Bath Literary Agency offers representation and career management to children’s authors and illustrators of fiction and non-fiction. We also offer authors the opportunity to work in partnership with their agent and aim to help them to become industry and market aware and ready for their future as a published author.

Agent, Gill McLay graduated with a Publishing & Marketing BA Hons degree from Oxford Brookes University in 1996 and has worked in the world of children’s publishing ever since. Offering over two decades of industry experience from a sales, marketing and commercial side she is able to offer a truly supportive service that compliments the roles of author and illustrators.

Gill has worked with small independent publisher, Barefoot Books, to large global publisher, Egmont.  She understands the industry. From product development to co-ordinating marketing campaigns with UK retailers, Gill’s experience offers an understanding of all the different roles and sectors within the world of children’s books that together take author’s stories from idea to reader.

Gill works with her clients to ensure they are clear about the different roles within a publishing team. Her aim is to nurture and create supportive and successful partnerships between publishers and her authors and illustrators.

The agency represents writers of poetry, picture books, young fiction, middle grade fiction, YA fiction and non-fiction. It also looks after author/illustrators who write their own work as well as illustrating the work of other authors. 

As well as running the Bath Literary Agency, Gill is the co-founder and artistic director of the Bath Kids Lit Fest which is the largest, children’s only literature festival in Europe.