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Portobello Literary

Portobello Literary are a literary agency based in Edinburgh, representing excellent writing from Scotland and beyond in adult fiction and non-fiction. We handle UK and international rights for our clients and regularly attend international book fairs. Our clients include Polly Atkin, Fiona Black, Gill Booles, Russell Jones, Andrés N. Ordorica, Wendy Pratt and Christina Riley. Our website includes resources for aspiring writers seeking publication.

Portobello Literary was founded by Caro Clarke who has over ten years’ experience in publishing – at Transworld (PRH) and most recently at Canongate Books as a Senior Rights Manager. They were named Rights Professional of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2021. In 2019, they co-founded the Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented nature writers, which kickstarted a passion to demystify the publishing industry and help emerging writers to develop their craft and build their writing careers. Portobello Literary was established in 2022 to build on that work.

Andrew Sharp, Rights Professional

Publishing Rights professional with a proven track record of success and 24 years’ experience. Founder of Sharp Rights publishing consultancy and formerly group rights director for Hachette Children’s Group.  Sharp Rights publishing consultancy offers a range of services covering rights, editorial and contracts with a focus on commercial and strategic opportunities within the book industry.

I have worked with publishers in pretty much every rights market during my career, have experience selling to special sales customers in the English language markets and was the digital director responsible for establishing the digital offering for Hachette Children’s Books from 2012 until 2016.

Services offered include:

  • Selling sub-rights and coeditions
  • Assessing the commercial viability of new projects
  • Optimising the potential of backlist projects
  • Consultation on publishing and rights strategies
  • Research into specific markets and potential new areas of publishing
  • Proof reading and copyediting
  • Training on various aspects of the publishing industry, including sub-rights and coeditions, negotiation, acquisitions, and contracts
  • Refinement of systems and processes, and reviewing resources
  • I’m open to suggestions on any bespoke projects I might undertake

Andrea Joyce, Rights Agent

I am a freelance rights agent, working as the Rights Director for Jenny Brown Associates, handling international rights for a number of independent publishers including Luath, Saraband and Sandstone (full list of clients below) and co agenting on selected titles.

I have over 20 years international experience in publishing. I started in New York in the contracts team at Bantam Doubleday Dell before becoming rights manager for Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York) for two years, senior rights manager in London for Harper Collins for three years and Rights Director in Edinburgh for Canongate for thirteen years. I have just completed a ten month sabbatical cover as a rights agent for Curtis Brown. I won the “Nibbie” Bookseller Rights Professional of the Year in 2014 and was nominated and shortlisted in 2010 and 2017.

Highlights of my career include licensing a poem by Adam Zagajewski  – Try to Praise the Mutilated World – to the New Yorker the week after 9/11, launching Stuart McBride internationally, achieving record rights sales for Matt Haig, working with Fran Lebowitz, Elif Shafak and Anthony Doerr, and currently handling rights for the Scottish Makar, Kathleen Jamie.

For my clients I handle translation and North American rights submissions and sales, working with scouts, sub agents and direct with editors. I can be involved at acquisition stage. I advise on rights guides, attend bookfairs, pitch and submit titles, handle negotiations, draft and advise on contracts.





Joyce to handle rights for Jenny Brown Associates (The Bookseller, 5 June 2020)

Joyce joins Duckworth for North American rights (The Bookseller, 4 September 2020)

Joyce and Brownlee attach to Muswell Press (The Bookseller, 7 October 2020)