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Fiction | No Theatre | No TV | Non-Fiction
291 Gray's Inn Road

London, WC1X 8QJ
United Kingdom

Contacts

  • Clare Alexander
  • Lesley Thorne (also handles film/TV)
  • Matthew Hamilton

Agent

  • Lisa Baker
  • Chris Wellbelove
  • Niki Chang
  • Gillie Russell

Accepts fiction and non-fiction. No plays or scripts.

Submission Guidelines:

  • With your letter, you should send a synopsis/summary, ideally a paragraph, but no longer than one page, plus the first thirty pages of consecutively written sample material (in other words, do not send sample chapters from beginning, middle and end).
  • Your typewritten pages should be double-spaced, single-sided, loose-leaf A4, and you should tell us whether you'd like the entire submission to be returned to you (if not suitable) - if you do, you need to include an adequately sized stamped addressed envelope. Otherwise, you can simply send us a stamped addressed envelope for our reply. For fiction, we require that books be completed before submitting.

Permissions:
All requests for permission to use copyright material by any of the clients of Aitken Alexander should contain the following information:

(i) Title and Author of book / material in which extract concerned appears;
(ii) Length (and page reference) of such extract;
(iii) Territories and Languages for which permission sought;
(iv) Title / Publisher / Price / Publication date and estimated first print-run of book / material in which extract will appear;
(v) All other relevant information.

Requests should be submitted to the Permissions Department in writing, by post or fax, or by email to: reception@aitkenalexander.co.uk


Gillon Aitken first founded Gillon Aitken Limited in 1976.  In 1998, former Viking and Macmillan Publisher Clare Alexander joined the agency and in 2005 the name of the agency was changed to Aitken Alexander AssociatesAccepts fiction and non-fiction. No plays or scripts.. In 2008, Andrew Kidd, previously Publisher of Picador and Macmillan, joined as a director. From its inception, the agency has placed great emphasis on overseas rights, and Sally Riley heads up Aitken Alexander's highly respected Translation Rights department. In 2009 the agency opened an office in New York, under Anna Stein, and, in 2011, in New Delhi, under Shruti Debi. Both moves reflected Aitken Alexander's strong commitment to the best of international writing. In 2011, Lesley Thorne, who runs the company's Film, Theatre and TV department, was appointed to the board.

The focus of the agency remains on writers and writing and the company represents a wide range of prize-winning and bestselling fiction and non-fiction, including: Clare Allan, Jo Baker, Pat Barker, Jung Chang, Clare Clark, Sarah Dunant, Diana Evans, Sebastian Faulks, Helen Fielding, Rebecca Frayn, Germaine Greer, Julia Gregson, Mark Haddon, Mohammed Hanif, Oliver James, Liz Jensen, Lucy Kellaway, Pankaj Mishra, Thomas Penn, Jonathan Raban, Louise Rennison, Jennie Rooney, Edward St Aubyn, Maria Semple, Rory Stewart, Colin Thubron, Sara Wheeler, Amanda Vickery and Penny Vincenzi.

Additionally, through the acquisition in 1984 of Hughes Massie Limited (among the earliest UK literary agencies and founded in 1905), the company continues to represent the British and Commonwealth rights in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and the works of J. D. Salinger as well as the estate of authors such as Paul Gallico, Mary Norton and Slavomir Rawicz. Other literary estates represented by the agency include John Betjeman, Bruce Chatwin, Patrick Leigh Fermor, John Fowles, Ian Hamilton and Shiva Naipaul.

 

reception@aitkenalexander.co.uk
020-7373 8672
020-7373 6002

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

PO Box 77

Riga, LV 1011
Latvia

Contact

  • Tatjana Zoldnere

Head office

This office covers Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine

zoldnere@anab.apollo.lv
+371 6 7506 495
+371 6 7506 494

Beijing Representative Office Room 1705
Culture Square, No.59 Jia, Zhongguancun Street, Haidian Distric
Beijing, 100872
China

Contact

  • Jackie Huang
+86 10 8250 4106
+86 10 8881 0959
+86 10 8250 4200

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

Contacts

  • Andrew Nurnberg
  • Sarah Nundy
  • Jenny Savill
  • Giulia Mignani
  • Claire Nozieres

