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Agents Specialising in Biography

Craigower
6 Kinnoull Avenue
Dunblane, Perthshire FK15 9JG
United Kingdom

Director

  • Alexandra Nye

Literary fiction, Scottish history, biographies; no poetry or plays.

Commission: home 10%, overseas 20%, translation 15%

No phone calls. Preliminary letter with synopsis preferred; sae essential for return. Reading fee for supply of detailed report on MSS.

Founded 1991.

Alexandra Nye, Writers & Agents website
(01786) 825114

36 Great Smith Street

London, SW1P 3BU
United Kingdom

Director

  • Andrew Lownie

Full-length MSS. Biography, history, reference, current affairs, and packaging journalists and celebrities for the book market (worldwide 15%).

Submission Guidelines:

  • 1 page mini-synopsis highlighting with bullet points what makes the book new and special
  • 1 page cv
  • 1 page with a few lines on the five most recent competing and comparable books giving author, title, publisher and date of publication together with a note on how the books relate to the author's own book
  • 1 page on sources used
  • 1 page on any specialist marketing outlets such as websites, organisations or magazines
  • 1 page synopsis per chapter
  • A sample chapter and, if appropriate, some photographs

No reading fee; will suggest a revision.

Authors include Juliet Barker, the Joyce Cary Estate, Tom Devine, Duncan Falconer, Jonathan Fryer, Laurence Gardner, Cathy Glass, Timothy Good, David Hasselhoff, Lawrence James, Damien Lewis, Julian Maclaren-Ross Estate, Norma Major, Nick Pope, Martin Pugh, Desmond Seward, David Stafford, Daniel Tammet; The Oxford Classical Dictionary , The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English .

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.

lownie@globalnet.co.uk
020-7222 7574
020-7222 7576

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

55 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10003
United States

Associates

  • Carol Mann
  • Laura Yorke
  • Gareth Esersky

Founded 1977. Psychology, popular history, biography, pop culture, general non-fiction; fiction.

Works in conjunction with foreign agents. No reading fee.

See submission page on their website

212-206-5635

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

49 Great Ormond Street

London, WC1N 3HZ
United Kingdom

Partners

  • Ros Edwards
  • Helenka Fuglewicz

Literary and commercial fiction (but no children's fiction, science fiction, horror or fantasy); non-fiction: biography, history, popular culture (home 15%, USA/translation 20%).

No unsolicited MSS or email submissions. No reading fee.

Founded 1996.

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.

020-7405 6725
020-7405 6726

78 Fifth Avenue
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10011
United States

Directors

  • Emma Parry,
  • Christy D. Fletcher

Founded 2002. Narrative non-fiction, science, history, biography, literary and commercial fiction.

212-614-0778

PO Box 33

Wayne, Pennsylvania PA 19087
United States

Owner

  • Frances Collin

Founded 1948; Specialisations of interest to UK writers: mysteries, women's fiction, history, biography, science fiction, fantasy.

No screenplays.

No unsolicited MSS. Letter queries must include sufficient IRCs. Works in conjunction with agents worldwide.

Successor to Marie Rodell-Frances Collin Literary Agency.

Frances Collin Literary Agent website
610-254-0555
610-254-5029

91 St Leonards Road

London, SW14 7BL
United Kingdom

Contact

  • Guy Rose

Specialises in commercial and literary fiction, non fiction, biography and auto biography (particularly related to politics, show business and the music business) and scripts for film and television. Does not deal with poetry, science-fiction, children's books or educational textbooks.

Send the first two chapters and a synopsis - double-spaced and single sided. Also, a few biographical details. If you would like your material returned, please include a stamped addressed envelope. Email submissions welcome at enquiries@futermanrose.co.uk

If you are submitting TV or film work, an outline, asample episode or section of the script, include details of your own writing background and which producers, if any, have already seen this. Email is fine, but if you are sending hard copy, please include a stamped SAE if you wish the material returned.

enquiries@futermanrose.co.uk
020-8255 7755
020-8286 4860

6 Warwick Court

London, WC1R 5DJ
United Kingdom

Contacts

  • Heather Holden-Brown
  • Elly James

hhb agency

hhb agency ltd was founded in 2005 by Heather Holden-Brown. The agency represents writers of non-fiction - in particular, journalism, history and politics, travel and adventure, contemporary autobiography and biography, books about words and numbers, popular culture and quirky humour, entertainment and television, business, family memoir, food and cookery - and commercial fiction. hhb agency ltd is always pleased to hear from talented writers. Please call or email before sending in your material.

