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New specialist kids agency launched

1 November 2018

Lawyer and writer Justine Barker has launched a new literary agency focusing on children’s and YA books. Mayfair Literary Agency will represent authors writing picture books, junior fiction, middle-grade and...

The Mary Cunnane Agency to close this year 

12 August 2013

Literary agency The Mary Cunnane Agency will close by the end of this year. Founder Mary Cunnane said in a statement this week that she is closing the agency, which...

United Agents acquires A P Watt literary agency

3 December 2012

In the UK, United Agents literary agency has acquired A P Watt, one of the oldest agencies in the world, reports the Bookseller. The confirmation of the acquisition follows reports...

New owner for Authors’ Agent literacy agency 

10 January 2012

Brian Cook, publishing consultant and proprietor of the Manuscript Appraisal Agency, is the new owner of the Authors' Agent literacy agency. Cook announced that he had acquired the business this...

Gee creates speakers bureau 

1 July 2008

Margaret Gee, the Sydney-based literary agent, has announced the creation of a speakers' bureau. The bureau, which draws on Gee's authors, includes such personalities as Derryn Hinch, Don Burke, Barry...

In brief 

19 June 2007

Spielberg buys film rights to ‘The Unknown Terrorist'Steven Spielberg's Dreamworks Studio has reportedly paid ‘a massive sum' to secure the film rights to Richard Flanagan's novel The Unknown Terrorist (Picador).The...