Founder of the Bright Group, Vicki approaches her work with a fresh viewpoint born out of years of learning through pictures rather than words; attributing her dyslexia to further fuelling her desire to succeed. Vicki’s unique approach to bringing together multiple creative elements has resulted in the creation some of the most successful picture books in children’s publishing.
Formal training in Graphic Design has given Vicki an expert eye for spotting visually distinctive content whilst maintaining a confident commercial focus. Committed to providing the very best service to her clients she has travelled the world extensively, representing the Bright Group to major customers and professional associations, and introducing the Bright portfolio to clients in the USA, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Europe. Listening to feedback and applying her own instinctive understanding of the market, Vicki responds to every story individually, helping her talent to find its ideal place in the global market and working to ensure that it will best capture the hearts and imaginations of children around the world.
In addition to being a driven and savvy business woman with a wealth of knowledge and complete dedication to her craft, Vicki is also undeniably fun; both sides of her personality come together in helping to maintain her reputation as one of the most respected agents in the industry. Vicki has an impressive track record for building and nurturing author, editor and illustrator partnerships. Vicki introduces new concepts and imaginative content, before taking a step back and letting the publishers work their magic.
As an experienced agent, Vicki is passionate about the authors and illustrators she represents. Her love for people, ability to make deals and build long-lasting relationships is rather special. Bright Literary Agency continues to grow, bringing the newest and best author talent to the global stage and Vicki’s innovative and forward thinking approach to business is represented in the continued success of the Bright Group.
I love & develop character-led concepts with global series potential that can be pitched to Hollywood or made into beloved TV shows. I am looking for the future classics that have longevity and the ability to steal your heart. I like concepts that have a hook to them, be it commercial or seasonal publishing, that are relevant to today’s trends and themes as well as have a global appeal to children in terms of relatable content, e.g. bedtime, siblings, nursery, park, pets, the supermarket and a variety of other subjects.
Whilst I don’t develop stories that have a dark edge or a slightly unusual form, I relish interpreting the ‘obvious’ and the ‘accessible’ in a clever and brilliant way with multiple story turns and humorous warm endings.
I also love developing a tear jerker every once in a while that conveys emotion when highlighting a core message. Most of my books will make you laugh or cry - and sometimes even laugh until you cry!
It is wonderful to be able to change a family’s or a child’s perception throughout a story. - Vicki Willden-Lebrecht