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Catherine worked for Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency for four years before setting out on her own in 2011. After thoroughly establishing a name for herself and her boutique children's literary agency, Catherine joined Marjacq Scripts in 2015, bringing her strong list with her. Particularly interested in championing diversity in children's fiction, Catherine is a judge and sponsor of the Commonword Children's Diversity Prize.

Her list comprises of children's prose fiction only – Catherine does not take on illustrators or picture book writers. The age range she covers is wide, from early prose to middle grade and YA. Within this age-bracket target audience, Catherine is open to any and all genres and prose styles as long as the stories are filled with great characters and engaging plots. She's looking for manuscripts with characters who 'take up residence in your head and your heart.' 

Catherine has said that one of the hardest parts of being an agent is managing expectations. Agents are all too aware of how hard it can be to put your work out there as a new writer. While many people might think that getting an agent is proof of success, it is only the beginning. An agent may love your work, but they need to find an editor who feels the same. Even then, once the book is out in the world, no agent or editor can truly predict whether it will connect with the public.

While Catherine isn't actively looking for new writers of adult fiction, she will represent writers who write for adults as well. We suggest that if you are a children's writer with hopes to also write for adults, she may be a good option. With the support of Marjacq Scripts, Catherine should have you covered!



Detailed data

Agency:
Marjacq Scripts
Agent since:
2007
Short biography:
Catherine Pellegrino joined Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency in 2007 where she had the great pleasure of representing many talented writers including, Ceci Jenkinson, Steve Feasey, Pearl Morrison, Katherine Rundell, Rod Gordon and Brian Williams. In 2011 she set up Catherine Pellegrino and Associates. Her interests are eclectic, literary, genre and commercial but probably best summed up with the words, quirky, gritty, humorous. She's also very keen on promoting diversity issues.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's fiction
Authors & books liked:
CHILDREN'S BOOKS: As a child I loved, Ursula Moray Williams' Gobbolino the Witches Cat and Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, everything by E. Nesbit, but particularly The Phoenix and the Carpet and Five Children and It and adored Enid Blyton's Mallory Towers (I was desperate to go to boarding school). I also loved Babar The Elephant, Asterix, the Tintin books, the Narnia series and The Hobbit. The children's books I have loved as an adult reader are many but I guess my favourite writers are: Siobhan Dowd - Her first published novel A Swift, Pure Cry was both heartbreaking and life affirming, Marcus Zuzak's The Book Thief; Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now, Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea; The Tunnels series by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams; Morris Gleitzman's Once; Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking series; A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master; Wonder by R J Palaccio; Charlie Higson's Young Bond (so gripping and cool), Sue Monroe's The Magnificent Moon Hare series and the Mr Gum series by Andy Stanton. ADULT WRITERS: Again, many but here are a few favourites: Hilary Mantel (Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies); Kate Atkinson (everything); Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (the dialogue between Jane and Mr Rochester is extraordinary and very sexy); Rupert Thomson, everything, his memoir This Party's Got to Stop but most of all Dreams of Leaving which should be a film; Kevin Power's The Yellow Bird; The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison (soon to be published); Monica Ali; Allison Pearson; Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things; Haruki Murakami. Guilty pleasure for me in my current job is reading adult books as there are so many brilliant children's author out there which I both want and need to read.
Other loves & passions:
Cinema, Live Music (contemporary and classical); Opera, Swimming, SUP (Stand Up Paddle) and Running (half marathon max). Young teenage heroes - Sting in his raw days in the Police with his bleached crop, Siouxsie from Siouxsie and the Banshees (cool and scary) and cool people in Camden Lock in the late 70s.
How to make a submission:
I am primarily a children's agent and don't actively look for adult scripts but will represent my writers for their adult work if they wish me to. Submissions should include a short covering letter telling us about yourself and the background to the book and should consist of the first three chapters or approximately the first fifty pages of the work to a natural break and a brief synopsis. We will try to respond within six to eight weeks of receipt of your material.
Other advice and background:

I think that traditional fantasy is my only no in fiction. Be original, and imaginative. Allow your characters a good entrance into a story and write them from the inside out. Be aware of the market i.e. what's being published, what's successful. Know where your strengths lie i.e. genre, style, age group. Know who your readership is.

As a children’s agent, living in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, it struck me that there was a gaping hole in the children’s writing community; in the authors I represent, the writers published and consequently in the books we are able to offer our children to read – books that should represent our rich cultural diversity but so often fail to do so. The opportunity to address this issue alongside Commonword and Puffin Books is enormously exciting and I am confident that working together we will bring to light original and talented new writers and writers in the making.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@CatherinePelle8
Interesting links:
http://catherinepellegrino.co.uk/
Clients:
Rosie Best, Grant S Clark, Steve Feasey, Adrian Flynn, Hilary Freeman, Nick Garlick, Caroline Green, Caroline Hooton, Pete Kalu, Angela Locke, Dave Massey, Jason Page, Briony Pearce, Gita Ralleigh, Malaika Rose Stanley, Andrew Taylor, David Tinkler, Harriet Whitehorn
Full client list:
http://www.marjacq.com/catherine-pellegrino.html
Email address:
catherine@marjacq.com

Agents of: Marjacq Scripts

Agency details

Website:
http://www.marjacq.com
About the agency:
Marjacq Scripts, the literary side of the Marjacq agency, has been developed by Philip Patterson (with the recent addition of Isabella Floris) and Luke Speed, responsible for film and TV. Marjacq Scripts is now a growing book, film and television rights agency, representing a range of established and 'up and coming' authors, screenwriters, directors and graphic novelists. We also represent the publication, film, television and ancillary rights to some of the interactive titles handled by Marjacq Micro.
Address for submissions:
Marjacq Micro Ltd., Marjacq Scripts Ltd, Box 412, 19/21 Crawford St, LONDON? W1H 1PJ
Office address:
No data
Email address:
subs@marjacq.com
Phone number:
020 7935 9499
Number of agents:
7
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We are always happy to review new work. Please send a covering letter, a synopsis showing the structure of the completed work, the first three chapters, page numbers, double-spaced, single side of A4, typed (marked for the attention of Philip Patterson), a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want to have your material back.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
38/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@MarjacqScripts
Latest news:
None
More about the agency:
Marjacq Scripts, the literary side of the Marjacq agency, has been developed by Philip Patterson (with the recent addition of Isabella Floris) and Luke Speed, responsible for film and TV. Marjacq Scripts is now a growing book, film and television rights agency, representing a range of established and 'up and coming' authors, screenwriters, directors and graphic novelists. We also represent the publication, film, television and ancillary rights to some of the interactive titles handled by Marjacq Micro.

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