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Agents Specialising in Thrillers

Kurfürstenstraße 15-16

Berlin, D-10785
Germany

Director:

  • Gudrun Hebel

We represent: fiction, non-fiction, children's books, and thrillers. There is no reading fee.

We work with sub agencies worldwide.

We represent: Scandinavian and German authors such as Lars Mytting, Fredrik Sjöberg, Lars Gustafsson, Liselotte Roll

The agency was founded in 1998.

 

info@agentur-literatur.de
+49-30-25799266

53 Talbot Road

London, N6 4QX
United Kingdom

Contact

  • John Havergal

Novels, thrillers, faction, non-fiction, graphic novels, and children's books, and graphic and illustrated media edutainment concepts (home 15%, overseas/translations 20%, advertising/sales promotion one-third).

Pitches to publishers and producers. Send first chapter, scene or section, and graphics samples (if any), plus a half to one page plot or topic outline together with sae. No reading fee.

Founded 1997.

020-8341 0442
077 6702 2659 (Mob)
020-8341 0442

Biography | Fiction | Film | Theatre | Thrillers | TV
Quadrant House
80-82 Regent Street
London, W1B 5AU
United Kingdom

Literary Manager

  • Bryan Drew

    Scripts for TV, films and theatre plus general fiction, thrillers, biographies.

    Founded 1962.

Scripts for TV, films and theatre plus general fiction, thrillers, biographies.

Founded 1962.

bryan@bryandrewltd.com
020-7437 2293
020-7437 0561

3 Askew Road

London, W12 9AA
United Kingdom

Contact

  • Lisa Moylett

Commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction (home 15%, overseas 15%, film/TV 15%). Fiction: thrillers, crime/mystery; women's literary and contemporary. Non-fiction: biography; history and current affairs.

Send synopsis, first 3 chapters and sae (essential). No disk or email submissions. No reading fee.

Works with foreign agents.

Coombs Moylett Literary Agency website
020-8740 0454
020-8354 3065

Estelle House
11 Eustace Road
London, SW6 1JB
United Kingdom

Contacts

  • Darley Anderson (crime, mystery, thrillers, women's fiction)
  • Mary Darby (Head of Rights)
  • Camilla Wray (Crime, Thrillers, Women's)
  • Clare Wallace (Children's and YA)
  • Tanera Simon (Women's Fiction)
  • Rosanna Belingham (Finance)

The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film AgencyThe Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency was founded in 1988 by ex-publisher Darley Anderson and is based in London with a regional office in the book town of Hay-on-Wye on the English/Welsh borders. Member of Association of Authors' Agents. was founded in 1988 by ex-publisher Darley Anderson and is based in London with a regional office in the book town of Hay-on-Wye on the English/Welsh borders.

Commission : 20% for film/TV/radio. Has an association with APA Talent & Literary Agency in Hollywood.

Accepts submissions for commercial fiction, including thrillers, mysteries, crime, horror, fantasy, accessible literary, romantic comedy, chick-lit, women in jeopardy, sagas and historicals.

For fiction, Darley Anderson only accepts paper submissions. Please send:

A query letter, including a brief biography
A one page synopsis
The first three chapters
A self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of your manuscript

For non-fiction submissions, please send an email to pippa@darleyanderson.com

A query letter, including a brief biography and why you are 'qualified' to write the book
An outline of your proposal
The first three chapters or writing samples

Please note that they are not currently taking on new screenwriters, poets or short story writers.

Clients include Anne Baker, Alex Barclay, Constance Briscoe, Paul Carson, Chris Carter, Cathy Cassidy, Lee Child, Lisa Clark, Martina Cole, John Connolly, Jane Costello, Margaret Dickinson, Clare Dowling, Tana French, Milly Johnson, Joan Jonker, Danny King, Adrienne Kress, Patrick Lennon, Abi Oliver, Rani Manicka, Chris Mooney, Annie Murray, B A Paris, Lesley Pearse, Lynda Page, Adrian Plass, Sheila Quigley, Carmen Reid, Dave Rudden, Rebecca Shaw Estate, Peter Sheridan, Graeme Sims, Elizabeth Waite, Kate Wild, Ahmet Zappa.

