Our Agents and Book Doctors
Amy Tannenbaum - Jane Rotrosen Agency - US
Amy Tannenbaum is a passionate author advocate with over 15 years of book industry experience. Amy represents clients who write across a variety of genres including women’s fiction, contemporary romance, thriller and psychological suspense. She is particularly interested in those categories, as well as literary and commercial, narrative non-fiction, and works by marginalized voices.
Megan Carroll - Watson Little
Megan is looking for writers in a variety of areas and from a variety of backgrounds. In Fiction, Megan is keen to see high-concept speculative fiction (particularly high-concept love stories) for both commercial and reading group/crossover readers. Megan is also looking for historical fiction and gothic horror in the vein of Bridget Collins, Stacey Halls and Laura Purcell, as well as regional family drama, contemporary women’s fiction, and darkly comic novels (think My Sister the Serial Killer).
In Children’s and YA, Megan would love to see contemporary YA tackling realistic issues and big, epic love st
Donald Winchester - Watson Little
Donald is building his list and is interested in literary fiction and well-written commercial fiction, particularly debut authors, as well as memoir. In non-fiction, he is keen to see writing on history, popular science, nature, music, sport, film and technology.
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. She is also keen to develop her adult fiction list and currently represents women’s fiction and psyche thrillers.
Hellie Ogden - Janklow & Nesbitt
Hellie represents fiction, children’s books and non-fiction and enjoys novels with bold storytelling, moving prose and vivid, thought-provoking characters. In non-fiction she is looking for unique personal stories, campaigners, memoir and nature writing, cookery, lifestyle, and work that has a social following with cross-media potential. As an editorially focused agent, she has a keen interest in helping to develop and nurture debut writers.
Cara Lee Simpson - Jonathan Clowes
Cara is interested in submissions for bold literary and upmarket fiction – anything with a compelling narrative voice and a new way of seeing the world. She is on the lookout for memoirs by women with a feminist edge, books that explore gender politics, sexuality and mental health, and more fiction from BAME and working class perspectives.
She is also looking for nature writers who do something different with the genre, and for accessible psychology and popular science books.
Jessica Felleman - Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency - US
Jessica Felleman represents a range of fiction and non-fiction. On the nonfiction side, she looks for projects with a strong, relatable, and often humorous voice, and prescriptive titles that offer realistic advice or new perspectives that help readers better understand themselves and the world.
Jessica looks for fiction featuring compelling and underserved voices that focus on strong characters and interesting worlds, including commercial and literary fiction, fiction that balances on the edge of genre, and some science fiction and fantasy. She loves fresh stories about magic, complicated families, everyday people doing extraordinary things, and unforgettable places.
Millie Hoskins - United Agents
Millie Hoskins joined United Agents in 2014 and has been building her list for the last three years, whilst continuing to work with some of the agency’s long-standing clients, like Quentin Blake, Philip Pullman and JP Delaney.
She wants to find exciting new writers of fiction, with an interest in both literary and commercial, and anything in between! The only genre she isn’t looking to take on more of right now is fantasy/sci fi. She represents a range of non-fiction but is most interested in narrative at the moment.
Kate Evans - Peter Fraser Dunlop
Katie is actively building a list of authors writing non-fiction and fiction.
She wants non-fiction that says something about the way we live- from beautiful narrative non-fiction with a strong voice to passionate manifestos from experts in their fields. Whether it’s popular science, big ideas, nature writing, memoir, fresh approaches to history or insightful takes on pop culture, she is drawn to writing that makes social, political, and economic issues accessible and engaging.
On the fiction side I read widely but the common thread that runs through most novels I love is a sharply observed take on relationships and strong characters I’ll think about long after I’ve left them on the page. I want a book I can gleefully, greedily consume- that kind of crying in public, ignoring your friends level compulsiveness… but I also want it to be beautifully put together. To steal from Donna Tartt, who explains this better than I ever could, I’m eternally looking for a balance of “density and speed”.
Silvia Molteni - Peter Fraser Dunlop
Silvia Molteni is the dedicated children’s and YA books Agent at PFD and is currently building her own list of clients. The Bookseller named Silvia 2019’s Rising Star.
Silvia is actively looking for Middle Grade novels, strong and diverse voices with brave narratives and contemporary and realistic settings, edgy, funny and moving Middle Grade fiction.
She is also looking for YA fiction across all genres, but her wish list at the moment also involves finding a great psychological thriller. She’s on the hunt for non-fiction books aimed at children and YA – from memoirs to manuals, popular science and humorous books.
Silvia is drawn to voice-driven and character-driven narratives, LGBTQI storylines and characters, endearing narrators, magical realism and upmarket literary fiction.
Alice Fugate - Joy Harris Agency - US
Alice works primarily in the children’s book space, across all formats and genres, but also enjoys working on select adult projects, including stories about the American South, historical fiction, and works that explore faith, religion, music, or nature. She’s drawn to literary or well-written commercial projects that have a classic but fresh feel with distinctive, surprising voices from diverse backgrounds. In children’s books, she loves animal fables, fairy tale retellings, comedies of manners, adventure tales, heartfelt contemporary, and narrative nonfiction.
