Melissa Addey : Author

Melissa Addey

Author

Melissa mainly writes historical fiction and her first novel, The Fragrant Concubine, was Editor’s Choice at the Historical Novel Society. Her latest, The Cold Palace, won the 2019 Novel London award. She was the Leverhulme Trust Writer-in-Residence at the British Library and now runs regular workshops there. Melissa is completing a PhD in Creative Writing and has self-published 13 books. If you’d like a taste of her writing, visit her website www.melissaaddey.com to pick up a free novella, The Cup.

www.melissaaddey.com

Davinia Andrew-Lynch : Literary Agent, Andlyn Literary Agency

Davinia Andrew-Lynch

Literary Agent, Andlyn Literary Agency

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first chapter
Looking for: all children's, commercial adult fiction, especially accessible fantasy, comedy/cosy crime, upmarket women's fiction, fast paced thrillers

Not interested in: adult horror, sci-fi or very literary fiction

Founded by Davinia, Andlyn is a boutique agency dedicated to finding storytellers whose material can not only exist on the page but can also find an outlet through other media territories. Initially focused on children’s fiction, the agency is now actively looking for commercial adult fiction and non-fiction.

www.andlyn.co.uk

Zoe Apostolides : Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Zoe Apostolides

Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first three chapters
Looking for: crime, thrillers, literary fiction and Young Adult

Not interested in: historical fiction or biography

Zoë manages a list of crime, historical, young adult and children’s authors and is also looking to build a non-fiction list. She is especially interested in original horror novels, coming-of-age stories and any sort of whodunnit.

www.cmm.agency

Becky Bagnell : Literary Agent, Lindsay Literary Agency

Becky Bagnell

Literary Agent, Lindsay Literary Agency

Becky is the founder of the Lindsay Literary Agency and has been in publishing for over 20 years. She worked as a commissioning editor at Macmillan before becoming a literary agent in 2008. Becky’s clients have been published in multiple languages across the world and include the award-winning Pamela Butchart, Sue Wallman, Sam Gayton and J. M. Joseph.

www.lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk

John Baker : Literary Agent, Bell Lomax Moreton

John Baker

Literary Agent, Bell Lomax Moreton

Please upload: cover letter, first three chapters or 10,000 words and a synopsis that is no longer than two pages
Looking for: adult and upper YA science fiction and fantasy
Not interested in: children’s (from middle grade and below), crime and thriller, romance, historical and book group fiction and non-fiction

John joined Bell Lomax Moreton in February 2019, after previously working for Stripes Publishing, Usborne Publishing and the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. Alongside his other agency responsibilities, John has begun to build his own small, cultivated list, shaped around his passion for science fiction and fantasy. As well as reading every book to contain a jaded space captain, an in-over-his-head supernatural detective, or a past-their-prime mercenary crew on one last mission and all possible adventures in between, John was lucky enough to start his own publishing adventure in the hallowed halls of Gollancz. Since then, he has been beta-reading for such celebrated authors as Bradley Beaulieu and Brian McClellan. John is looking for anything under the broad church of adult SFF, from literary to pulpy, high fantasy to gritty urban, but he would especially love to hear from anyone under-represented in the genre, particularly neurodiverse writers.

belllomaxmoreton.co.uk

Nick Barlay : Author

Nick Barlay

Author

Nick is the author of four widely acclaimed novels, including Hooky Gear, which was mentioned in Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ in 2003. Barlay was born in London to Hungarian Jewish refugee parents and his first non-fiction book, Scattered Ghosts, is the story of his family over two centuries. It was longlisted for the Wingate Prize 2015. He has just completed, with the help of an Arts Council award, The Suicide of Eva Izsak, part memoir, part narrative of an unusual wartime suicide. He has also written short stories, award-winning radio plays and wide-ranging journalism, including a long-running series about London for The Times. He regularly teaches creative writing and life writing, as well as Guardian Masterclasses on writing family history.

nickbarlay.com

Susmita Bhattacharya : Author

Susmita Bhattacharya

Author

Susmita is an Indian-born award-winning author. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian, 2015, BEE Books, India 2016) was longlisted for the Word to Screen Prize at the Mumbai Film Festival, 2018. Her short story collection, Table Manners (Dahlia Publishing, 2018) won the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection (2019) and was a finalist for the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Prize, 2019. Her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and been featured on BBC Radio 4. She teaches creative writing at Winchester University and facilitates the Mayflower Young Writers programme in Southampton. She lives in Winchester with her husband and two children.


Kate Bradley : Author

Kate Bradley

Author

Kate Bradley holds a first-class English literature degree and a certificate in creative writing from Sussex University, in addition to qualifications in teaching and coaching. Kate won ‘The First Three Pages of Novel’ competition at the Winchester Writers’ Festival and as a regular attendee, credits the festival with her development as a writer in many ways, including professional feedback, encouragement and the connections she made.  Bradley’s novel To Keep You Safe is published by Zaffre in March 2020; her second novel is due March 2021. To Keep You Safe is a psychological thriller that asks: how far would you go to save a child that wasn’t yours?


Paul Bryers : Author

Paul Bryers

Author

Paul is a writer, director and producer who has made many dramas and documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Discovery, Arte and The Learning Channel. He is also a novelist whose books have been published by leading UK, US, French and German companies including Bloomsbury, Hachette, Macmillan, Andre Deutsch, Farrar Straus & Giroux and McBooks Press. Writing as Seth Hunter, he is the author of a series of novels set at the time of the French Revolution, the first of which, The Time of Terror, was a #1 bestseller in the US in 2017.  His newest historical novel, The Sea of Silence, set in Washington, London and Haiti in 1802, will be published in the Spring of 2021.

paulbryers.com

Kate Burke : Literary Agent, Blake Friedmann

Kate Burke

Literary Agent, Blake Friedmann

No one-to-ones

Kate has been a fiction agent for seven years and, before that, was an editor for ten years at Penguin, HarperCollins and Headline. Her list at Blake Friedmann (www.blakefriedmann.co.uk) comprises upmarket/commercial fiction across most genres (crime and thriller, historical, saga, speculative and women's fiction) and includes international bestselling authors such as Dani Atkins, Will Dean, Kate Thompson, Paul Finch and Will Carver.

blakefriedmann.co.uk/kate-burke

Amber Caraveo : Literary Agent, Skylark Literary Limited

Amber Caraveo

Literary Agent, Skylark Literary Limited

Please upload: a cover letter to include a little bit about the author, one-page synopsis, and first 3,000 words
Looking for: middle grade (8-12s) and Young Adult
Not interested in: picture books

Amber is the co-founder of Skylark Literary, a boutique literary agency that seeks and supports the very best in children’s and YA fiction. Prior to founding Skylark, Amber was Editorial Director for Orion Children’s Books, where she worked with a host of prize-winning and bestselling authors including Caroline Lawrence, Juno Dawson and Holly Black. Before that she was Senior Commissioning Editor for Random House Children’s Books after many happy years at Working Partners, where she edited and developed the million-copy-selling phenomenon, Rainbow Magic. After so many years within major trade publishers, Amber now enjoys negotiating with them on behalf of her authors. She is particularly looking for talented new voices, and Skylark specialises in offering a bespoke service tailor-made to each author’s individual needs.

skylark-literary.com

Megan Carroll : Associate Literary Agent, Watson Little Ltd

Megan Carroll

Associate Literary Agent, Watson Little Ltd

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis, and first three chapters
Looking for: commercial women’s fiction, reading group, picture books, YA, middle grade, narrative non-fiction
Not interested in: historical, serious non-fiction, psychological thrillers

Megan is an Associate Agent at Watson, Little and is building her own list. She is looking for writers in a variety of areas. In fiction, Megan is keen to see commercial fiction and reading group fiction with original voices and an interesting hook. At the moment, she’d love to find a regional family drama, a female led police procedural, a uniquely told love story or a brilliant ghost/witch story in the vein of Laura Purcell. In children’s and YA, Megan would love to see contemporary YA tackling realistic issues and big, epic love stories as well as funny, female focused MG – think Louise Rennison – and an Abi Elphinstone style adventure for that age group too. She’s also keen on finding new picture book authors writing funny, commercial texts tackling the big issues and is growing a list of talented illustrators for all ages. Non-fiction is another area of interest and Megan is keen to see interesting memoir and good narrative non-fiction on film, music, popular culture and issues from a female perspective.

watsonlittle.com

Mary Chamberlain : Editor and lecturer

Mary Chamberlain

Editor and lecturer

Mary has been in publishing her whole career and works freelance as an editor for numerous big London publishing houses. For five years she also worked for Macmillan New Writing, reading submissions of novels and assessing whether they were suitable for publication. She has been teaching on the Creative Writing BA at the University of Winchester for the last eleven years.


Lucy Christopher : Author and Course Director

Lucy Christopher

Author and Course Director

Lucy’s multi-award-winning novels are Stolen, Flyaway, The Killing Woods and Storm-wake, published by Chicken House in the UK as well as in over twenty other countries with different publishers. Her novella The Darkness is published by Firefly Press in Three Strikes, and her picture book Shadow is published by Lantana. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, and has spoken at conferences, festivals, schools and bookshops throughout the world. Lucy has won many international awards including the Branford Boase, the Printz Honor Award, the Golden Inky, and the Prix Farniente. She has been shortlisted for the Costa Award, the Waterstones Prize, the Australian Prime Minister’s Awards, and has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She is currently working on a novel for adults, her next YA novel, and a piece of digital storytelling. In addition to her life as a writer, Lucy is the Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, where she is also a Reader in Creative Writing.

lucychristopher.com

Eoin Colfer : Author and Keynote Speaker

Eoin Colfer

Author and Keynote Speaker

Eoin is the author of the internationally bestselling Artemis Fowl books, recently brought to screen for Disney by Kenneth Branagh. His books have won numerous awards including The UK Children’s Book of the Year, The Irish Children’s Book of the Year and The German Children’s Book of the Year, and his book Half Moon Investigations has been made into a hit TV series for the BBC. Eoin also writes crime novels featuring Irish bouncer Daniel McEvoy. He has collaborated with some of his favourite writers and artists, including Oliver Jeffers, Liam Bates, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano and PJ Lynch on various projects.  Eoin has just finished a two-year term as Ireland’s Children’s Laureate and was delighted to be allowed play around with the Iron Man character in his 2016 novel The Gauntlet. For theatre Eoin has written scripts for the musicals The Lords of Love and Noël, and the plays Holy Mary, Dustin The Turkey’s Comeback Vehicle and My Real Life. His latest books are The Fowl Twins and Highfire, a fantasy novel for big children.

eoincolfer.com

Imogen Cooper : Director, Golden Egg Academy

Imogen Cooper

Director, Golden Egg Academy

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first chapter
Looking for: all children’s fiction for ages 7-18 years old, including middle grade and YA
Not interested in: adult fiction and non-fiction, picture books

Imogen Cooper, previously Editorial Director at The Chicken House and a Branford Boase Award winner, started the Golden Egg Academy at her kitchen table in 2014 whilst working part time for Barry Cunningham. In 2015 GEA became her main focus and since then she and her academy have helped many children’s writers achieve their dream of being published. Since founding the Golden Egg Academy, she has helped over fifty children’s writers gain publishing contracts, with many more gaining agents. Her high profile team includes: Tilda Johnson, previously Senior Commissioning Editor, Hot Key Books; Hannah Featherstone, Editor, Guppy Books; Penny Thomas, Publisher, Firefly Books; Kathy Webb, previously Commissioning Editor OUP; Jane Harris, Associate Publisher, Stripes Publishing and Maurice Lyon, previously Editorial Director, Frances Lincoln.

goldeneggacademy.co.uk

Chloe Davis : Agency Assistant, Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency

Chloe Davis

Agency Assistant, Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis, and first chapter
Looking for: middle grade fiction, picture books, YA romance
Not interested in: YA science fiction, YA high fantasy

Chloe joined the Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency in 2019 as the agency assistant. She works very closely alongside agent Clare Wallace, assisting with her clients, talent spotting and providing editorial support. She is the first person to read manuscripts arriving at the Agency and is particularly interested middle grade adventure and fun YA love stories. She previously worked in the Rights department at Pan Macmillan and as a bookseller at Waterstones.

http://www.darleyandersonchildrens.com

 


Helen Dennis : Author

Helen Dennis

Author

Helen Dennis is the writer of the Secret Breakers six book series and the River of Ink quartet, both published by Hodder Children’s Books. Her stories have been translated into several languages. Both series (for readers 8+) see modern characters travelling the globe in action-packed, high stakes adventures as they try to discover secrets, codes and global conspiracies. River of Ink: Genesis was chosen as a BookBuzz book by Book Trust for 2016; as part of the Book Trust Deaf Awareness Week 2019 and won several regional prizes including Salisbury School Book Award 2017; Hampshire Book Award 2017 and the Amazing Book Award Bronze Medal 2017. Secret Breakers (published under the name H.L. Dennis) was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and has been optioned for a live action TV series.

helendennisbooks.com

Adrienne Dines : Author and tutor

Adrienne Dines

Author and tutor

One-to-ones for editorial assistance
Appointments with Adrienne are 30 minutes each to allow for in-depth feedback on your manuscript or writing concerns.  This counts as TWO of your allotted appointments.