Founded 1988.

Association of Authors' AgentsThe association of UK agents. Their website (http://www.agentsassoc.co.uk/index.html) gives a Directory of Members and a code of practice, but no information about the agencies other than their names. The association refers visitors to the UK agent listings from The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook on the WritersServices site.

enquiries@darleyanderson.com
020-7385 6652
020-7386 5571

3 Barb Mews

London, W6 7PA
United Kingdom

Contacts

  • Jane Gregory
  • Stephanie Glencross (editorial)
  • Claire Morris
  • Jemma McDonagh (rights)

Gregory & Company Authors' Agents specialises in adult fiction and general non-fiction. They are particularly well-known for representing crime novels and thrillers, although they have also expanded their list to include the best of commercial, literary and historical fiction alongside travel writing and general non-fiction.

Represents Crime, thrillers, historical fiction, commercial fiction, family sagas, literary fiction, biographies and auto-biographies. Does not represent science fiction, supernatural/paranormal, self-help/lifestyle books, poetry, short stories, children/young adult fiction, business books and spiritual or new age philosophy.

To submit, send a synopsis, no more that the first ten pages, double-spaced together with a covering letter telling them about yourself, your past work and future plans. Send this by post to: Mary Jones, Submissions Editor, Gregory and Company Authors' Agents, 3 Barb Mews, London, W6 7PA. Include SAE for return of material.

Alternatively you can send a brief enquiry by email to MaryJones@gregoryandcompany.co.uk Put your books title followed by '(submission) in the subject line of your email. Do not send attachments of chapters or the entire typescript unless they have specifically asked.

Founded 1987.

Association of Authors' AgentsThe association of UK agents. Their website (http://www.agentsassoc.co.uk/index.html) gives a Directory of Members and a code of practice, but no information about the agencies other than their names. The association refers visitors to the UK agent listings from The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook on the WritersServices site.

info@gregoryandcompany.co.uk (submissions)
maryjones@gregoryandcompany.co.uk
020-7610 4676
020-7610 4686

50 Albemarle Street

London, W1S 4BD
United Kingdom

Directors

  • Ali Gunn (managing)
  • Mariam Keen
  • Sarah McFadden
  • Diana Mackay

Commercial fiction and non-fiction including literary, thrillers and celebrity autobiographies (home 15%, overseas 20%).

Authors include Jenny Colgan, Brian Freeman, Sarah Webb, Martina Reilly, Mil Millington.

Gunn Media website
ali@gunnmedia.co.uk
020-7351 5141

3419 Virginia Beach Blvd. #183

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
United States

Contact

  • Michelle Johnson, Founder/Literary Agent

Submission Guidelines:

We accept electronic submissions only. Please do not call the agency to query, or to inquire about querying. Do not use the postal service or any other snail mail service to mail your submissions.

To query, type “Query (Agent Name)” plus the title of your novel in the subject line, then please send the following pasted into the body of the e-mail to query(at)inklingsliterary(dot)com:

    A query letter that includes:

        The title, genre, and word count of your project.
        A brief blurb about the story.
        A brief bio including any publishing credits.
        The first 10 pages of your manuscript
        A brief synopsis (1-2 pages)

Your subject line should look like this (If you were querying Whitley and the name of your book is "One Thousand Ways to Drink Coffee"):
Query Whitley: ONE THOUSAND WAYS TO DRINK COFFEE.

We will not open unsolicited attachments, so make sure you send all of the above pasted into the body of the email.

Our response time varies for queries, but the general response time is within 3 months for queries, and 4 months for manuscripts.

See www.inklingsliterary.com for full details.

