Three thoroughly thrilling thoughts
from Literary Agent Anne Clark
|Anne Clark of the Anne Clark Literary Agency|
I've been having a great time setting up my new literary agency dedicated to children's and YA authors. I have been lucky enough to work in children’s books for twenty years: until recently as a commissioning editor at independent publisher Piccadilly Press and before that as a commissioning editor/editorial director at Hodder Children’s Books. I cut my editorial teeth in educational publishing, having started my career with a brief spell in marketing, following an English degree at Oxford.
Three things I’d like in my Christmas stocking this year:
1. Warmth. It’s a quality that’s hard to pin down, but it can make a book exceptional. Frank Cottrell Boyce is a great example - his affection for his characters really glows through his writing.
2. Surprise. There’s something so enjoyable about a book which makes you gasp – I loved the jaw-dropping moment in one of the current Costa shortlist titles.
This year's Costa Children's Shortlist
3. Food for thought. I want a book to expand my mind, make me see things a bit differently – life from another perspective, or an irresistible ‘What if?’