Please upload a cover letter, stating your writing concerns, synopsis and first chapter or a sample that illustrates the concern

Adrienne is an author as well as a tutor and speaker for a variety of organisations in the UK and Ireland. Working in prisons and hospices, for schools and literary festivals, she encourages new and experienced writers to develop their craft, with an emphasis on good storytelling - how it works, when it works and what to do when it doesn't.


Ian Drury : Literary Agent, Sheil Land Associates

Ian Drury

Literary Agent, Sheil Land Associates

Please upload:  Cover letter, synopsis, first three chapters
Looking for:  In Fiction: thrillers, crime, SF/fantasy, spy and historical fiction.  In Non-Fiction:  history and biography
Not interested in: YA

Ian has been a literary agent at Sheil Land Associates for 13 years.  Before that he worked in the magazine business for ten years before joining Collins in 1994. He moved to Cassell in 2000 and soon became publishing director at  Weidenfeld & Nicholson.  He is also the author of a number of history books, so has seen this business from all sides.  Clients include bestselling fantasy writer Mark Lawrence, historical novelist Robert Fabbri, musical historian Andrew Gant, Michael Tippett's biographer Oliver Soden and military historian Peter Hart.

sheilland.com

Sonia Duggan : Writing Coach, Inspiration!

Sonia Duggan

Writing Coach, Inspiration!

One-to-ones for coaching assistance
Appointments with Sonia are 30 minutes and count as TWO of your allotted appointments.

Sonia helps writers access their full creativity, increase confidence, enhance focus, tackle overwhelm and writer’s block, and balance priorities.
Please upload:  A situation/perspective/belief that you want to change

Sonia evolved from having to know all the answers as a maths teacher to just needing to ask the right questions as a life coach, via eleven years of saying things in the best possible way as a marketeer. She is a creative and commercial writer and combines coaching with writing in a monthly magazine article. Sonia particularly enjoys helping writers access their full creativity, increase confidence, enhance focus, tackle overwhelm and writer’s block, and balance priorities. She has been a professional coach for over eleven years and loves helping her clients to overcome challenges, find fulfilment, increase happiness, raise self-esteem, and improve communication and relationships. She is certified by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is an accredited member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She coaches clients individually by phone/Skype, leads workshops for writers and runs courses on creativity and happiness. Sonia is also a pranic healer and treats all kinds of physical, emotional and psychological ailments.

inspirationcoaching.biz

Lissa Evans : Author and Keynote Speaker

Lissa Evans

Author and Keynote Speaker

Lissa is the author of five novels for adults, including Their Finest Hour and a Half  (filmed in 2017 as ‘Their Finest’, starring Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton), Crooked Heart (longlisted for the Baileys Prize) and Old Baggage (a #1 Times bestseller, and shortlisted for the Bollinger Prize for Comic Fiction). She has also written three books for children: Small Change for Stuart, Big Change for Stuart and Wed Wabbit. Both Small Change and Wed Wabbit were shortlisted for the Costa Award and the Carnegie Medal. Before becoming a writer, Lissa initially studied medicine, but later worked in radio and television comedy, where she produced and directed numerous series, including Room 101 and Father Ted. She lives in London with her dog and her family. Her hobby is reading.

lissaevans.com

Jasper Fforde : Author

Jasper Fforde

Author

Jasper has been writing in the Comedy/Fantasy genre since 2001 when his literary thriller novel The Eyre Affair debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list.  Since then he has published fourteen more books, several of them bestsellers, and counts his sales in millions.  The Constant Rabbit will be his 15th novel and will be published in the UK in July.  He lives and works in Wales.

JasperFforde.com

Jo Fletcher : Publisher, Jo Fletcher Books

Jo Fletcher

Publisher, Jo Fletcher Books

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first chapter, double-spaced 12 pt serif font (Times New Roman)
Looking for: science fiction, fantasy and horror, but has published all types of commercial fiction, including thrillers, crime, women’s fiction and romance and is happy to pass any genres outside her own imprint’s needs to colleagues within Quercus
Not interested in: children’s or YA fiction, literary fiction and non-fiction

Jo is the publisher of Jo Fletcher Books, a specialist fantasy, science fiction and horror imprint, part of Quercus, which she started after 16 years with Victor Gollancz, first an independent publisher (non-fiction, literary, commercial and children’s fiction) and latterly one of the country’s biggest SF and fantasy imprints. She is the publisher of Eoin Colfer’s new fantasy novel for adults, Highfire. Jo used to be an investigative journalist in Fleet Street and spent several years as a film and book critic. She has published widely and her work includes non-fiction, ghost-written military and historical, fantasy and horror fiction.

jofletcherbooks.co.uk

Katie Fulford : Literary Agent, Bell Lomax Moreton

Katie Fulford

Literary Agent, Bell Lomax Moreton

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first chapter for fiction, cover letter, proposal (including chapter breakdown) and first chapter for non-fiction
Looking for: non-fiction: narrative non-fiction, smart true-crime, ideas based books. Fiction: reading group and commercial fiction, including relationship and family dramas, modern love stories and smart crime and thrillers
Not interested in: science fiction and fantasy or children's books

Katie recently joined Bell Lomax Moreton as agent for fiction and non-fiction having spent the last 25 years at HarperCollins in a variety of roles including Group Rights Director, Managing Director of Collins non-fiction and senior positions in William Collins and Fourth Estate, Fiction and Children's. Most recently she has been an Executive Producer for HarperCollins, working with production companies to develop and produce TV programmes from HarperCollins titles. In non-fiction she is looking for a strong narrative voice and is interested in ideas-based books as well as smart true crime, memoirs and books around female and family issues. Personal interests are in history, fashion, style and sport so anything in these areas is likely to pique interest. In fiction she is looking for reading group and commercial fiction with particular interest in family and relationship dramas and smart crime and thriller. She won't be considering science fiction and fantasy titles.

belllomaxmoreton.co.uk/agents/katie-fulford

Claire Fuller : Author

Claire Fuller

Author

Claire didn’t start writing until she was 40. Her first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction, as well as being a Richard & Judy, and Waterstones book club book. Her second novel, Swimming Lessons was shortlisted for the Encore prize, and her third, Bitter Orange is long listed for the International Dublin Literary Award. Claire also writes flash fiction and short stories, many of which have been shortlisted in competitions and two of which have won BBC Opening Lines short story competition, and the Royal Academy / Pin Drop prize. She has used Twitter as a writer since 2011 and has several thousand followers. She uses Instagram on a daily basis and is becoming known for her books at breakfast posts highlighting the books she has recently read.

clairefuller.co.uk

Claire Gradidge : Author and Associate Lecturer

Claire Gradidge

Author and Associate Lecturer

One-to-ones for editorial help
Appointments with Claire are 30 minutes to allow for in-depth feedback on your manuscript or writing concerns.  This counts as TWO of your allotted appointments.
Please upload: cover letter, synopsis (both brief), first chapter or 3000 words
Able to provide editorial help for any adult fiction genre
Not looking for children’s fiction

Claire was born and brought up in Romsey, Hampshire. After a career as, among other things, a nurse and a school librarian, she went to the University of Winchester to study Creative Writing. Graduating with a first class honours BA in 2009, she continued at the university, gaining a PhD in January 2018. As an Associate Lecturer, she has taught Creative Writing at Winchester for six years, as well as leading a local Adult Education writing class. She has had some short fictions and poetry published in South, Orbis and Vortex. Her novel, The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox, a crime fiction set in Romsey in World War II, was written as the creative element of her PhD studies and was selected as the winner of the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition in January 2019.


Simon Hall : Author

Simon Hall

Author

Simon Hall is an author, journalist, communications consultant and business coach. He has had eight novels published, all in the crime and thriller genre, along with short stories, a play, and even a pantomime. He teaches writing, business and communication skills at the University of Cambridge. Prior to that, he was a broadcaster for twenty-five years, mostly as a BBC Television, Radio and Online News Correspondent, covering some of the biggest stories Britain has seen.

thetvdetective.com

Judith Heneghan : Author and Senior Lecturer

Judith Heneghan

Author and Senior Lecturer

Judith is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester where for five years she was also Director of the Winchester Writers’ Festival. A former commissioning editor for Hodder, she has written over 60 books for young readers, mainly non-fiction, as well as Stonecipher, a novel for middle grade readers published by Andersen in 2005. More recently she has focused on fiction for adults and her novel Snegurochka (Salt Publishing, 2019), set in Kiev, has been shortlisted for the ES Travel Writing Awards ‘Fiction with a Sense of Place’. As well as lecturing she runs workshops and offers a mentoring service for emerging writers. She was awarded her doctorate in Creative Arts in 2018 and is currently working on a novel set in upstate New York.

judithheneghan.co.uk

Samuel Hodder : Literary Agent, Blake Friedmann Literary Agency

Samuel Hodder

Literary Agent, Blake Friedmann Literary Agency

Please upload: cover letter (including your publication history), first three chapters, one page plot synopsis
Looking for: literary fiction (especially with LGBT themes), historical fiction, speculative fiction, upmarket thrillers
Not interested in: children’s fiction

Samuel is looking for a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction. In literary and contemporary fiction he loves distinctive voices and complex characters (e.g. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh), coming-of-age novels, LGBTQI themes, and novels that explore the loss of innocence, desire, deceit, class, or the world of work. In historical fiction, novels so immersive they can show readers a different way of thinking and being: Mary Renault’s novels are favourites. In crime and thrillers, he loves an unusual, evocative setting (e.g. The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin), but would like to read anything from psychological suspense to the truly macabre. He also welcomes dystopian and speculative fiction, including fantasy, science-fiction, and the supernatural, where he would like to see novels centred on the characters’ psychological journeys (e.g. the Earthsea novels by Ursula K Le Guin, The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, or The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley), but he likes huge, world-building novels too (e.g. Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks or Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky).

In non-fiction Samuel would like to read: narrative history (political and social), especially British, classical, and ancient history; true historical crime that reads like fiction (e.g. The Suspicions of Dr Whicher by Kate Summerscale); politics, current affairs, and economics; books that make big ideas accessible (e.g. Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall); books on LGBTQI subjects; travel, biography and memoir; nature writing; visual culture; pop culture; popular science; and psychology and personal development.

blakefriedmann.co.uk

Lucy Irvine : Associate Literary Agent, Peters, Fraser & Dunlop

Lucy Irvine

Associate Literary Agent, Peters, Fraser & Dunlop

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and opening chapter
Looking for: YA (fiction and non-fiction), middle grade and children’s fiction, picture books, graphic novels and adult and YA science fiction, fantasy
Not interested in: adult fiction beyond science fiction and fantasy

Lucy is an Associate Agent working on PFD’s children’s list. After graduating from University College London with an MA in Issues in Modern Culture in 2017, she interned at Agora Books, PFD’s publishing arm, before becoming assistant to CEO Caroline Michel. She began her new role in June 2019. She is particularly looking for commercial middle grade and YA – both fiction and non-fiction – along with picture books, illustrated fiction for younger readers, and graphic novels. She is also keen to receive sci-fi and fantasy for all ages.

petersfraserdunlop.com

J.M. Joseph : Author

J.M. Joseph

Author

Jay grew up on the east coast of the United States. In his 20s, he moved to Ireland and later England. When he was younger, he had many jobs: sandwich-maker, hod carrier, tutor, care worker in a residential home for juvenile offenders and a Montessori teacher. Jay worked in odd places too like a strip mine, a brewery, demolition sites, a factory and sandblasting bridges. Some jobs were fun (He can still make a mean sandwich). Others were downright awful. For the last 20 years or so, he has been a primary teacher. Telling stories to children and reading them his favourite novels inspired him to become a writer. He has a place on Bath Spa’s MA in Writing for Young People and won an honorary mention from United Artists as one of its most promising writers. That helped him find an agent, Becky Bagnell, and – many re-writes later – a publishing contract with Hachette. His debut novel, Fire Boy, a comedy-adventure aimed at 8-12 year-olds, published in March 2020.


