Thursday, April 4, 2019

4 UK Agents Seeking Literary Fiction, Memoir, Nonfiction, Poetry, Kidlit, and more

Here are four UK agents actively seeking clients. Becky Thomas has a particular interest in literary and reading group fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir, and writing on subjects such as popular culture, music, feminism, sport, nature, film and food. Rachel Mann wants children's books. Leslie Gardner is interested in a wide range of fiction, from literary to fantasy and sci-fi, as well as crime writing and fiction for young adults. Jodie Hodges wants children's and YA books as well as picture books.

Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists.

You can find a full list of agents actively seeking new clients here: Agents Seeking Clients

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Jodie Hodges of United Agents Ltd

Jodie started working with Rosemary Canter in 2006, assisting her on her list. She was made an agent in 2010 and always has an open list for submissions.

What she is seeking: Children's, young adult, and picture books. "Additionally, I'm always searching for children's book illustrators or writer/illustrators with a contemporary, quirky style."

How to submit: Jodie is happy to receive submissions and will respond within 12-15 weeks. Please send a query, a synopsis and the first three chapters as attachments to mjamieson@unitedagents.co.uk.


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Becky Thomas of Johnson & Alcock Ltd

Becky Thomas began her publishing career in 2005 in the Rights Department at Faber & Faber, then worked at Abner Stein Agency and WME (previously William Morris), before joining Fox Mason in April 2013. Her diverse list covers a wide range of bestselling and award winning writers. Her authors have won the Ted Hughes Prize, Welsh Book of the Year, The Writer's Trust of Canada Journey Prize, and been shortlisted for everything from the Costa to the William Hill Prize. She joined Johnson and Alcock in the Summer of 2015, bringing her list of authors with her, including Kate Tempest, Hollie McNish, Gemma Cairney and Suzanne Moore.

What she is seeking: She has a particular interest in literary and reading group fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir, and writing on subjects such as popular culture, music, feminism, sport, nature, film and food.

How to submit: Send your query to becky@johnsonandalcock.co.uk. Attach a synopsis and the first three chapters (approximately 50 pages) to the email.

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Rachel Mann of Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Rachel spent nine years commissioning and editing books for young people at a few of the major houses, and was most recently global publishing director for the Roald Dahl Story Company.

What she is seeking: "I’m very much on the look-out for funny chapter books and middle-grade. I’m also looking for bold and emotionally engaging non-fiction across both adults’ and children’s, as well as poetry."

How to submitRachel is looking for authors from the UK and Ireland, and sometimes Australia and New Zealand. Queries should be sent to submissions@jounwin.co.uk. Please attach a one or two page synopsis and the first three chapters ONLY of the manuscript.

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Leslie Gardner of Artellus Limited

Leslie Gardner co-founded Artellus Ltd in 1986 after extensive work at American publishing houses, London Management, Columbia Pictures and The National Theatre. She handles writers internationally for fiction, non-fiction, film and periodicals. Leslie set up critically acclaimed TV drama 'Tenko'; after editorial work with Salman Rushdie she landed a deal for Midnight's Children; she worked closely with Anthony Burgess during his career and handles the estate of eminent writer of spooky stories, Robert Aickman. Leslie Gardner holds an MA from the University of Iowa’s International Writers Workshop and a PhD in Rhetoric. She is a fellow at the Dept. of Psycho-social and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex.

What she is seeking: "We handle a wide range of fiction, from literary to fantasy and sci-fi, encompassing crime writing and fiction for young adults. We are also interested in fine writers in translation."

How to submit: Submissions from new fiction and non-fiction writers are welcomed. Please send the first three chapters and a synopsis by post. If you would prefer to send an electronic version, please first enquire with an email to artellussubmissions@gmail.com .

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