Lindsey Fraser and Kathryn Ross ran the Readership Development agency Scottish Book Trust from 1991 until 2002 when they decided to put their combined experience into a new venture - Fraser Ross Associates Literary Agency and Consultancy.
Their experience prior to their work with Scottish Book Trust lay mainly in teaching and bookselling, both in the UK and overseas. Over the years, they have been on the judging panel for the Nestlé Smarties, Whitbread and Fidler literary prizes and have attended and addressed conferences on literature and readership development throughout the UK, in the USA and Canada, in Ghana, France, Germany and Russia. They worked with the BBC to launch the Blue Peter Book Awards which they administered for many years. They have reviewed children's books widely, both nationally and for the Scottish press, and edited a number of anthologies and author biographies for young people.
In addition to running the Literary Agency, Kathryn and Lindsey manage The Pushkin Prizes, a unique creative writing competition open to all Scottish pupils in their first and second year at secondary school.
'The Literary Agency pulls together our various literary skills and experiences, together with our enthusiasm for working with writers, illustrators and publishers. We both love books, and we are excited by the opportunities offered by new technologies, but books are nothing without the people who make and read them, and it is that contact and the resulting conversations which give us most pleasure.
We want our writers and illustrators to feel supported, not only in the business side of their careers, but also in their ideas and writing plans. Every one of our clients has different needs; we aim to offer solutions based on guidance and information gleaned through a wide network of contacts throughout the book industry.'