A lovely tribute to the dynamo super literary agent Carole Blake by Liz Fenwick, who was one of her clients and also a friend. Carole was a force to be reckoned with in the publishing industry for more than 50 years; straight talking, knowledgeable and always willing to share her thoughts and insight. Her book ‘Pitch to Publication’ was one of my bibles when I was trying to get published. She was taken too soon, and will be missed.
Yesterday, the publishing world was stunned by the news of the sudden death of Carole Blake, co-founder of the Literary Agency Blake Friedmann and author of the perennial best seller, ‘From Pitch to Publication’.
We asked one of the many writers she represented – Liz Fenwick – for her memories of one of the publishing industry’s titans:
As I write this I’m struggling to believe that a woman of such vitality as Carole isn’t here any more. The world is a lesser place for her loss. She is also someone who is hard to write about without using superlatives – and I can hear her voice in my head, editing me.
But I have to say that she was so vibrant, so loving, so fierce and so passionate, I can’t believe all that energy is gone – and gone far too soon. She had only just celebrated her seventieth…
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