Elena Langtry : Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Elena Langtry

Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Please upload: short author biography, short synopsis and first three chapters
Looking for: commercial women’s fiction, psychological thrillers, crime, non-fiction (self-help, health, lifestyle, wellbeing, mental health, environment)
Not interested in: children’s, YA, historical, literary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, politics

Elena joined Coombs Moylett Maclean in 2017 with a passion for fresh and easy to read commercial women's fiction with current life stories and big hooks, as well as original psychological thrillers and cutting-edge non-fiction. Elena has a degree in Human Biology and has worked at leading marketing and advertising agencies with blue chip pharmaceutical clients. She then began copywriting for a variety of companies in the health and wellness industry, driving forward the ambitions of her clients with authentic and engaging content. Elena is fascinated by the human condition in all its flawed beauty.

cmm.agency

Patrice Lawrence : Author

Patrice Lawrence

Author

Patrice is an award-winning writer of stories for children and young people. Orangeboy, her debut book for young adults was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award, won the Bookseller YA Prize and Waterstones Prize for Older Children's Fiction and has been shortlisted for many regional awards. Indigo Donut won the Bristol Crimefest Prize for YA. Rose, Interrupted, published in July 2019, was children's book of the week in the Sunday Times. All three YA books have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her stories for younger readers include Diver’s Daughter - a Tudor Tale, part of Scholastic's Voices series inspired by the UK's Black and Asian history and A Bob and a Weave for the new Malory Towers reboot. She was born in Brighton, reviews for Radio 4's Saturday Review and her ideal mixtape includes Blondie, Bruce Springsteen and Korean indie music.


Rachel Mann : Literary Agent, Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Rachel Mann

Literary Agent, Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Please upload: cover letter, full synopsis and first three chapters
Looking for: middle grade, YA, adult and children’s fiction
Not interested in: adult crime or romance, picture books

Rachel spent nine years commissioning and editing books for young people at a few of the major houses and was also global publishing director for the Roald Dahl Story Company. She's now actively growing a list of writers in fiction and non-fiction, with a particular focus on children’s and YA.

jounwin.co.uk

Lena McCauley : Commissioning Editor, Hachette Children's Group

Lena McCauley

Commissioning Editor, Hachette Children's Group

Please upload: a cover letter, synopsis and first chapter
Looking for: middle grade, teen and YA fiction
Not interested in: non-fiction or picture books

Lena has worked in publishing since 2010, in both New York and London. She specialises in editing middle-grade, teen and young adult fiction. Some of her recent projects include The Boy at the Back of the Class (winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize), Swimming Against the Storm, The Isles of Storm and Sorrow trilogy, Tiger Heart and Fire Boy.

hachettechildrens.co.uk

Catherine Menon : Author

Catherine Menon

Author

Catherine Menon is the author of Fragile Monsters, which will be published in 2021 by Penguin. Her debut short story collection, Subjunctive Moods, was published in 2018 by Dahlia Publishing. She has a PhD in pure mathematics and an MA in Creative Writing from City University, for which she won the annual prize. She’s won or been placed in a number of competitions, including the Fish, Bridport, London Short Story, Bare Fiction, Willesden Herald, Asian Writer, Leicester Writes, Winchester Writers’ Festival and Short Fiction Journal awards. Her work has been published in a number of literary journals, including The Good Journal and Asian Literary Review and has been broadcast on radio.

cgmenon.com

Phoebe Morgan : Editorial Director, HarperCollins

Phoebe Morgan

Editorial Director, HarperCollins

Phoebe works across the HarperFiction crime and thriller list and the Avon commercial fiction list. She has commissioned and worked with a range of Sunday Times and Kindle bestsellers and loves nothing more than finding new voices. She is also a published author, with three novels out with HQ: The Doll House, The Girl Next Door, and The Babysitter (May 2020), which have been translated into seven languages and have sold over 70,000 copies. She blogs about the publishing industry on her website: www.phoebemorganauthor.com.

phoebemorganauthor.com

Lucy Morris : Literary Agent, Curtis Brown

Lucy Morris

Literary Agent, Curtis Brown

Please upload: cover letter, one-page synopsis, first chapter
Looking for: commercial fiction, reading group fiction, accessible literary fiction, crime/thriller, narrative non-fiction and memoir
Not interested in: speculative/sci-fi/fantasy, children's books, illustrated books

Lucy’s list at Curtis Brown comprises commercial and reading group fiction, and narrative non-fiction of all stripes. In fiction, she looks for books with heart and humour, brilliant social observation and clever storytelling. In terms of non-fiction her tastes are fairly broad, but she is always drawn to memoir, the professional and the personal, beautifully written stories told with wit, warmth and precision.

curtisbrown.co.uk/agent/lucy-morris

Joanna Moult : Literary Agent, Skylark Literary Limited

Joanna Moult

Literary Agent, Skylark Literary Limited

Please upload: cover letter, one-page synopsis and first 3,000 words
Looking for: children’s, middle grade or YA
Not interested in: picture books or adult books

Joanna is co-founder of Skylark Literary Limited, a specialist Children’s and YA literary agency. Previously she was Editorial Director for Children’s Fiction at Mulcahy Conway Associates, discovering and nurturing new talent. Joanna began her publishing career at Hodder Children’s Books, where she edited authors such as Cressida Cowell and Kes Gray. She then moved to become Senior Commissioning Editor at Simon & Schuster, managing the children’s fiction list and editing Sophie McKenzie among other talented authors.

skylark-literary.com

Lisa Moylett : Founder and Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Lisa Moylett

Founder and Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Please upload:  cover letter, synopsis and first three chapters
Looking for: women’s fiction, romance, crime, thrillers, non-fiction

Lisa has worked in publishing for almost 25 years and founded Coombs Moylett Literary Agency in 1997. Born in London but brought up in both Africa and the Middle East, she graduated from Chelsea Art School and set up her first business as an agent for photographers and illustrators – representing Pixies photographer, Simon Larbalestier, illustrator Richard Caldicott and portrait photographer Chris Garnham. Lisa represents an eclectic list of authors and writers and is currently looking for well-written, commercial women’s fiction. Her client list includes: continuation 007 Bond author, John Gardner; best-selling crime writers, Lisa Hall, Simon Brett and Catriona McPherson; Scottish award-winning author Ronald Frame; lexicographer and foremost authority on Anglophone slang, Jonathon Green; journalist, author and broadcaster Malachi O’Doherty, and political pundit Ian Dunt.

cmm.agency

Sarah Mussi : Author & tutor

Sarah Mussi

Author & tutor

One-to-ones for editorial help
Appointments with Sarah are 30 minutes each to allow for in-depth feedback on your manuscript or writing concerns.  This counts as TWO of your allotted appointments.

Please upload: cover letter, one page synopsis, first chapter or about first four pages
Able to help with all genres in children’s and YA

Sarah has written over twelve fantasy novels and thrillers for children and young adults and is a multi-award-winning author. Her first novel The Door of No Return won the Irish Writers' Award. Her thriller Siege, nominated for the Carnegie Medal, won the BBUKYA award. Her novel Riot won the LBOY Award 2015. Sarah’s latest trilogy The Chronicles of Snowdonia are fantasy thrillers, set on Mt Snowdon, featuring the myths of Snowdonia. Currently Sarah is writing LitRPG, and adult fantasy fiction.

sarahmussi.com

Scott Pack : Publisher, Eye & Lightning Books and Unbound

Scott Pack

Publisher, Eye & Lightning Books and Unbound

Please upload: a cover letter, synopsis and 1,500-word sample
Looking for: adult fiction and non-fiction
Not interested in: children’s or YA

Scott Pack has spent 20 years in the book world. He has been Head of Buying for Waterstones, a publisher at HarperCollins, a freelance editor, and a question setter for Mastermind. He also writes his own books, the latest of which is Tips from a Publisher: A Guide to Writing, Editing, Submitting and Publishing Your Book.

eye-books.com

Kristina Perez : Literary Agent, Zeno Agency

Kristina Perez

Literary Agent, Zeno Agency

Please upload: query letter and first chapter
Looking for: YA, middle grade, adult fantasy, historical romance, non-fiction (current affairs, cultural history, popular science)
Not interested in: hard/military Sci-Fi

Kristina Pérez is an Associate Agent at the Zeno Literary Agency. She is a half-Argentine, half-Norwegian native New Yorker who has spent the past two decades living in Europe and Asia. She is the author of several novels for Young Adults (the Sweet Black Waves trilogy and The Tesla Legacy) published by Macmillan. She holds a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. As a journalist, she’s written for many international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal Asia, Condé Nast Traveler, and CNN. Her academic monograph, The Myth of Morgan la Fey was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

zenoagency.com

Zoe Plant : Literary Agent, The Bent Agency

Zoe Plant

Literary Agent, The Bent Agency

Please upload: cover letter and first ten pages. Zoe is happy to look at a synopsis, but it is not required
Looking for: all genres within middle grade and YA. Within adult fiction: science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative and commercial crime thrillers
Not interested in: literary fiction, picture books

Zoë Plant joined The Bent Agency in 2019 and is building a list that is focused on commercial children’s, YA and adult fiction. She has a particular love of fantasy, science fiction, horror and anything a little bit nerdy, but is also on the look-out for strong contemporary voices and high concept settings. Prior to arriving at the Bent Agency, she spent five years as a literary scout, scouring the UK market for the very best children’s and adult books to recommend to international publishers.

thebentagency.com/zoe-plant

Joel Richardson : Publisher, Michael Joseph/Penguin Random House

Joel Richardson

Publisher, Michael Joseph/Penguin Random House

Please upload: a short covering letter, one-page synopsis and first 3,000 words
Interested in: crime/mystery, psychological thriller, action adventure
Not interested in: sci-fi/fantasy, literary fiction, romance

Joel Richardson is the Publisher for crime and thriller fiction at Michael Joseph, a division of Penguin Random House. Previously he has worked at Bonnier Zaffre and Quercus, and has published bestselling authors including Alex North, Samantha Downing, Gytha Lodge, James Swallow and L.S. Hilton.

penguin.co.uk/company/publishers/michael-joseph.html

Annabelle Sami : Author

Annabelle Sami

Author

Annabelle is a writer, director and performer who currently works in the arts and has two middle-grade series out with Stripes and Egmont next year. It was whilst reading children’s books when babysitting that she realised there was a lack of representation of funny girls and diverse characters in children’s books – and she decided to do something about it. Growing up mixed-race, she never found her own life reflected in a book and now it’s her mission to make sure that every spirited, witty and adventurous girl has her own special book that she can relate to.

andlyn.co.uk/annabelle-sami

Jacqueline Saphra : Poet

Jacqueline Saphra

Poet

Jacqueline Saphra’s collection All My Mad Mothers from Nine Arches Press was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot prize. In the same year A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller was published by Hercules Editions. Her most recent collection, Dad, Remember You Are Dead was published by Nine Arches Press in September 2019 and Veritas: Poems after Artemisia Gentileschi will be out from Hercules Editions in May 2020. Jacqueline is a founder member of Poets for the Planet. She lives in London and mentors and teaches at The Poetry School.

jacquelinesaphra.com

Sandra Sawicka : Literary Agent, Marjacq Scripts

Sandra Sawicka

Literary Agent, Marjacq Scripts

Please upload: cover letter, first chapter
Looking for:  SF, crime, speculative, horror, historical, general fiction
Not interested in: children’s fiction, non-fiction, romance, chick-lit, humour

Sandra joined the agency in 2014. Her main interests are genre fiction (SFF, speculative, crime, horror) and YA. She also handles translation rights for all authors represented by Marjacq. She would love to see: action-packed space operas, accessible SF, crime with a speculative edge, Southern Gothic, campus novels, road novels, spooky mysteries, ghost stories, high concept, YA adventure, anti-heroes, popular science non-fiction (especially linguistics, cybernetics, and astronomy).

marjacq.com/sandra-sawicka

Tanera Simons : Literary Agent, Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency

Tanera Simons

Literary Agent, Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency

Please upload: cover letter, one page synopsis and first chapter
Looking for: women’s fiction, including romance, timeslip, rom-com, up-lit, darker Women’s fiction
Not interested in: procedural crime, speculative, children’s, YA, non-fiction

Tanera joined the Darley Anderson team in early 2017 and is building the women’s fiction list. She is a huge fan of commercial romances, and is open to all submissions within the genre: she has a particular passion for strong female leads and authors with a unique voice. She currently represents authors both in the UK and US, including: Beth O’Leary, Sandie Jones, Mandy Baggot, and Lauren North. Tanera studied at Exeter University where she gained a BA in English Literature before she went on to join the Lovereading team. Here, she spent much of her time doing what she loves most: reading books and discussing them with like-minded people. She then went on to work within the production team of a well-known publishing house, which gave her a good grounding in the world of publishing.

darleyanderson.com

Chitra Soundar : Author

Chitra Soundar

Author

One-to-one editorial help for your picture book
Please upload: picture book manuscript
Interested in: fiction and creative non-fiction picture books
Not able to give editorial advice on: factual and educational non-fiction

