The World's Leading Literary Agents
The world’s leading literary agencies are seeking exciting new writers. Enjoy fast track submission to secure literary agency representation for your author career.
Our partner literary agencies represent bestselling and award-winning authors like Philip Pullman, Michael Ondaatje, Hilary Mantel, Marilynne Robinson, Madeleine Miller, Celeste Ng, Gail Honeyman, Richard Osman, Paula Hawkins, J.M Coetzee, Jacqueline Wilson and many more famous names.
Our literary agency partners are AAA and AAR members and they operate worldwide representing authors from most countries around the globe. Working alongside our preferred agents in the USA and the UK gives us a chance to keep an ear to the ground with the market for fiction.
It's our unabashed intention to do all we can to get our writers publishing contracts, and it's a great joy for The Novelry to be able to make that call to a writer to say they love it!
A love story with a happy ending for our course graduates.
Get Literary Agency Representation
We submit our writers’ work to leading literary agents worldwide in order to ensure the best representation for you, your manuscript and your career as a writer. We neither ask for nor accept a commission for this; it’s part of the service.
Join us for one of our Book in a Year plans or apply for The Finished Novel Course which includes a full manuscript assessment. When your manuscript is ready to submit to literary agents, our editorial team will invite you to our submission service. An editor will work with you to hone your pitch package. We will then prepare a list of the literary agents who work in your genre and are looking to take on new writers. We submit on your behalf, keeping you informedallowing you the choice of meeting those agents interested in taking things further.
We cannot guarantee representation, but we will always do everything we can to help our writers. We wouldn’t, for example, encourage you to submit before you’re truly ready! We have a stellar track record of securing agent representation for our writers (because they know to expect brilliant submissions from us!).
“A wonderful organisation for aspiring writers, and we’re thrilled to work with them!”
Madeleine Milburn, Director of Madeleine Milburn Literary TV & Film Agency
Meet the Literary Agents
Our literary agency partners give regular live sessions to members of The Novelry enabling our writers to know what's hot, what's not and how to nail the all-important pitch. We make a plan with each and every one of our graduates individually to submit their work when ready directly to the appropriate agencies and they typically reply within 2 weeks. We may approach other agents additionally if your genre or location needs some specialist assistance. We're well-connected to most well-regarded literary agencies worldwide.
One thing you can be sure of, we have your success very much at heart. It's at the core of what we offer and what makes us so much more than a writing course. We have taken complete beginners all the way through to secure world-class literary agent representation.Enrol in The Finished Novel Course
Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency
Madeleine Milburn founded the agency described by The Bookseller as ‘a major force in publishing’ in 2012. Madeleine was chosen as one of the book trade’s Rising Stars and in 2017 she was one of a small handful of agents to be included in The Bookseller’s list of the 100 most influential people in the book trade, alongside the likes of J. K. Rowling. She has appeared in the list every year since.
In 2018, Madeleine won Literary Agent of the Year at the British Book Awards. She was praised for her 'prolific deal-making'. In 2020, she was shortlisted again for the same award. She represents our very own Lizzy Goudsmit Kay writing as Elizabeth Kay.
David Higham Associates
Established in 1935, David Higham Associates represents an outstanding range of writers of commercial and literary fiction, in all media and languages, and are the leading agency for children’s authors and illustrators. From giants of modern literature to commercial blockbusters and emerging talent, David Higham Associates work with some of the most exciting fiction writers in the world. Authors include Alexander McCall Smith, Paula Hawkins, Naomi Alderman, Harriet Tyce, Robert Macfarlane, J.M. Coetzee, Jacqueline Wilson and our very own Myfanwy Milward.
Mushens Entertainment is a leading UK literary agency that represents a diverse range of authors. From Sunday Times Bestsellers, to actors, brands and award nominated authors. Juliet Mushens has been shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year four times. She represents a bestselling and critically acclaimed list, including no.1 bestseller Jessie Burton, multi-million-copy bestseller Taran Matharu, and Richard Osman. She represents our very own Krystle Appiah and Katie Khan.
The Book Group
The Book Group was founded in 2015. They represent award-winning novelists and illustrators, book club favourites, bestselling thrillers, and fantasy, horror and young adult classics. Their clients include Celeste Ng, Liane Moriarty, Madeleine Miller, Joshua Ferris, Rumaan Alam and Alice Sebold.
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.
Trident Media Group
For more than ten consecutive years, TMG has ranked number one for sales according to the publishing marketplace in North America. Located in New York, 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.
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, Helen Rappaport, Simon Schama, Sarah Raven, Chris Patten, Bear Grylls, and such estates as V.S. Pritchett, E.M. Forster. They represent our very own Romla Ryan and Susie Bower.
