The origins of the bks Agency can be traced back to the kitchen of 338 Euston Road in London (at the time, the Head Office of leading publisher and part of Hachette UK, Hodder & Stoughton) where Jessica, Jason and James made endless cups of tea and set the industry to rights. Their work within the publishing industry ultimately took them on different paths, but the tea remained a constant*.
What brought them together again as agents was a desire to find talented authors to collaborate with, support and promote.
Originally from America, Jason Bartholomew spent ten years working in New York publishing, primarily for Hachette Book Group USA. He moved to Hachette UK in 2008 where he was the Rights Director across Hodder & Stoughton, Headline Publishing Group, Quercus Books, and John Murray Press.
In addition to the Rights Director role, in 2015, he also became the Publishing Director of Quercus US in New York. At Quercus US, Jason helped publish authors including Peter May, David Attenborough, Pierre LeMaitre, Timur Vermes, Damien Lewis, Louise O’Neill, and John Connolly.
Jason is also currently the Joint-CEO of Midas PR; and he completed a Masters in Business Administration at Imperial College in 2017.
Jessica spent 20 years working in Marketing for a number of the divisions within Hachette UK and Penguin Random House, where she ran high-profile & award-winning campaigns across all genres, from debuts to brand names such as John Grisham, Stephen King, David Mitchell, Michael McIntyre and Stephen Fry. She now runs a Publishing Consultancy, coaching and supporting authors and entrepreneurs who recognise that a book is an obvious extension of their already thriving brand.
She helps them find their voice and write a book that leverages their influence, grows their business, establishes their authority in their field and turns readers into clients.
James is an alumnus of the Bloomsbury Publishing Graduate Scheme (the post room). From this stellar beginning, his publishing career progressed through sales and marketing roles at Bloomsbury, then at John Murray and Hodder & Stoughton, helping create bestsellers from authors as diverse as JK Rowling, Ben Schott, Stephen King, Freddie Flintoff and Kate Fox. He went on to be MD of Watkins, a division of Osprey Group focusing on personal development and healthy food and drink.
They also additionally run events as the Book Skills Collective, helping to make getting a job in publishing as inclusive and demystifying as possible. If you would like them to come and speak at your organisation, they run a 2 day, highly interactive course called 'Get a Job in Publishing'. Please contact James for more information.
*Jason would like it recorded that he was drinking coffee, because he’s American.