Past speakers at Weegie Wednesday include: James Robertson, Maggie Swinburne, My Weekly Features editor; Rally and Broad; David Ross, non-fiction writer; Alan Grant, comic book writer; David Greig, playwright; Chris Brookmyre, crime writer; Michael Malone, crime writer; Sara Sheridan, fiction writer; Shari Low, journalist and fiction writer; Barry Gornell, fiction writer; Kirsty Logan, fiction writer and poet; Jean Rafferty, fiction writer; Eleanor Yule, film maker; Caron MacPherson, bookshop manager; Sophie Cooke, fiction writer; Rosemary Goring, literary critic and non-fiction writer; James Aldridge, bookseller and events organiser; David Simons, fiction writer; Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland; Gordon Brown, fiction writer and marketing specialist; Duncan Furness, bookseller; Richard Warden, film producer; Alex Gray, crime writer and poet; Iain Banks, fiction writer and Ian Rankin, crime fiction writer, Linda Strachan, The Society of Authors, Sue Reid Sexton, Sinclair and Kim Macleod of Indie Authors World.
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Lindsey Fraser, partner at Fraser Ross Associates, will speak to Weegie Weegie about what their agency looks for in a children's submission to their agency. Big thanks to Lindsey for agreeing to come!
More about Lindsey here:
‘The Literary Agency pulls together our various literary skills and experiences, together with our enthusiasm for working with writers, illustrators and publishers. We both love books, and we are excited by the opportunities offered by technology and social media, but books are nothing without the people who make and read them, and it is that individual contact and the resulting conversations which give us most pleasure.
We want our writers and illustrators to feel supported, not only in the business side of their careers, but also in their ideas and writing plans. Every one of our clients has different needs; we aim to offer solutions based on guidance and information gleaned through a wide network of contacts throughout the book industry.’
Lindsey Fraser and Kathryn Ross had been running the readership development agency Scottish Book Trust for 10 years when they decided to put their combined experience into Fraser Ross Associates Literary Agency and Consultancy.
Their experience prior to that lay mainly in teaching and bookselling, both in the UK and overseas. Over the years, they have been on judging panels for the Nestlé Smarties, Whitbread and Fidler literary prizes and have attended and addressed conferences on literature and readership development throughout the UK, in the USA and Canada, in Ghana, France, Germany and Russia. They worked with the BBC to launch the Blue Peter Book Awards, which they administered for several years. They have reviewed children’s books in a wide range of newspapers and journals and edited a number of anthologies and author biographies for young people.
In addition to running the Literary Agency, Kathryn and Lindsey manage The Pushkin Prizes, a unique creative writing competition open to all Scottish pupils in their first and second year at secondary school and the Young Walter Scott Prize which is open to 11 to 19 year-olds throughout the UK with an interest in writing historical fiction.
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