UK Literary Agencies List

If you wish to find a publisher for a book you’ve written you’ll almost certainly need an agent. Most publishers now only accept submissions that are passed onto them by literary agents, thus dramatically thinning-down the otherwise-vast slush pile. The job of an agent is to sell books to publishers. They have good connections with the publishing industry and know the varying tastes of individual editors. They’re also wellversed in contract law, and so will be able to negotiate with publishers for a much better deal than you might be able to get on your own. Not only that, but an agent is essential for selling foreign language or television and movie rights. It’s important to do your research before getting an agent, and find one that is right for you. The list below is a good place to start, but if you want something a bit more thorough (and don’t mind parting with a little money), try Agent Hunter. Agent Hunter is one of the most comprehensive databases of UK agents available anywhere. Visit http://www.neonmagazine.co.uk/?page_id=1591 for the frequently-updated online version of this list, where you can also make suggestions for other agencies that should be included. *

Aitken Alexander Associates
A London-based agency. They also have an office in New York. Open to literary and commercial fiction. *

Ampersand Agency
Literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. An enthusiastic agency based in Oxfordshire. *

AP Watt
Founded in 1875, this is one of the most long-established literary agencies in the UK. Represents writers of fiction and non-fiction as well as some illustrators and screenwriters. *

Burkeman & Clarke
This agency handles fiction and general non-fiction, as well as children’s books and scripts. Established in 2009.

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Christopher Little Literary Agency
Best-known for having represented JK Rowling. Based in London and open to fiction and non-fiction. *

Conville And Walsh Literary Agency
Founded in 2000 and based in London. This agency considers an eclectic range of genres, but does not accept poetry, short fiction or dramatic works. *

Creative Authors LTD
Based in Kent, and open to both fiction and non-fiction, this small agency was established in 2008. *

David Higham Associates
One of the leading agencies for children’s writers. Also represents general fiction and nonfiction. *

DHH Literary
Considers only novels. Aims to provide “attentive and individual” representation for thier authors. *

Diane Banks Associates
Seeks mainly commercial fiction and non-fiction. Emphasises the importance of film and TV rights. *

Eve White
A London-based agency looking to represent authors of literary and commercial fiction, nonfiction and children’s books.

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Felicity Bryan
Based in Oxford, this agency represents authors of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. *

Fox Mason
A “new and nimble” agency, headed by Ben Mason. Open to fiction and non-fiction. *

Futerman Rose Associates
An established literary agency, looking for commercial or literary fiction and non-fiction. *

Jane Judd
A small and friendly agency whose interests include fiction, narrative non-fiction, health, self-help, history and biography. Open to new writers. *

Jane Turnbull
Established 25 years ago this agency offers friendly, supportive and professional representation for writers of fiction and non-fiction on a wide variety of topics. *

Janklow & Nesbit
A diverse agency seeking fiction and non-fiction. Founded in 1973 and with offices in New York and Los Angeles as well as London. *

Jenny Brown Associates
One of the largest agencies in Scotland. Open to unsolicited submissions at certain times of the year. *

Lindsay Literary Agency

A friendly and personable agency seeking literary fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. *

MBA Literary Agents LTD
Established in 1971, this agency represents a wide variety of authors. *

Mic Cheetham Literary Agency
London-based literary agency, happy to consider both literary and genre fiction. *

Puttick
This London-based literary agency specialises in non-fiction. Although they are currently not open to new clients they do run a consultancy service for authors seeking publishing advice. *

Rogers, Colerdige & White
This established agency accepts fiction, non-fiction and children’s fiction. Based in London, and with an extensive list of titles. *

Sayle Literary Agency
Established in 1896 and based in Cambridgeshire. A small but dedicated agency that takes on fiction and non-fiction. *

Sheila Ableman
A friendly and successful agency that primarily represents authors of history, science, biography and memoir. They have a particular interest in TV tie-ins. *

Standen Literary Agency
Seeks to represent children’s and adult contemporary fiction, and some non-fiction by negotiation.

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Watson Little LTD
Represents an “unusually wide” range of books, including adult, young adult and children’s fiction, as well as some non-fiction.

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