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WHAT WE OFFER

We offer an integrated set of world-class literary representation and management services. These include:

• Identifying best-fit publishing houses for each book project
• Submitting projects to publishers and soliciting offers
• Negotiating contracts and agreements for the sale of publication rights
• Negotiating the sale of subsidiary rights (translation, film, TV, digital, etc.)
• Collecting advances and royalties on behalf of our clients

Our overall approach is big picture. So in addition to the core services we provide, clients enjoy the benefits of top-tier editorial guidance for each and every project. Drawing on our experience and knowledge of the inner workings of publishing, we strive to ensure that our authors produce salable manuscripts and book proposals.

Furthermore, we offer career-oriented planning and advisory services informed by experience and knowledge of both the editorial and business aspects of publishing. We understand that publishing is a serious business and that in today’s fast-moving and competitive environment writers need to position themselves appropriately. Clients get the benefit of tailored suggestions for activity to enhance visibility and increase sales of their work, such as author signings, speaking engagements, and media interviews. In the same vein, we provide much-needed objectivity to help them think strategically about their writing careers over the longer term, stay abreast of publishing trends and dynamics, and gain the knowledge they need to develop viable book projects every time.

Willenfield Literary operates on an industry-standard commission basis; we do not charge fees for our services. In return for services provided, the agency receives 15% commission for domestic (Canadian and American) sales, 20% for sales of film and television rights, and 20% to 25% for international rights sales.

WHO WE ARE

AKIN AKINWUMI — Founder & Literary Agent

Akin founded Willenfield Literary with the vision for a boutique agency that recognizes and promotes excellence in contemporary literature and writing. He is highly plugged into developments in the literary sphere and attends international book fairs like Frankfurt, London, and Book Expo America. He has a wide network of acquisition editors at publishing houses spanning North America, Europe, and the Commonwealth. Passionate about nuanced expression in the written form, Akin has a background in academia, teaching, strategic communications, editing, and publishing. He holds a Master’s and PhD in human geography and has lived and worked across four continents.

Akin works mainly in the areas of literary fiction and literary nonfiction. He is drawn to writing that engages at an intellectually complex level—whether fiction or nonfiction. Akin leans toward incredibly strong, compelling projects with something important to say about the complexities of human experience. He is an editorially minded agent with excellent project management skills, supporting client projects from inception to publication always with a keen eye on outcomes. Highly knowledgeable about book contracts, Akin will ensure that clients get the best publishing deals possible.

In addition to all things literary, Akin is a fan of modern and contemporary art, alternative music, independent and world cinema, and cutting-edge documentaries. You can reach him by email at aakinwumi@willenfield.com and find him on Twitter @AEAkinwumi.

ALISON DAVIS — Administrative Assistant

Alison handles mail, processes submissions, and provides administrative support to Akin. Please note that she is not an agent and does not accept submissions.