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Thursday, May 9, 2019

5 UK Agents Looking for Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Crime, Thrillers, Nonfiction and more

Updated 12/16/19

Here are five UK agents actively building their client lists. Caroline Hardman accepts submissions of accessible literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, historical fiction, crime, suspense and thrillers. In nonfiction she is seeking popular science in the fields of human biology, medicine, psychology, ecology and sustainability, and memoir. She interested in writing on health (of the body or mind), wellness and lifestyle, and she always wants to hear from aspiring and established food writers.

Matthew Turner is looking for agenda-setting social issues – be they economic, political, scientific, environmental. Matt is looking for fiction which takes a side-long look at the world, and which hopes to speak, to some degree, about its present. Antony Topping's interests include historical thrillers, contemporary and historical literary novels, science, food, and humor.

Rachel Mills wants nonfiction books that effect positive change; books that can improve our individual lives or that campaign for a better future. Milly Reilly is interested in character-driven stories that delve deep into internal lives and the ways that people reveal themselves in friendships, families, and romantic relationships. On the non-fiction side, she is interested in memoir and narrative non-fiction, books on psychology, human behavior, illness and medicine, and political non-fiction that looks at gender, sexuality or race.

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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Caroline Hardman of Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency

Before co-founding Hardman & Swainson Caroline was an agent at the Christopher Little Literary Agency and The Marsh Agency, where she also specialized in translation rights. She has an excellent understanding of global trade publishing and have had the privilege of selling rights on behalf of many renowned writers. Caroline grew up in south Manchester and she has a 1st class BA and an MA with distinction in English Literature from the University of Leeds.

What she is looking for: Caroline accepts submissions of accessible literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, historical fiction, crime, suspense and thrillers. In nonfiction she is seeking popular science in the fields of human biology, medicine, psychology, ecology and sustainability, and memoir. She interested in writing on health (of the body or mind), wellness and lifestyle, and she always wants to hear from aspiring and established food writers.

How to submit: Please send your query to: submissions@hardmanswainson.com. For nonfiction send a proposal and a sample chapter of the whole work, if it is completed. For fiction attach a one-page synopsis as well as the full manuscript.


Matthew Turner of Rogers, Coleridge & White

Matthew Turner joined Rogers, Coleridge & White in 2012 working for founder Deborah Rogers until she passed away in 2014. He has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. Matt assists Peter Straus and is also curating his own list of writers.

What he is seeking: In non-fiction Matt’s tastes tend towards agenda-setting social issues – be they economic, political, scientific, environmental. Matt is looking for fiction which takes a side-long look at the world, and which hopes to speak, to some degree, about its present. It should be propelled by character, atmosphere and have a vividly realized landscape.

How to submit: Send your query to matthew@rcwlitagency.com. For fiction send the first three chapters or approximately the first fifty pages of the work to a natural break, and a brief synopsis. Non-fiction submissions should take the form of a proposal up to twenty pages in length explaining what the work is about and why you are best placed to write it.

Antony Topping of Greene & Heaton Ltd

Antony Topping joined the agency in 1995, having begun his professional career working as a fiction buyer for one of the major chain bookstores. He studied English at St Anne’s College, Oxford. 

What he is seeking: Antony`s interests span the full breadth of the agency’s activities, from literary representation to TV to brand consultation. His list of writing clients includes historical thriller writers, contemporary and historical literary novelists, science writers, food writers, and humorists.

How to submit: Submissions should be sent by email to submissions@greeneheaton.co.uk. Please attach a synopsis and the first three chapters (or about fifty pages) to your query and mention the name of your preferred agent in the subject line of your email.

Ms. Rachel Mills of Rachel Mills Literary

Before founding the agency, Rachel Mills worked as Literary Agent at Furniss Lawton agency, within the James Grant Talent Group, and before that as Agent and International Business Director for Peters Fraser and Dunlop agency, where she was a member of the Executive Board. Prior to that she worked in publishing at Penguin and Random House.

What she is seeking: Nonfiction books that effect positive change; books that can improve our individual lives or that campaign for a better future. (No fiction.)

How to submit: Send your proposal to submissions@rmliterary.co.uk

Ms. Milly Reilly of Jo Unwin Literary Agency

Milly assists Jo Unwin with her list of authors, and is now building her own list of fiction and non-fiction writers. 

What she is seeking: She loves character-driven stories that delve deep into internal lives and the ways that people reveal themselves in friendships, families, and romantic relationships. She is not looking for sci-fi or crime. On the non-fiction side, she is interested in memoir and narrative non-fiction, books on psychology, human behavior, illness and medicine, and political non-fiction that looks at gender, sexuality or race. 

How to submit: Send your query to submissions@jounwin.co.uk with the agent's name in the subject line. Please attach a one or two page synopsis and the first three chapters ONLY of the manuscript.

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