Joanna Swainson

Joanna Swainson

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis, first chapter or up to 3,000 words max
Looking for: crime, thriller, horror, literary, book group, and women’s commercial fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction, especially popular history (and prehistory), nature writing and folklore.  Joanna reads widely and aims to reflect that in the authors she represents. To learn more about what Joanna is looking for, please visit: http://www.hardmanswainson.com/agents/joanna-swainson/

Not interested in: high fantasy, hardcore sci-fi

After a degree in French, Joanna ran a business for several years, providing a range of copy writing and editing services. Her love of books and an interest in writing led her to freelance for a number of literary agents, including one of the most commercial agencies in London. Submissions are the life blood of publishing but many need further work and development. She really enjoys the editorial side of agenting and is endlessly fascinated by writing – what works and why.  She met Caroline while working as a reader and in-house editor for Christopher Little. When the opportunity arose to set up Hardman & Swainson it was too good to miss.