Helen Croydon biography
Helen Croydon is an author, journalist and broadcaster specialising in topics surrounding modern relationships, health and woman’s issues.
She is author of Sugar Daddy Diaries, a confessional memoir which explores the attraction of power and questions modern models of relationships. (Mainstream Publishing, March 2011) and 100 Lessons on Sex, part of a new eBook series of 100 Lessons in 100 Words or Less (Visual Aid Publishing).
She writes regularly for The Times, Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Daily Mail, and various magazines. She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and she used to have a column in The Erotic Review - 'Diary of a Commitment-phobe.'
She appears regularly as a relationship expert and commentator on discussion programmes for various TV and radio shows.
Pre-freelance life, Helen worked as a producer and presenter for ITN for five years and has fronted two documentaries for Current TV - one which required her to try out niche (and cringe worthy) dating events, and another where she experimented with anabolic steroids for a month!
She still occasionally freelances as a producer for ITV News.
How I Found the Agency
I went to a talk given by Andrew for The London Writers Club and was very impressed by his knowledgeable and entertaining insights into the mysterious publishing world. At that point I had just got my first book deal without an agent. However, I was finding that I was walking around blind in an industry that I knew nothing about. Not wanting to bombard my publisher with ridiculous ‘first-time author’ questions, I felt I had so many queries but no one whom I could seek advise from. I mentioned my book deal to Andrew at the end of his talk that evening and he seemed genuinely interested and enthusiastic about that and potential follow-on ideas. We met up several weeks later to talk in more detail. In one hour he answered everything I had been worrying about over the last four months. If only I had found an agent earlier to guide me through the daunting editing process, contract negotiations and publicity planning!