Teena Lyons biography
Teena Lyons spent ten years as a news reporter and feature writer on national newspapers and consumer magazines before leaving Fleet Street in May 2006 to pursue a career as a ghostwriter.
Teena’s first project, in collaboration with ex-Asda chief executive Allan Leighton was a business book bestseller. On Leadership was called ‘immensely readable’ by Management Today; and World Business wrote: “the book barrels along at such a pace, with such enthusiasm, that we are breathlessly carried along…On Leadership is a profoundly hopeful read – informed by the almost palpable joy Leighton feels in inspiring and leading others.”
Since then, Teena has collaborated on more than a dozen ghostwriting projects, ranging from business ‘how to’ books, to true life stories, to straight autobiographies. Previous work includes Common Sense Rules, by Deborah Meaden, of Dragons Den fame, Sold Out by Bill Grimsey and Diary of a Fortune Hunter by Lyndon Wood.
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How I Found the Agency
My approach to finding an agent was very journalistic. After trawling through the Writer’s Market 2010, and highlighting all the agents that I thought might be relevant, I spent some time visiting the websites of all the agents on my shortlist. Andrew Lownie seemed particularly relevant to my areas of expertise, but my break-through came when I noticed that my former colleague Neil Simpson was a client. We had worked together for many years at the Mail On Sunday. Neil and I met, rather appropriately, at the British Library for a coffee and he very kindly let me bend his ear for sometime on his experiences and the value of working with this agency. When I met Andrew I immediately understood Neil’s enthusiasm and am now very excited to see what great projects will come out of this collaboration.