Chitra is an internationally published author of over 40 books for children. Her books have been published in the UK, US, India, Singapore and translated into German, French, Japanese and Thai. Her picture book Varsha’s Varanasi was included in the White Ravens catalogue this year, a prestigious list of international literature for young people. Her picture book Farmer Falgu Goes Kite Flying was included in the IBBY International Books of USA and her You’re Safe with Me was shortlisted for the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal for Poonam Mistry’s unique illustrations. Chitra mentors picture book writers and was recently on a panel at Picture Book Day run by SCBWI British Isles. She has also run a course with SCBWI Switzerland in May 2019 and ran two courses at City Lit on writing picture books. She’s an avid blogger on the craft of writing picture books at Picture Book Den.

chitrasoundar.com

Arabella Stein : Literary Agent, The Bright Agency

Arabella Stein

Literary Agent, The Bright Agency

Please upload: text of no more than 600 words in prose or verse for children aged 1-6
Looking for: picture books, children’s fiction
Not interested in: adult fiction

A fast thinker and reactor, Arabella is able to inspire and encourage artists and publishers. She recognises that setting up the best collaboration between a publisher and an artist is key. Representing illustrators and authors both established and at the beginning of their careers, Arabella is particularly drawn to artwork with an immediate and unforgettable impact; individual, yet relatable characters and a narrative that shows and never tells.

thebrightagency.co.uk

Joanna Swainson : Literary Agent and Partner, Hardman & Swainson

Joanna Swainson

Literary Agent and Partner, Hardman & 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.

hardmanswainson.com/agents/joanna-swainson

Laurel Symonds : Literary Agent, The Bent Agency

Laurel Symonds

Literary Agent, The Bent Agency

Please upload: cover letter, one picture book manuscript. May include illustrations.  If middle grade or YA, please send cover letter, synopsis and first chapter.
Looking for: commercial picture books, especially by author-illustrators; middle grade, especially contemporary, fantasy, or historical fiction; middle grade that lends itself to illustration; YA contemporary, especially rom coms and unique fantasy set in non-Western settings; middle grade and YA graphic novels, especially by author-illustrators; high concept and commercial children's nonfiction
Not interested in: adult books; rhyming picture books; body humour; science fiction (for any age); issue books

Laurel Symonds is a US-based literary agent with The Bent Agency. She began agenting in 2018 after nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She began her career in the editorial department of HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine Tegen Books and has also held positions in the marketing department at a small publishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores. As a literary agent, she is seeking children’s fiction and nonfiction.

thebentagency.com

Kathryn Taussig : Publishing Director, Bookouture

Kathryn Taussig

Publishing Director, Bookouture

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis, first chapter
Looking for: crime thriller, psychological thriller, women's fiction, historical (particularly WWII), cosy mystery
Not interested in: SFF, contemporary romance (erotica)

Kathryn Taussig joined Bookouture in 2018 to pursue her passion for digital publishing. She publishes across all commercial genres, including psychological thriller, women's fiction, historical fiction, crime thriller and cosy mystery. She also leads a team focused on growing Bookouture's publishing presence in the North American market. Some of her favourite authors to read are Liane Moriarty, Tana French, Alex Marwood, Jodi Picoult and Lisa Jewell. She is originally from San Francisco, California but has lived in the UK for more than a decade.

bookouture.com

Jeremy Thompson : Managing Director, Troubador Publishing

Jeremy Thompson

Managing Director, Troubador Publishing

Jeremy Thompson has over 30 years' experience in publishing, having worked for Elsevier, John Wiley, Springer Verlag, CUP and many other publishing companies. He founded Troubador Publishing Ltd in 1996, publishing book lists in various subject areas, including Italian Studies. He launched the Matador self-publishing imprint in 1999 in response to a demand for a quality author services company. In 2012, Troubador launched the annual Self-Publishing Conference at the University of Leicester, now in its eighth year. The company also acquired The Book Guild Ltd in 2015, which is a separate company that offers traditional and partnership publishing to authors.

Jeremy is a regular speaker on all aspects of author services and self-publishing at events as diverse as the Westminster Media Forum, Winchester Writers' Festival, The London Book Fair and the Self-Publishing Conference. In his spare time he flies a small aeroplane, and volunteers both on and offstage at the Little Theatre in Leicester. He recently became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

troubador.co.uk

Barry Timms : Publishing Director (Preschool), Macmillan Children's Books

Barry Timms

Publishing Director (Preschool), Macmillan Children's Books

Please upload one full manuscript only, for feedback on picture books or novelty books (for children aged 2-6), plus covering letter
Looking for: picture book texts that are fresh and funny, inventive, or emotionally authentic. Will also advise on novelty book ideas
Not looking for: happy to look at rhyming picture book texts but cannot advise on collections of poetry, or children's fiction

UPDATE! Barry is the new Publishing Director (Preschool) at Macmillan Children's Books, starting in June, 2020.  He was previously Editorial Director of Little Tiger Press. He specialises in award-winning and commercial picture books and novelty books for pre-school children. He is also the author of a number of picture books, selling in editions around the world.

littletiger.co.uk

Judy Waite : Author and lecturer

Judy Waite

Author and lecturer

Judy is a published and award-winning author of over fifty books for children and young adults. As an author she has spent over twenty years engaged in school visits, residencies and consultancy projects, and her recent publication Wordtamer explores creative process and practice: re-envisaging writerly approaches and offering creative activities that stimulate imaginative responses. Judy works regularly with adult writers too, most recently engaging with art at The Discovery Centre, Winchester, or running a series of workshops for Portsmouth BookFest. Judy is also a Senior Lecturer teaching Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. Her research specialism includes creative process developed through alternative mediums such as drama and visual arts, and she has published research related to literacy, creative writing and education. Her interactive educational website www.wordtamer.co.uk has recently been upgraded and is a free schools resource, but adults can gain inspiration there too.


Clare Wallace : Literary Agent, Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency

Clare Wallace

Literary Agent, Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency

Please upload: covering letter, synopsis, first chapter
Looking for: fiction and non-fiction from picture books to YA. All genres welcome
Not interested in: poetry and scripts

As chief talent-spotter, Clare is building the children’s list at the Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency and is scouting for new authors of picture books, middle grade, teenage, YA and illustrators. Before joining the Agency in 2011, Clare graduated with a first from a BA in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University, and went on to gain a distinction on the MA in Creative Writing. She has proof-listened to hundreds of adults and children’s audio books and worked for Cardiff University as a research assistant and coach to international students. Her authors include Caroline Crowe, Martyn Ford, Stewart Foster, Helen Grant, A M Howell, Polly Ho-Yen, Olivia Hope, Rachel Ip, Olivia Levez, Beth Reekles, Dave Rudden and Deirdre Sullivan. Her illustrators include Anneli Bray, Vicki Gausden, Claire Powell, Lorna Scobie and Natalie Smillie.

darleyanderson.com

Hannah Weatherill : Literary Agent, Northbank Talent Management

Hannah Weatherill

Literary Agent, Northbank Talent Management

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first three chapters as a Word or Open Document
Looking for: commercial and upmarket fiction

Not interested in: SF and epic fantasy, action thrillers

Hannah is responsible for Northbank’s fiction and children’s books representation, spanning all genres of adult, young adult and middle grade commercial fiction and children’s non-fiction. She has extensive experience of the book market both in the UK and internationally, having previously worked as a literary scout for the UK market on behalf of production companies and foreign language publishers and as both an editor and translator. Northbank Talent Management is a full service agency offering joined up representation across books, screen, brands and events.

northbanktalent.com

Laura Williams : Literary Agent, Greene & Heaton

Laura Williams

Literary Agent, Greene & Heaton

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis, first chapter
Looking for: literary, commercial, uplit, historical, psychological thriller, horror, YA, memoir, narrative non-fiction
Not interested in: SFF, middle grade, picture books, humour, illustrated non-fiction

Laura Williams joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018 from Peters Fraser and Dunlop, where she worked from 2011, after completing a degree in Classics at Oxford. She is actively building a fiction list and a small non-fiction list. She is currently looking for literary fiction, edgy commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high-concept contemporary young adult, as well as narrative non-fiction of all types. Her taste is quite dark, and she loves gothic, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister. She also loves books that make her cry, from big love stories to intense family dramas

greeneheaton.co.uk

Melissa Addey : Author

Melissa Addey

Author

Melissa mainly writes historical fiction and her first novel, The Fragrant Concubine, was Editor’s Choice at the Historical Novel Society. Her latest, The Cold Palace, won the 2019 Novel London award. She was the Leverhulme Trust Writer-in-Residence at the British Library and now runs regular workshops there. Melissa is completing a PhD in Creative Writing and has self-published 13 books. If you’d like a taste of her writing, visit her website www.melissaaddey.com to pick up a free novella, The Cup.

www.melissaaddey.com

Becky Bagnell : Literary Agent, Lindsay Literary Agency

Becky Bagnell

Literary Agent, Lindsay Literary Agency

Becky is the founder of the Lindsay Literary Agency and has been in publishing for over 20 years. She worked as a commissioning editor at Macmillan before becoming a literary agent in 2008. Becky’s clients have been published in multiple languages across the world and include the award-winning Pamela Butchart, Sue Wallman, Sam Gayton and J. M. Joseph.

www.lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk

John Baker : Literary Agent, Bell Lomax Moreton

John Baker

Literary Agent, Bell Lomax Moreton

Please upload: cover letter, first three chapters or 10,000 words and a synopsis that is no longer than two pages
Looking for: adult and upper YA science fiction and fantasy
Not interested in: children’s (from middle grade and below), crime and thriller, romance, historical and book group fiction and non-fiction

John joined Bell Lomax Moreton in February 2019, after previously working for Stripes Publishing, Usborne Publishing and the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. Alongside his other agency responsibilities, John has begun to build his own small, cultivated list, shaped around his passion for science fiction and fantasy. As well as reading every book to contain a jaded space captain, an in-over-his-head supernatural detective, or a past-their-prime mercenary crew on one last mission and all possible adventures in between, John was lucky enough to start his own publishing adventure in the hallowed halls of Gollancz. Since then, he has been beta-reading for such celebrated authors as Bradley Beaulieu and Brian McClellan. John is looking for anything under the broad church of adult SFF, from literary to pulpy, high fantasy to gritty urban, but he would especially love to hear from anyone under-represented in the genre, particularly neurodiverse writers.

belllomaxmoreton.co.uk

Nick Barlay : Author

Nick Barlay

Author

Nick is the author of four widely acclaimed novels, including Hooky Gear, which was mentioned in Granta’s ‘Best of Young British Novelists’ in 2003. Barlay was born in London to Hungarian Jewish refugee parents and his first non-fiction book, Scattered Ghosts, is the story of his family over two centuries. It was longlisted for the Wingate Prize 2015. He has just completed, with the help of an Arts Council award, The Suicide of Eva Izsak, part memoir, part narrative of an unusual wartime suicide. He has also written short stories, award-winning radio plays and wide-ranging journalism, including a long-running series about London for The Times. He regularly teaches creative writing and life writing, as well as Guardian Masterclasses on writing family history.

nickbarlay.com

Susmita Bhattacharya : Author

Susmita Bhattacharya

Author

Susmita is an Indian-born award-winning author. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian, 2015, BEE Books, India 2016) was longlisted for the Word to Screen Prize at the Mumbai Film Festival, 2018. Her short story collection, Table Manners (Dahlia Publishing, 2018) won the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection (2019) and was a finalist for the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Prize, 2019. Her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and been featured on BBC Radio 4. She teaches creative writing at Winchester University and facilitates the Mayflower Young Writers programme in Southampton. She lives in Winchester with her husband and two children.


Kate Bradley : Author

Kate Bradley

Author

Kate Bradley holds a first-class English literature degree and a certificate in creative writing from Sussex University, in addition to qualifications in teaching and coaching. Kate won ‘The First Three Pages of Novel’ competition at the Winchester Writers’ Festival and as a regular attendee, credits the festival with her development as a writer in many ways, including professional feedback, encouragement and the connections she made.  Bradley’s novel To Keep You Safe is published by Zaffre in March 2020; her second novel is due March 2021. To Keep You Safe is a psychological thriller that asks: how far would you go to save a child that wasn’t yours?


Paul Bryers : Author

Paul Bryers

Author

Paul is a writer, director and producer who has made many dramas and documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Discovery, Arte and The Learning Channel. He is also a novelist whose books have been published by leading UK, US, French and German companies including Bloomsbury, Hachette, Macmillan, Andre Deutsch, Farrar Straus & Giroux and McBooks Press. Writing as Seth Hunter, he is the author of a series of novels set at the time of the French Revolution, the first of which, The Time of Terror, was a #1 bestseller in the US in 2017.  His newest historical novel, The Sea of Silence, set in Washington, London and Haiti in 1802, will be published in the Spring of 2021.

paulbryers.com

Kate Burke : Literary Agent, Blake Friedmann

Kate Burke

Literary Agent, Blake Friedmann

No one-to-ones

Kate has been a fiction agent for seven years and, before that, was an editor for ten years at Penguin, HarperCollins and Headline. Her list at Blake Friedmann (www.blakefriedmann.co.uk) comprises upmarket/commercial fiction across most genres (crime and thriller, historical, saga, speculative and women's fiction) and includes international bestselling authors such as Dani Atkins, Will Dean, Kate Thompson, Paul Finch and Will Carver.

blakefriedmann.co.uk/kate-burke

Mary Chamberlain : Editor and lecturer

Mary Chamberlain

Editor and lecturer

Mary has been in publishing her whole career and works freelance as an editor for numerous big London publishing houses. For five years she also worked for Macmillan New Writing, reading submissions of novels and assessing whether they were suitable for publication. She has been teaching on the Creative Writing BA at the University of Winchester for the last eleven years.


