The BritMums Literary Dragon’s Den: How to sign up

LBA book agents and founder Luigi Bonomi

LBA book agents and founder Luigi Bonomi

One of the most hotly anticipated parts of BritMums Live is the Literary Dragon’s Den. We’re delighted to feature the agents Luigi Bonomi Associates in the Den, where they will be listening to your book ideas and pitches and giving you one-to-one feedback.

The folks at LBA are friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about hearing your projects. Come prepared and you’ll get an inside track on how to get your book published!

Here’s how the Literary Dragon’s Den works:

* When you arrive for Registration at BritMums Live there will be a sign up sheet for the Dragon’s Den timeslots. There will be 28 10-minute slots to meet with one of the LBA agents, Amanda Preston Adja (pronounced I-da) Vucicevic and Luigi Bonomi himself. It’s first come, first served so be sure to arrive early and ask at the Registration desk about signing up.

* At 16:15 the sessions kick off in the room just to the left of the Brewery entrance in the foyer. You should arrive at least 10 minutes early for your session, so the moment your slot starts, you can get started.

* A BritMums rep will check your name off the list and notify you when you time slot starts. You’ll sit down individually with one of the LBA agents to pitch your book idea, get feedback and move your project forward.

* When you’re time’s up, the BritMums rep will announce it. We’ll be strict with time-keeping so everyone gets their allotted time. We ask that you please be considerate.

What you should bring to make the most of the Dragon’s Den:

– A short outline or précis of your book or story
– Your burning questions, whether they are about the direction your manuscript is taking, voice or subject matter
– An idea of how your book is different from everything else that’s out there

Please note: The agents won’t be able to take away any materials and while they’ll be dispensing advice, this isn’t a guarantee that LBA will be able to represent you.

See you at BritMums Live.

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About Jennifer Howze

Jennifer Howze is the Creative Director and co-founder of BritMums. She blogs about family travel at, tweets at @JHowze and Instagrams at @JHowze. Previously, she wrote the Alpha Mummy blog at The Times and as a journalist has contributed to The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, Budget Travel,, Allure, SELF and Premiere, among others. She won The Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for a health article in Seventeen magazine.

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11 Responses to The BritMums Literary Dragon’s Den: How to sign up

  1. Rachel Palmer 13 June 2013 at 10:38 #

    Oh my goodness, I didn’t think BritMums could get any more exciting! First I’m a finalist and now this!!??

    I am thrilled. I better get my homework done 😉

    • Jennifer Howze 13 June 2013 at 15:58 #

      These guys from LBA are great — very friendly and encouraging, and also very helpful.

  2. older mum in a muddle 13 June 2013 at 10:45 #

    This is the one I’ve been waiting for – I’m getting down there early! X

  3. MElissa 13 June 2013 at 16:30 #

    This is the MAIN reason I am going to Britmums so I hope I get a slot!! I have put my name on the list.

    • Jennifer Howze 13 June 2013 at 16:54 #

      Melissa, Be see to get there early so you can nab a slot.

      • Melissa 18 June 2013 at 07:39 #

        To be honest I am tiny bit disappointed in this because when I first heard about this, I emailed and asked if I could book a slot. I was told you couldn’t even though an email had gone out saying you could. Then I was emailed and told I could and I was told that I was put on the list, which I thought meant that I had a slot. I have since booked my train tickets timed to get there just before 2. Which I now think is going to be too late. I can’t change the ticket without incurring a big cost. 🙁 I really, really want a slot.

  4. Reneé 14 June 2013 at 08:16 #

    Thanks for the update, I was starting to think I’d missed the boat already :o) Can’t wait to meet you all next week!!

  5. This just saved me a ton of work – was thinking I might have to take a synopsis and other stuff. Such wonderful thinking of Britmums to provide this opportunity for so many writers who are ambitious. Signing up early too!

  6. Chene Koscielny 19 June 2013 at 11:22 #

    OK – I would LOVE to have a go at this – what a brilliant opportunity. Now even more nervous and excited about Britmums Live!
    Slightly unprepared, but what the hell.
    Hope there are enough slots for everyone interested.

  7. InstinctiveMum 20 June 2013 at 12:26 #

    Oh I am so excited about this, I’m just hoping desperately that I am there in time to get a much coveted spot! Pitch all ready! 😉