Please do not send international postal vouchers with submissions. As a small agency which believes strongly in regular and consultative personal contact, they do not represent writers based beyond Europe.

Permissions: If you wish to quote from a book by one of their authors, it is suggested you write first to the Permissions Department of the publisher of the original edition of the book, setting out clearly details of the quotation/s you wish to use and for what purpose.

ltd was founded in 2005 by Heather Holden-Brown. The agency represents writers of non-fiction - in particular, journalism, history and politics, travel and adventure, contemporary autobiography and biography, books about words and numbers, popular culture and quirky humour, entertainment and television, business, family memoir, food and cookery - and commercial fiction. hhb agency ltd is always pleased to hear from talented writers. Please call or email before sending in your material.

Please do not send international postal vouchers with submissions. As a small agency which believes strongly in regular and consultative personal contact, they do not represent writers based beyond Europe.

Permissions: If you wish to quote from a book by one of their authors, it is suggested you write first to the Permissions Department of the publisher of the original edition of the book, setting out clearly details of the quotation/s you wish to use and for what purpose.

heather@hhbagency.com
elly@hhbagency.com
020-7405 5525

1a Kidbrooke Park Road

London, SE3 0LR
United Kingdom

Contact

  • J. Lawson

Founded 1979. Specialises in full-length contemporary fiction, women's fiction, crime, biographies, sport and general non-fiction . No poetry or short stories.

Works with overseas agents.

No unsolicited MSS. Preliminary letter and sae required.

International Scripts website
internationalscripts@btinternet.com
0208 319 8666

PO Box 358

New Canaan, Conecticutt CT 06840
United States

Contact

  • Gene Brissie

Non-fiction, especially history, politics, popular culture, health, psychology, reference, biography (home 15%, overseas 20%).

Will suggest revision. No reading fee.

Foreign rights handled by JPA.

Founded 1971.

James Peter Associates Inc. website
gene_brissie@msm.com
203-972-1070
203-972-1759

London Office
58 Elgin Crescent
London, W11 2JJ
United Kingdom

Founded 1986.

High quality non-fiction; biography, history, natural history, lifestyle, humour; TV tie-ins, some literary fiction. No science fiction or children's.

Commission terms are: 15% for sales to UK publishers, 20% for sales to US publishers and in translation, 15% for film and TV rights.

The agency works in association with Aitken Alexander Associates for the sale of translation rights (www.aitkenalexander.co.uk) and with a number of specialist sub-agents for the sale of US rights, of TV and film rights and merchandising.

Preliminary letter (NOT email) essential; no unsolicited MSS.

Mailing address

Barn Cottage
Veryan Churchtown
Truro TR2 5QA

jane.turnbull@btinternet.com
(01872) 501317
020-7727 9409

216 East 75th Street
Suite 1e
New York, NY 10021
United States

President

  • Jean V. Naggar

Agents

  • Alice Tasman
  • Mollie Glick
  • Jennifer Weltz
  • Jessica Regel

Mainstream commercial and literary fiction (no formula fiction);

Non-fiction: psychology, science, biography, performance rights.

Send query letter (via email only - jvnla@jvnla.com) to the agent you feel is best fitted for your work.

Founded 1978.

212-794-1082

221 Benedict Hill Road

New Canaan, Conecticutt CT 06840
United States

Quality non-fiction, especially health, science, women's issues, gardening, antiques and decorative arts, biography, cookbooks, popular reference, business, natural history. Founded 1997.

jeanne.fredericks@gmail.com
203-972-3011

15 Penn House
Mallory Street
London, NW8 8SX
United Kingdom

Specialises in fiction (no science fiction, horror or fantasy), biography, autobiography, show business, personality books, law, crime, politics, world affairs. Full-length MSS (home from 10%, overseas from 15%).

Will suggest revision. No reading fee, but preliminary letter essential.

