Sophie Hicks has left the Ed Victor Agency after 25 years to set up her own company.
Hicks’ clients, including Eoin Colfer, author of titles including the Artemis Fowl series, and Emerald Fennell, author of Shiverton Hall (Bloomsbury), will move with her to the eponymous Sophie Hicks Agency.
“I have had 25 amazing years with Ed and the company and now it's time to take the next step,” said Hicks. “The new agency will represent my current clients and fresh new voices yet to be discovered, here in the UK and around the world.
“I am very excited about what is to come. A huge thank you to my colleagues for all their hard work and support."
Recent deals struck by Hicks include the sale of Fennell’s Monsters to Hot Key Books.
Victor said: "Sophie has worked long and hard for our company, and I know she has the talent and drive to make a great success of her own agency. We will sorely miss her, but wish her good luck with her new business."
He told The Bookseller that he hoped she became the “world’s greatest children’s book agent” and that she could now “fly her own flag”.
Colfer said he loved “Sophie the person and Sophie the force of nature”.
“She has changed my life over the past 14 years and I know she will continue to do so in the future," he added.
Hicks can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.