Sells rights internationally on behalf of UK/US agencies and publishers. Agent for UK and international authors, including children's writers. Fiction, non-fiction and children's fiction. Does not represent children's picture books, poetry or scripts for film, T.V, radio or theatre.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Send a short, 1-page synopsis and the first three chapters (double or 1.5 spaced) with a covering letter. If sending by post include an S.A.E for the return of your material.
  • Email submissions@andrewnurnburg.com with files of less than 3mb and in .doc or .pdf format

Founded 1977

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.

contact@andrewnurnburg.com
020-3327-0400
020-7417 8812

Jugoslavských partyzanů 17
160 00
Prague, 6
Czech Republic

Contacts

  • Petra Tobiskova
  • SJitka Němečkova

This office covers the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and Slovenia
Head office

nurnprg@vol.cz
(420) 222 782 041

Ul. Miłobędzka 10/2

Warsaw, 02-634
Poland

Contacts

  • Aleksandra Matuszak
  • Renata Paczewska
renata@literatura.com.pl
+48 22 646 58 60
+48 22 646 58 65

1 East Cliff Road

Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9AD
United Kingdom

Partners

  • Annette Green
  • David Smith

Full-length MSS (home 15%, overseas 20%). Literary and general fiction and non-fiction, popular culture, history, science, teenage fiction. No dramatic scripts, poetry, science fiction or fantasy. No reading fee. Preliminary letter, synopsis, between 5,000 and 10,000 words, ideally the opening chapters and S.A.E essential.

Submission Guidelines:

Send or email a short covering letter, a brief synopsis, and between 5,000 and 10,000 words from your book: ideally the opening chapters. If you are submitting material to other agencies at the same time please tell us in your letter. If you are sending hard copy please also includea stamped self addressed envelopefor our reply and for anything you need returned. If you do not include an s.a.e. or an email address we will be unable to reply. Submissions should be addressed simply to the agency, not to individuals.

Authors include Andrew Baker, Bill Broady, Meg Cabot, Simon Conway, Fiona Gibson, Justin Hill, Maria McCann, Adam MacQueen, Ian Marchant, Lembit Opik MP, Prof Charles Pasternak, Kirsty Scott, Peter Shapiro, Bernadette Strachan, Elizabeth Woodcraft. Children's authors include Meg Cabot, Mary Hogan.

Founded 1998.

enquiries@annettegreenagency.co.uk
(01892) 514275
(01892) 558262

18-21 Cavaye Place

London, SW10 9PT
United Kingdom

Proprietor

  • Anthony Sheil

Accepts fiction and non-fiction. No plays or scripts.

No reading fee.

Submission Guidelines:

  • With your letter, you should send a synopsis/summary, ideally a paragraph, but no longer than one page, plus the first thirty pages of consecutively written sample material (in other words, do not send sample chapters from beginning, middle and end).
  • Your typewritten pages should be double-spaced, single-sided, loose-leaf A4, and you should tell us whether you'd like the entire submission to be returned to you (if not suitable) - if you do, you need to include an adequately sized stamped addressed envelope. Otherwise, you can simply send us a stamped addressed envelope for our reply. For fiction, we require that books be completed before submitting.

Permissions:

All requests for permission to use copyright material by any of the clients of Aitken Alexander should contain the following information:

(i) Title and Author of book / material in which extract concerned appears;
(ii) Length (and page reference) of such extract;
(iii) Territories and Languages for which permission sought;
(iv) Title / Publisher / Price / Publication date and estimated first print-run of book / material in which extract will appear;
(v) All other relevant information.

Requests should be submitted to the Permissions Department in writing, by post or fax, or by email to: reception@aitkenalexander.co.uk

Authors include Caroline Alexander, John Fowles, John Keegan, Patrick Leigh-Fermor, Robert Wilson.

anthony@aitkenalexander.co.uk
020-7373 8672
020-7373 6002

56 Gilpin Avenue

London, SW14 8QY
United Kingdom

Specialises exclusively as agent for children's writers and illustrators. Handles picture books and fiction to age 12.

Accepts complete picture book scripts and first 2 chapters of longer novels with prepaid return envelopes.