Jeffrey Simmons website
jasimmons@btconnect.com
020-7224 8917

31 Marchmont Road

Edinburgh, EH9 1HU
United Kingdom

Contact

  • Jenny Brown
  • Mark Stanton
  • Lucy Juckes
  • Allan Guthrie

Literary fiction, crime writing and writing for children; non-fiction: biography, history, sport, music popular culture. Also adult fiction and general non-fiction. No poetry, science fiction, fantasy or academic.

Represents children's writers and illustrators. No reading fee. See website for submission guidelines.

Submissions by email: Prefers to receive submissions by email. You will find their individual preferences and email addresses listed on their Agents page. Please email your submission directly to the agent you feel will be most compatible with your work. They read all submissions made in order of receipt. Please note that they will only respond to submissions if they wish to read more. If you have not heard back within eight weeks then you can assume that they do not feel that the work is right for the agency.

Submissions by post: Their strong preference is for submission by email, but if this is not possible, then send a hard copy to your preferred agent at Jenny Brown Associates

Literary fiction, crime writing and writing for children; non-fiction: biography, history, sport, music popular culture. Also adult fiction and general non-fiction. No poetry, science fiction, fantasy or academic.

Represents children's writers and illustrators. No reading fee. See website for submission guidelines.

Submissions by email: Prefers to receive submissions by email. You will find their individual preferences and email addresses listed on their Agents page. Please email your submission directly to the agent you feel will be most compatible with your work. They read all submissions made in order of receipt. Please note that they will only respond to submissions if they wish to read more. If you have not heard back within eight weeks then you can assume that they do not feel that the work is right for the agency.

Submissions by post: Their strong preference is for submission by email, but if this is not possible, then send a hard copy to your preferred agent at Jenny Brown Associates, 33 Argyle Place, Edinburgh EH9 1JT. They will only respond if they wish to see more. Unfortunately they are unable to return material submitted, and their policy is to recycle all materials.

For fiction: send the first 50 pages (no more) and a synopsis in a single document, with a covering letter (see below).

For non-fiction: email a proposal and short example of the proposed work - a sample chapter, for instance. Please include a short note on the competing or comparable literature stating, where possible, author, title, publisher and publication date. It would be helpful to have an overview of possible marketing outlets and a biographical note outlining your background, training and experience.

For children's: Does not represent poetry or plays.

All submissions: Please write a covering letter in the body of the email giving an account of the background of the book and your writing career to date. If you have been referred to us by a publishing or personal contact then make this clear. If you have had previous correspondence with one of their agents please mention this. They appreciate knowing if your project has been sent to or is being considered by other agents or publishers.

Founded 2002

, 33 Argyle Place, Edinburgh EH9 1JT. They will only respond if they wish to see more. Unfortunately they are unable to return material submitted, and their policy is to recycle all materials.

For fiction: send the first 50 pages (no more) and a synopsis in a single document, with a covering letter (see below).

For non-fiction: email a proposal and short example of the proposed work - a sample chapter, for instance. Please include a short note on the competing or comparable literature stating, where possible, author, title, publisher and publication date. It would be helpful to have an overview of possible marketing outlets and a biographical note outlining your background, training and experience.

For children's: Does not represent poetry or plays.

All submissions: Please write a covering letter in the body of the email giving an account of the background of the book and your writing career to date. If you have been referred to us by a publishing or personal contact then make this clear. If you have had previous correspondence with one of their agents please mention this. They appreciate knowing if your project has been sent to or is being considered by other agents or publishers.

Founded 2002

info@jennybrownassociates.com
0131-229 5334

8 Snowshill Court
Giffard Park
Milton Keynes, MK14 5QG
United Kingdom

General non-fiction only, particularly biography, popular culture and sport.

Preliminary letter and return postage with all correspondence essential. Submissions
in hardcopy or by email.

Works in association with agencies in the USA, Europe and the Far East.

John Pawsey website
01908 217179

Clerkenwell House
45-47 Clerkenwell Green
London, EC1R 0HT
United Kingdom

Contacts

  • Michael Alcock
  • Andrew Hewson
  • Anna Power
  • Merel Reinink

Main Contact

  • Anna Power

Literary and commercial fiction, children's fiction; general non-fiction including current affairs, biography and memoirs, history, lifestyle, health and personal development; film and music, graphic novels.