Alice Sutherland-Hawes - ASH Literary
Alice was the Rights Agent at Madeleine Milburn Ltd, but is now growing the children’s & YA list at her very own ASH agency. 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; New Adult; illustrators and graphic artists; brilliant world-building; diverse and marginalised authors across all ages and genres.
Josephine Hayes - The Blair Partnership
Josephine’s clients have won or been shortlisted for accolades including The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards, WHSmith Non-fiction Book of the Year, The Carnegie Medal, The Blue Peter Book Award, and Crimefest’s Best Crime Novel for Children.
She is currently open to submissions of children’s books and is particularly looking for unexpected twists, ‘real-world’ books with a sprinkling of magic, brilliant world-building and diverse and marginalised authors writing across all genres and age ranges.
She gravitates towards quality middle-grade fiction, especially a good mystery or adventure. In teen and YA fiction she loves an anti-hero and is always keen to see strong young female characters taking centre stage.
Clare Coombes - The Liverpool Literary Agency
With more than 15 years’ experience of writing professionally, including the publication of two novels, Definitions (2015) and We Are of Dust (2018), Clare has developed an in-depth knowledge of what commissioning editors and publishers expect to see from a submitted manuscript. She has been through the process of drafting, editing, pitching, publishing and marketing a novel, using her background in PR and marketing to analyse what a book needs in order to get the attention of publishers and readers alike.
As an agent she aims to support northern writers and is open to all fiction submissions (apart from children’s and YA), but she particularly loves historical fiction, women’s fiction and psychological thrillers.
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.
Katie Greenstreet - C & W
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.
Annakarin Klerfalk - Intersaga
As the founder of Intersaga, the book projects that really speak to Anna are the ones with complicated life stories, across all genres. She is looking for literary fiction that explores relationships and complex families. Commercial fiction with a humorous voice, that focuses on love, life and family relationships. YA and teen fiction (LGBT & underrepresented) ideally with a strong female leading character and/or topics around gender and life issues.
Penny Holroyde - Holroyde & Cartey
Sandra Sawicka - Marjacq
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).
Imogen Pelham - Marjacq
Imogen represents non-fiction, literary fiction and some standout commercial fiction (particularly thrillers, historical and women’s fiction – no SFF or YA). In fiction, she’s principally interested in identity, compelling characters, and moral quandaries. In non-fiction, she looks for serious subjects approached in interesting ways, and would love to find an exceptional memoir.
Rachel Mann - Jo Unwin
Rachel is looking for compelling voices, unpatronizing writing and vivid, complex characters.International settings and traditions, unconventional narratives, and progressive and/or radical social commentary are bound to get her attention. She’s particularly interested in writers from underrepresented backgrounds, especially if those stories are genre fiction, lifestyle or comic non-fiction, for both adults and children.
Rachel is particularly on the look-out for funny, commercial and high-concept middle-grade series. She’s also looking for bold, voice-driven and emotionally engaging non-fiction across both adult and children’s.
Please note that Rachel doesn’t currently represent picture books.
Nicole Etherington - Hardman & Swainson
Nicole’s tastes lean towards the literary and bookclub fiction. Nicole loves stories set in isolated places and drawn to issues driven contemporary fiction that explores nuanced relationships or darker topics. Nicole also likes titles based on true stores. Nicole is on the lookout for new voices, dynamic characters and unique concepts.
For nonfiction, Nicole likes books that make her think or explore familiar topics in interesting ways like Charlote Runcie’s Salt on Your Tongue.
Thérèse Coen - Hardman & Swainson
In terms of adult fiction, she loves historical. She is looking for international historical stories ranging from the Renaissance era to the 20th Century. She’d love something set in the art world, a mystery, crime or romance. That international setting is something she’d also loved to be pulled through into crime or thrillers, or high-concept love stories. She loves strong female characters that find their inner strength.
For children’s fiction, she loves all things fantasy and adventure – across lands, time and space, and involving strong friendships and strong lead characters. She likes imaginative worlds e.g. in a toy factory, or an all-female pirate ship, or in an underwater world. In short, she likes titles that transport her into a world, era or mindset straight-away.
Morwenna Loughman - Book Doctor & Agent
Morwenna is a book doctor and literary agent that has nearly a decade’s experience as a commissioning editor at HarperCollins and Penguin Random House. Morwenna’s worked with globally bestselling and award-winning authors such as Hilary Mantel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Brené Brown, Marie Kondo, Tim Ferriss, Edward de Bono, Nigel Slater and Max Hastings.
Her focus is predominantly on non-fiction – ranging across personal development, memoir, business and cookery to psychology and true-crime – as well as some literary fiction, thrown in for good measure.
Anna Barrett - Book Doctor
Anna is a book editor and former literary agent with the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency and more than ten years’ experience in the publishing industry.
She specialises in commercial fiction: crime and thrillers, mystery, ‘up-lit’, historical fiction and book-club reads. She has worked with writers such as Gail Honeyman, Fiona Barton, Elizabeth Kay and Elizabeth Macneil on their novels ahead of their publishing deals. You can see her portfolio here. She is also a big reader of inspirational non-fiction, and has represented writers such as James Reeves and Gabrielle Brown, Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Michelle Elman and Katherine May on their publishing journeys.
