We are living in an age of nonfiction. What are publishers looking for in good nonfiction, and what is selling in the shops? And what are the titles booksellers would like to see on the shelves? Andrew Franklin is the Managing Director of London-based independent publisher Profile Books which publishes history, business, science and biography. Bestselling authors include Mary Beard, Alan Bennett and Atul Gwande. Profile's Scottish-based authors include Gavin Francis and Shaun Bythell whose Diary of a Bookseller has been translated into 20 languages. Angie Crawford has been a bookseller for over twenty years starting first in Dillon’s and Waterstones in Inverness before moving to Waterstones head office to be a children’s buyer. After a four year stint at Ottakar’s Head Office, she moved back to Waterstones to be the Scottish Buyer. There are currently 27 Waterstones stores in Scotland.
Founder, Jenny Brown Associates
Jenny Brown established the Edinburgh-based literary agency Jenny Brown Associates in 2002. The agency is known for representing Scottish-based writers of literary and crime fiction, narrative nonfiction, and writing for children. She was previously founder director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, (of which she is now Vice Chair) and Head of Literature at the Scottish Arts Council. She is Chair of the crime writing festival Bloody Scotland.