Send complete picture book MS or first 2 chapters of longer novels with sae for return.

No poetry or plays.

celiacatchpole@yahoo.co.uk
020-8255 4835

Eel Brook Studios
125 Moore Park Road
London, SW6 4PS
United Kingdom

Commercial and literary full-length fiction and non-fiction. No poetry, plays, science fiction, fantasy, textbooks, illustrated children's or short stories.

Check the site for submission details.

Founded 1979

info@christopherlittle.net
020-7736 4455
020-7736 4490

London,
United Kingdom

Contact

  • Diane Banks

Commercial literary agency based in central London representing commercial fiction and personality-led, media or current affairs based non-fiction in the UK, US and foreign language markets.

Handles rights in the majority of territories directly rather than via sub-agents, ensuring career development with publishers worldwide including film and TV rights.

Founded in 2006

No poetry, children's, academic books, plays, scripts or short stories. Initial approach by email only.

Send brief CV, synopsis and sample chapters as Word or PDF attachments. Aim to give initial response within 2 weeks.

No reading fee.

submissions@dianebanks.co.uk
info@dianebanks.co.uk

6 Bayley Street
Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3HE
United Kingdom

Directors

  • Executive Chairman Ed Victor

Joint Managing Directors

  • Sophie Hicks
  • Margaret Phillips

Directors

  • Carol Ryan
  • Graham C. Greene cbe
  • Leon Morgan
  • Hitesh Shah

Editorial Director

  • Philippa Harrison

Contact

  • Sophie Hicks

Fiction, non-fiction and children's books (home 15%, USA 15%, children's 10%, translation 20%). No short stories, poetry or film/TV scripts or plays. No reading fee. No unsolicited MSS. No response to submissions by email. Represented in all foreign markets. Children's picture books, fiction for 5-8 and 9-12 year-olds, teenage fiction, series fiction, film/TV tie-ins, non-fiction and audio (home 10%, overseas 20%). No short stories or poetry. Also handles adult fiction and non-fiction.

No reading fee. No unsolicited MSS. No response to submission by email.

Authors include John Banville, Herbie Brennan, Eoin Colfer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Frederick Forsyth, A.A. Gill, Josephine Hart, Jack Higgins, Nigella Lawson, Kathy Lette, Allan Mallinson, Andrew Marr, Frederic Raphael, Danny Scheinmann, Janet Street-Porter and the Estates of Douglas Adams, Raymond Chandler, Dame Iris Murdoch, Sir Stephen Spender, Irving Wallace.

Children's authors include Mary Arrigan, Herbie Brennan, Emma Clayton, Eoin Colfer, David Lee Stone, Oisín McGann and Kate Thompson.

Founded 1976.

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.

Ed Victor Ltd website
020-7304 4100
020-7304 4111

37 Goldhawk Road

London, W12 8QQ
United Kingdom

Contacts

  • Carol Heaton
  • Judith Murray
  • Antony Topping
  • Will Francis
  • Linda Davis (children's)
  • Contact Linda Davis
  • Nick Harrop
  • Ellie Glason
  • Elizabeth Cochrane

The late Elaine Greene founded the agency in 1963, and a number of Elaine's first clients - including P.D. James, Michael Frayn and William Shawcross - are still represented by the company.

All types of fiction and non-fiction. No poetry or original scripts for theatre, film or TV.

Handles picture books, fiction for 5-8 and 9-12 year-olds, teenage fiction, series fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

Also handles adult fiction and non-fiction.

Overseas associates worldwide.

When submitting please include the following:

  • A covering letter,
  • a synopsis and
  • three chapters (or about fifty pages if that's easier).
  • Be sure to include your email address and an SAE for the return of your material.

For permission to reproduce extracts from books by this agents authors approach them as follows:

Advise them which extract you would like to use; the context in which you plan to use it; the print run (if you intend to use the extract in a published work); the territories the permission needs to cover; and whether or not your use of the extract will be for profit. All of these factors will determine how much they charge for the permission. Upon receipt of this information they will send you an agreement letter listing appropriate terms.

They do not answer permission requests by telephone.

