Sara Keane has worked in publishing for over 25 years, in the UK and Spain. A graduate of Cambridge University, she started her career as a graduate trainee at Oxford University Press, and was then transferred to the sales team at the Spanish headquarters in Madrid. She worked in Spain for eleven years in editorial and rights roles in book, video and magazine publishing, including a stint as a sub-editor at celebrity gossip magazine HELLO! In addition, she worked as a successful non-fiction book translator from Spanish to English. On returning to the UK, Sara became Commissioning Editor for Large Print books at BBC Audiobooks, acquiring rights in works by a huge range of bestselling authors including Ian Rankin, Victoria Hislop, Nora Roberts, Alexander McCall Smith and Michael Connelly from an extensive network of UK & US publishers. She was also Editor of the Black Dagger classic crime imprint, which was published in collaboration with the Crime Writers’ Association, and headed up an e-book publishing programme. The authors she represents include Amy Myers, Sareeta Domingo, A J Wright, Fay Keenan and Teresa F. Morgan.
Kiran Kataria has three decades' experience in rights and editorial, building on a passion for books and a BA degree in English Literature. She started her career in the marketing department at Pan Macmillan, followed by a spell in children’s editorial where she gained experience in author relations and script evaluation. She then spent ten exciting years in the rights department, negotiating a full spectrum of rights deals for authors such as Muriel Spark, Wilbur Smith and Iain Banks. Kiran was then recruited by the Murray Pollinger Literary Agency, to work with prestige clients including the Roald Dahl Estate, J.M. Coetzee and Penelope Lively, and subsequently worked for several years as Rights Manager at Severn House Publishers. In 2000 she became Commissioning Editor for Audio at BBC Audiobooks, publishing authors such as Maeve Binchy, Joanna Trollope, Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham, P.D. James and John le Carré in unabridged audio recordings narrated by leading actors, many of which won industry awards. She also commercialised many BBC programmes for the audio market, notably the acclaimed History of the World in 100 Objects. The authors she represents include Lynne Francis, Judy Leigh, Zoë Sharp and Malyn Bromfield.
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