Overseas associates:
German and Scandinavian Sub Agent: Claudia Böhme Rights & Literary Agency

Hungarian Rights Sub Agent: Lex Copyright

Turkish Rights Sub Agent: AK©ALI AGENCY

Polish Rights Sub Agent: Book/lab Literary Agency


We represent: Sawyer Bennett, A. Meredith Walters, LS Hawker, Elliott James, Stacey Lynn, Anna Fields and more.

The agency was founded in January 2013.

michelle@inklingsliterary.com
(757) 340-1070
(904) 758-5440

18 Belitha Villas

London, N1 1PD
United Kingdom

General non-fiction and fiction. Special interests: women's fiction, crime, thrillers, narrative non-fiction.

No short stories, film/TV scripts, poetry or plays.

Submission guidelines (File upload on their web site)

Founded 1986.

Association of Authors' AgentsThe association of UK agents. Their website (http://www.agentsassoc.co.uk/index.html) gives a Directory of Members and a code of practice, but no information about the agencies other than their names. The association refers visitors to the UK agent listings from The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook on the WritersServices site.

020-7607 0273

47 East 19th Street

New York, NY 10003
United States

Contact

  • Robert Lescher

No unsolicited MSS; query first with sase.

No reading fee. Founded 1966.

Fiction Genres

  • Commercial
  • Juvenile
  • Literary
  • Mystery/Suspense
  • Thriller

Nonfiction Genres

  • Autobiography/Biography
  • Cookbooks
  • Current Affairs
  • Food/Nutrition/Lifestyle
  • History
  • Memoirs
  • Politics
  • Popular Culture
  • Psychology

No unsolicited MSS; query first with sase, or email. No reading fee.

Lescher Lescher Ltd website
212-529-1790

91 Great Russell Street

London, WC1B 3PS
United Kingdom

Directors

  • Luigi Bonomi
  • Amanda Preston

Fiction: commercial and literary fiction, thrillers, crime, women's fiction. Non-fiction: history, science, parenting, lifestyle, diet, health, TV tie-ins.

As a literary agency, they do accept unsolicited manuscripts and are keen to find new authors and help them develop their careers.

They do not deal with poetry, children's stories or adult SF/fantasy.

You should send manuscripts addressed to 'SUBMISSIONS DEPARTMENT' with the following:

  • A covering letter
  • A brief synopsis
  • The first three chapters of the work on A4 paper, in double-spaced type on one side of the sheet only (please don't bind or staple your work and do remember to print your name and contact details on the cover of your manuscript).
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope if you want us to return your work otherwise an e-mail address for our response.
  • Please note that you should not send your only copy as if there is no self-addressed stamped envelope we will automatically dispose of your work.

Please note that they do not accept electronic submissions.

Authors include James Barrington, Chris Beardshaw, Gennaro Contaldo, Nick Foulkes, David Gibbins, Richard Hammond, Jane Hill, John Humphrys, Graham Joyce, Simon Kernick, Colin McDowell, Dr Gillian McKeith, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, James May, Nicola Monaghan, Mike Morley, Sue Palmer, Andrew Pepper, Melanie Phillips, Jem Poster, Esther Rantzen, John Rickards, Mike Rossiter, Catherine Samson, Prof. Bryan Sykes, Mitch Symons, Alan Titchmarsh, Martin Townsend, Sir Terry Wogan, Sally Worboyes.

Founded 2005.

info@bonomiassociates.co.uk
020 7637 1234
020-7637 2111

42A Great Percy Street London
Bloomsbury
London, WC1X 9QR
United Kingdom

Contacts

  • Madeleine Milburn

Reading fee yes

Who you represent

We represent Holly Bourne, Jenna Burtenshaw, Anne Cameron, Nuala Casey, C.J. Daugherty, Carrie Duffy, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, L.A. Jones, Victoria Fox, Emma Garcia, S.B. Hayes, Dave Lowe, Martel Maxwell, Lynda Page, J.J Salem, Cally Taylor, Anna-Lou Weatherley

The agency was founded in March 2012

AA member.

