Spotlight: Rory Scarfe, Agency Director

18 January 2019

Rory Scarfe, Agency Director
Agency Director Rory Scarfe represents a range of clients across commercial fiction and non-fiction as well as screenwriters and brands. Rory is on the look-out for storytellers of all stripes, who have the passion and ambition to see their work reach the greatest audience.

What is an average day like for you working as a Literary Agent and Agency Director at The Blair Partnership?

Our clients work across an ever-more varied and exciting range of projects in differing worlds, so no two days are the same. Some days are about working closely with a client on their newest idea and helping them to put it in its best shape, while others involve meeting publishers, producers, broadcasters, and other decision-makers to get the latest on what they are looking for.

We are looking for people with a real strength of voice and a story so amazing that they just have to tell it.

What do you enjoy the most about the author-agent relationship?

Being the first person to hear a new idea from a client is a great privilege and to have a hand in shaping that concept and helping to bring it to fruition is thrilling.

As an Agent for commercial fiction, non-fiction, screenwriters and brands, what would be your dream submission?

Whether it’s Fiction or Non-Fiction or a brand, destined for the page or for the screen, we are looking for people with a real strength of voice and a story so amazing that they just have to tell it. I am particularly interested in stories that can open the audience’s eyes to, and allow them to lose themselves in, a new world.

What is your Desert Island book – the one book you could not do without if you were stranded on a desert island?

There is no single book, it’s always changing happily. I read Mr Godley’s Phantom by Mal Peet at the weekend and can’t stop thinking about it. It’s a book that haunts you, in the best possible way.

Mr Godley's Phantom by Mal Peet

If you would like Rory to consider your work for representation, please send it to our submissions department. Find a copy of our submissions policy here.