Publishers in the west focus on the different aspects of publishing. Looking for good writers is not one of them. That’s the agent’s job.
How do you spot new writers? Where does one usually find them?
I get most of my writers through referrals from existing clients, some common friends, or direct submissions through the website. If I feel strongly about a subject/theme, then I do sometimes approach a writer, who can do justice to it.
What are you looking for in a book, when it first comes to you?
I am probably the only agent who is open to all sorts of genres, including translations, children’s books and commercial fiction.
What according to you, should the characteristics of a new writer be?
They should keep writing and not think about the end goal, that is publication, money, accolades. Writing requires a lot of discipline and passion. My advice to every new writer is to write only if you have the itch and if you feel passionate about it.
How could a prospective author approach you?
Through my email address on my website.
What are your top three favourite books?