Lucy Christopher : Author and Course Director

Lucy Christopher

Author and Course Director

Lucy’s multi-award-winning novels are Stolen, Flyaway, The Killing Woods and Storm-wake, published by Chicken House in the UK as well as in over twenty other countries with different publishers. Her novella The Darkness is published by Firefly Press in Three Strikes, and her picture book Shadow is published by Lantana. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, and has spoken at conferences, festivals, schools and bookshops throughout the world. Lucy has won many international awards including the Branford Boase, the Printz Honor Award, the Golden Inky, and the Prix Farniente. She has been shortlisted for the Costa Award, the Waterstones Prize, the Australian Prime Minister’s Awards, and has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She is currently working on a novel for adults, her next YA novel, and a piece of digital storytelling. In addition to her life as a writer, Lucy is the Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, where she is also a Reader in Creative Writing.

lucychristopher.com

Eoin Colfer : Author and Keynote Speaker

Eoin Colfer

Author and Keynote Speaker

Eoin is the author of the internationally bestselling Artemis Fowl books, recently brought to screen for Disney by Kenneth Branagh. His books have won numerous awards including The UK Children’s Book of the Year, The Irish Children’s Book of the Year and The German Children’s Book of the Year, and his book Half Moon Investigations has been made into a hit TV series for the BBC. Eoin also writes crime novels featuring Irish bouncer Daniel McEvoy. He has collaborated with some of his favourite writers and artists, including Oliver Jeffers, Liam Bates, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano and PJ Lynch on various projects.  Eoin has just finished a two-year term as Ireland’s Children’s Laureate and was delighted to be allowed play around with the Iron Man character in his 2016 novel The Gauntlet. For theatre Eoin has written scripts for the musicals The Lords of Love and Noël, and the plays Holy Mary, Dustin The Turkey’s Comeback Vehicle and My Real Life. His latest books are The Fowl Twins and Highfire, a fantasy novel for big children.

eoincolfer.com

Helen Dennis : Author

Helen Dennis

Author

Helen Dennis is the writer of the Secret Breakers six book series and the River of Ink quartet, both published by Hodder Children’s Books. Her stories have been translated into several languages. Both series (for readers 8+) see modern characters travelling the globe in action-packed, high stakes adventures as they try to discover secrets, codes and global conspiracies. River of Ink: Genesis was chosen as a BookBuzz book by Book Trust for 2016; as part of the Book Trust Deaf Awareness Week 2019 and won several regional prizes including Salisbury School Book Award 2017; Hampshire Book Award 2017 and the Amazing Book Award Bronze Medal 2017. Secret Breakers (published under the name H.L. Dennis) was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and has been optioned for a live action TV series.

helendennisbooks.com

Adrienne Dines : Author and tutor

Adrienne Dines

Author and tutor

One-to-ones for editorial assistance
Appointments with Adrienne are 30 minutes each to allow for in-depth feedback on your manuscript or writing concerns.  This counts as TWO of your allotted appointments.

Please upload a cover letter, stating your writing concerns, synopsis and first chapter or a sample that illustrates the concern

Adrienne is an author as well as a tutor and speaker for a variety of organisations in the UK and Ireland. Working in prisons and hospices, for schools and literary festivals, she encourages new and experienced writers to develop their craft, with an emphasis on good storytelling - how it works, when it works and what to do when it doesn't.


Ian Drury : Literary Agent, Sheil Land Associates

Ian Drury

Literary Agent, Sheil Land Associates

Please upload:  Cover letter, synopsis, first three chapters
Looking for:  In Fiction: thrillers, crime, SF/fantasy, spy and historical fiction.  In Non-Fiction:  history and biography
Not interested in: YA

Ian has been a literary agent at Sheil Land Associates for 13 years.  Before that he worked in the magazine business for ten years before joining Collins in 1994. He moved to Cassell in 2000 and soon became publishing director at  Weidenfeld & Nicholson.  He is also the author of a number of history books, so has seen this business from all sides.  Clients include bestselling fantasy writer Mark Lawrence, historical novelist Robert Fabbri, musical historian Andrew Gant, Michael Tippett's biographer Oliver Soden and military historian Peter Hart.

sheilland.com

Lissa Evans : Author and Keynote Speaker

Lissa Evans

Author and Keynote Speaker

Lissa is the author of five novels for adults, including Their Finest Hour and a Half  (filmed in 2017 as ‘Their Finest’, starring Bill Nighy and Gemma Arterton), Crooked Heart (longlisted for the Baileys Prize) and Old Baggage (a #1 Times bestseller, and shortlisted for the Bollinger Prize for Comic Fiction). She has also written three books for children: Small Change for Stuart, Big Change for Stuart and Wed Wabbit. Both Small Change and Wed Wabbit were shortlisted for the Costa Award and the Carnegie Medal. Before becoming a writer, Lissa initially studied medicine, but later worked in radio and television comedy, where she produced and directed numerous series, including Room 101 and Father Ted. She lives in London with her dog and her family. Her hobby is reading.

lissaevans.com

Jasper Fforde : Author

Jasper Fforde

Author

Jasper has been writing in the Comedy/Fantasy genre since 2001 when his literary thriller novel The Eyre Affair debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list.  Since then he has published fourteen more books, several of them bestsellers, and counts his sales in millions.  The Constant Rabbit will be his 15th novel and will be published in the UK in July.  He lives and works in Wales.

JasperFforde.com

Jo Fletcher : Publisher, Jo Fletcher Books

Jo Fletcher

Publisher, Jo Fletcher Books

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first chapter, double-spaced 12 pt serif font (Times New Roman)
Looking for: science fiction, fantasy and horror, but has published all types of commercial fiction, including thrillers, crime, women’s fiction and romance and is happy to pass any genres outside her own imprint’s needs to colleagues within Quercus
Not interested in: children’s or YA fiction, literary fiction and non-fiction

Jo is the publisher of Jo Fletcher Books, a specialist fantasy, science fiction and horror imprint, part of Quercus, which she started after 16 years with Victor Gollancz, first an independent publisher (non-fiction, literary, commercial and children’s fiction) and latterly one of the country’s biggest SF and fantasy imprints. She is the publisher of Eoin Colfer’s new fantasy novel for adults, Highfire. Jo used to be an investigative journalist in Fleet Street and spent several years as a film and book critic. She has published widely and her work includes non-fiction, ghost-written military and historical, fantasy and horror fiction.

jofletcherbooks.co.uk

Claire Fuller : Author

Claire Fuller

Author

Claire didn’t start writing until she was 40. Her first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction, as well as being a Richard & Judy, and Waterstones book club book. Her second novel, Swimming Lessons was shortlisted for the Encore prize, and her third, Bitter Orange is long listed for the International Dublin Literary Award. Claire also writes flash fiction and short stories, many of which have been shortlisted in competitions and two of which have won BBC Opening Lines short story competition, and the Royal Academy / Pin Drop prize. She has used Twitter as a writer since 2011 and has several thousand followers. She uses Instagram on a daily basis and is becoming known for her books at breakfast posts highlighting the books she has recently read.

clairefuller.co.uk

Simon Hall : Author

Simon Hall

Author

Simon Hall is an author, journalist, communications consultant and business coach. He has had eight novels published, all in the crime and thriller genre, along with short stories, a play, and even a pantomime. He teaches writing, business and communication skills at the University of Cambridge. Prior to that, he was a broadcaster for twenty-five years, mostly as a BBC Television, Radio and Online News Correspondent, covering some of the biggest stories Britain has seen.

thetvdetective.com

Judith Heneghan : Author and Senior Lecturer

Judith Heneghan

Author and Senior Lecturer

Judith is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Winchester where for five years she was also Director of the Winchester Writers’ Festival. A former commissioning editor for Hodder, she has written over 60 books for young readers, mainly non-fiction, as well as Stonecipher, a novel for middle grade readers published by Andersen in 2005. More recently she has focused on fiction for adults and her novel Snegurochka (Salt Publishing, 2019), set in Kiev, has been shortlisted for the ES Travel Writing Awards ‘Fiction with a Sense of Place’. As well as lecturing she runs workshops and offers a mentoring service for emerging writers. She was awarded her doctorate in Creative Arts in 2018 and is currently working on a novel set in upstate New York.

judithheneghan.co.uk

J.M. Joseph : Author

J.M. Joseph

Author

Jay grew up on the east coast of the United States. In his 20s, he moved to Ireland and later England. When he was younger, he had many jobs: sandwich-maker, hod carrier, tutor, care worker in a residential home for juvenile offenders and a Montessori teacher. Jay worked in odd places too like a strip mine, a brewery, demolition sites, a factory and sandblasting bridges. Some jobs were fun (He can still make a mean sandwich). Others were downright awful. For the last 20 years or so, he has been a primary teacher. Telling stories to children and reading them his favourite novels inspired him to become a writer. He has a place on Bath Spa’s MA in Writing for Young People and won an honorary mention from United Artists as one of its most promising writers. That helped him find an agent, Becky Bagnell, and – many re-writes later – a publishing contract with Hachette. His debut novel, Fire Boy, a comedy-adventure aimed at 8-12 year-olds, published in March 2020.


Patrice Lawrence : Author

Patrice Lawrence

Author

Patrice is an award-winning writer of stories for children and young people. Orangeboy, her debut book for young adults was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award, won the Bookseller YA Prize and Waterstones Prize for Older Children's Fiction and has been shortlisted for many regional awards. Indigo Donut won the Bristol Crimefest Prize for YA. Rose, Interrupted, published in July 2019, was children's book of the week in the Sunday Times. All three YA books have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her stories for younger readers include Diver’s Daughter - a Tudor Tale, part of Scholastic's Voices series inspired by the UK's Black and Asian history and A Bob and a Weave for the new Malory Towers reboot. She was born in Brighton, reviews for Radio 4's Saturday Review and her ideal mixtape includes Blondie, Bruce Springsteen and Korean indie music.


Lena McCauley : Commissioning Editor, Hachette Children's Group

Lena McCauley

Commissioning Editor, Hachette Children's Group

Please upload: a cover letter, synopsis and first chapter
Looking for: middle grade, teen and YA fiction
Not interested in: non-fiction or picture books

Lena has worked in publishing since 2010, in both New York and London. She specialises in editing middle-grade, teen and young adult fiction. Some of her recent projects include The Boy at the Back of the Class (winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize), Swimming Against the Storm, The Isles of Storm and Sorrow trilogy, Tiger Heart and Fire Boy.

hachettechildrens.co.uk

Catherine Menon : Author

Catherine Menon

Author

Catherine Menon is the author of Fragile Monsters, which will be published in 2021 by Penguin. Her debut short story collection, Subjunctive Moods, was published in 2018 by Dahlia Publishing. She has a PhD in pure mathematics and an MA in Creative Writing from City University, for which she won the annual prize. She’s won or been placed in a number of competitions, including the Fish, Bridport, London Short Story, Bare Fiction, Willesden Herald, Asian Writer, Leicester Writes, Winchester Writers’ Festival and Short Fiction Journal awards. Her work has been published in a number of literary journals, including The Good Journal and Asian Literary Review and has been broadcast on radio.

cgmenon.com

Phoebe Morgan : Editorial Director, HarperCollins

Phoebe Morgan

Editorial Director, HarperCollins

Phoebe works across the HarperFiction crime and thriller list and the Avon commercial fiction list. She has commissioned and worked with a range of Sunday Times and Kindle bestsellers and loves nothing more than finding new voices. She is also a published author, with three novels out with HQ: The Doll House, The Girl Next Door, and The Babysitter (May 2020), which have been translated into seven languages and have sold over 70,000 copies. She blogs about the publishing industry on her website: www.phoebemorganauthor.com.

phoebemorganauthor.com

Joanna Moult : Literary Agent, Skylark Literary Limited

Joanna Moult

Literary Agent, Skylark Literary Limited

Please upload: cover letter, one-page synopsis and first 3,000 words
Looking for: children’s, middle grade or YA
Not interested in: picture books or adult books

Joanna is co-founder of Skylark Literary Limited, a specialist Children’s and YA literary agency. Previously she was Editorial Director for Children’s Fiction at Mulcahy Conway Associates, discovering and nurturing new talent. Joanna began her publishing career at Hodder Children’s Books, where she edited authors such as Cressida Cowell and Kes Gray. She then moved to become Senior Commissioning Editor at Simon & Schuster, managing the children’s fiction list and editing Sophie McKenzie among other talented authors.

skylark-literary.com

Sarah Mussi : Author & tutor

Sarah Mussi

Author & tutor

One-to-ones for editorial help
Appointments with Sarah are 30 minutes each to allow for in-depth feedback on your manuscript or writing concerns.  This counts as TWO of your allotted appointments.

