Hi AW’ers!

We're posting in this thread so we can answer your questions and tell you a bit more about us. We’ll aim to check back often, so any further questions please post below.

What is Bright Group International?

The Bright Agency was set up in 2003 by Vicki Willden-Lebrecht after she spotted a gap in the market for developing unpublished talented illustrators. The agency grew from strength to strength and in 2010 Vicki set up Bright Group International, a children’s content development agency, representing authors, artists and brands.

Bright Group International now has 17 full time staff including sales and literary agents, an art director and a marketing team. We have the following divisions covering UK, US, Asia and Australasia:
  • The Bright Literary Agency
  • The Bright Agency
  • Bright Art Licensing
  • Bright and Beyond
  • Bright Digital
Bright represents some of the biggest names in children’s illustration and a number of award winning author/illustrators including Sue Hendra, the author of Barry the Fish with Fingers. Barry was the fastest selling picture book in the last 5 years and its success bred a sequel, various spin-off books and a TV deal.

What is the Bright Literary Academy? What is The Bright Literary Agency?

The Bright Literary Academy was born out of our picture book illustrators wanting to develop their writing, and requests from publishers for content. We had great success with this, for example with Rebecca Elliott, a talented author/illustrator who has won a number of awards. Her fantastic picture book Zoo Girl (Lion Hudson) is on the long list for the 2012 Kate Greenway Medal.

With successes like these, the natural progression for the agency was to move into fiction, so we rebranded as The Bright Literary Agency and started to bring on board fiction and picture book authors, not just author/illustrators. One of these, includes Ali Cronin, the author of the Skins novel (Hodder), who now has an exciting six book teenage fiction series with Puffin.

We will have further information about us on our website, but this is currently being renovated. We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as the new site is launched.

Who are Bright Literary Agency’s Agents?

Lauren Holowaty –Beginning her children’s book career over 10 years ago, Lauren gained a wealth of editorial, publishing and licensing experience, as a writer and editor at top publishing houses. Having written hundreds of children’s books, and worked with award-winning names, she has an eye for recognizing talent and prize-winning masterpieces,.

Gemma Cooper – Gemma has previously worked at literary agencies in both London and New York, and brings with her a wealth of children's book knowledge and expertise. Her aim is to expand both our picture book and fiction author portfolio and continue to build on its successes.

Why choose Bright Literary Agency?
  • Our key focus is the development of new authors. We’ll use our editorial experience to help you make your manuscript shine.
  • As a fairly new agency, we are hungry and eager to get your book published.
  • We can give writers the opportunity to collaborate with our illustrators on projects.
  • We know you want to build a career, so we can offer you work for hire or smaller projects that can allow you to build your writing portfolio, while you’re waiting for that all-important deal

How to submit to The Bright Literary Agency?

We accept email submissions. Please send us the first 3 chapters plus a synopsis or the full text if your submission is a picture book to literarysubmissions@brightgroupinternational.com

Please send these as .doc or .pdf attachments and add a short cover letter to your email. We do not accept paper submissions.

Do I have to be an illustrator to join The Bright Literary Agency?

No. We are looking for children’s book authors. We are still keen to hear from author/illustrators as well.

If you are an illustrator, please submit to The Bright Agency. Please send 10 – 12 low res jpeg samples as attachments to submissions@thebrightagency.com