Russel McLean - Book Doctor
A former bookseller, Russel is now an accomplished freelance author, editor, and teacher. He has worked for publishers of various sizes as a developmental editor. He has also run masterclasses in fiction writing for festivals, universities and creative writing groups, as well as advising MLitt students on the fiction element of their dissertations for the University of Dundee’s crime writing and forensics course. For two years, he wrote a crime fiction review column in the Scottish Sunday Herald, and has interviewed authors for several newspapers and magazines.
Although Russel’s primary concern has been noir and thriller fiction, he has also worked across a variety of genres as an editor including horror and SFF.
Debi Alper - Book Doctor
Debi’s first novels were published by Orion. For the last fifteen years, Debi has been helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, and creative writing workshops. Debi is renowned for her editorial skills and is one of the tutor’s on our very own Self-Editing Course.
Please note: All of Debi’s 1-1 sessions will be conducted over email.
Emma Darwin - Book Doctor
Emma is one of the tutor’s on our hugely successful self-editing course. Her new memoir is This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin; her fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers and other prizes. She also blogs at This Itch of Writing.
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.
Rebecca Horsfall - Book Doctor
She is the author of the bestselling epic character-driven novel, Dancing on Thorns, which was published by Random House in the UK and USA to wide critical acclaim in 2005.
In addition to her own writing and editing, Rebecca has given lectures and masterclasses in fiction writing for a number of colleges and organisations and is a regular teacher at Jericho Writers’ Festival of Writing. Many of Rebecca’s clients have gone on to sign with agents and achieve publication. Rebecca has been a fiction editor for Jericho Writers for over a decade, working with many dozens of novelists in genres including literary fiction, romance, psychological drama, historical, fantasy, international and political/sociological drama.
Laura Bennett - Book Doctor
After obtaining an MA in Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, Laura began work at a college for young adults with special needs. She taught English for several years and ran several Creative Writing courses. Laura now works at The Liverpool Literary Agency and is looking to build her own list.
Laura’s specialty is Fantasy and Sci-Fi and she is also interested in Young Adult. She loves strong female protagonists and new takes on the genres. She also likes political and ethical situations examined through a new lens. Laura is a big believer in diversity and wants to see a lot more of it, especially in the fantasy genre.
Kate Burke - Blake Friedmann - to be confirmed
Kate is interested in gripping fiction featuring characters you can’t get enough of. Dark stories but uplifiting love stories, too. She represents a list of bestselling crime and thriller writers, and authors of contemporary and historical women’s fiction, including Will Dean, Dani Atkins, Kate Thompson, Will Carver and Mary Torjussen. She is open to submissions of commercial and literary fiction.
She is looking for: dark thrillers (literary or commercial), a crime series featuring new and fresh lead investigators, and high-concept thrillers (contemporary, historical or speculative) that have a ‘what if?’ plot structure and say something about our society now or then. Women’s fiction and historical fiction that appeals to a reading group market, and contemporary love stories that sweep you away with romance and/or heartbreak. Kate wants to see more love stories with characters from diverse backgrounds and novels with interesting and foreign settings from which we can learn something about different cultures and places.
She doesn’t represent: non-fiction, children’s or young adult books, please.
Laurie Robertson - Peter Fraser Dunlop - to be confirmed
Laurie is looking for literary and upmarket commercial fiction. Strong, original voices with characters that become part of your life, uplifting narratives and fiction that blinds you with subtlety. Stories with beautiful prose, with sentences you can’t help but underline and write down in whatever paper or device available.
On the non-fiction side, she is looking for hidden and untold histories that tell us something new about society today. Social commentaries told from a different perspective. Unexpected memoirs and commentaries that make you laugh as well as make you think.
Laurie is not currently looking for children’s or YA, sci-fi or crime.
Anne Perry - Ki Agency - to be confirmed
Anne founded the literary award The Kitchies, and was Commissioning Editor at Hodder & Stoughton before joining Simon & Schuster as Editorial Director. She has won the H.Club100 Publishing category award and the Kim Scott Walwyn Award. She has been a finalist for the Hugo Award and the British Science Fiction Award, and has won the British Fantasy Award.
Anne is happy to accept fiction submissions in all genres. In non-fiction, she is looking for popular science, natural history, popular history and memoirs. She loves dinosaurs, robots, the Dorset coast, and Oxford commas.
Meg Davis - Ki Agency - to be confirmed
Meg is currently Chair of the Writers’ Organisations Advisory Group, and serving a third term on the committee of the Association of Authors’ Agents.
Meg is happy to consider scripts in all genres, and books in genre fiction. She is not a fan of fiction that is narrated by an animal.
Logan Harper - Trident Media - US
Logan is now working to build her own list. She seeks plot-driven stories with fresh and distinctive voices across a range of upmarket women’s fiction, book club fiction, mystery/suspense, and psychological thrillers, as well as some literary fiction and narrative nonfiction. She gravitates toward stories about unconventional family dynamics and upbringings, unreliable narrators, and female antiheroes.