Send all requests to Nick Harrop or email to permissions@greeneheaton.co.uk

Clients include Bill Bryson, Jan Dalley, Suzannah Dunn, Marcus du Sautoy, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Michael Frayn, P.D. James, Jonathan Jones, William Leith, William Shawcross, Sarah Waters, Jackie Wullschlager. Children's authors include Helen Craig, Joshua Doder, Amber Deckers. Founded 1963. Children's authors include Helen Craig, Joshua Doder, Amber Deckers.

info@greeneheaton.co.uk
020-8749 0315
020-8749 0318

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

33 Drayson Mews

London, W8 4LY
United Kingdom

Contact

  • Claire Paterson
  • Will Francis
  • Tim Glister

Translation Rights and Media

  • Rebecca Folland

 

Commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction.

No poetry, plays, film/TV scripts.

Send an informative covering letter with full outline (non-fiction), synopsis and first three sample chapters (fiction) to the main Janklow and Nesbit (UK) Ltd address for the attention of the Submissions Department.

Please include return postage if you would like your manuscript returned to you. US rights handled by Janklow & NesbitCommercial and literary fiction and non-fiction.

No poetry, plays, film/TV scripts.

Send an informative covering letter with full outline (non-fiction), synopsis and first three sample chapters (fiction) to the main Janklow and Nesbit (UK) Ltd address for the attention of the Submissions Department.

Please include return postage if you would like your manuscript returned to you. US rights handled by Janklow & Nesbit Associates in New York.
Associates in New York.

queries@janklow.co.uk
020-7376 2733

Archery House, 33 Archery Square
Walmer
Deal, Kent CT14 7JA
United Kingdom

Contact

  • Jon Thurley
  • Patricia Preece

Services
To help writers reach their full potential through detailed advice, constructive criticism, and market directed input across the full range of technical and artistic requirements for approaching the market including: plot, characters, dramatic narrative momentum, style, grammar, punctuation, pace.

Manuscript Assessment, Editorial Input, Guidance, Constructive Criticism & Creative Advice, Rewriting, Sourcing Research, Presentation for the Market, Contractual & Business Advice.

Specialises in commercial and literary full-length fiction and commercial work for film and TV.

No plays, poetry, short stories, articles or fantasy.

Fees charged. Please see website for details.

Links with leading US and European agents.

Founded 1976.

JMThurley@aol.com
(01304) 371721

46 Brookfield
Highgate West Hill
London, N6 6AT
United Kingdom

Director

  • Elizabeth Puttick

Not taking any new authors for the foreseeable future.

This agency specializes in general non-fiction (including books by academic authors suitable for the general reader)

Does not handle fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays or children's books.

Prefers to be approached by email. The subject heading should make it clear that this is a publishing enquiry. Any messages that could be mistaken for spam may be deleted.

Initial enquiries should include a brief synopsis (two or three pages) with author information. Please see 'How to write a publishing proposal'. Don't send any manuscripts at this stage.

Prefers not to receive proposals and material via post, and will not sign for a recorded delivery. If you do contact them by post, it is essential to include a self-addressed stamped envelope (SAE) for a reply or the return of manuscripts. Owing to the large volume of submissions, they are unable to give any feedback.

If requested, please send sample chapters with a synopsis, but don't send whole manuscripts unless specifically asked.

It is essential to let them know if your work has been sent to any other agents or publishers, previously or simultaneously to approaching them. It is also very important to tell them if you have any existing agreement with another literary agent, or are negotiating with them, otherwise there may be legal and/or ethical complications later if you sign with this agency.

Full-length MSS (home 15%, overseas 20%). General and narrative non-fiction including health and personal development, biography and memoir, current affairs, business, history, philosophy, science.

No fiction, poetry, screenplays, drama, children's books.

No reading fee

Founded 1995.

0870 751 8098

171 East 74th Street
Floor 2
New York, NY 10021
United States

President

  • Richard Curtis

All types of commercial non-fiction.

Foreign rights handled by Baror International.

Do not represent stage plays or screenplays, short fiction/non-fiction, poetry, children's books or young adult books. Guidelines

Does not accept queries or submissions by fax or email unless personally requested.

