Carole Blake is the doyenne of literary agents. She has worked in publishing for 50 years, started her own literary agency in 1977 (now Blake Friedmann) and has a star-studded list of clients that includes the likes of Peter James, Barbara Erskine and Sheila O’Flanagan.
She’s also the author of From Pitch to Publication: Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Novel Published, a must-read for writers. Carole is currently writing an updated version, due out in 2015.
At this year’s Chipping Norton Literary Festival Carole teamed up with Wannabe a Writer author Jane Wenham-Jones to present a literary-style Dragons’ Den event. The session was entitled Wannabe a Writer – Pitch the Agent and challenged aspiring writers to submit 1,000 words of their novels for Carole to critique. Five brave individuals were shortlisted and Carole gave her verdict in front of a live audience.
Carole is second to none when it comes to giving advice and guidance to authors and...