Rebecca Swift was short-listed for the prestigious Kim Scott Walwyn Memorial Prize and attended a prize-giving ceremony and dinner at Oxford University Press in December 2004, where Kym worked as an editor. The winner was Rights Manager Lynette Owen. Trustees for the prize included Dame Gillian Beer, Francine Stock and Hermione Lee among others. The prize honours an outstanding achievement by a woman in publishing or related fields.
In the article in the Independent on Sunday, Rebecca explains that the idea for the consultancy came while working at Virago. She realised that writers who had had their submission rejected had no where to turn. Rebecca writes, ” it became clear that a company that took it upon itself to try to perform acts of translation between the world of the writer and the industry should, as Carmen Callil later put it in in a ‘quote’ for us, ‘bridge the gap between agent, publisher and author and be of help to all three.’”
Click here to learn more about the prize and this year’s winner.