Children’s, crime, fantasy, historical, horror, humour, literary fiction, mystery, psychological, romance, satire, sci-fi, thriller, YA…

Just let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll see what we can find for you – chances are we already have an author for you. Get in touch with us!

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We like to help…

… so if an enquirer sends round an email which, in our opinion, will put off potential agents, we tell them, politely. We don’t have to do this. It’s something we do as a courtesy, because we like to help writers, even if we can’t take them on as a client. Unfortunately this doesn’t always work, and someone emails us back like this:

Yes, we are lucky, lucky that most enquirers appreciate our help. We’ve only had this sort of response once. We won’t identify the person, we’ll just say, yes, we got over ourselves, and you’re welcome.

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[Edit: It turns out that the sender was someone to whom we had previously extended an ex-gratia service, so he knows we like to be helpful! Folks, we go the extra mile that other agencies don’t go, even when we don’t offer someone outright representation. Like I said, most people appreciate that.]

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Your agent – “Visionary” and photographer!

Paul writes:
After an event at the Edinburgh Book Festival – a session on literary prizes – where I joined in the final Q&A session, the Administrator of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction made a point of coming over to shake my hand. She thanked me for such a “visionary” question. I must admit that I’m still basking in the rosy glow.

However, you writers do not really need a “visionary” for an agent, you need a grafter. The Book Festival is over, and there is plenty of work to do, so I have planted my feet firmly on the ground. But if you would like a flavour of the Festival before I finally close the door on it until next year, my little photo-album is here.


Reviews, and news from Edinburgh Book Festival moving

Paul writes:

After several years writing event reviews for an Edinburgh-based organisation, I am now working as a freelance. I’ll be publishing my reviews on my occasional blog for light academic and other articles. But I’m also available if anyone else would like to engage me to write for their publication.

Also I’ll be moving my annual photo album of the Edinburgh International Book Festival from this site to the same place, so please feel free to follow the blog.

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This agency works hard for its clients, often going further than many established agencies go on their behalf. It is therefore very irksome when an established publishing house does not bother with the courtesy to reply to a letter, even though a stamped envelope was included for their convenience. How much time does it take to pop a compliment slip into an envelope?

Then there is the major publishing house that does reply, but has on three occasions sent us an identical letter in reply to ours. The letter is the standard one they send to authors, advising them to get an agent, ignoring the fact that it was an agent that wrote to them in the first place! What is more, they have ignored letters pointing that out. It is discourteous, and actually plain damned negligent. Thankfully there is only one publisher in the whole UK that does this. We’re saying no more for now, but next time we’re considering simply naming them!

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There have not been many updates here lately. This does not mean there’s nothing happening. We’re working towards at least one book launch before the end of the year, for example. Keep watching this space.