Federica Leonardis

Federico 150 x 187Born and bred in Rome, I came to London on holiday in 2003, fell in love with it and never looked back. My experience in publishing is broad-ranging: it includes four years in the Foreign Rights department at Ed Victor Ltd, three years in the contracts department at the Orion Publishing Group and two and a half years at Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency.

In July 2016 I quit my job and set up Martin Leonardis Literary Management.

I represent commercial, cross-over and reading-group fiction. I love stories that tell us something about what it means to be human and stories that can keep me reading through the night, and those can be in different genres: commercial or literary, a love story or a murder mystery, a cosy crime or an international thriller, a romantic comedy or a story of loss and grief, a speculative and dystopian novel, or a psychological or domestic suspense. Books I love include Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette and Colm Toíbín’s Brooklyn and more recently Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and Ruth Hogan’s The Keeper of Lost Things.

I also represent non-fiction. Cookery and food writing but also smart thinking, lifestyle, life stories and self-help. I’m looking for books that can make a positive difference to our everyday life, so anything on psychology, business, health, smart thinking, positive thinking, inspirational memoirs and personal development.

Specialism

Happy to mentor writers of commercial women’s fiction, business & self-help non fiction and narrative non-fiction.

Offer

I’d like to build a long term mentoring relationship with the right person. I can be flexible but as a guideline I would say an hour a month face to face or via Skype and a couple of hours of email mentoring a month for as long as it’s needed.

Method

  • In person
  • By email
  • By skype/telephone.

Location

London