Please upload: cover letter, one page synopsis, first chapter or about first four pages
Able to help with all genres in children’s and YA

Sarah has written over twelve fantasy novels and thrillers for children and young adults and is a multi-award-winning author. Her first novel The Door of No Return won the Irish Writers' Award. Her thriller Siege, nominated for the Carnegie Medal, won the BBUKYA award. Her novel Riot won the LBOY Award 2015. Sarah’s latest trilogy The Chronicles of Snowdonia are fantasy thrillers, set on Mt Snowdon, featuring the myths of Snowdonia. Currently Sarah is writing LitRPG, and adult fantasy fiction.

sarahmussi.com

Scott Pack : Publisher, Eye & Lightning Books and Unbound

Scott Pack

Publisher, Eye & Lightning Books and Unbound

Please upload: a cover letter, synopsis and 1,500-word sample
Looking for: adult fiction and non-fiction
Not interested in: children’s or YA

Scott Pack has spent 20 years in the book world. He has been Head of Buying for Waterstones, a publisher at HarperCollins, a freelance editor, and a question setter for Mastermind. He also writes his own books, the latest of which is Tips from a Publisher: A Guide to Writing, Editing, Submitting and Publishing Your Book.

eye-books.com

Joel Richardson : Publisher, Michael Joseph/Penguin Random House

Joel Richardson

Publisher, Michael Joseph/Penguin Random House

Please upload: a short covering letter, one-page synopsis and first 3,000 words
Interested in: crime/mystery, psychological thriller, action adventure
Not interested in: sci-fi/fantasy, literary fiction, romance

Joel Richardson is the Publisher for crime and thriller fiction at Michael Joseph, a division of Penguin Random House. Previously he has worked at Bonnier Zaffre and Quercus, and has published bestselling authors including Alex North, Samantha Downing, Gytha Lodge, James Swallow and L.S. Hilton.

penguin.co.uk/company/publishers/michael-joseph.html

Annabelle Sami : Author

Annabelle Sami

Author

Annabelle is a writer, director and performer who currently works in the arts and has two middle-grade series out with Stripes and Egmont next year. It was whilst reading children’s books when babysitting that she realised there was a lack of representation of funny girls and diverse characters in children’s books – and she decided to do something about it. Growing up mixed-race, she never found her own life reflected in a book and now it’s her mission to make sure that every spirited, witty and adventurous girl has her own special book that she can relate to.

andlyn.co.uk/annabelle-sami

Jacqueline Saphra : Poet

Jacqueline Saphra

Poet

Jacqueline Saphra’s collection All My Mad Mothers from Nine Arches Press was shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot prize. In the same year A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller was published by Hercules Editions. Her most recent collection, Dad, Remember You Are Dead was published by Nine Arches Press in September 2019 and Veritas: Poems after Artemisia Gentileschi will be out from Hercules Editions in May 2020. Jacqueline is a founder member of Poets for the Planet. She lives in London and mentors and teaches at The Poetry School.

jacquelinesaphra.com

Chitra Soundar : Author

Chitra Soundar

Author

One-to-one editorial help for your picture book
Please upload: picture book manuscript
Interested in: fiction and creative non-fiction picture books
Not able to give editorial advice on: factual and educational non-fiction

Chitra is an internationally published author of over 40 books for children. Her books have been published in the UK, US, India, Singapore and translated into German, French, Japanese and Thai. Her picture book Varsha’s Varanasi was included in the White Ravens catalogue this year, a prestigious list of international literature for young people. Her picture book Farmer Falgu Goes Kite Flying was included in the IBBY International Books of USA and her You’re Safe with Me was shortlisted for the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal for Poonam Mistry’s unique illustrations. Chitra mentors picture book writers and was recently on a panel at Picture Book Day run by SCBWI British Isles. She has also run a course with SCBWI Switzerland in May 2019 and ran two courses at City Lit on writing picture books. She’s an avid blogger on the craft of writing picture books at Picture Book Den.

chitrasoundar.com

Kathryn Taussig : Publishing Director, Bookouture

Kathryn Taussig

Publishing Director, Bookouture

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis, first chapter
Looking for: crime thriller, psychological thriller, women's fiction, historical (particularly WWII), cosy mystery
Not interested in: SFF, contemporary romance (erotica)

Kathryn Taussig joined Bookouture in 2018 to pursue her passion for digital publishing. She publishes across all commercial genres, including psychological thriller, women's fiction, historical fiction, crime thriller and cosy mystery. She also leads a team focused on growing Bookouture's publishing presence in the North American market. Some of her favourite authors to read are Liane Moriarty, Tana French, Alex Marwood, Jodi Picoult and Lisa Jewell. She is originally from San Francisco, California but has lived in the UK for more than a decade.

bookouture.com

Jeremy Thompson : Managing Director, Troubador Publishing

Jeremy Thompson

Managing Director, Troubador Publishing

Jeremy Thompson has over 30 years' experience in publishing, having worked for Elsevier, John Wiley, Springer Verlag, CUP and many other publishing companies. He founded Troubador Publishing Ltd in 1996, publishing book lists in various subject areas, including Italian Studies. He launched the Matador self-publishing imprint in 1999 in response to a demand for a quality author services company. In 2012, Troubador launched the annual Self-Publishing Conference at the University of Leicester, now in its eighth year. The company also acquired The Book Guild Ltd in 2015, which is a separate company that offers traditional and partnership publishing to authors.

Jeremy is a regular speaker on all aspects of author services and self-publishing at events as diverse as the Westminster Media Forum, Winchester Writers' Festival, The London Book Fair and the Self-Publishing Conference. In his spare time he flies a small aeroplane, and volunteers both on and offstage at the Little Theatre in Leicester. He recently became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

troubador.co.uk

Judy Waite : Author and lecturer

Judy Waite

Author and lecturer

Judy is a published and award-winning author of over fifty books for children and young adults. As an author she has spent over twenty years engaged in school visits, residencies and consultancy projects, and her recent publication Wordtamer explores creative process and practice: re-envisaging writerly approaches and offering creative activities that stimulate imaginative responses. Judy works regularly with adult writers too, most recently engaging with art at The Discovery Centre, Winchester, or running a series of workshops for Portsmouth BookFest. Judy is also a Senior Lecturer teaching Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. Her research specialism includes creative process developed through alternative mediums such as drama and visual arts, and she has published research related to literacy, creative writing and education. Her interactive educational website www.wordtamer.co.uk has recently been upgraded and is a free schools resource, but adults can gain inspiration there too.


Laura Williams : Literary Agent, Greene & Heaton

Laura Williams

Literary Agent, Greene & Heaton

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis, first chapter
Looking for: literary, commercial, uplit, historical, psychological thriller, horror, YA, memoir, narrative non-fiction
Not interested in: SFF, middle grade, picture books, humour, illustrated non-fiction

Laura Williams joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018 from Peters Fraser and Dunlop, where she worked from 2011, after completing a degree in Classics at Oxford. She is actively building a fiction list and a small non-fiction list. She is currently looking for literary fiction, edgy commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high-concept contemporary young adult, as well as narrative non-fiction of all types. Her taste is quite dark, and she loves gothic, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister. She also loves books that make her cry, from big love stories to intense family dramas

greeneheaton.co.uk

Davinia Andrew-Lynch : Literary Agent, Andlyn Literary Agency

Davinia Andrew-Lynch

Literary Agent, Andlyn Literary Agency

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first chapter
Looking for: all children's, commercial adult fiction, especially accessible fantasy, comedy/cosy crime, upmarket women's fiction, fast paced thrillers

Not interested in: adult horror, sci-fi or very literary fiction

Founded by Davinia, Andlyn is a boutique agency dedicated to finding storytellers whose material can not only exist on the page but can also find an outlet through other media territories. Initially focused on children’s fiction, the agency is now actively looking for commercial adult fiction and non-fiction.

www.andlyn.co.uk

Zoe Apostolides : Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Zoe Apostolides

Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first three chapters
Looking for: crime, thrillers, literary fiction and Young Adult

Not interested in: historical fiction or biography

Zoë manages a list of crime, historical, young adult and children’s authors and is also looking to build a non-fiction list. She is especially interested in original horror novels, coming-of-age stories and any sort of whodunnit.

www.cmm.agency

John Baker : Literary Agent, Bell Lomax Moreton

John Baker

Literary Agent, Bell Lomax Moreton

Please upload: cover letter, first three chapters or 10,000 words and a synopsis that is no longer than two pages
Looking for: adult and upper YA science fiction and fantasy
Not interested in: children’s (from middle grade and below), crime and thriller, romance, historical and book group fiction and non-fiction

John joined Bell Lomax Moreton in February 2019, after previously working for Stripes Publishing, Usborne Publishing and the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency. Alongside his other agency responsibilities, John has begun to build his own small, cultivated list, shaped around his passion for science fiction and fantasy. As well as reading every book to contain a jaded space captain, an in-over-his-head supernatural detective, or a past-their-prime mercenary crew on one last mission and all possible adventures in between, John was lucky enough to start his own publishing adventure in the hallowed halls of Gollancz. Since then, he has been beta-reading for such celebrated authors as Bradley Beaulieu and Brian McClellan. John is looking for anything under the broad church of adult SFF, from literary to pulpy, high fantasy to gritty urban, but he would especially love to hear from anyone under-represented in the genre, particularly neurodiverse writers.

belllomaxmoreton.co.uk

Amber Caraveo : Literary Agent, Skylark Literary Limited

Amber Caraveo

Literary Agent, Skylark Literary Limited

Please upload: a cover letter to include a little bit about the author, one-page synopsis, and first 3,000 words
Looking for: middle grade (8-12s) and Young Adult
Not interested in: picture books

Amber is the co-founder of Skylark Literary, a boutique literary agency that seeks and supports the very best in children’s and YA fiction. Prior to founding Skylark, Amber was Editorial Director for Orion Children’s Books, where she worked with a host of prize-winning and bestselling authors including Caroline Lawrence, Juno Dawson and Holly Black. Before that she was Senior Commissioning Editor for Random House Children’s Books after many happy years at Working Partners, where she edited and developed the million-copy-selling phenomenon, Rainbow Magic. After so many years within major trade publishers, Amber now enjoys negotiating with them on behalf of her authors. She is particularly looking for talented new voices, and Skylark specialises in offering a bespoke service tailor-made to each author’s individual needs.

skylark-literary.com

Megan Carroll : Associate Literary Agent, Watson Little Ltd

Megan Carroll

Associate Literary Agent, Watson Little Ltd

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis, and first three chapters
Looking for: commercial women’s fiction, reading group, picture books, YA, middle grade, narrative non-fiction
Not interested in: historical, serious non-fiction, psychological thrillers

Megan is an Associate Agent at Watson, Little and is building her own list. She is looking for writers in a variety of areas. In fiction, Megan is keen to see commercial fiction and reading group fiction with original voices and an interesting hook. At the moment, she’d love to find a regional family drama, a female led police procedural, a uniquely told love story or a brilliant ghost/witch story in the vein of Laura Purcell. In children’s and YA, Megan would love to see contemporary YA tackling realistic issues and big, epic love stories as well as funny, female focused MG – think Louise Rennison – and an Abi Elphinstone style adventure for that age group too. She’s also keen on finding new picture book authors writing funny, commercial texts tackling the big issues and is growing a list of talented illustrators for all ages. Non-fiction is another area of interest and Megan is keen to see interesting memoir and good narrative non-fiction on film, music, popular culture and issues from a female perspective.

watsonlittle.com

Imogen Cooper : Director, Golden Egg Academy

Imogen Cooper

Director, Golden Egg Academy

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first chapter
Looking for: all children’s fiction for ages 7-18 years old, including middle grade and YA
Not interested in: adult fiction and non-fiction, picture books

Imogen Cooper, previously Editorial Director at The Chicken House and a Branford Boase Award winner, started the Golden Egg Academy at her kitchen table in 2014 whilst working part time for Barry Cunningham. In 2015 GEA became her main focus and since then she and her academy have helped many children’s writers achieve their dream of being published. Since founding the Golden Egg Academy, she has helped over fifty children’s writers gain publishing contracts, with many more gaining agents. Her high profile team includes: Tilda Johnson, previously Senior Commissioning Editor, Hot Key Books; Hannah Featherstone, Editor, Guppy Books; Penny Thomas, Publisher, Firefly Books; Kathy Webb, previously Commissioning Editor OUP; Jane Harris, Associate Publisher, Stripes Publishing and Maurice Lyon, previously Editorial Director, Frances Lincoln.

goldeneggacademy.co.uk

Chloe Davis : Agency Assistant, Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency

Chloe Davis

Agency Assistant, Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis, and first chapter
Looking for: middle grade fiction, picture books, YA romance
Not interested in: YA science fiction, YA high fantasy

Chloe joined the Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency in 2019 as the agency assistant. She works very closely alongside agent Clare Wallace, assisting with her clients, talent spotting and providing editorial support. She is the first person to read manuscripts arriving at the Agency and is particularly interested middle grade adventure and fun YA love stories. She previously worked in the Rights department at Pan Macmillan and as a bookseller at Waterstones.

http://www.darleyandersonchildrens.com

 


Adrienne Dines : Author and tutor

Adrienne Dines

Author and tutor

One-to-ones for editorial assistance
Appointments with Adrienne are 30 minutes each to allow for in-depth feedback on your manuscript or writing concerns.  This counts as TWO of your allotted appointments.

