We accept submissions by e-mail only, from authors who are resident in the UK. We do not accept postal submissions. We are looking for new authors, but naturally we are selective. We receive in the region of two thousand submissions a year, and take on fewer than ten new clients a year. Please read the notes below to find out what we are looking for, and to check that this matches what you have to offer.
If you wish to submit to us, please include a pitch telling us why a prospective reader should read your book, an outline or synopsis and the first three chapters.
Please consider carefully whether your submission is ready to be perused by an agent. Aspiring authors may obtain information, editorial advice and assessment, before contacting agents, from the following sources:
- Cornerstones: www.cornerstones.co.uk “Cornerstones is a founding literary consultancy with one of the best reputations in the trade. We scout for agents; offer professional editorial feedback on manuscripts; launch new writers and run specialist workshops."
- The Literary Consultancy: www.literaryconsultancy.co.uk “The Literary Consultancy was founded in 1996 and is the UK's leading editorial advice service. Backed by Arts Council England, and based at London's Free Word centre, The Literary Consultancy offers manuscript assessment, events, classes and holidays to help you with your writing and understanding of the publishing industry. The author Terry Darlington has said of TLC "NARROW DOG TO CARCASSONNE, with which TLC gave me excellent editorial help, sold 30,000 copies to the consumer in hardback. Their fine and necessary service made it possible for me as a novice to write a bestseller””
- Writers’ Workshop: www.writersworkshop.co.uk "The Writers' Workshop is the UK's biggest writer's services company, offering editorial critiques, courses and more. All of our editors are named published authors, and we've got stunning contacts with agents and publishers. We have even helped clients onto bestseller lists. If you're a writer and need help, then we've almost certainly got what you need."
- Novel Thinking: novelthinking.co.uk "Novel Thinking is a boutique consultancy offering comprehensive and personal services. Along with developmental editing and manuscript assessment, we will ensure that your submission package, including synopsis, is right before you send it out - a vital but often overlooked step in getting your manuscript read by agents. Debut author Jennifer McVeigh, whose novel was a Richard & Judy 2013 Book Club selection says of Novel Thinking "I couldn't have written THE FEVER TREE without them.” Jack Wolf, whose first book is brilliantly reviewed by The Times, the Guardian and the Daily Mail, says "The developmental and eventual publishing success of THE TALE OF RAW HEAD AND BLOODY BONES owes a great deal to Brett Hardmann's early editorial assistance.” Novel Thinking works both with traditional and self-publishing, and is a partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors."
What Anne Williams is looking for: I am keen to find well-written, engrossing fiction for which I feel I can find a market. I want a plot that will keep me engaged, characters I care about and a world that is intriguing or attractive enough for me to want to spend time in. Specifically, I am interested in women's fiction, be it contemporary or set further into the past. I am also passionate about history and historical fiction and am a fan of crime and thrillers, an area of the KHLA list I am keen to build. Though my background is largely in fiction publishing, I am also on the look out for 'new nature writing', a personal enthusiasm.
Please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
What Kate Hordern is looking for: On the fiction side, I’m interested in strong story-telling married to wonderful writing. I like fiction that takes you to another world, whether that’s a different culture (particularly written about from the inside) or a different time across the range – thrillers, top-of-the-genre crime, historical, literary, women’s fiction. I have a small children’s list, 9+. In non-fiction my main focus is history. I don't take on that many new clients, but I can always be tempted by something special.
Please contact me directly at email@example.com
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