Hayley Steed has been promoted to literary agent less than three years after joining the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency as an assistant.
Steed will continue to work with Milburn but also has her own list of fiction and non-fiction clients too which she has built up since being an associate. She will also continue to work on book-to-film rights.
She joined the Mayfair-based agency in July 2016 as the assistant of Madeleine Milburn, who heads up the agency with m.d. Giles Milburn. Steed became associate in Jan 2018 and is now a full literary agent with immediate effect with Milburn paying tribute to her "ability to spot talent coupled with her intrinsic deal-making abilities".
Previously Steed worked as a publicity assistant ED Public Relations and doing internships at companies such as Curtis Brown.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic and incredibly emotional that the agency has given me this opportunity,” Steed told The Bookseller. "I’ve loved being here from my very first day and am even more excited about the future in my new role. It’s such a supportive team, and Maddy has been simply amazing to learn from and work with, so I couldn’t be happier. I can’t thank the agency enough for their faith in me.”
Milburn said of Steed's promotion: "Since joining the Agency in 2016, Hayley has swiftly become integral to its identity and success. She is utterly committed to our authors, and her ability to spot talent coupled with her intrinsic deal-making abilities makes her a natural agent.
"She has already enjoyed amazing success as an associate, so we know her career at the MM Agency will continue to be hugely exciting. She is, in short, a total star."
Steed has negotiated deals such as Hard Pushed by Leah Hazard in a seven-way auction to Hutchinson, The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley in a six-way auction to Transworld, Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls in a four-way auction to Headline as well as The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey in a seven-way auction to Mantle.
She also secured book-to-film deals for Holly Bourne’s How Do You Like Me Now (Hodder) to Ecosse, Melanie Golding’s Little Darlings (HQ) to Kevin Loader and Roger Michell, Stephen Giles’ The Boy at the Keyhole (Hanover Square Press) to New Regency as well as Elizabeth Macneal’s The Doll Factory (Pan Macmillan) to Buccaneer with more deals soon to be announced, the agency said.