Emma Shercliff of Laxfield Literary Associates talks to us about being an agent outside of London and her efforts to better represent both regional writers and authors from Africa and the Middle East. Following a globe-trotting career with Macmillan, Hodder and Cassava Republic Press, encountering the Common People report prompted Emma to set up Laxfield Literary Associates with the aim of making agenting more transparent and representative of the population.

We discuss the challenges of representation, the lack of childcare support for writers, how and when to contact an agent and lots more – including the two prizes being run by Laxfield Literary Associates which you can find out about on their website: https://laxfieldliterary.com/

Hosted by Simon Jones & Steph McKenna.

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