 

submissions@madeleinemilburn.com
020 3602 6425
020 3602 6425

Rockefeller Center, 1270 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 2320
New York, NY 10020
United States

Contact

  • President Maria Carvainis,
  • Literary Agent Donna Bagdasarian

Currently Handles:

  • 34% nonfiction books
  • 65% novels
  • 1% poetry

Represents:

Nonfiction:
Biography/Autobiography
Business/Economics
History
Memoirs
Science/Technology (pop science)
Women's Issues/Studies
Fiction:
Historical
Literary
Mainstream/Contemporary
Mystery/Suspense
Thriller
Women's
Does not want to receive science fiction or children's picture books.

Query with SASE
Responds in 1 week to queries.
Responds in 3 months to manuscripts.

Obtains 60% of new clients through recommendations from others and conferences; 40% from query letters.

Works in conjunction with foreign, TV and movie agents.

mca@mariacarvainisagency.com
(212)245-6365
(212) 245.7196

Box 412
19/21 Crawford Street
London, W1H 1PJ
United Kingdom

Contact

  • Philip Patterson (books)
  • Luke Speed (film/TV)
  • Georgie Bouz
  • Sandra Sawicka
  • Catherine Pellegrino (Children's specialist)

All full-length MSS, including commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction, crime, thrillers, commercial, women's fiction, children's, science fiction, history, biography, sport, travel, health. No poetry. Send first 3 chapter

Happy to review new work. Please note they do not represent stage plays or poetry.

Please send us samples of your work.

Please do not send enquiry or query letters without a sample of the actual work, nor advertisements, qualifications, testimonials, or marketing ideas. These are a waste of your time: only the work matters. Hand written or illegible submissions will not be accepted. Elaborate bindings, folders and packaging are unnecessary.

Submissions are confidential and will be safely shredded if they are unable to offer to represent you. Handling and postage costs means that they no longer return manuscripts, nor do they log them on receipt. Nor can they discuss your work with you before you become a client.

Books
Represents commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction. Please send a covering letter, a synopsis showing the structure of the completed work, and the first three chapters, marked for the attention of Philip Patterson. All submissions must be typed, double-spaced and on single side A4. Allow six weeks for a reply.

Screenplays
Represents theatrical motion picture screenplays, TV and radio plays. Please send a covering letter, short treatment and the entire screenplay, marked for the attention of Luke Speed. Allow six weeks for a reply.

Directors
Represents directors for Film and TV. Please send a covering letter and biography, along with any sample films and/or show reels to Luke Speed. DVDs and VHS tapes are acceptable. Director/Screenwriters should also submit a writing sample, in addition to sample film work.

enquiries@marjacq.com
020-7-935 9499
020-7-935 9115

46 Warwick Way
Suite 16
London, SW1 1RY
United Kingdom

Director

  • Michael Berenti

Represents literary and general commercial fiction, thrillers, crime, suspense, fantasy, drama, science-fiction, film and TV scripts.

Non-Fiction: Politics, social sciences, current affairs history, military.

Does not represent: Poetry, Children's books, religious, how-to, drug-recovery, erotic, gardening or cookbooks.

Submission guidlines:

  • Manuscript should be typewritten with double spacing on one side of A4 paper, with each page accordingly numbered. Enclose a synopsis.
  • Please enquire first to see whether your work qualifies for evaluation. Fees applicable for evaluation. See website for details.
  • No reading fee. Will suggest revision.

Founded 2008.

admin@michaelberenti.com
020-7828 4273

50 Talmage Farm Lane

East Hampton, NY 11937
United States

Associates

  • Philip G. Spitzer: spitzer516(at)aol.com
  • Lukas Ortiz: lukas.ortiz(at)spitzeragency.com
  • Lucas Hunt: luc.hunt(at)spitzeragency.com

Our client list is currently full. However, if you have a project that you feel is absolutely a fit for one of us, or questions concerning our clients and their rights, we can be reached at the addresses show.

