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Juliet Pickering 3

An agent with Blake Friedmann Literary Agency (see other agents at this agency).

About

I am proud to represent a list of intriguing, conversation-starting, diverse writers, across both fiction and non-fiction. Many of my authors write contemporary stories, often led by themes of identity, coming-of-age, class, gender and sexuality, to name a few; for me, vital qualities to a good story include emotional depth, authenticity, an engaging voice and irrepressible energy. I want to be surprised, and to have everyday experiences and relationships told with nuance and colour. I love to bring an under-represented experience to both editors and readers, and some of my most enjoyable moments have been campaigning for authors who have looked for a book to reflect their experience and, not having found it, have written their own to provide that space for others. I’m a proud feminist and love books that empower us, or that make us feel recognised and heard. Favourite authors include Kate Atkinson, Curtis Sittenfeld, Elizabeth Strout, Shirley Jackson, Zora Neale Hurston, Nora Ephron and Elizabeth Jane Howard. I’m drawn to rich and multi-layered stories of women, families, friendships and relationships, and love small communities with a strong setting and lots going on beneath the surface; I prefer the small and intimate to the epic and world-affecting. I worked for Waterstones as a bookseller and fiction buyer, before joining the agency A P Watt in 2003. I moved to Blake Friedmann in 2013, becoming Vice Head of the Book Department in 2017 and a Director in 2020, and my authors have been shortlisted for Booker, Costa, and Guardian First Book Awards, won the Whitbread and Green Carnation Prizes, and the Prix Femina Etranger. I regularly visit literary festivals, courses and events, and enjoy giving talks and holding workshops for writers. I have been a judge for the Bristol Short Story Prize and for the Manchester Fiction Prize, and I’m on the board of the Working Class Writers’ Festival.

Country, Year Established, and Professional Associations

United Kingdom Agent since 2007 Member of AAA

Fiction Open

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience. Excluding: Children, Young adults.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical, Women's Fiction.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
Novel Novel
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalSimultaneous
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Nonfiction Open

I represent non-fiction writers across the board, including memoir, pop culture, social history, writing on issues of race, gender and class, and cookery and food.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience. Excluding: Children, Young adults.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Humorous, Literary, Mainstream, Personal.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: History, Lifestyle (Cooking, Food and Drink), Memoir, Politics/Political Science, Sexuality/Gender, Society/Culture (Current events, Ethnicity/Race, Social issues).
Types/Lengths:
Book Book
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalSimultaneous
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Dates

Last Updated: 25 Nov 2022
Last Checked: 24 Nov 2022 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 13 Jul 2022 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 13 Feb 2018

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