Getting Your Novel Ready with The Good Literary Agency

Are you preparing your novel for submission to agents? In this practical masterclass The Good Literary Agency will focus on editing, offer advice on submitting and hold individual feedback sessions.

Please note that places on this masterclass available to buy are now sold out. Bursary places are still available by application (please read on for more info). Join the co-founder of The Good Literary Agency Nikesh Shukla and agents Niki Chang and Abi Fellows for a day of practical exercises, a Q&A and individual feedback focused on preparing your novel to submit to agents. The Good Literary Agency was founded in 2018 explicitly to represent British authors from backgrounds under-represented in UK publishing including writers of colour, working class, disability, LGBTQ and anyone else who feels they or their stories are under-represented. They represent acclaimed authors including Raymond Antrobus, Nikita Gill and Leone Ross.

What will you do on the course?
In the morning Nikesh Shukla will lead a session on editing your work. In the afternoon Nikesh will chair a Q&A with Niki Chang and Abi Fellows on preparing your submission, followed by individual 1-2-1 sessions with one of the two agents and Nikesh Shukla.

Who is it for?
The masterclass will be limited to 12 attendees. It is for fiction writers who have a finished draft of their novel and have tried or plan to submit to agents. Ideally you will bring a draft cover letter, synopsis and 2,000-word extract from your project.

Bursaries
We will be offering 6 free bursary places to writers who are on a low income, BAME, disabled, LGBTQ+ and working class. If you would like to be considered for a bursary place please can you email hello@spreadtheword.org.uk the following:

– A cover letter that includes a pitch for your project (150-200 words) and confirms your eligibility for a bursary place;
– A 2,000-word extract from the opening of your novel

The deadline for applying for a bursary place is Sunday 23 February. The Good Literary Agency will be assessing applications. Successful applicants will be contacted by Wednesday 11 March. Please email us if you have any questions.

Discounted rates
London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.

If you’d like to read our terms and conditions before booking, you can do so here or you can view them at the bottom of every page of our website.

The Good Literary Agency

The Good Literary Agency


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The Good Literary Agency was founded in 2018 explicitly to represent British authors from backgrounds under-represented in UK publishing including writers of colour, working class, disability, LGBTQ and anyone else who feels they or their stories are under-represented.

Nikesh Shukla


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Nikesh Shukla co-founded The Good Literary Agency with Julia Kingsford. His debut novel, Coconut Unlimited, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2010. Alongside his second novel, Meatspace, Nikesh has written for The Guardian, Esquire, Buzzfeed, Vice and BBC2, LitHub, Guernica and BBC Radio 4. Nikesh is also the editor ofthe bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant, which won the reader's choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards. Nikesh’s third adult novel The One Who Wrote Destiny was published in 2018, as well as his first YA novel Run, Riot. The Good Immigrant USA which he is co-editing was published in 2019. At the Good Literary Agency Nikesh manages all of their work with writer development as well as assessing submissions. Both he and Julia oversee strategy and partner relations.

Niki Chang


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Niki Chang is a literary agent at The Good Literary Agency. She represents writers of both fiction, non-fiction and a small number of poets. Before joining TGLA when it opened its doors in May 2018, Niki started her career at Aitken Alexander Associates through a Creative Access internship. She initially worked in the film, TV and stage department before moving into the literary department where she worked with Clare Alexander alongside building her own list. She has worked as a bookseller and lived in Venezuela where she taught music. Niki is from London and has a BA in Modern Languages & Literature from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Latin American Cultural Studies from Birkbeck. In 2019 she won the London Book Fair Trailblazer Award.

Abi Fellows


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Abi Fellows joined The Good Literary Agency in March 2019 specifically to look for commercial as well as Children's and Young Adult books. She works across both fiction and non-fiction.

Before joining TGLA, Abi worked as a literary scout at Rosalind Ramsay Ltd for seven years. She has incredibly broad experience in the industry having been a literary agent at Georgina Capel Associates prior to becoming a scout and having also worked as a bookseller at Blackwell’s and on the sales team at Faber and Faber.

Abi has a BA in English Literature from Bristol University and an MA in English Literature: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London.


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