Our Agents and Book Doctors
Julie Crisp - Julie Crisp Literary Agency
Julie is an editor with over fifteen years’ experience working for three major houses across a broad spectrum of commercial titles within fiction, non-fiction and children’s. This included three years spent working in the Australian publishing industry. For nine years, she headed up the UK arm of one of the largest global brands of science fiction and fantasy, Tor. She’s worked on bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ann Cleeves, Peter F. Hamilton, China Miéville, Neal Asher, Amanda Hocking, Naomi Novik and TV/Game partnerships including Halo, The Returned, The Walking Dead and Twin Peaks.
As an agent, Julie is actively looking to build her list and she’s looking for historical fiction, crime/thrillers, bookclub fiction and science fiction and fantasy. Her clients include: John Gwynne, Heather Child, Den Patrick and Nick Setchfield.
Laura Williams - Greene & Heaton
Laura joined Greene & Heaton as an agent in 2018. She worked at Peters Fraser and Dunlop from 2011, after completing a degree in Classics at Oxford. She is currently looking for novels across the spectrum of literary and commercial fiction, from voice-led literary novels to love stories to domestic family dramas to psychological thrillers. She’s always on the lookout for meditative, beautiful novels about modern life, as well as books in the upmarket/reading group space, either funny or moving, or a bit of both. She also loves dark stories, including gothic novels, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister.
Laura is also looking for historical fiction with contemporary resonance, and occasionally represents young adult novels. On the non-fiction side, she is keen to consider narrative non-fiction of all kinds, particularly untold stories across popular science, history, social issues, mental health and popular culture. She is also always on the look-out for memoirs by extraordinary people.
Sandra Sawicka - Marjacq Scripts
Sandra Sawicka joined the agency in 2014. Her main interests are genre fiction (SFF, speculative, crime, horror) and a bit of YA. She also handles translation rights for all authors represented by Marjacq.
She would love to see: crime with a speculative edge, Southern Gothic, campus novels, road novels, spooky mysteries, ghost stories, high concept, YA adventure, anti-heroes, adventure space operas, atmospheric historical crime/mystery, popular science non-fiction (especially linguistics, cybernetics, and astronomy).
Jo Williamson - Antony Harwood Ltd
Jo represents across all ages in children’s publishing from picture books to YA. She is particularly keen on classic Middle Grade adventures, thought-provoking YA and books that reflect our multi-cultural society. Above all, anything with characters whose voices and stories linger long after the book is finished.
Katie Greenstreet - C&W Agency
Katie’s taste is very broad and ranges from literary fiction to juicy beach reads, but upmarket commercial writing is what she’s most interested in reading right now. While she has a soft spot for her roots and books set in the American South (and her adopted home, New York City), she’s particularly keen to read stories that transport her somewhere new, whether real or imagined.
Katie reads widely and is open to anything with writing that grips her, but she does particularly love fiction about food and families, thrillers with complicated characters and a unique hook, campus novels, historical fiction starring strong women, quirky coming of age stories, and literary works that reveal a darker side of human nature.
Lucy Morris - Curtis Brown
Lucy is actively building a list of commercial and reading group fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir.
In fiction, she looks for brilliant social observation and clever storytelling. Books with heart and humour. She’s on the hunt for a great returning detective like Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie or Susie Steiner’s Manon Bradshaw, and stories about families are guaranteed to pique her interest.
In terms of non-fiction, Lucy’s tastes are pretty broad, but she is always drawn to memoir, the professional and the personal, beautifully written stories told with wit, warmth and precision.
Hayley Steed - Madeleine Milburn Agency
Hayley is a Literary Agent and Book to Screen Agent, actively building a list of fiction, and focusing on film and TV adaptation and scripts written by existing clients.
She is actively looking for: commercial and book-club fiction across all genres including contemporary women’s fiction; uplifting love stories; upmarket general fiction; high concept novels; grounded sci-fi; speculative fiction; gothic novels; horror; feminist reads; magical realism and cross-genre books. She is not currently looking for sci-fi or fantasy.
Alice Sutherland-Hawes - Madeleine Milburn Agency
Alice is the Rights Agent at Madeleine Milburn Ltd and is also growing the children’s & YA list at the agency, including illustrators.
She began her career as a bookseller before working at The Agency for three years, where she gained an invaluable insight into the publishing industry. Whilst at The Agency she negotiated multiple UK deals and helped sell rights across the world in titles including A Kestrel For A Knave, the Paddington books and Malorie Blackman’s books. Along with books, she has a passion for films and spent some time as a film critic.
Alice is actively looking for: Middle Grade for 9-12 (standalone and with series potential); tween stories to fit between MG and YA; illustrators and graphic artists; brilliant world-building; diverse and marginalised authors across all ages and genres.
Holly Dawson - Book Doctor
Holly has been a freelance writer and editor for more than ten years. She works closely with authors to write, shape and edit their work and secure publication, alongside editorial work for brands such as Timberland and journalism for the BBC and elsewhere. Her own novel, The Book of Keys, will be published in 2021 by HarperCollins
Julia Churchill - A.M Heath
Julia joined A.M.Heath in 2013 to run the children’s department, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where she started the children’s book side of the list.
Julia says she is lucky to represent some fabulous writers, but she’s always on the lookout for new writing talent. She’s looking for debut and established authors with storytelling magic, from picture book texts right up to YA fiction.