Our agency represents a wide variety of award winning authors whose work encompasses many genres; literary fiction, mystery, thriller, suspense, narrative nonfiction, biography, sports, politics, the short story as well as film. Our writers have been translated into more than thirty languages and become bestsellers abroad as well as at home. It is our privilege to work with the most talented writers, editors, and publishers in the business.


Old Chelsea Station
PO Box 1817
New York, NY 10011
United States

 President

  • Peter Miller

Development Associate

  • Scott Hoffman

Full-length MSS. Specialises in commercial fiction (especially thrillers), true crime, non-fiction (all types), and all books with global publishing and film/TV potential (home 15%, overseas 25%), films, TV (10-20%). Works in conjunction with agents worldwide. Preliminary enquiry with career goals, synopsis and résumé essential.

Founded 1976.

pmalitfilm@aol.com
212-929-1222
212-206-0238

2 Rudgwick Terrace
St. Stephens Close
London, NW8 6BR
United Kingdom

Contact

  • Director Samar Hammam

Rocking Chair Books is a literary agency focusing on literary fiction, upmarket commercial, and commercial fiction and general non-fiction for publication around the world. Our motto is a great story is a great story.

No reading fee.

We represent Brian Turner, Zena el Khalil, Lakambini Sitoy, Conflict Relief, Elle Symmonds.


Founded 2011

For submissions: representme@rockingchairbooks.com

 

samar@rockingchairbooks.com
07809 461342

52 Doughty Street

London, WC1N 2LS
United Kingdom

Agents UK and US

  • Sonia Land
  • Vivien Green
  • Ian Drury

Film / Theatre / TV

  • Sophie Janson
  • Lucy Fawcett

Foreign

  • Gaia Banks
  • Sophie le Grand

Quality literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, including: politics, history, military history, gardening, thrillers, crime, romance, drama, biography, travel, cookery, humour, UK and foreign estates.

Also theatre, film, radio and TV scripts.

Overseas associates Georges Borchardt

Founded 1967. Full-length and short MSS. Agents in most foreign countries. The agency represents novelists and nonfiction writers as well as several major literary estates.
Primarily an agency for English language writers, and currently represents over 200 authors including eight Pulitzer Prize winners and two Nobel Prize winners.


We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

, Inc. (Richard Scott Simon

Quality literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, including: politics, history, military history, gardening, thrillers, crime, romance, drama, biography, travel, cookery, humour, UK and foreign estates.

Also theatre, film, radio and TV scripts.

Overseas associates Georges Borchardt, Inc. (Richard Scott Simon). US film and TV representation CAA, APA and others.

Specialises in theatre, film, radio and TV scripts.

Welcomes approaches from new clients, either to start or to develop their careers. Preliminary letter with sae essential. No reading fee.

Clients include: Rose Tremain, Paul Wilson, and Bonnie Greer, Peter Ackroyd, Benedict Allen, Charles Allen, Pam Ayres, Melvyn Bragg, Steven Carroll, David Cohen, Anna del Conte, Judy Corbalis, Elizabeth Corley, Seamus Deane, Chris Ewan, Rosie Goodwin, Jean Goodhind, Robert Green, Susan Hill, Richard Holmes, HRH The Prince of Wales, Ian Johnstone, Irene Karafilly, Richard Mabey, Graham Rice, Steve Rider, Robert Rigby, Martin Riley, Diane Setterfield, Tom Sharpe, Martin Stephen, Jeffrey Tayler, Andrew Taylor, Rose Tremain, Barry Unsworth, Kevin Wells, Prof. Stanley Wells, Neil White, John Wilsher, Paul Wilson and the Estates of Catherine Cookson, Patrick O'Brian, Penelope Mortimer, Jean Rhys and F.A. Worsley.

). US film and TV representation CAA, APA and others.

Specialises in theatre, film, radio and TV scripts.

Welcomes approaches from new clients, either to start or to develop their careers. Preliminary letter with sae essential. No reading fee.

