Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 7, 2019

Agent Building List – Chloe Seager at Madeleine Milburn

The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency is a leading literary agency based in the UK. The agency represents award-winning and bestselling authors of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction who consistently feature on The Sunday Times, New York Times and international bestseller lists. The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is renowned for talent spotting new writers, negotiating major deals across all media including print, digital, translation and Film & TV, and turning books into bestsellers.

In 2018, Madeleine won Literary Agent of the Year at the British Book Awards. She was praised for her ‘prolific deal-making‘ and ‘long-term vision for her authors‘. She is known by editors as a ‘tenacious negotiator and an excellent collaborator with a nose for commercial success‘.

The agency, now in its seventh year and with three other full-time agents, a foreign rights agent and an in-house editor, has been described by The Bookseller as ‘a major force in publishing’.

As a member of the Association of Authors’ Agents (AAA), the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is committed to giving the highest possible level of service to authors.

Chloe Seager – Agent at Madeleine Milburn:

Chloe is a Children’s/YA agent at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

She began her career at Titan Books and it was working with V.E. Schwab that made her realise her true passion was in YA and children’s. She joined Northbank Talent in 2015 where she built a children’s and YA list from scratch, selling rights in the UK and internationally. Whilst there she worked with Carnegie nominated author Emily Critchley, the children’s tie-in titles of Rachel Wells’ bestselling Alfie series, and discovered debut authors including Anna Fargher, Ben Oliver and Inky Willis. In 2019 she joined the team at Madeleine Milburn. 

Chloe is also a writer. She penned the Emma Nash books, a YA series published with HQ. She runs #bookclubYA, the sister event to #drinkYA, and co-hosts YaOughta!, a podcast about YA books.

She is looking for all kinds of middle-grade and YA fiction and non-fiction.

Actively looking for: Funny books across all ages; contemporary middle-grade with a big heart; gothic middle-grade; YA sci-fi and fantasy with a strong hook; YA romance; interesting/inspiring non-fiction across all ages.


I represent some very funny writers in the 7-9 area and in middle-grade/tween, and I’d love to sign up more. I’m also on the lookout for funny YA – particularly because, as well as being an agent, I’m an author in this genre (the Emma Nash series) so it’s a real passion of mine. It could have a message, like Laura Steven’s The Exact Opposite of Okay, but it could be purely for laughs. I think the importance of funny books is hugely underrated, particularly for that age group.

There’s been a lot of magical middle-grade and whilst I’m still looking for it, the hook would have to really stand out to me as being quite different. At the moment I’d love a gothic, spooky middle-grade, or contemporary middle-grade centred around family or friendship. I also love middle-grade books that feel like modern classics.

I’m a fan of fantasy and sci-fi, although it has to have a strong hook. For instance, I represent Ben Oliver’s The Loop trilogy, which is like a SF YA Prison Break, where teens are held on a futuristic death row. I’d love to find something else in this area, maybe with a female protagonist. In fantasy I recently sold a YA Faustian fantasy retelling of Cinderella, where the fairy godmother is the devil and every time our protagonist makes a wish someone dies. I hope this gives an idea of my taste in sci-fi and fantasy – accessible, with a very clear pitch. I enjoy some horror, too.

I really want a YA romance, with a strong hook and lovable characters like Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli. I’m also on the hunt for all sorts of non-fiction – for instance I represent Speak Up! by Laura Coryton, a campaigning guide for rebel girls, and have worked on various science themed books. I’d love to see anything inspirational, fun, or that has a fresh angle.

It is hard to sum up one’s taste in one page so if, judging from what you’ve read, you’re unsure if I’ll like your book, please do send it along. Some of the books I’ve loved and taken on have been a surprise — you never know what might blow you away.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to submissions@madeleinemilburn.com

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

@chloeseager

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children’s, Commercial, Fantasy, Humor, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres:

I’d like the next…
I’m looking for anything that grabs me, but in particular, I’d like to see funny books across all ages, accessible fantasy/SF with a strong hook, adventure, contemporary romance/family drama and books that focus on friendship. I’m also partial to a Gothic mystery…

I’m actively looking for diverse submissions.

My favorites include…
In YA:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli

Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Ink by Alice Broadway

The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson

The Fandom by Anna Day

In tween:

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

In MG:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon

Amelia Fang by Laura Allen Anderson

Beetle Boy by M.G Leonard

Polar Bear Explorer’s Club by Alex Bell

Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stephens

The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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