Tuesday, July 9, 2019

3 UK Agents Seeking Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Kidlit, Commercial Fiction

Here are three UK agents actively seeking clients. Tim Bates is particularly interested in pop culture, narrative and serious non-fiction, food-writing, nature and the outdoors, sport and commercial non-fiction and fiction of all forms. Josephine Hayes is on the look-out for exciting new voices in commercial children’s fiction for all ages, particularly pacy and adventurous middle grade and teen fiction with lots of heart. James Wills is looking for commercial and literary fiction as well as narrative non-fiction, including history, sport, science, popular music, comedy and website/blog-based material.

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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Mr. Tim Bates of Peters Fraser & Dunlop

Tim Bates is a Senior Agent in the Books Division. He joined PFD after being an agent with Pollinger Limited for nearly 10 years. Before becoming an agent, he worked in various positions in publishing, including at Penguin Books, where he was Commissioning Editor for Penguin Classics.

What he is seeking: Tim represents a wide range of authors and is particularly interested in pop culture, narrative and serious non-fiction, food-writing, nature and the outdoors, sport and commercial non-fiction and fiction of all forms.

How to submit: Please send the first three chapters of your novel or non-fiction project, as well as a full synopsis. In the body of the email, please write a query letter, including brief details about your writing career. tbates@pfd.co.uk




Ms. Josephine Hayes of The Blair Partnership

Josephine Hayes is an Agent. Her all-time favourite children’s book is Back Home by Michelle Magorian, the author of Goodnight Mister Tom, both books that I read countless times growing up.

What she is seeking: She is predominantly on the look-out for exciting new voices in commercial children’s fiction for all ages, particularly pacy and adventurous middle grade and teen fiction with lots of heart. She’s after strong characters and unusual heroes that you fall in love with and worry about when you’re not reading, and gripping plots that keep you totally engrossed.

How to submit: Please attach the first three chapters of your manuscript with a one page synopsis, or, in the case of non-fiction, your proposal document alongside a writing sample, to: submissions@theblairpartnership.com

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Mr. James Wills of Watson, Little Ltd

James Wills looks after a dynamic and wide-ranging list of writers. He has a BA in English and Italian and an MA in 20th Century Literature from the University of Leeds and is passionate about reading and good writing. He is hugely enthusiastic about his authors’ work and is always searching for new, exciting material. James was Secretary of the Association of Authors’ Agents from 2009-2011.

What he is seeking: "I am looking for striking, quirky, character-driven, commercial and literary fiction that is thrilling, bold and beautifully written. My interests range from the decidedly off-beat to the unashamedly popular side of popular culture but I am always looking for writers with an edge who are experts in their fields. At present, I’d particularly love to see strong, narrative non-fiction, including history, sport, science, popular music, comedy and website/blog-based material.”

How to submitSend all queries to submissions@watsonlittle.com. For fiction, send the first 10,000 words or the nearest equivalent. Please send this as a single document. For nonfiction send a proposal.

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