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WHAT WE DO

We offer our clients an integrated set of literary representation and management services. These include:

• Submitting projects to publishers and soliciting offers
• Negotiating contracts for the sale of publication rights
• Negotiating the sale of subsidiary rights—translation, film, TV, digital, etc.
• Collecting and distributing advances, royalties, and other income due

Our overall approach at Willenfield 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 editorial experience and knowledge of the inner workings of publishing, we edit and polish clients’ manuscripts and book proposals prior to submission to publishers.

Furthermore, we work closely with clients in the area of career planning . This is because we understand that publishing is a serious business and that in today’s fast-moving and competitive climate writers need to position themselves appropriately. We provide much-needed objectivity to help our clients 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. We consult with clients on creating strong online platforms so that they can compete more effectively in the current publishing environment.

The agency is committed to the highest standards in literary representation and management. We do not charge reading fees and neither do we charge for our time and expense in reviewing, editing, and developing projects for sale. In return for services provided, the agency receives 15% commission for domestic—Canadian and U.S.—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 Agency to realize a long-held vision that excellence in contemporary literature and writing should be recognized and promoted. 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, and is particularly drawn to debut writers. He welcomes strong, compelling projects with something new and important to say about contemporary life and the textures of human experience. Akin has overall responsibility for Willenfield’s strategic direction and day-to-day operations. He is editorially minded and extremely hands-on, supporting client projects with a keen and strategic eye on outcomes.

In addition to all things literary, Akin is a fan of modern and contemporary art, 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.