Thursday, June 4, 2020

5 UK Agents Seeking Nonfiction, Kidlit, Science Fiction, Commercial Fiction and more

Here are five UK literary agents actively seeking clients. Natalie Jerome has a specific interest in commercial Non-Fiction across areas of health and wellness, food, current events, culture, music and entertainment as well as looking for new authors in children’s fiction. Marina De Pass loves commercial and book-club fiction in all its forms – from twisty, domestic psychological suspense to smart rom-coms and big, sweeping love stories. Justin Nash is looking for both grounded science fiction and SF of the far future. Jessica Woollard represents a diverse range of international literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. South East Asia, Japan, Africa and the Middle East are areas of particular interest. She’s long worked with memoir. Natasha Fairweather  represents predominantly writers of non-fiction as well as fiction.

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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Ms. Natalie Jerome of Aevitas Creative Management

Natalie Jerome has worked at Penguin Random House, Pan Macmillan, Bonnier Books and HarperCollins where she was Publisher for ten years. Specialising in Non-Fiction with a specific focus on entertainment and lifestyle, Natalie has commissioned and published books by a host of high profile names during her career including the multi-million copy-selling One Direction titles as well as books from Chris Evans, Alan Carr, George Best, Scarlett Moffatt, Gary Barlow, JLS, Little Mix, the ‘Victoria’ TV tie-in, Professor Steve Peters and Rochelle Humes. While at Bonnier Books, she launched new wellness imprint Lagom. She was described by the UK’s Bookseller magazine as a “brand publishing wizard” and in 2018 was included in its “Industry Top 100”.

What she is seeking: Natalie has a specific interest in commercial Non-Fiction across areas of health and wellness, food, current events, culture, music and entertainment as well as looking for vibrant new authors in children’s fiction.

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

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Ms. Marina De Pass of The Soho Agency

Marina joined The Soho Agency in 2016, after working for several years in the editorial departments of Little, Brown and HarperCollins. She has a rare insight into the publishing industry – in addition to her agenting work, she is also a published author, and has studied creative writing at the Faber Academy.

What she is seeking: Marina loves commercial and book-club fiction in all its forms – from twisty, domestic psychological suspense to smart rom-coms and big, sweeping love stories – and is actively looking to take on clients in this area.

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

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Mr. Justin Nash of Kate Nash Literary Agency

Justin has a BA in History and an MA in Medieval Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. He worked for a number of years as a teacher of History and Politics. Justin enjoyed teaching any period from the Middle Ages to the present day. He has edited and helped research new editions of two books on the Far East Prisoner of War experience in World War Two. Another book which Justin helped edit is a memoir about the life of a British family trapped in occupied France during the same period, written from the viewpoint of the youngest member of the family.

What he is seeking: Justin is looking for both grounded science fiction and SF of the far future. He loves historical fiction set in any period although Justin would particularly like to see detective fiction set in either earlier times, distant places or against the background of war. Action thrillers with complex lead characters, great settings and lots of action are welcome.

Justin is interested in standout non-fiction with a strong voice. He would be particularly interested to see history, popular science, politics and travel books that immerse the reader in either a place, culture or idea. Journalistic approaches that chronicle the author’s quest with the author present in the narrative are also welcome.

How to submit: Note: This agency prefers UK writers. To submit to the Kate Nash Literary Agency Ltd., please send a query to submissions@katenashlit.co.uk along with:

  • a brief cover letter with some information about yourself and how you came to write your book
  • a sample chapter or chapters (a maximum of three chapters) from your work
  • a synopsis including where you think your book sits in the market

For non-fiction the above can either be in the body of an email or in a Word document.

For fiction send a brief cover letter with some information about yourself and how you came to write your book, the first chapter of your work and a brief synopsis (maximum the length of one A4 page, preferably more succinct) in the body of an email.

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Ms. Jessica Woollard of David Higham Associates Ltd

Jessica joined David Higham Associates in 2016 having previously been a literary agent at The Marsh Agency and a Director at Toby Eady Associates, each for ten years.

She represents a diverse range of international literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. South East Asia, Japan, Africa and the Middle East are areas of particular interest. She’s long worked with memoir (is it the new novel). Jessica is looking for books that explore multiple genres; science, natural history, history, diversity, gender, landscape, cultural and current affairs and the way these subjects impact on our daily lives, poetic, awake, activist writing informed by an understanding of the environment. Jessica represents many prize winning authors and journalists including Rob Cowen, Stanley Donwood, Charles Foster, Jay Griffiths, Paul Kingsnorth, Emma Jane Kirby, Julia Lovell, Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, Ben Myers, Fred Pearce, Merlin Sheldrake, Lola Shoneyin and Joshua Virasami.

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. Natasha Fairweather of Rogers, Coleridge & White

Natasha Fairweather joined Rogers, Coleridge & White as a director in October 2016.  She began her career as a literary agent at Curtis Brown in 1989, returning to the profession when she joined AP Watt in 1999 after a seven-year hiatus spent living and working in Jerusalem and Moscow. More recently she was joint head of books at United Agents.

What she is seeking: She represents predominantly writers of non-fiction including journalists, politicians and historians and also a growing number of prize winning novelists. She also handles New York agent, Elyse Cheney’s, authors in the UK.

How to submit: Send your query to Matthewm@rctlitagency.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.

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