JULIA KINGSFORD is looking for both fiction and non-fiction.
In fiction she has quite broad tastes and is looking for books with characters who you don't want to let go of at the end, and stories that are demanding to be told. She believes that good writing is whatever makes you get to the end of a page and have to turn over to keep reading - and what that looks like can vary a lot between literary and commercial fiction.
In non-fiction she loves narratives that tell universal stories in new ways, books that make a difference to readers lives or simply those that engage and bring joy.
Alongside agenting Julia works on a range of consumer-focused projects and marketing consulting. Recently these have included helping choose books for the Zoe Ball Book Club on ITV, managing book trade liaison for the Specsavers National Book Awards and working with the Quarto Group on their personalised cookbook project. She also provides marketing consultancy to a range of clients which has included bestselling authors and UK and international publishers.
Julia began her career in marketing at Random House before working at the BBC and the Barbican and then returned to the book trade to manage Foyles’ events, becoming Head of Marketing, Communications and Publisher Relations in 2008. Julia helped found World Book Night, a national reading for pleasure and literacy charity and subsequently became CEO in 2011. After integrating it into The Reading Agency she left in 2014 and set up Kingsford Campbell.
Julia is an advocate for equality and representation in publishing. Working with her author Nikesh Shukla on The Good Immigrant lead them to collaborating on further 'Good' projects including The Good Journal, a literary journal for writers of colour, and The Good Literary Agency, a social-enterprise literary agency explicitly created to expand the pipeline for writers from backgrounds under-represented in UK publishing which is funded by Arts Council England.
Julia was part of the British Council's Young Creative Entrepreneur scheme in 2010, and has been a Bookseller Rising Star, Disruptor of the Year at the Futurebook Awards as well as being on the Bookseller’s list of 100 most influential people in publishing.
Julia's submissions are currently closed.