The Bright Literary Agency part of Bright Group International is a bold and buzzing agency, on the look out for brilliant children's writers.
So, we asked Vicki and Gemma for some Christmas cheer and this is what they said...
Things we want to see in manuscripts:
- Strong voice from the first line, for example How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher and The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies and Hannah Shaw
- A sense of humour – be it clever, gross or slapstick. Make us laugh!
- Different ways of presenting ideas by playing with words and visuals, for example the tables in Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan and Jeff Kinney's presentation in Wimpy Kid. These can really help reluctant readers gel with a book
- A-ffectual writing - i.e. thought provoking, anger provoking, laugh out loud, hysterical tears - so it really feels like escapism. Characterization and interaction between characters - someone to love, hate or identify with on a universal scale
Gemma's favourite children’s books:
My current favourite is When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, which I read a few years back whilst living in New York.
My childhood favourite is The BFG by Roald Dahl. My dad used to read us a chapter a night and reading the book as an adult brings back such happy memories.
Vicki's favourite children’s books:
I really love Wanda and the Alien by Sue Hendra and Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School by David Mackintosh.
These are highly entertaining and really fun, but also have an underlying positive message that doesn’t come across in a preachy manner.
As a kid, I was a massive Judy Blume fan, and it always makes me smile remembering a disgusted looking mother handing my mother a brown paper bag with Forever hidden inside. My mother was just delighted I was reading!