Tuesday, November 12, 2019

6 UK Agents Actively Expanding Their Client Lists

Here are six UK agents actively expanding their client lists. Kate Evans is seeking narrative nonfiction and fiction. Zoe King represents nonfiction. Zoe Apostolides manages a list of crime, historical, young adult and children’s authors and is also looking to build a non-fiction list. She is especially interested in original horror novels, coming-of-age stories and any sort of whodunnit. Andrew Gordon is interested in handling quality non-fiction projects of all kinds as well as fiction. Lauren Gardner is looking for non-fiction projects ranging from people undertaking extraordinary challenges and having amazing adventures, to celebrities, aspiring foodies and lifestyle brands. She has a passion for children’s literature and is also looking for YA and middle grade debuts with heart, humor and maybe a supernatural twist or two. Jon Wood  is looking for entertaining and diverse stories, well told from  right across the spectrum – crime, thrillers, bookclub fiction and SFF. He is also interested in narrative non-fiction, popular science, sport, politics and ideas projects.

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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Ms. Kate Evans of Peters Fraser & Dunlop

Kate Evans is an agent representing books and journalism and Publisher of Agora Books. She studied English Literature and Journalism in Australia and New York and worked variously in music, magazines, and literary festivals before beginning her publishing career at Hachette Australia in 2012. She joined PFD in 2014 and launched Agora Books in 2018.

What she is seeking: Kate is looking for beautiful narrative non-fiction with a strong voice, inspiring new approaches to relationships, business, or everyday life, writing that makes social, political, and economic issues accessible and engaging, or intriguing cultural & scientific commentary. Fiction that does the same and/ or writing that makes her want to read and re-read individual sentences are equally welcome. Kate also commissions commercial fiction at Agora Books. For more on the submissions process, go to agorabooks.co

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

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Ms. Zoe King of A.M. Heath & Co. Ltd


"I believe in working closely with all my clients to make sure I get them the right deals that will give their creative ambitions the biggest opportunity for success over the long term."

What she is seeking: "I specialise in non-fiction and am always on the lookout for writers who can help us to see more, think better and live richer lives." From health and spirituality to business and science. From the very funny to the deeply personal,  I like writing and ideas that make a deep and immediate connection with people and in some way illuminate the times we live in in fresh and unexpected ways."

How to submit: Use their online form HERE.

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Ms. Zoe Apostolides of Coombs Moylett MacLean Literary Agency

Zoë grew up in southwest London and went on to study English at St Peter’s College, Oxford. She interned at the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company before starting her career at Erotic Review magazine. She then worked as a reporter at a trade magazine and at the Financial Times as a book reviewer and subeditor. She writes for a variety of print and online titles including The Guardian, The Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Times Literary Supplement, Stylist, Spiked, Good Housekeeping, The Upcoming, For Books Sake and Lifetime.

What she is seeking: Zoë manages a list of crime, historical, young adult and children’s authors and is also looking to build a non-fiction list. She is especially interested in original horror novels, coming-of-age stories and any sort of whodunnit.

How to submit: Use their online form HERE.


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Mr. Andrew Gordon of David Higham Associates Ltd


Andrew joined DHA in 2007 after a fifteen-year career in publishing, and is a director of the company. He worked in publicity at Hodder & Stoughton before moving to Little, Brown, where he began commissioning both fiction and non-fiction. In 2001 he moved to Simon & Schuster, rising to head of non-fiction.

What he is seeking: He is interested in handling quality non-fiction projects of all kinds, and welcomes approaches from experts in their field who want to communicate their ideas to a wider audience. In fiction, he likes novels that grab the attention.

How to submit: Please send a one-page synopsis that gives a full explanation of the plot, and the first three chapters or up to fifty pages (double spaced). Read submission details HERE.

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Mr. Jon Wood of Rogers, Coleridge & White

Jon Wood has worked in UK publishing for over twenty years. After a brief career in sales, he moved over to become a commissioning editor at Hodder in 1998, before joining Orion Publishing in 2000. During his editorial career he has worked with authors such as Ian Rankin, Harlan Coben, Kate Mosse, Anthony Horowitz, Andy McNab, Michelle Paver, Denise Mina, RJ Ellory and Joanne Harris. From 2003, he ran the Orion Fiction imprint before later combining that with responsibility for the Victor Gollancz SFF list. In 2015, he was promoted to the role of Orion Group Publisher. In 2018, he moved to Rogers, Coleridge and White and is now building a list of commercial fiction and non-fiction projects.

What he is seeking: He is looking for entertaining and diverse stories, well told from  right across the spectrum – crime, thrillers, bookclub fiction and SFF. He is also interested in narrative non-fiction, popular science, sport, politics and ideas projects.

How to submit: Submissions should include a query letter telling us about yourself and the background to the book. In the case of fiction send the first three chapters or approximately the first fifty pages of the work to a natural break, and a brief synopsis. For non-fiction send a proposal up to twenty pages in length explaining what the work is about and why you are best placed to write it. Send your submission to: jonw@rcwlitagency.com

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Lauren Gardner of Bell Lomax Moreton Agency

Lauren joined the team in April 2014 as literary assistant and has been agenting full time since October 2015.  She graduated in 2009 with a degree in English Literature and Drama from the University of Manchester, and has a background in lifestyle journalism and PR.

What she is seeking: Lauren is currently building her list and is looking for non-fiction projects ranging from people undertaking extraordinary challenges and having amazing adventures, to celebrities, aspiring foodies and lifestyle brands.  She has a passion for children’s literature and is also looking for YA and middle grade debuts with heart, humour and maybe a supernatural twist or two.

How to submit: All submissions can be emailed to agency@bell-lomax.co.uk Please do not send submissions addressed for the attention of more than one agent within the agency.


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