Juliet Pickering worked for Waterstones as a bookseller and fiction buyer before starting at A P Watt in 2003, where she became an Associate Agent in 2007. Juliet joined Blake Friedmann in 2013, becoming Vice Head of the Book Department in 2017, and her authors have been shortlisted for Booker, Costa, and Guardian First Book Awards, won the Whitbread and Green Carnation Prizes and, in 2015, the prestigious French literary award Prix Femina Etranger. Her fiction interests range from literary through to book club, and she enjoys commercial novels with fresh, contemporary and feminist central characters; the main requisite is that these stories have a deep emotional heart, and rich, multi-layered, real characters. She also represents many non-fiction writers across the board, including memoir, pop culture, social history, writing on issues of race, gender and class, cookery and food, humour, and all sorts in-between. She is always looking to bring more under-represented voices to readers, and for her writers and their books to provoke conversation.
Juliet regularly visits literary festivals, courses and events, and enjoys giving talks and holding workshops for writers. She has been a judge for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2016/2017, and for the Manchester Fiction Prize 2016.
Clients: Estate of Ted Allbeury, Dima Alzayat, MiMi Aye, Trezza Azzopardi, Bolu Babalola, Jendella Benson, Ian Birch, Nora Anne Brown, Julia Cole, Sue Cook, Deborah Coughlin, Sara Crowe, Sarah Ditum, Michael Donkor, Sarah Franklin, Roxy Freeman, Janice Galloway, Sarah Hartley, Kate Hodges, Kerry Hudson, Leah Hyslop, Benjamin Johncock, Konditor and Cook, Richard Littler, Clayton Littlewood, Jesse Loncraine, Anneliese Mackintosh, Ailbhe Malone, Lucy Mangan, Amy Mason, Nina-Sophia Miralles, Emma Mitchell, Sue Moorcroft, Emer O'Toole, Rosalind Powell, Annie Robertson, Lora Stimson, Jack Urwin, Helen Walmsley-Johnson, Women's Institute, Andrew Wong.