Literary Agents

Our partner literary agents cover the globe, working internationally and are AAA and AAR members. As individuals, they are known and vouched for by The Novelry. 

They have chosen to work with The Novelry because they recognise the quality of our graduates' work.

We don't ask for any commission and have no financial interest in any arrangement, we want our writers to get the agent who is just right for them, their work and career. We approach submission as partners, we agree a plan together and submit when we are confident of success. It's a managed process, you're in safe hands.

Working alongside our agents gives us a chance to keep an ear to the ground regarding the market for fiction. It's our unabashed intention to get our writers publishing contracts, and it's a great joy and privilege for The Novelry to be able to make that call to a writer to say - they love it!

Peters, Fraser + Dunlop

Peters Fraser + Dunlop (PFD) is a talent and literary agency based in London, England. One of the oldest agencies in Britain, dating from 1924, PFD was a co-founder of the Association of Authors' Agents, it is home to a distinguished and varied client list, including Jeanette Winterson, Ruby Wax, Steve Peters, Helen Rappaport, Simon Schama, William Hague, Sarah Raven, Twiggy, Sir Max Hastings, Chris Patten, Bear Grylls, Valentine Warner, Philip Norman, Graham Masterton and such estates as V.S. Pritchett, E.M. Forster. They represent our our very own Romla Ryan and Susie Bower.

PFD literary agency

United Agents

United Agents (UA) is a talent and literary agency headquartered in Soho, London, England.  In 2007 UA set up a literary division and further to the acquisition of AP Watt , now represents writers across fiction, non-fiction, history and children's books, as well as illustrators. Authors have won many of the world’s most prestigious literary prizes (including the Man Booker Prize, the COSTA Novel of the Year, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Windham-Campbell Prize, the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Book Award) and appeared at the top of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller lists. Clients include John Banville, Julian Barnes, Tessa Hadley and the estate of Helen Dunmore. They represent our own Cate Guthleben.

United Agents


Conville & Walsh, C+W, is a leading international literary agency founded by Patrick Walsh and Clare Conville in 2000. Their clients include DBC Pierre, winner of the 2003 Booker prize, Sarah Hall, author of The Electric Michaelangelo, shortlisted for the 2004 Booker prize, S.J. Watson, author of Before I Go to Sleep, Stephen Kelman, shortlisted for the 2011 Booker prize and Esther Freud. Our agent, Sophie Lambert, is looking for literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction and crime fiction. Her clients include Catherine Cho, Guy Gunaratne and one of our own graduates Rebecca Ley.

C+W Literary agency

Darley Anderson

The agency specialises in bestselling commercial fiction. It was founded in 1988 by Darley Anderson and has its Head Office in central South-West London, with a Regional Office near the book town of Hay-on-Wye. Many of its fiction writers are among the highest paid bestselling authors in the world. Martina Cole has had 15 No.1 UK bestsellers. She has spent more weeks at No.1 in the UK than any other adult fiction author. Lee Child has achieved the unique feat among British writers of being No.1 in both US and UK hardback and paperback lists with each of his novels featuring Jack Reacher over the last ten years. In 2017 the Agents negotiated six-figure deals both in the UK and US for debut authors Sandie Jones, Beth O’Leary, T M Logan and Catherine Steadman. The Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency specialises in finding and nurturing new author talent and represents our very own Rashmi Sirdeshpande.

Darley Anderson

DHH Literary

Founded by David H Headley in 2008, this team of passionate book lovers with a huge commercial client list are devoted to finding new talent and growing writing careers. Our agent at DHH, Broo Doherty, particularly enjoys crime, women's commercial fiction, and literary fiction. In 2017 she was voted Literary Agent of the Year at the Royal Novelist's Association.

DHH Literary

Johnson & Alcock

Into their sixth decade, Johnson & Alcock boasts a vibrant list of fiction for both children and adults, and are proud to represent prizewinning and bestselling authors across the genres in the UK and internationally. Our agent is Anna Power, the MD of Johnson & Alcock. She looks after a list of award-winning and bestselling novelists. She's looking for literary and commercial novels including thrillers, psychological suspense, historical and women's fiction. She favours great storytelling and a fresh voice, and enjoys discovering and working with debut writers.  She also represents some children's fiction, from middle grade through to YA.

Johnson & Alcock

Watson, Little

Founded in 1970, Watson, Little Ltd is a long-established literary agency that offers a full service to its clients across all aspects of media. It has an outstanding track record, and has represented a number of celebrated, bestselling and prize-winning authors over the years and handles an unusually wide range of adult, children’s and young adult fiction. Our agent Donald Winchester was the Secretary of the Association of Authors’ Agents (AAA) from 2017-19. Donald is interested in literary fiction and well-written commercial fiction, particularly debut authors, as well as memoir. 

Watson Little

A.M. Heath

The agency was founded in 1919 by Audrey Heath and Alice May Spinks, two women, both in their mid-thirties. An unmarried woman and a widowed single mother made an unlikely coupling in a literary world dominated by male heavyweights. Taking an office on Golden Square in London’s Soho and christening the company after their own names – the ‘A.M.’ came from Alice May, with Audrey donating her surname ‘Heath’ – they began business. Hilary Mantel was the agency's fourth Booker prize winner, with Wolf Hall in 2009. In 2012, its follow-up volume, Bring Up the Bodies, repeated the feat, making Hilary the first writer in history to win two Booker Prizes with successive novels – and the first to win with a direct sequel. 

A.M Heath

Trident Media 

For more than ten consecutive years, TMG has ranked number one for sales according to the publishing marketplace in North America. The agency operates worldwide. TMG is the only U.S. literary agency to consistently be in the top ten in UK fiction and has ranked as highly as number one in UK fiction deals. Among the agency’s clients are Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, The Booker, and winners of various other literary prizes. 

Trident Media Group
Charlie Brotherstone

Charlie Brotherstone joined A.M. Heath in 2008, building a list of authors before moving to Ed Victor Limited in 2014. He founded his own agency in 2017 and represents our very own Tracey Emerson.

Charlie Brotherstone

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