Please upload a cover letter, stating your writing concerns, synopsis and first chapter or a sample that illustrates the concern

Adrienne is an author as well as a tutor and speaker for a variety of organisations in the UK and Ireland. Working in prisons and hospices, for schools and literary festivals, she encourages new and experienced writers to develop their craft, with an emphasis on good storytelling - how it works, when it works and what to do when it doesn't.


Ian Drury : Literary Agent, Sheil Land Associates

Ian Drury

Literary Agent, Sheil Land Associates

Please upload:  Cover letter, synopsis, first three chapters
Looking for:  In Fiction: thrillers, crime, SF/fantasy, spy and historical fiction.  In Non-Fiction:  history and biography
Not interested in: YA

Ian has been a literary agent at Sheil Land Associates for 13 years.  Before that he worked in the magazine business for ten years before joining Collins in 1994. He moved to Cassell in 2000 and soon became publishing director at  Weidenfeld & Nicholson.  He is also the author of a number of history books, so has seen this business from all sides.  Clients include bestselling fantasy writer Mark Lawrence, historical novelist Robert Fabbri, musical historian Andrew Gant, Michael Tippett's biographer Oliver Soden and military historian Peter Hart.

sheilland.com

Sonia Duggan : Writing Coach, Inspiration!

Sonia Duggan

Writing Coach, Inspiration!

One-to-ones for coaching assistance
Appointments with Sonia are 30 minutes and count as TWO of your allotted appointments.

Sonia helps writers access their full creativity, increase confidence, enhance focus, tackle overwhelm and writer’s block, and balance priorities.
Please upload:  A situation/perspective/belief that you want to change

Sonia evolved from having to know all the answers as a maths teacher to just needing to ask the right questions as a life coach, via eleven years of saying things in the best possible way as a marketeer. She is a creative and commercial writer and combines coaching with writing in a monthly magazine article. Sonia particularly enjoys helping writers access their full creativity, increase confidence, enhance focus, tackle overwhelm and writer’s block, and balance priorities. She has been a professional coach for over eleven years and loves helping her clients to overcome challenges, find fulfilment, increase happiness, raise self-esteem, and improve communication and relationships. She is certified by the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is an accredited member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She coaches clients individually by phone/Skype, leads workshops for writers and runs courses on creativity and happiness. Sonia is also a pranic healer and treats all kinds of physical, emotional and psychological ailments.

inspirationcoaching.biz

Jo Fletcher : Publisher, Jo Fletcher Books

Jo Fletcher

Publisher, Jo Fletcher Books

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first chapter, double-spaced 12 pt serif font (Times New Roman)
Looking for: science fiction, fantasy and horror, but has published all types of commercial fiction, including thrillers, crime, women’s fiction and romance and is happy to pass any genres outside her own imprint’s needs to colleagues within Quercus
Not interested in: children’s or YA fiction, literary fiction and non-fiction

Jo is the publisher of Jo Fletcher Books, a specialist fantasy, science fiction and horror imprint, part of Quercus, which she started after 16 years with Victor Gollancz, first an independent publisher (non-fiction, literary, commercial and children’s fiction) and latterly one of the country’s biggest SF and fantasy imprints. She is the publisher of Eoin Colfer’s new fantasy novel for adults, Highfire. Jo used to be an investigative journalist in Fleet Street and spent several years as a film and book critic. She has published widely and her work includes non-fiction, ghost-written military and historical, fantasy and horror fiction.

jofletcherbooks.co.uk

Katie Fulford : Literary Agent, Bell Lomax Moreton

Katie Fulford

Literary Agent, Bell Lomax Moreton

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first chapter for fiction, cover letter, proposal (including chapter breakdown) and first chapter for non-fiction
Looking for: non-fiction: narrative non-fiction, smart true-crime, ideas based books. Fiction: reading group and commercial fiction, including relationship and family dramas, modern love stories and smart crime and thrillers
Not interested in: science fiction and fantasy or children's books

Katie recently joined Bell Lomax Moreton as agent for fiction and non-fiction having spent the last 25 years at HarperCollins in a variety of roles including Group Rights Director, Managing Director of Collins non-fiction and senior positions in William Collins and Fourth Estate, Fiction and Children's. Most recently she has been an Executive Producer for HarperCollins, working with production companies to develop and produce TV programmes from HarperCollins titles. In non-fiction she is looking for a strong narrative voice and is interested in ideas-based books as well as smart true crime, memoirs and books around female and family issues. Personal interests are in history, fashion, style and sport so anything in these areas is likely to pique interest. In fiction she is looking for reading group and commercial fiction with particular interest in family and relationship dramas and smart crime and thriller. She won't be considering science fiction and fantasy titles.

belllomaxmoreton.co.uk/agents/katie-fulford

Claire Gradidge : Author and Associate Lecturer

Claire Gradidge

Author and Associate Lecturer

One-to-ones for editorial help
Appointments with Claire are 30 minutes to allow for in-depth feedback on your manuscript or writing concerns.  This counts as TWO of your allotted appointments.
Please upload: cover letter, synopsis (both brief), first chapter or 3000 words
Able to provide editorial help for any adult fiction genre
Not looking for children’s fiction

Claire was born and brought up in Romsey, Hampshire. After a career as, among other things, a nurse and a school librarian, she went to the University of Winchester to study Creative Writing. Graduating with a first class honours BA in 2009, she continued at the university, gaining a PhD in January 2018. As an Associate Lecturer, she has taught Creative Writing at Winchester for six years, as well as leading a local Adult Education writing class. She has had some short fictions and poetry published in South, Orbis and Vortex. Her novel, The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox, a crime fiction set in Romsey in World War II, was written as the creative element of her PhD studies and was selected as the winner of the Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition in January 2019.


Samuel Hodder : Literary Agent, Blake Friedmann Literary Agency

Samuel Hodder

Literary Agent, Blake Friedmann Literary Agency

Please upload: cover letter (including your publication history), first three chapters, one page plot synopsis
Looking for: literary fiction (especially with LGBT themes), historical fiction, speculative fiction, upmarket thrillers
Not interested in: children’s fiction

Samuel is looking for a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction. In literary and contemporary fiction he loves distinctive voices and complex characters (e.g. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh), coming-of-age novels, LGBTQI themes, and novels that explore the loss of innocence, desire, deceit, class, or the world of work. In historical fiction, novels so immersive they can show readers a different way of thinking and being: Mary Renault’s novels are favourites. In crime and thrillers, he loves an unusual, evocative setting (e.g. The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin), but would like to read anything from psychological suspense to the truly macabre. He also welcomes dystopian and speculative fiction, including fantasy, science-fiction, and the supernatural, where he would like to see novels centred on the characters’ psychological journeys (e.g. the Earthsea novels by Ursula K Le Guin, The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer, or The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley), but he likes huge, world-building novels too (e.g. Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks or Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky).

In non-fiction Samuel would like to read: narrative history (political and social), especially British, classical, and ancient history; true historical crime that reads like fiction (e.g. The Suspicions of Dr Whicher by Kate Summerscale); politics, current affairs, and economics; books that make big ideas accessible (e.g. Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall); books on LGBTQI subjects; travel, biography and memoir; nature writing; visual culture; pop culture; popular science; and psychology and personal development.

blakefriedmann.co.uk

Lucy Irvine : Associate Literary Agent, Peters, Fraser & Dunlop

Lucy Irvine

Associate Literary Agent, Peters, Fraser & Dunlop

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and opening chapter
Looking for: YA (fiction and non-fiction), middle grade and children’s fiction, picture books, graphic novels and adult and YA science fiction, fantasy
Not interested in: adult fiction beyond science fiction and fantasy

Lucy is an Associate Agent working on PFD’s children’s list. After graduating from University College London with an MA in Issues in Modern Culture in 2017, she interned at Agora Books, PFD’s publishing arm, before becoming assistant to CEO Caroline Michel. She began her new role in June 2019. She is particularly looking for commercial middle grade and YA – both fiction and non-fiction – along with picture books, illustrated fiction for younger readers, and graphic novels. She is also keen to receive sci-fi and fantasy for all ages.

petersfraserdunlop.com

Elena Langtry : Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Elena Langtry

Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Please upload: short author biography, short synopsis and first three chapters
Looking for: commercial women’s fiction, psychological thrillers, crime, non-fiction (self-help, health, lifestyle, wellbeing, mental health, environment)
Not interested in: children’s, YA, historical, literary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, politics

Elena joined Coombs Moylett Maclean in 2017 with a passion for fresh and easy to read commercial women's fiction with current life stories and big hooks, as well as original psychological thrillers and cutting-edge non-fiction. Elena has a degree in Human Biology and has worked at leading marketing and advertising agencies with blue chip pharmaceutical clients. She then began copywriting for a variety of companies in the health and wellness industry, driving forward the ambitions of her clients with authentic and engaging content. Elena is fascinated by the human condition in all its flawed beauty.

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Rachel Mann : Literary Agent, Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Rachel Mann

Literary Agent, Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Please upload: cover letter, full synopsis and first three chapters
Looking for: middle grade, YA, adult and children’s fiction
Not interested in: adult crime or romance, picture books

Rachel spent nine years commissioning and editing books for young people at a few of the major houses and was also global publishing director for the Roald Dahl Story Company. She's now actively growing a list of writers in fiction and non-fiction, with a particular focus on children’s and YA.

jounwin.co.uk

Lena McCauley : Commissioning Editor, Hachette Children's Group

Lena McCauley

Commissioning Editor, Hachette Children's Group

Please upload: a cover letter, synopsis and first chapter
Looking for: middle grade, teen and YA fiction
Not interested in: non-fiction or picture books

Lena has worked in publishing since 2010, in both New York and London. She specialises in editing middle-grade, teen and young adult fiction. Some of her recent projects include The Boy at the Back of the Class (winner of the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize), Swimming Against the Storm, The Isles of Storm and Sorrow trilogy, Tiger Heart and Fire Boy.

hachettechildrens.co.uk

Lucy Morris : Literary Agent, Curtis Brown

Lucy Morris

Literary Agent, Curtis Brown

Please upload: cover letter, one-page synopsis, first chapter
Looking for: commercial fiction, reading group fiction, accessible literary fiction, crime/thriller, narrative non-fiction and memoir
Not interested in: speculative/sci-fi/fantasy, children's books, illustrated books

Lucy’s list at Curtis Brown comprises commercial and reading group fiction, and narrative non-fiction of all stripes. In fiction, she looks for books with heart and humour, brilliant social observation and clever storytelling. In terms of non-fiction her tastes are fairly broad, but she is always drawn to memoir, the professional and the personal, beautifully written stories told with wit, warmth and precision.

curtisbrown.co.uk/agent/lucy-morris

Joanna Moult : Literary Agent, Skylark Literary Limited

Joanna Moult

Literary Agent, Skylark Literary Limited

Please upload: cover letter, one-page synopsis and first 3,000 words
Looking for: children’s, middle grade or YA
Not interested in: picture books or adult books

Joanna is co-founder of Skylark Literary Limited, a specialist Children’s and YA literary agency. Previously she was Editorial Director for Children’s Fiction at Mulcahy Conway Associates, discovering and nurturing new talent. Joanna began her publishing career at Hodder Children’s Books, where she edited authors such as Cressida Cowell and Kes Gray. She then moved to become Senior Commissioning Editor at Simon & Schuster, managing the children’s fiction list and editing Sophie McKenzie among other talented authors.

skylark-literary.com

Lisa Moylett : Founder and Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Lisa Moylett

Founder and Literary Agent, Coombs Moylett Maclean

Please upload:  cover letter, synopsis and first three chapters
Looking for: women’s fiction, romance, crime, thrillers, non-fiction

Lisa has worked in publishing for almost 25 years and founded Coombs Moylett Literary Agency in 1997. Born in London but brought up in both Africa and the Middle East, she graduated from Chelsea Art School and set up her first business as an agent for photographers and illustrators – representing Pixies photographer, Simon Larbalestier, illustrator Richard Caldicott and portrait photographer Chris Garnham. Lisa represents an eclectic list of authors and writers and is currently looking for well-written, commercial women’s fiction. Her client list includes: continuation 007 Bond author, John Gardner; best-selling crime writers, Lisa Hall, Simon Brett and Catriona McPherson; Scottish award-winning author Ronald Frame; lexicographer and foremost authority on Anglophone slang, Jonathon Green; journalist, author and broadcaster Malachi O’Doherty, and political pundit Ian Dunt.