Children's fiction and non-fiction; ages 9-12, teenage fiction, young adult, series fiction.

Also accept adult fiction and non-fiction.

No short stories, poetry or picturebooks.

If you would like the agency to consider representing you for your work, contact them in the first instance by post at the address above. There is no need to phone the office in advance. Please note they do not accept or respond to email submissions.

For works of fiction they ask for a synopsis and three chapters, or approximately the first 50 pages of the novel. For non-fiction please supply a full outline and chapter breakdown along with at least 30 pages of the text. All submissions should be double spaced and on A4 paper.

Remember to include a covering letter with your biographical details and relevant experience, and a stamped addressed envelope either for the return of the manuscript or for a reply.

info@johnsonandalcock.co.uk
020-7251 0125

Biography | Fiction | History | Technology
Via Augusta 139
6˚-2a
Barcelona, 08021
Spain

Director

  • Montse F-Yañez

Specialising in fiction, biography, history, sociology and technology.

Representing literary agencies, foreign authors and publishers in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, as well as Spanish authors worldwide.

Julio F. Yañez Agencia Literaria S.L. website
montse@yanezag.com
93-200-71-07

23852 West Pacific Coast Highway
Suite 701
Malibu, California CA 90265
United States

Contact

  • Wendy Keller

Helps authors get publishing contracts and speaking engagements worldwide.

Only non-fiction by credible experts: business, sales, management, marketing and finance; metaphysics: esoteric/New Age/spirituality/inspiration; history; science; biography (celebrity only); health and wellness; psychology; parenting; gift books, self-help; how-to.

Email queries strongly preferred.

Founded 1989.

query@kellermedia.com
310-857-6828
310-857-6373

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

Biography | Fiction | History | Music | Non-Fiction | Sport
2 Deanery Street

London, W1K 1AU
United Kingdom

Contacts

  • Jonathan Harris
  • David Luxton
  • Rebecca Winfield

Non-fiction and fiction, especially sport, history, music and biography (home 15%, overseas 20%, film 15%).

No unsolicited MSS without prior consultation. No scripts, plays, poetry, science fiction, fantasy or children's books. No reading fee. Strong overseas representation.

rebecca.winfield@btopenworld.com
020-7629 8325

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

Morrison Chambers, # 17
32 Nassau Street
Dublin 2,
Ireland

Contact

  • Marianne Gunn O' Connor

Commercial and literary fiction, non-fiction, biography, children's fiction.

Founded 1996.

No unsolicited MSS.

Translation rights handled by Vicki Satlow Literary Agency, Milan.

Clients include Cecilia Ahern, Chris Binchy, Claudia Carroll, Brinda Charry, Julie Dam, Louise Douglas, Thrity Engineer, Helen Falconer, Carla Glynn, Noelle Harrison, John Lynch, Mike McCormack, Caroline McFarlane-Watts, Paddy McMahon, Peter Murphy, Anita Notaro, Morag Prunty, Gisele Scanlon (Goddess Guide).

Founded 1996.

Marianne Gunn O'Connor Literary Agency website
mgoclitagency@eircom.net

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

Biography | Business | History | Non-Fiction
20 Crescent Grove

London, SW4 7AH
United Kingdom

Director

  • Peter Knight

Associates

  • Gaby Martin,
  • Andrew Knight,
  • Samantha Ferris

Motor sports, cartoon books, business, history and factual and biographical material.

No poetry, science fiction or cookery.

No unsolicited MSS. Send letter accompanied by CV and sae with synopsis of proposed work. No email submissions.

Overseas associates United Media (USA), Auspac Media (Australia), Puzzle Company (NZ).

Founded 1985.

020-7622 1467

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.


1 Park Village East

London, NW1 7PX
United Kingdom

Partners

  • Kate Prentice
  • Vanessa Beaumont

Founded 2012

No reading fee

info@prenticebeaumont.co.uk
0207 387 8637

303 West 18th Street

New York, NY 10011-4440
United States
  • Ralph Vicinanza

Fiction: Commercial and Literary, YA, Fantasy, Women's Fiction, Sci Fi, children's.

Non-fiction: history, business, science, biography, popular culture.

New clients by professional recommendation only. No unsolicited MSS.

Ralph M. Vicinanza Ltd website
212-924-7090
212-691-9644