Diana Beaumont is keen to seek voices currently “under-represented” in the literary community in her new role at the Marjacq Scripts literary agency.
Beaumont joined the Holborn-based firm this week from United Talent Agency (UTA), bringing her client list with her.
She told The Bookseller she was “thrilled” to be joining Marjacq at a time the agency was expanding, with her addition bringing the company’s number of agents to five.
“I am thrilled to be joining Phil, whom I have long admired, and the terrific team at Marjacq,” Beaumont said. “It is a particularly exciting time to join as the agency has been expanding in recent years and whilst they provide a full service to clients, books are at the heart of their business which is important to me. I know my clients will appreciate the friendly, boutique feel as well as the energy and ambition we all share as we look to the future.”
Along with searching for new authors in high concept crime and thrillers, intelligent women’s commercial fiction “with depth and heart”, lifestyle, cookery and feminism books, Beaumont says she wants to find writers “who reflect our richly diverse society more than ever”.
“I am particularly keen to find new voices from parts of society that have been under-represented in our industry,” Beaumont said. “It is difficult to know what the next big thing will be until you see it but we need strong storytellers and writers who reflect our richly diverse society more than ever.”
Beaumont joined UTA in March 2015 after starting out as a senior commissioning editor at Transworld before joining the Rupert Heath Literary Agency in 2011.
Marjacq was founded by Jacqui Lyons and the late George Markstein in 1973.
Philip Patterson, who heads the book department at Marjacq, said: “ I have been a fan of Diana for a long time, and her impressive list is the perfect fit with the agency. We are excited to be working with her."
Beaumont starts on 16th January and can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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