Imogen Cooper, previously Editorial Director at Chicken House Publishing, started the Golden Egg Academy at her kitchen table in 2014 whilst working for Chicken House MD Barry Cunningham, the first publisher of Harry Potter. In 2015 Golden Egg became her main focus and since then she has helped over 90 children’s writers gain agents or publishing contracts.
At Chicken House, Imogen acquired and edited Lucy Christopher’s bestselling novel STOLEN, for which she won the Branford Boase Award for her editorial input, Veronica Cossantelli’s THE EXTINCTS, soon to be a major animation, and the internationally successful MAZE RUNNER series by James Dashner. She was also editor on the INKHEART series by Cornelia Funke, among other notable projects.
Many children’s writers graduating from the academy have received awards and acclaim including Blue Peter Award winner Vashti Hardy, Book of the Year award winner M. G. Leonard, Sainsbury’s and Crime Fest award winner Serena Patel and James Nicol whose best-selling Apprentice Witch series is in development with Lime Pictures.