212-772-7363

1a King's Mews

London, WC1N 2JA
United Kingdom

Directors

  • Doreen Montgomery
  • Caroline Montgomery

Founded 1927 by F. Rupert Crew

Founded 1927 by F. Rupert Crew

International representation, handling volume and subsidiary rights in fiction and non-fiction properties; no plays, screenplays, poetry, journalism, science fiction or short stories.

No reading fee, but preliminary letter and return postage essential.

Also acts independently as publishers' consultants.

Association of Authors' Agents

International representation, handling volume and subsidiary rights in fiction and non-fiction properties; no plays, screenplays, poetry, journalism, science fiction or short stories.

No reading fee, but preliminary letter and return postage essential.

Also acts independently as publishers' consultants.

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.

nfo@rupertcrew.co.uk
020-7242 8586

3rd Floor
4a Nelson Road
London, SE10 9JB
United Kingdom

Director

  • Shirley Stuart

Specialises in literary fiction and general non-fiction.

No poetry, plays, film scripts, science fiction, fantasy or children's books.

No reading fee. Send preliminary letter, synopsis and first 3 chapters plus return postage.

Founded 1993.

Shirley Stewart Literary Agency website
020-8293 3000
056-0116 1121

28 Moreton Street

London, SW1V 2PE
United Kingdom

Contact

  • Margaret Hanbury

Personally run agency specialising in quality fiction and non-fiction.

Does not represent film scripts, plays, poetry, fantasy, horror or DIY.

If your material does not fit in to one of the categories above please send a letter of introduction together with a brief synopsis and the first chapter (or opening 25 pages).

Please note that unsolicited email submissions will not be considered. Guidelines

Authors include George Alagiah, J.G. Ballard, Simon Callow, Jane Glover, Judith Lennox, Katie Price.

enquiries@hanburyagency.com
020 7630 6768

5 Gayfield Square

Edinburgh, EH1 3NW
United Kingdom

Contact

  • Maggie McKernan

The agency was founded in 2006 by the former Orion editor Maggie McKernan and is based in Edinburgh and London. Works in association with the Capel & Land

Submission guidelines

Long list of clients - Specialist with rights and broadcasting.

Founded 1999

agency in London which handles translation, US, film and TV sales.

They are not considering submissions in the following genres: romance, paranormal, short stories, poetry, misery memoir, chick lit, reference or self-help. Also does not represent original scripts for television, film, radio or theatre, although Capel & Land handle film, tv and radio rights on our behalf for clients whom we represent.
 

Submit work via contacts page on agent's website.

Authors include Michael Collins, Alan Taylor, Belinda Seaward, Michael Fry, Michael Schmidt.

maggie@mckernanagency.co.uk
0131-557 1771

1 Petersfield

Cambridge, CB1 1BB
United Kingdom

Proprietor and Agent

  • Rachel Calder

Fiction: general, literary and crime. Non-fiction: current affairs, social issues, travel, biographies, history.

No plays, poetry, textbooks, children's, technical, legal or medical books.

Submitted work must be double-spaced, single-sided, numbered, typed or word processed with clear contact details. Do not send an SAE as all rejected material is recycled.

Translation rights handled by the Marsh Agency Ltd.

Film and TV rights handled by Sayle Screen Ltd.

Overseas associates Dunow & Carlson Agency, Darhansoff, Verrill and Feldman, Anne Edelstein Literary Agency, New England Publishing Associates, USA.

(01223) 303035
(01223) 301638

72 Plimsoll Road

London, N4 2EE
United Kingdom

Director

  • Uli Rushby-Smith

Founded 1993. Fiction and non-fiction, literary and commercial.

No poetry, picture books, plays or film scripts.

Send outline, sample chapters (no disks) and return postage. No reading fee.

Uli Rushby-Smith Literary Agency website
020-7354 2718
020-7354 2718

33 Cormorant Lodge
Thomas More Street
London, E1W 1AU
United Kingdom

Directors

  • Robin Wade
  • Broo Doherty

General fiction and non-fiction, children's books.

No poetry, plays or short stories.

See website for submission guidelines. Email submissions preferred.

New authors welcome. No reading fee.

Founded 2001.

rw@rwla.com
bd@rwla.com
020-7488 4171
020-7488 4172