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Caroline Walsh worked as an editor of children’s books for a dozen years before making the transition to agenting. Her list is predominantly made up of authors and illustrators of work for children and young adults. She also represents a little adult fiction and non-fiction (there are no clear specifics as to what she enjoys in these areas) and says she is “always on the look-out for original contemporary writing and talented author/illustrators”.

Her clients include the queen of teen fiction, Jacqueline Wilson and the huge-selling Alexander McCall Smith (of No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency fame).

Caroline notes that children's authors forget that 'write what you know' also applies to them. Those stories that resonate best with children are those that are honest and are born out of the author's own experiences – even when you might be writing about dragons or monsters or magic. When it comes to picture books, always ensure that the images match the prose content. This is important for two reasons: 1) children will generally be drawn to images more than the text (up to a certain age) and 2) when they do become interested in the text as well, the images will help ground them in a contextual understanding of what is happening in the story. 

It is important that children's authors are familiar with the market. Caroline recommends that authors read as much as they can and to be familiar with what books are popular with children currently. Don't try to copy what someone else is doing but do make sure that yours is pitched correctly – does your prose match the reading age bracket you are aiming for?



Detailed data

Agency:
David Higham Associates
Agent since:
1996
Short biography:

Caroline joined David Higham Associates in 1996 after twelve years as a children's books editor. Her client list is made up predominantly of children's writers and illustrators, many of them award-winners and bestsellers. She also handles some adult fiction and non-fiction.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Caroline is always on the look-out for original contemporary writing and talented author/illustrators.

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:

Spend a lot of time reading other people’s books, to get a real picture of where the market is and to see what’s already available. 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, edited by Julia Eccleshare, is a really good place to start and points you in lots of good directions.

When you’re reading picture books to small children, they’re not looking at the text, they’re looking at the pictures, therefore it’s really important that what’s in the pictures matches what’s in the text. If you say there are 15 buttons, there have got to be 15 buttons, because they’ll be counting them. And you want to have little things in the pictures that are not referenced in the text as well, to amuse them, draw them in and give another dimension to the story.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@castiewalsh
Interesting links:
http://www.ideastap.com/IdeasMag/all-articles/how-to-write-a-childrens-book-and-get-published
Clients:
Suzanne Barton, Joe Berger, Martin Brown, Mike Brownlow, Jason Chapman, Peter Collington, Cressida Cowell, Daisy Hirst, Leigh Hodgkinson, Richard Kidd (Estate), Bert Kitchen, Jo Lodge, Tom McLaughlin, Gwen Millward, Liz Pichon, Catherine Rayner, Fiona Roberton, David Wojtowycz, Jonathan Emmett, Corina Fletcher, Jo Lodge, R.J. Anderson, Antonia Barber, Anne Blankman, Tim Bowler, Henrietta Branford (Estate), Kathryn Cave, Catherine Charley, Anne Cottringer, Susie Day, Jane Devlin, Ruth Eastham, Eve Edwards, Jonathan Emmett, Kat Falls, Gillian Galbraith, Jane Gardam, Maggi Gibson, Julia Golding, Candida Harper, Belinda Hollyer (Estate), Meredith Hooper, E.K. Johnston, Anna Kemp, Tim Lott (Children’s), Jan Mark (Estate), Hazel Marshall, Alexander McCall Smith, David Miller, Myfanwy Millward, Leo Mintoff, Tony Mitton, Coleen Murtagh Paratore, Jenny Nimmo, Gina Pollinger, Charlie Price, Madhvi Ramani, Gwyneth Rees, Jasmine Richards, Rachel Rooney, Veronica Rossi, J.D. Sharpe, Megan Shepherd, Tim Souster, Meagan Spooner, Joss Stirling, Vanessa Tait, Frances Thomas, Cate Tiernan, Theresa Tomlinson, Ann Turnbull, A.M. Vrettos, Martin Waddell, Alex Williams, Gina Wilson, Jacqueline Wilson
Full client list:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/agents-dh/caroline-walsh/
Email address:
carolinewalsh@davidhigham.co.uk

Agents of: David Higham Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/
About the agency:
David Higham Associates today operates in a world unrecognisable from that of 1935, the year the agency began. But many of our core values were laid down at the beginning, and remain the cornerstone of how we do business: honesty and integrity; efficiency and expertise; creativity and vision. Whatever the medium - whether book, stage, film, television, e-book or technologies yet to be invented - David Higham Associates' clients will continue to deliver the best message.
Address for submissions:
David Higham Associates, 58 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London W1F 9HA
Office address:
No data
Email address:
submissions@davidhigham.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7437 1072
Number of agents:
11
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard + CV (as above, but with CV)
Further submission info:
No adult submissions by email or fax, only by post. Children's submissions should be e-mailed to: childrenssubmissions@davidhigham.co.uk. Please see website for full details of submission requirements.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
33/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DHAMedia
Latest news:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/whatsonarchive.htm
More about the agency:
David Higham Associates today operates in a world unrecognisable from that of 1935, the year the agency began. But many of our core values were laid down at the beginning, and remain the cornerstone of how we do business: honesty and integrity; efficiency and expertise; creativity and vision. Whatever the medium - whether book, stage, film, television, e-book or technologies yet to be invented - David Higham Associates' clients will continue to deliver the best message.

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