Prior to co-launching DKW in 2012, Ella worked at Andrew Nurnberg Associates as an Assistant Literary Agent for three years. She loves the creative side of collaborating with authors, pitching exciting projects and handling negotiations. Ella represents upmarket contemporary and historical fiction, science fiction, and some non-fiction. She also represents a wide range of children’s fiction for the 9-12 and YA age groups. She is passionate about finding and championing new voices, including those traditionally under-represented in publishing.
She has an MA in Publishing from University College London and a BA in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from the University of Cambridge. She was Chair of the Society of Young Publishers in 2011, and has also volunteered as the SYP’s Events Officer and Treasurer; as an SYP alumna she has offered mentoring to young people in the industry. She became a Freeman of the Stationers’ Company in 2012, and became Chair of the Young Stationers’ Committee in 2018. Ella was included in The Bookseller’s list of Rising Stars in 2013, and was a winner of the London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards 2016 and the Young Stationers’ Prize 2016. Since 2016 she has regularly worked with London’s Writer Development Agency Spread the Word, and has also been involved with Penguin Random House’s WriteNow programme, as well as regularly giving talks on careers in publishing and how to get published at universities, schools and literary festivals.
Before co-founding DKW, Bryony worked at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency, and spent several years working in specialist bookshops and libraries. She has worked with top publishers both in the UK and abroad, and loves negotiating publishing contracts to an almost absurd degree. She represents an eclectic mix of talented writers, with a list spanning from quirky children’s fiction through to YA and adult fiction and non-fiction.
Bryony has an MA in Publishing from University College London and a BA in English Literature from the University of Reading. She previously volunteered as University Liaison Officer for the Society of Young Publishers, where she visited universities across the UK giving talks and workshops to help graduates break into the publishing industry. Bryony was selected by The Bookseller as one of their Rising Stars of 2013, and was a winner of the London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards 2016 and the Young Stationers’ Prize 2016. Through organisations such as the Stationers Company and the WoMentoring Project, she has mentored aspiring writers, agents and editors from a variety of backgrounds to help them gain access to the publishing industry.