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Sarah Mussi : Author & tutor

Sarah Mussi

Author & tutor

One-to-ones for editorial help
Appointments with Sarah are 30 minutes each to allow for in-depth feedback on your manuscript or writing concerns.  This counts as TWO of your allotted appointments.

Please upload: cover letter, one page synopsis, first chapter or about first four pages
Able to help with all genres in children’s and YA

Sarah has written over twelve fantasy novels and thrillers for children and young adults and is a multi-award-winning author. Her first novel The Door of No Return won the Irish Writers' Award. Her thriller Siege, nominated for the Carnegie Medal, won the BBUKYA award. Her novel Riot won the LBOY Award 2015. Sarah’s latest trilogy The Chronicles of Snowdonia are fantasy thrillers, set on Mt Snowdon, featuring the myths of Snowdonia. Currently Sarah is writing LitRPG, and adult fantasy fiction.

sarahmussi.com

Scott Pack : Publisher, Eye & Lightning Books and Unbound

Scott Pack

Publisher, Eye & Lightning Books and Unbound

Please upload: a cover letter, synopsis and 1,500-word sample
Looking for: adult fiction and non-fiction
Not interested in: children’s or YA

Scott Pack has spent 20 years in the book world. He has been Head of Buying for Waterstones, a publisher at HarperCollins, a freelance editor, and a question setter for Mastermind. He also writes his own books, the latest of which is Tips from a Publisher: A Guide to Writing, Editing, Submitting and Publishing Your Book.

eye-books.com

Kristina Perez : Literary Agent, Zeno Agency

Kristina Perez

Literary Agent, Zeno Agency

Please upload: query letter and first chapter
Looking for: YA, middle grade, adult fantasy, historical romance, non-fiction (current affairs, cultural history, popular science)
Not interested in: hard/military Sci-Fi

Kristina Pérez is an Associate Agent at the Zeno Literary Agency. She is a half-Argentine, half-Norwegian native New Yorker who has spent the past two decades living in Europe and Asia. She is the author of several novels for Young Adults (the Sweet Black Waves trilogy and The Tesla Legacy) published by Macmillan. She holds a PhD in Medieval Literature from the University of Cambridge and has taught at the National University of Singapore and the University of Hong Kong. As a journalist, she’s written for many international news outlets including the Wall Street Journal Asia, Condé Nast Traveler, and CNN. Her academic monograph, The Myth of Morgan la Fey was published by Palgrave Macmillan.

zenoagency.com

Zoe Plant : Literary Agent, The Bent Agency

Zoe Plant

Literary Agent, The Bent Agency

Please upload: cover letter and first ten pages. Zoe is happy to look at a synopsis, but it is not required
Looking for: all genres within middle grade and YA. Within adult fiction: science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative and commercial crime thrillers
Not interested in: literary fiction, picture books

Zoë Plant joined The Bent Agency in 2019 and is building a list that is focused on commercial children’s, YA and adult fiction. She has a particular love of fantasy, science fiction, horror and anything a little bit nerdy, but is also on the look-out for strong contemporary voices and high concept settings. Prior to arriving at the Bent Agency, she spent five years as a literary scout, scouring the UK market for the very best children’s and adult books to recommend to international publishers.

thebentagency.com/zoe-plant

Joel Richardson : Publisher, Michael Joseph/Penguin Random House

Joel Richardson

Publisher, Michael Joseph/Penguin Random House

Please upload: a short covering letter, one-page synopsis and first 3,000 words
Interested in: crime/mystery, psychological thriller, action adventure
Not interested in: sci-fi/fantasy, literary fiction, romance

Joel Richardson is the Publisher for crime and thriller fiction at Michael Joseph, a division of Penguin Random House. Previously he has worked at Bonnier Zaffre and Quercus, and has published bestselling authors including Alex North, Samantha Downing, Gytha Lodge, James Swallow and L.S. Hilton.

penguin.co.uk/company/publishers/michael-joseph.html

Sandra Sawicka : Literary Agent, Marjacq Scripts

Sandra Sawicka

Literary Agent, Marjacq Scripts

Please upload: cover letter, first chapter
Looking for:  SF, crime, speculative, horror, historical, general fiction
Not interested in: children’s fiction, non-fiction, romance, chick-lit, humour

Sandra joined the agency in 2014. Her main interests are genre fiction (SFF, speculative, crime, horror) and YA. She also handles translation rights for all authors represented by Marjacq. She would love to see: action-packed space operas, accessible SF, crime with a speculative edge, Southern Gothic, campus novels, road novels, spooky mysteries, ghost stories, high concept, YA adventure, anti-heroes, popular science non-fiction (especially linguistics, cybernetics, and astronomy).

marjacq.com/sandra-sawicka

Tanera Simons : Literary Agent, Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency

Tanera Simons

Literary Agent, Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency

Please upload: cover letter, one page synopsis and first chapter
Looking for: women’s fiction, including romance, timeslip, rom-com, up-lit, darker Women’s fiction
Not interested in: procedural crime, speculative, children’s, YA, non-fiction

Tanera joined the Darley Anderson team in early 2017 and is building the women’s fiction list. She is a huge fan of commercial romances, and is open to all submissions within the genre: she has a particular passion for strong female leads and authors with a unique voice. She currently represents authors both in the UK and US, including: Beth O’Leary, Sandie Jones, Mandy Baggot, and Lauren North. Tanera studied at Exeter University where she gained a BA in English Literature before she went on to join the Lovereading team. Here, she spent much of her time doing what she loves most: reading books and discussing them with like-minded people. She then went on to work within the production team of a well-known publishing house, which gave her a good grounding in the world of publishing.

darleyanderson.com

Chitra Soundar : Author

Chitra Soundar

Author

One-to-one editorial help for your picture book
Please upload: picture book manuscript
Interested in: fiction and creative non-fiction picture books
Not able to give editorial advice on: factual and educational non-fiction

Chitra is an internationally published author of over 40 books for children. Her books have been published in the UK, US, India, Singapore and translated into German, French, Japanese and Thai. Her picture book Varsha’s Varanasi was included in the White Ravens catalogue this year, a prestigious list of international literature for young people. Her picture book Farmer Falgu Goes Kite Flying was included in the IBBY International Books of USA and her You’re Safe with Me was shortlisted for the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal for Poonam Mistry’s unique illustrations. Chitra mentors picture book writers and was recently on a panel at Picture Book Day run by SCBWI British Isles. She has also run a course with SCBWI Switzerland in May 2019 and ran two courses at City Lit on writing picture books. She’s an avid blogger on the craft of writing picture books at Picture Book Den.

chitrasoundar.com

Arabella Stein : Literary Agent, The Bright Agency

Arabella Stein

Literary Agent, The Bright Agency

Please upload: text of no more than 600 words in prose or verse for children aged 1-6
Looking for: picture books, children’s fiction
Not interested in: adult fiction

A fast thinker and reactor, Arabella is able to inspire and encourage artists and publishers. She recognises that setting up the best collaboration between a publisher and an artist is key. Representing illustrators and authors both established and at the beginning of their careers, Arabella is particularly drawn to artwork with an immediate and unforgettable impact; individual, yet relatable characters and a narrative that shows and never tells.

thebrightagency.co.uk

Joanna Swainson : Literary Agent and Partner, Hardman & Swainson

Joanna Swainson

Literary Agent and Partner, Hardman & 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.

hardmanswainson.com/agents/joanna-swainson

Laurel Symonds : Literary Agent, The Bent Agency

Laurel Symonds

Literary Agent, The Bent Agency

Please upload: cover letter, one picture book manuscript. May include illustrations.  If middle grade or YA, please send cover letter, synopsis and first chapter.
Looking for: commercial picture books, especially by author-illustrators; middle grade, especially contemporary, fantasy, or historical fiction; middle grade that lends itself to illustration; YA contemporary, especially rom coms and unique fantasy set in non-Western settings; middle grade and YA graphic novels, especially by author-illustrators; high concept and commercial children's nonfiction
Not interested in: adult books; rhyming picture books; body humour; science fiction (for any age); issue books

Laurel Symonds is a US-based literary agent with The Bent Agency. She began agenting in 2018 after nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She began her career in the editorial department of HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine Tegen Books and has also held positions in the marketing department at a small publishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores. As a literary agent, she is seeking children’s fiction and nonfiction.

thebentagency.com

Kathryn Taussig : Publishing Director, Bookouture

Kathryn Taussig

Publishing Director, Bookouture

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis, first chapter
Looking for: crime thriller, psychological thriller, women's fiction, historical (particularly WWII), cosy mystery
Not interested in: SFF, contemporary romance (erotica)

Kathryn Taussig joined Bookouture in 2018 to pursue her passion for digital publishing. She publishes across all commercial genres, including psychological thriller, women's fiction, historical fiction, crime thriller and cosy mystery. She also leads a team focused on growing Bookouture's publishing presence in the North American market. Some of her favourite authors to read are Liane Moriarty, Tana French, Alex Marwood, Jodi Picoult and Lisa Jewell. She is originally from San Francisco, California but has lived in the UK for more than a decade.

bookouture.com

Barry Timms : Publishing Director (Preschool), Macmillan Children's Books

Barry Timms

Publishing Director (Preschool), Macmillan Children's Books

Please upload one full manuscript only, for feedback on picture books or novelty books (for children aged 2-6), plus covering letter
Looking for: picture book texts that are fresh and funny, inventive, or emotionally authentic. Will also advise on novelty book ideas
Not looking for: happy to look at rhyming picture book texts but cannot advise on collections of poetry, or children's fiction

UPDATE! Barry is the new Publishing Director (Preschool) at Macmillan Children's Books, starting in June, 2020.  He was previously Editorial Director of Little Tiger Press. He specialises in award-winning and commercial picture books and novelty books for pre-school children. He is also the author of a number of picture books, selling in editions around the world.

littletiger.co.uk

Clare Wallace : Literary Agent, Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency

Clare Wallace

Literary Agent, Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency

Please upload: covering letter, synopsis, first chapter
Looking for: fiction and non-fiction from picture books to YA. All genres welcome
Not interested in: poetry and scripts

As chief talent-spotter, Clare is building the children’s list at the Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency and is scouting for new authors of picture books, middle grade, teenage, YA and illustrators. Before joining the Agency in 2011, Clare graduated with a first from a BA in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University, and went on to gain a distinction on the MA in Creative Writing. She has proof-listened to hundreds of adults and children’s audio books and worked for Cardiff University as a research assistant and coach to international students. Her authors include Caroline Crowe, Martyn Ford, Stewart Foster, Helen Grant, A M Howell, Polly Ho-Yen, Olivia Hope, Rachel Ip, Olivia Levez, Beth Reekles, Dave Rudden and Deirdre Sullivan. Her illustrators include Anneli Bray, Vicki Gausden, Claire Powell, Lorna Scobie and Natalie Smillie.

darleyanderson.com

Hannah Weatherill : Literary Agent, Northbank Talent Management

Hannah Weatherill

Literary Agent, Northbank Talent Management

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis and first three chapters as a Word or Open Document
Looking for: commercial and upmarket fiction

Not interested in: SF and epic fantasy, action thrillers

Hannah is responsible for Northbank’s fiction and children’s books representation, spanning all genres of adult, young adult and middle grade commercial fiction and children’s non-fiction. She has extensive experience of the book market both in the UK and internationally, having previously worked as a literary scout for the UK market on behalf of production companies and foreign language publishers and as both an editor and translator. Northbank Talent Management is a full service agency offering joined up representation across books, screen, brands and events.

northbanktalent.com

Laura Williams : Literary Agent, Greene & Heaton

Laura Williams

Literary Agent, Greene & Heaton

Please upload: cover letter, synopsis, first chapter
Looking for: literary, commercial, uplit, historical, psychological thriller, horror, YA, memoir, narrative non-fiction
Not interested in: SFF, middle grade, picture books, humour, illustrated non-fiction

Laura Williams joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018 from Peters Fraser and Dunlop, where she worked from 2011, after completing a degree in Classics at Oxford. She is actively building a fiction list and a small non-fiction list. She is currently looking for literary fiction, edgy commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high-concept contemporary young adult, as well as narrative non-fiction of all types. Her taste is quite dark, and she loves gothic, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister. She also loves books that make her cry, from big love stories to intense family dramas

greeneheaton.co.uk

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