Amy Capelin | Meet the Agent

last updated 14 June 2019

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Amy joined teammates Nicky and Robyn at Bright’s London office in 2018. She works with clients across Europe, Asia, Latin America and Australasia, helping publishers commission artwork for board books, novelty, activity, picture books, non-fiction and fiction for all ages.

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After a degree in Modern Languages and a spell as a bookseller, Amy spent over 10 years working in foreign rights at a variety of publishers and literary agencies. Starting her career in illustrated non-fiction she developed an eye for beautiful design and illustration before discovering her true passion – children’s books!

She hasn’t looked back since then, selling translation rights for authors including Terry Pratchett, Shirley Hughes, Michael Bond and Suzanne Collins, and is delighted to now find herself representing Bright’s talented artists around the world.

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With an in-depth knowledge of global publishing, Amy is dedicated to matching international clients with the perfect artwork style for their market. She has travelled the world visiting publishers from São Paulo to Moscow and is in her natural habitat in the aisles and bars of Bologna and Frankfurt.


“Amy is great. She’s a star! Always cheery and I know that if I have any problems I can go straight to her and she’ll sort things out quickly for me.” – Ailie Busby


title A range of books and licensed products showcased at book fairs, Amy with Bright US Director James Burns and Bright artist Ben Mantle at Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Amy’s favourite part of the job is building long-term relationships with clients and artists, and she also brings to Bright a wealth of skills and expertise in licensing, co-edition printing and contracts. She can always be relied upon for friendly, unflappable and helpful support.


“I really think that Amy is a very good agent, and I hope she keeps giving me good projects in the future. She manages clients, budgets and briefs well, and always has nice comments when I send roughs or artwork.” – Sr. Sánchez


Amy:

“It has been an incredibly exciting time since I joined Bright nine months ago. The worldwide focus of my role means no two projects are the same and I love the diversity of working in multiple time zones and languages, discovering the different trends, tastes and tendencies of readers in different territories.

“I am particularly drawn to expressive, colourful and character-driven artwork across the commercial spectrum, as well as children’s literary fiction and humour, and am at my happiest in a good bookshop. Seeing the artists I represent grow in confidence and skill as they create books for children around the world to enjoy is very rewarding and I feel extremely lucky to work in an industry I feel so passionately about.”

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To contact Amy to enquire about global children’s publishing or to discuss representation, click here.

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