Kingsford Campbell is a new kind of agency, combining traditional author representation with marketing expertise.
Our Literary agency is headed by Charlie Campbell who prior to co-founding Kingsford Campbell had 10 years experience with the Ed Victor Agency. Our Marketing consultancy is headed by Julia Kingsford, former CEO of World Book Night and Head of Marketing for Foyles Bookshops.
CHARLIE CAMPBELL has been a literary agent for over a decade, joining Ed Victor Ltd in 2005. He handled film, TV and serial rights for the agency’s clients, as well as helping launch the speakers bureau and digital publishing arm. He is interested in both fiction and non-fiction, with a particular focus on literary novels, thrillers and books that tackle big or quirky subjects in an accessible way. Before agenting, he spent three years at Literary Review, where he became Deputy Editor and ran the Bad Sex in Fiction Award. His book Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Other People was published by Duckworth in the UK and Overlook in the US, as well as in Russia, Thailand and Turkey. In 2012, he and a group of writers revived the Authors XI, a literary cricket team that used to star PG Wodehouse and Arthur Conan Doyle. Under his captaincy the Authors have toured India and Sri Lanka and, in 2013, they defeated the national side of Japan. In the same year, their book, The Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon, was published by Bloomsbury. It was shortlisted for the Cricket Society and MCC Book of the Year award. Charlie has just published Herding Cats: The Art of Amateur Captaincy about his experiences captaining the Authors side.
JULIA KINGSFORD is an expert creative strategist in consumer focused book marketing as well as developing a list of author clients. She began her career in marketing at Random House before working at the BBC and the Barbican. She returned to the book trade in 2005 to manage Foyles’ events, becoming Head of Marketing and Communications and a key member of the senior management team in 2008. While at Foyles she led a complete refresh of the brand and the marketing strategy and developed an expertise in consumer book marketing both on and off line. In 2010, Julia helped found World Book Night, a national reading for pleasure and literacy charity and subsequently became CEO in 2011. She expanded World Book Night into Germany and the USA and significantly grew its nationwide community of reading advocates. After integrating World Book Night into The Reading Agency she left in 2014 and set up Kingsford Campbell. Julia is actively looking for new authors and her tastes in both fiction and non-fiction are extremely broad, she is looking for great writing but is particularly interested in giving a platform to authors who feel under-represented in mainstream publishing.
PATRICK JANSON-SMITH is the son of a literary agent. His father, Peter, represented, among others, Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler, Gavin Maxwell, C. Northcote Parkinson and the biographer, Richard Holmes. Patrick started his publishing career as a publicity assistant at the University of London Press (Hodder & Stoughton) before joining Granada Publishing to work for one of the industry’s legendary figures, Carmen Callil. After an all-too-brief spell as Publicity Manager of a fledgling Octopus Books, he returned to Granada as an editor at the Mayflower paperback imprint. Before too long, he was poached by Transworld (then Corgi & Bantam Books) where he worked as an editor, rising to the position of Associate Editorial Director before being headhunted for a start-up book club, The Nationwide Book Service (jointly owned by Heinemann, Collins and Bonnier). It was in 1981 that Patrick feels he found his true calling, having been invited back to Transworld as Publisher. He served in that role from 1981-2005 and founded the imprint Black Swan which was launched in 1983. During his time at Transworld, he was responsible for the careers of such authors as Jilly Cooper, Armistead Maupin, Howard Jacobson, Robert Goddard, Terry Pratchett, Joanna Trollope, John McCarthy & Jill Morrell, Andy McNab, Sophie Kinsella, Lee Child and Joanne Harris.
In 2005, Patrick joined the Christopher Little Agency, before returning to publishing in 2008 as Publisher of his own imprint, Blue Door, at Harper Collins. He retired from Harper Collins in 2014 but is very excited to be drawn straight back out of it to join Kingsford Campbell.