Hodder & Stoughton
My Manuscript Wish List®
Kimberley Atkins is Editorial Director at Hodder & Stoughton in London, where she acquires commercial women’s fiction. She is actively looking for new voices in fiction and is driven above all by unforgettable characters and captivating stories. Anything that’s got a really strong hook, an original protagonist or lots of twists is top of her Wish List. (However, she’s not really looking for erotica at this time, and no short stories please.)
Kimberley has worked in publishing for the last ten years in both Sydney and London, where she has held roles in editorial and marketing. She has worked with a huge range of exciting and internationally bestselling authors including Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty, Lesley Pearse, Paige Toon and Holly Bourne.
In her spare time, Kimberley has also self-published a bestselling novel on behalf of her mother (Dani Atkins) which then led to a traditional publishing contract, seventeen international rights deals and four further novels. All of this means that she spends most of her time, both at work and in the evenings on the phone, talking about books. Which is no bad thing at all.
As a new addition from The Manuscript Academy, #MSWL’s sister company, we are now offering e-meeting consultations with a select group of our agents and editors to go over your query letter or first page, get professional feedback, and learn more about the reactions you’re getting (or not getting…) from agents. You’ll be able to pick from Skype, Hangouts, or a phone call–and, yes, this works internationally. Please see our FAQ, our list of participating agents and editors–and consider joining our Facebook group, a free, friendly community of writers cheering each other on through this process. You can also learn more via the free MSWL podcast, with agent interviews, tips and tricks for giving your work its best possible chance.
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