Clients include: Rose Tremain, Paul Wilson, and Bonnie Greer, Peter Ackroyd, Benedict Allen, Charles Allen, Pam Ayres, Melvyn Bragg, Steven Carroll, David Cohen, Anna del Conte, Judy Corbalis, Elizabeth Corley, Seamus Deane, Chris Ewan, Rosie Goodwin, Jean Goodhind, Robert Green, Susan Hill, Richard Holmes, HRH The Prince of Wales, Ian Johnstone, Irene Karafilly, Richard Mabey, Graham Rice, Steve Rider, Robert Rigby, Martin Riley, Diane Setterfield, Tom Sharpe, Martin Stephen, Jeffrey Tayler, Andrew Taylor, Rose Tremain, Barry Unsworth, Kevin Wells, Prof. Stanley Wells, Neil White, John Wilsher, Paul Wilson and the Estates of Catherine Cookson, Patrick O'Brian, Penelope Mortimer, Jean Rhys and F.A. Worsley.

info@sheilland.co.uk
020 7 405 935
020-7831 2127

19 New Row

London, WC2N 4LA
United Kingdom

Full-length MSS. General fiction and non-fiction, thrillers, contemporary and historical novels.

No unsolicited MSS, and no submissions by email.

Specialists in handling German translation rights. Represented in the USA by various agents.

Tanja Howarth Literary Agency website
tanja.howarth@btinternet.com
020-7240 5553

7 Duncairn Avenue

Bray, Co. Wicklow
Ireland
  • Managing Director Geraldine Nichol

Full-length MSS (home 10%, USA/translation 20%). Fiction preferred - thrillers, Irish novels, literary fiction, women's novels and general commercial. No horror, science fiction, children's or poetry.

Strong editorial support. No reading fee. Preliminary letter, synopsis and 3 sample chapters (single line spacing). Return postage essential, IRCs from UK and abroad.

Works with agents overseas.

The Book Bureau Literary Agency website
thebookbureau@oceanfree.net
(01) 276 4996
(01) 276 4834

548 Broadway
Suite 5E
New York, NY 10012
United States

President Agent

  • Ethan Ellenberg

Fiction and non-fiction (home 15%, overseas 20%). Commercial fiction: thrillers, mysteries, children's, romance, women's, ethnic, science fiction, fantasy and general fiction; also literary fiction with a strong narrative. Non-fiction: current affairs, health, science, psychology, cookbooks, new age, spirituality, pop-culture, adventure, true crime, biography and memoir.

No scholarly works, poetry, short stories or screenplays.

Association of Authors' Representatives

The website of the American agents’ association (http://www.aar-online.org) offers a list of members, suggested points to raise with an agent who offers to represent you, and some further guidance on the author/agent relationship.

agent@ethanellenberg.com
212-431-4554

101 rue Raymond-Losserand

Paris, 75014
France

Director / Contact

  • Alexandra LEFEBVRE

We represent literary fiction, quality commercial fiction, thrillers, suspense, children and young adult fiction, biographies and a few non fiction works.

We don't represent horror, Sci Fi and poetry.

Overseas associates:
Forlagid Rights Agency (Iceland), Penguin NZ (New Zealand), Magvetö Kiado (Hungary), Poisoned Pen Press (US) and a few others

Submission guidelines:
The Parisian Agency is specializing in translation rights. We represent foreign authors on behalf of literary agencies or publishing houses in France and in some cases in other European countries. We are mainly interested in a collaboration with foreign agencies or publishing companies.

However, we accept to consider the works of self-published authors as far as they are written in English. A query should include a brief author bio, a synopsis of the book, and the opening chapters. 

All queries should be made via email.

We represent:
Gudrún Eva Mínervudóttir, Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, Natalie King, Alix Bosco, Vasanti Unka, László Csabai, Benedek Totth, Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl,Gyrðir Elíasson, Ottar Martin Norðfjörð, Bárður Oskarsson, George Sims, Priscilla Royal, Jeffrey Siger...

The agency was founded in 2010.


The Parisian Agency website
alexandra@parisiancy.com
(+33) 1 45 39 68 14