Born 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.
Happy to mentor writers of commercial women’s fiction, business & self-help non fiction and narrative non-fiction.
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.
- In person
- By email
- By skype/telephone.