Thursday, March 5, 2020

6 UK Agents seeking Nonfiction, Thrillers, Memoir, Literary Fiction and more

Here are six UK literary agents seeking writers. All are from established agencies with good track records. Elena Langtry is interested in self-help, nature, nutrition and lived experiences. For her fiction list, Elena is looking for original psychological thrillers, commercial women's fiction and ‘contemporary lives’ stories. Lina Langlee is looking for books across all genres and age groups. Alice Saunders is actively looking for new talent in crime, thrillers, epic family sagas; book club literary fiction, and memoir.

Stephanie Glencross is looking for commercial and upmarket fiction, including accessible literary fiction/ contemporary fiction, crime & thrillers, psychological suspense and legal thrillers/court-room dramas. Toby Mundy is looking for gripping narrative non-fiction, and well written, mind-expanding works in the areas of history, biography, memoir, current affairs, sport, popular culture and popular science. He also represents a small number of thriller writers and literary novelists. Carrie Plitt is actively building a list of authors writing non-fiction and fiction, with a focus on debuts.

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

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

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Lina Langlee of Kate Nash Literary Agency

Lina is originally from Sweden but moved to Scotland in 2008 to study. After graduating with a First from University of Glasgow and an MLitt (Distinction) in Publishing Studies from Stirling University, she went on to work in publishing, notably in the rights department at Canongate, and publicity at Black & White. She joined the Kate Nash Literary Agency in 2018, and is actively building her list of clients. In 2019, she was shortlisted for the RNA ‘Agent of the Year’ award.

What she is seeking: Lina is looking for books across genres: commercial fiction with a great hook, literary fiction, twisty thrillers and crime fiction with a difference, speculative or high concept books that remain very readable, fun and moving Middle Grade and any genre of Young Adult. In terms of non-fiction, Lina is interested either in ‘the small made big’ or ‘the big made small’: specialists that can make really niche subjects accessible and interesting to a wider market, or deeply personal accounts of the big issues we might all one day tackle.  She has a special interest in Scottish writing and anything with a Scandinavian angle.

How to submitFiction: Send a query letter, the first chapter of your work, as well as a brief synopsis in the body of the email. Non-fiction: Send maximum of three chapters which can either be pasted into the body of an email or be submitted as a Word document. More detailed synopses are also welcome. Send all materials to: submissions@katenashlit.co.uk. Note: This agency prefers writers in the UK.

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Ms. Elena Langtry of Coombs Moylett MacLean Literary Agency

Elena studied Human Biology and went on to work in marketing and advertising agencies for pharmaceutical clients. She then began her freelance career as a wellness copywriter. Researching, creating and editing content for health food brands and mental health campaigns. She continues to drive forward the ambitions of her clients with authentic and engaging content.

What she is seeking: Self-help, nature, nutrition and lived experiences. For her fiction list, Elena is looking for original psychological thrillers, commercial women's fiction and ‘contemporary lives’ stories.

How to submit: Use their submission form HERE.

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Ms. Alice Saunders of The Soho Agency

Alice loves storytelling, in all its forms. Whether it’s fiction or narrative non-fiction. Alice is active in all types of representation - literary, audio, live audiences, film and television.

What she is seeking: She is actively looking for new talent in crime, thrillers, epic family sagas; book club literary fiction, memoir – in fact everything apart from science fiction and fantasy. Asides from tight narratives and compulsive characters, she’d love to see writing with bundles of humor, heart and unusual takes on the everyday.

How to submit: Send your query to: sohoagencysubmissions@gmail.com and attach the first three chapters or first thirty pages of your manuscript, in word format, along with a synopsis. (Address your query to Ms. Saunders.)

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Mr. Toby Mundy of Aevitas Creative Management

Before becoming a literary agent, Toby founded Atlantic Books Limited, where he served as chief executive and publisher from 2000 to 2014, publishing a significant number of number of bestsellers and prize-winning titles. He won ‘Editor of the Year’ and Atlantic Books also won ‘Imprint of the Year’ (2005, 2008) and ‘Independent Publisher of the Year’ (2008) at the British Book Awards.

What he is seeking: He is looking for gripping narrative non-fiction, and well written, mind-expanding works in the areas of history, biography, memoir, current affairs, sport, popular culture and popular science. He also represents a small number of thriller writers and literary novelists.

How to submit: Follow instructions on the agency website HERE.

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Ms. Stephanie Glencross of David Higham Associates Ltd

Stephanie Glencross joined David Higham Associates in January 2018, having previously been the Editor at Gregory & Company.  Before joining Gregory & Company Stephanie was at the BBC for a number of years, first in the Radio Drama department then in the Story Department of EastEnders. During that time Stephanie learned an enormous amount about the power of characterization and cliffhangers. Stephanie has been a judge on the CWA Debut Dagger Award for three years and continues to have a love affair with crime fiction that started with Nancy Drew and was nurtured by Sara Paretsky.

What she is seeking: Stephanie is looking for commercial and upmarket fiction, including accessible literary fiction/ contemporary fiction, crime & thrillers, psychological suspense and legal thrillers/court-room dramas.

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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Ms. Carrie Plitt of Felicity Bryan Literary Agency

What she is seeking: "I am actively building a list of authors writing non-fiction and fiction, with a focus on debuts. I love well-written non-fiction by authors (often experts) who are passionate about their chosen topic, and I have a particular interest in books about the issues facing our society today, narrative non-fiction, popular science, big ideas, nature writing, history, travel, feminism and art. In fiction, the books I represent range from the very literary to those you might read in a book club. Besides excellent writing, I am often drawn to novels that have unique voices, are portraits of complex characters, examine relationships, are coming of age stories, or capture the zeitgeist. I am always on the look-out for writers from underrepresented backgrounds."

How to submit: Read guidelines HERE. This agency prefers writers in the UK.

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