Janklow & Nesbit Associates
The famous US literary agency began as Morton L. Janklow Associates, founded by attorney Morton Janklow in 1977. The arrival of Lynn Nesbit created Janklow & Nesbit Associates in 1989. Janklow & Nesbit (UK) Ltd. was established in 2000 to provide the same level of service and expertise to British and European-based writers. The agency has represented books that have appeared on The New York Times Bestseller Lists cumulatively for more than 9,300 weeks between 2010 and 2017. Their amazing authors have garnered every major accolade from the Pulitzer Prize to the Academy Award. They represent our very own Lily Lindon.
The Soho Agency
A leading literary agency based in the heart of Soho, London. The Soho Agency was founded in 2019 bringing together LAW (Lucas Alexander Whitley) and Factual Management - two agencies with long term reputations and stellar clients - to form an expanded company with the dedicated staff, complementary skills and imagination to be active in all areas of international literary representation. They represent Nicholas Sparks, Andy McNab, Kate Mosse, Sophie Kinsella, Ben Fogle and our very own Emylia Hall. Our agent for adult fiction is Marina de Pass and for children's fiction, it's Philippa Milnes-Smith whose clients include two UK Children's Laureates - Chris Ridell and Lauren Child.
Jane Rotrosen Agency, NYC
The Jane Rotrosen Agency on 51st Street Manhattan has represented authors of fiction since 1974. Their client list includes over 1,000 international and domestic bestsellers in all formats. They represent women's fiction, suspense, thrillers, mystery historical fiction, romance, new adult fiction and children's fiction.
Authors include Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, Kristin Hannah and Iris Johansen.
Inkwell is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, with an international reputation for representing bestselling and prize-winning writers. They are particularly interested in original ideas, riveting stories and great writing. Their clients include Kate Atkinson, Sophie Kinsella, Lionel Shriver, Lauren Oliver and Markus Zusak.
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.
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. The team at DHH particularly enjoy crime, women's commercial fiction, romance and literary fiction. In 2017 Broo Doherty was voted Literary Agent of the Year at the Royal Novelist's Association.
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 represent our Mahsuda Snaith.
Georgina Capel Associates
Irene Baldoni joined Georgina Capel Associates in 2017, having previously worked at Faber & Faber and Gregory & Company Authors’ Agents. She has an MA in Modern Literature from the University of Siena in Italy and an MA in Publishing Studies from City University London. Irene is looking for upmarket commercial fiction, literary fiction, Sci-Fi/dystopian or speculative fiction and and crime thrillers. Her colleague Rachel Conway is seeking YA and middle-grade children's novels. Georgina Capel Associates represent Victoria Hislop, Simon Sebag-Montefiore and Ben Okri among many others.
Bell Lomax Moreton
Founded in 2000, Bell Lomax Moreton represents a wide range of distinguished authors writing adult fiction and children’s books. Their managing director, Paul Moreton, joined the agency in 2000 from Penguin Books, where he was Head of Children’s Book Sales. He’s interested in children’s books across all age ranges. With over 20 years’ experience of working in the publishing industry, Jo Bell, has worked for HarperCollins and is seeking fiction with a strong voice across all genres of adult fiction. Rights in the United States are handled by Helen Edwards, formerly Rights Director at Transworld. Film and TV rights are looked after by Valerie Hoskins Associates.
Eve White Literary Agency
A UK-based literary agency representing internationally published authors. Eve White was shortlisted for the BIA 2015 Literary Agent of the Year award, and the British Book Awards 2017 Literary Agent of the Year award. They represent Ruth Ware, Luan Goldie, Rachael Blok, and Rebecca Reid. Their author She was shortlisted for The Costa Children’s Book Award for her novel, The Hanged Man Rises. Booktrust has featured their author Andy Stanton's You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum! on its list of “100 Best Books of the Last 100 Years.”
Aevitas Creative Management
Aevitas Creative Management is a full-service literary agency, home to more than twenty agents in six cities in the USA (New York, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle, London).Aevitas Creative Management is a full-service literary agency, home to more than thirty agents in six cities: New York, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle and London. They represent scores of award-winning authors, thinkers, and public figures. Their list includes Riley Sager, Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew J. Graff and Tara Conklin.
Their authors have won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, National Book Critics Circle Award, PEN/Hemingway, Pushcart Prize, Whiting Writer’s Award, Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Academy awards. They represent our very own Olesya Lyuzna.
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.
Greene & Heaton
Founded in 1963, Greene & Heaton Ltd is a literary and media agency working closely with our clients, to polish their proposals, edit their texts, and to give advice about positioning in the fast-changing publishing landscape. They handle straightforward book representation and contract negotiation to film and TV adaptations. Authors include Sarah Waters, Sebastian Barry, P.D James and Jenny Offill.
42 are a management and production company who represent actors, writers and directors and produce film, television and content. The book division at 42 represents a number of bestselling and prize-winning authors. 42 authors are published in over 40 languages. The team focus on storytelling above all else and are led by Eugenie Furniss, shortlisted twice for Literary Agent of the Year at The British Book Awards. Authors include Matthew Reilly, Celia Walden, and Adriana Trigiani.
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