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Vicki had her agent hat on before she'd even established the Bright Group. Seeing a gap in the market for representation of excellent children's illustrators and writers, Vicki got to work on creating the best possible place for them. The agency prides itself on being more than just an ordinary literary agency and more of a 'bespoke career management service'. After all, the creation of the product is just the beginning. 

With experience as a graphic designer and a love of stories told through images, Vicki set up the Bright Group in 2003. Since then, the agency has gone on to represent some of the best-known talents in children's publishing, including Sue Hendra, Benji Davies, and Adam and Charlotte Guillain. Vicki prides herself on her relationships with publishers as well as her ability to market books all over the world, including pitching successfully to Hollywood. 

Her taste does not usually cover darker stories. For Vicki, the best stories are those that deal with ordinary subjects children across the globe can relate to. These accessible subjects work extremely well when told with an interesting hook, be that seasonal or tapping into a commercial trend. Having many twists and turns within the narrative helps keep children interested. Vicki is also particularly looking for stories with great warmth and humour. She is keen to find titles that can be expanded into globally successful series that have the potential to spawn multiple marketing and media opportunities. 

Vicki, as well as the agency as a whole, almost exclusively deal with writer-illustrators. While illustrators who don't write may find representation with the Bright Group, children's writers who don't illustrate are better off looking for representation elsewhere. The agency's specialty in illustration means they are able to keep their clients up-to-date on all major industry trends and ensure their clients are best placed for continued success.

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Bright Literary Agency
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Short biography:
Vicki set up The Bright Agency in 2003 after she spotted a gap in the market for developing unpublished talented illustrators. Bright Literary Agency was born out of this, with our picture book illustrators wanting to develop their writing, and requests from publishers for content. Vicki had great success, with author/illustrators like Sue Hendra and Rebecca Elliott publishing bestselling and award winning books. The natural progression for the agency was to move into fiction, so BLA started to bring on board fiction and picture book authors, not just author/illustrators. One of these is Ali Cronin, the author of the successful Girl Heart Boy young adult series with Puffin.
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Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction
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How to make a submission:
All submissions by email please. Fiction submissions: Please email the first 3 chapters plus a synopsis. Please send these as .doc or .pdf attachments and add a short cover letter to your email. Picture book submissions: Please email up to 3 stories with a few line synopsis of each. Please send these as .doc or .pdf attachments and add a short cover letter to your email.
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Keep an eye on Vicki's Twitter, she has been known to tweet "i am looking for new talent- so if you are wanting me to deffo see your work, tweet me so i see it"... Exciting!
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There are currently 39 clients on the agency's client list but an individual list is not publicised.
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The Bright Agency, Studio 102, 250 York Road, Battersea, London SW11 3SJ
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020 7326 9140
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Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Fiction: Please email the first 3 chapters plus a synopsis. Please send these as .doc or .pdf attachments and add a short cover letter to your email.
More info on this agency:
Covering everything from board books to YA fiction, Bright Literary Agency caters for all print and digital storytelling needs, providing educational expertise, illustrated picture book ideas, and sensational fiction writing to all. Our key focus is to develop new authors. Weâ ll use our editorial experience to help make manuscripts shine. As a fairly new agency, we are hungry and eager to get books published. We can give authors the opportunity to collaborate with our illustrators on projects. We know authors want to build a career, so we can offer work for hire or smaller projects that can allow authors to build a writing portfolio, while weâ re waiting for that all-important deal!
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