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Interview with an Agent

Posted on November 26th, 2012

This month we have Sam Copeland from esteemed literary agency Rogers Coleridge & White answering some quick-fire questions…

What is your favourite book of all time?
Impossible to answer, I’m afraid…

What do you like about agenting?
So much of it. Discovering a new writer. Telling the new writer they are going to be published. The transition of client to friend. And generally, publishing is a wonderful industry to work in. And the lunches.

How do you judge a manuscript with a view to representation?
Cliché, but you take it one step at a time. Good first sentence? I’ll carry on. Then, good first paragraph? Good first page? If I get to page 20 or so and I still love it, then I start getting excited.

Sam represents writers such as John Harding, author of One Big Damn Puzzler and Florence and Giles (Blue Door, Harper Collins), as well as Simon Mayo, radio presenter and author of the top ten bestselling children’s book Itch (Random House). He is also very funny on twitter: @stubbleagent.