Kemi is a senior agent at The Good Literary Agency (TGLA). She began her career as an editorial assistant at publishers such as Simon & Schuster and Penguin Books, before embarking on a 5 year stint in Marketing within the Entertainment and Media sector, at brands like ITV. Her desire to advocate for under-represented talent led her into talent acquisition at Identity Agency Group (IAG), before joining TGLA as Literary Agent in 2020.
Her recent deals include Mikaela Loach’s IT’S NOT THAT RADICAL (DK), Kenny Imafidon’s THAT PECKHAM BOY (Transworld), Sharada Keat’s THESE STOLEN LIVES (Scholastic), Wenyan Lu’s THE FUNERAL CRYER (Atlantic) and Patrick Gallagher’s trilogy TRANSCENDENT (Hachette).
“I’ve been obsessed with books since I was seven and even now I am still completely captured by my favourite form of escapism”.
Genres I Like
Kemi is particularly drawn to mission driven voices in narrative non-fiction, compelling memoirs, true crime and motivational/self-help written by experts in their field. For fiction, Kemi is drawn to both unique stories that start conversations and have broad commercial appeal, as well as stories centred on faith, hope and love. She acquires across Adult and YA.
Authors I Like
Bernardine Evaristo, Malala Yousafzai, Elizabeth Gilbert, Yeonmi Park, Anthony Ray Hinton, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Khaled Hosseini, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chinua Achebe, Kelly Yang, Tomi Adeyemi, Chibundu Onuzo, Jodi Picoult, Malorie Blackman and Dorothy Koomson.
Arzu was Publishing Director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and has over 25 years of experience in the industry, having previously worked at Bloomsbury, Vintage, Penguin Random House and Virago. She has published many bestselling writers including Khaled Hosseini, Malala Yousafzai, Tea Obreht, Maria Semple. At TGLA Arzu uses her considerable experience and expertise to work with authors on editing and developing their work before submitting to publishers.