Kemi is particularly drawn to global stories that explore cultural and/or social issues, coming-of-age novels, Identity and (for YA) fantasy. She is also building a bespoke list of non-fiction.
She acquired a BA in English Literature at UEA and an MA in Publishing at UCL, Kemi spent her formative years at Bloomsbury, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Books and later transitioned into marketing working at ITV, Amazon’s The Book Depository, Time Out and Identity Agency Group.
“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
Global stories (culture and/or social-political issues), Coming-of-age, Thrillers, Inspiring/Uplifting stories, Women’s fiction, YA fantasy
Authors I Like
Khaled Hosseini, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Margaret Atwood, Chinua Achebe, Kelly Yang, Tomi Adeyemi, Chibundu Onuzo, Jodi Picoult, Malorie Blackman, Dorothy Koomson and Yann Martel.
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.