The Crime Writers' Association

Ella Kahn

Ella is a literary agent and director of Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency, which she co-founded in 2012. Ella represents upmarket contemporary and historical fiction, crime fiction, science fiction, and some non-fiction.  She is passionate about finding and championing new voices, including those traditionally under-represented in publishing. In crime writing, authors she represents include Chris Lloyd, author of WW2 thriller THE UNWANTED DEAD (Orion, 2020), and Jayne Cowie, author of domestic suspense novel CURFEW (Arrow, 2022). She is interested in police procedurals with unusual settings, historical crime, high concept domestic and psychological suspense, and speculative thrillers.

She has an MA in Publishing from University College London and a BA in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from the University of Cambridge. She was Chair of the Society of Young Publishers in 2011, and has also volunteered as the SYP’s Events Officer and Treasurer; as an SYP alumna she has offered mentoring to young people in the industry. She became a Freeman of the Stationers’ Company in 2012, and became Chair of the Young Stationers’ Committee in 2018. Ella was included in The Bookseller’s list of Rising Stars in 2013, and was a winner of the London Book Fair Trailblazer Awards 2016 and the Young Stationers’ Prize 2016. Since 2016 she has regularly worked with London’s Writer Development Agency Spread the Word, and has also been involved with Penguin Random House’s WriteNow programme, as well as regularly giving talks on careers in publishing and how to get published at universities, schools and literary festivals.

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