Literary and Commerical Fiction, Thrillers, Memoirs wanted
Endless submissions to agents can feel like an end of tosh — but a necessary one. You’re not a doffer if you find the whole process an uphill climb. This can help.
Here are three UK agents actively seeking new clients. Jordan Lees represents crime and thrillers of all stripes (whether commercial or more literary), including speculative thrillers; literary fiction; true crime and smart non-fiction. Trevor Dolby is looking for popular science with clear relevance to everyday life, narrative history, military history, humour, biography, popular culture, natural history and great memoirs by passionate people with lives well lived. Lizzy Kremer represents commercial and literary fiction and nonfiction.
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.
Ms. Lizzy Kremer of David Higham Associates Ltd
Lizzy was named the British Book Industry Awards 2016 Agent of the Year in May 2016. She is President of the Association of Authors’ Agents.
Lizzy is a director of the company and Head of the Books Department. Her career in publishing began as a book publicist, after which she worked with agent Ed Victor for seven years before joining DHA in 2004. Lizzy is co-author with George Green of A Dummies Guide to Writing a Novel and Getting Published (2007, updated edition 2014). Lizzy writes a blog at https://publishingforhumans.com/.
What she is seeking: Lizzy Kremer represents commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction and is agent of mega-selling thriller The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. She represents the UK’s highest-selling self-published author, Rachel Abbott.
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.
Mr. Jordan Lees of The Blair Partnership
Jordan is particularly drawn to writing with a real sense of atmosphere and has a soft spot for anything dark and strange. Some of his favorite writers are Patricia Highsmith, John Fowles, Cormac McCarthy and Gillian Flynn
What he is seeking: He represents crime and thrillers of all stripes (whether commercial or more literary), including speculative thrillers; literary fiction; true crime and smart non-fiction.
How to submit: Send the first thirty pages of your manuscript and a one page synopsis as a PDF or word file. Submit to Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Trevor Dolby of Aevitas Creative Management
Trevor has published scores of bestselling books during his thirty-five-year career in UK non-fiction publishing. He was the UK publisher of
Dave Pelzer’s A Child Called It trilogy, published world-renowned historian James Holland’s.Fortress Malta, and the first UK internet bestselling phenomenon The Darwin Awards. He created the Pythons on the Pythons and U2 on U2. He also fostered the celebrity memoir, editing David Essex, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Terri Hatcher, Colin Montgomery, Martin Kemp, Peter Kay, Phil Collins and many more. As Publisher and Managing Director of HarperCollins Entertainment division, he managed the worldwide publishing rights to J.R.R. Tolkien, and the UK and Commonwealth rights to The Simpsons, Agatha Christie and C.S. Lewis. In 2007, Trevor launched ‘Preface’ as an imprint of Random House.
What he is seeking: Trevor is looking for popular science with a clear relevance to everyday life, narrative history, military history, humour, biography, popular culture, natural history and great memoirs by passionate people whose lives have been well-lived.
How to submit: Follow instructions on the agency website HERE.
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