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The pathway to publishing

Literary agents

We offer our members fast-track submission to the best literary agencies in the world.
For a traditional publishing contract, you will need a literary agent as publishers rarely accept direct submissions. We matchmake our course graduates with literary agents and have an outstanding success rate. Only The Novelry offers writers the complete path to publishing.

The fast track to publishing

From blank page to book deal

Why do you need a literary agent?

Almost all new writers seeking to be traditionally published need a literary agent in today’s publishing world.

The major traditional publishing houses account for almost 80% of book sales worldwide and acquire books almost exclusively from literary agents.

A good literary agent can get you a traditional publishing deal, as well as TV and film rights. If you want to be published by one of the major publishing houses, also known as the Big Five (Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan Publishers) you’ll want to find the right literary agent to get you a book deal.

Understanding agent listings

Agent listings are hard to navigate. You’ll research literary agents no doubt for many weeks to find literary agents who represent your genre whether it’s historical fiction, science fiction, crime fiction, middle grade etc. As you begin work to query literary agents, you’ll pore through each literary agent’s list, scrutinise their submission guidelines, spend time learning how to craft a strong hook, write a great query letter, and fret and sweat over every detail down to the subject line of your email query letter. After all that, you’ll no doubt be happy to sign with the first agent who offers you representation!

Finding the right agent

But even if a literary agent shows interest, requests a full manuscript, and likes your writing, you may still have questions.

How well are they regarded in the publishing industry? New agents may not have contacts at a publishing house that represents authors in your genre. What would their submission process be? Editors receive submissions from many literary agencies, but they will prioritise their inbox according to how highly they regard a particular literary agent. You want to sign with the right agent.

Demystifying the publishing industry

Many new authors think the publishing industry is impenetrable, a closed shop. But that’s not the case.

The writer’s market is stronger than it has ever been. You might be closer than you think. In fact, most literary agents and publishers are in search of the same thing. A literary agent views the query letter with the same eye the acquiring editor of a publishing house does. They’re looking for a certain something, and we know what that is because our team has hands-on experience of the publishing process having worked as acquiring editors for the Big Five publishers. Getting a literary agent interested is a challenge but we can dramatically improve your chances.

How we can help



When your manuscript is deemed 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 query letter and submission package. We will then prepare a list of literary agents who work in your genre and are looking to take on new writers.

We submit on your behalf, keeping you informed throughout and allowing you the choice of meeting those agents interested in taking things further. We neither ask for nor accept a commission for this; it’s part of the service. We cannot guarantee representation, but we will always do everything we can to help you. When we submit our writers, our success rate is over 60%. It’s a joy for us to make that life-changing call to say an agent loves your book.

Madeline, course graduate

“A wonderful organisation for aspiring writers, and we’re thrilled to work with them!”

— Madeleine Milburn, Director of Madeleine Milburn Literary TV & Film Agency

A relationship based on reputation

Our trusted literary agencies

Our literary agents are AAA and AALA members, and they operate worldwide representing authors around the globe.

They represent bestselling and award-winning authors like Tom Clancy, Meg Wollitzer, 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.

The Book Group

The Book Group

The Book Group was founded in 2015. They work with every major New York publisher and represent award-winning novelists and illustrators, book club favorites, bestselling thrillers, and fantasy, horror and young adult classics. Their clients include Celeste Ng, Liane Moriarty, Madeleine Miller, Joshua Ferris, Rumaan Alam, Alice Sebold and other writers.

Janklow & Nesbit Associates

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 literary 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.

Mushens Entertainment

Mushens Entertainment

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, from historical fiction to crime fiction, from young adult to science fiction including debut authors and No.1 bestseller Jessie Burton, multi-million-copy bestseller Taran Matharu, and Richard Osman. Juliet Mushens represents our very own Krystle Appiah and Katie Khan.

WME

WME

A famous global operation, closing more than 1,000 international publishing deals a year, WME represents internationally bestselling authors, critically acclaimed literary writers, award-winning journalists, thought leaders and up-and-coming talent. WME authors have been the recipients of such esteemed awards as the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, the Edgar Award, the Orange Prize, the Giller Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Medal of Literature, among others. Authors include Kiley Reid, Tom Clancy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Curtis Sittenfeld, Amor Towles, Jean Hanff Korelitz and Meg Wolitzer.

Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency

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 and introduced to readers many new writers who have become household names.

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 Editorial Director Lizzy Goudsmit Kay (writing as Elizabeth Kay).

United Agents

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. Their 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.

42

42

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. Their literary agents focus on storytelling above all else and are led by Eugenie Furniss, twice shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year at the British Book Awards. Authors include Matthew Reilly, Celia Walden, and Adriana Trigiani.

A.M. Heath

A.M. Heath

The literary agency was founded in 1919 by Audrey Heath and Alice May Spinks. 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. They represent our writing coach Kate Riordan and our writing member Brooke Hardwick.

Aevitas Creative Management

Aevitas Creative Management

Aevitas Creative Management is a full-service literary agency, home to more than twenty literary agents in five cities in the USA (New York, Boston, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle) and in London. 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, and the Nobel Peace Prize. They represent our own Olesya Lyuzna.

Bell Lomax Moreton

Bell Lomax Moreton

Founded in 2000, Bell Lomax Moreton represents a wide range of distinguished authors writing adult fiction and middle grade children’s books. They aim to offer an exceptional level of service to their clients and help them achieve their full potential in all aspects of their writing and illustration career. 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.

David Higham Associates

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 fiction, crime fiction and emerging talent that finds a place in pop culture, 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 writer Myfanwy Millward.

DHH Literary Agency

DHH Literary Agency

Founded by David H Headley in 2008, this literary agent team of passionate book lovers with a huge commercial fiction client list are devoted to finding new talent and growing writing careers. The literary agents 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 Romantic Novelist’s Association.

Eve White Literary Agency

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. Their literary agents represent authors such as Ruth Ware, Luan Goldie, Rachael Blok and Rebecca Reid. They also represent middle grade fiction and their author Sarah Naughton 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’.

Liza Dawson Associates

Liza Dawson Associates

Liza Dawson Associates was founded in 1996 and now has seven agents supported by a strong team that sells audio, foreign and television and film rights. They have offices in New York City and Los Angeles and subagents all over the world.

They represent commercial fiction and literary fiction, and books for (almost) all ages. Their authors include award winners and New York Times bestsellers. They love talented debut novelists and see themselves as talent hunters first and then, once a sale has been made, ferocious talent guardians.

Greene & Heaton

Greene & Heaton

Founded in 1963, Greene & Heaton Ltd is a literary agency working closely with their clients, to polish their proposals, edit their texts, and to give advice about positioning in the fast-changing publishing industry. Their literary agents handle straightforward book representation and contract negotiation to film and TV adaptations. Authors include Sarah Waters, Sebastian Barry, P.D. James and Jenny Offill.

Hardman & Swainson

Hardman & Swainson

Founded in 2012, Hardman & Swainson is a dynamic London-based literary agency, with a diverse range of clients and an international focus. They represent writers in all genres of commercial fiction and children’s middle grade fiction including Meg Cabot, Miranda Dickinson, Helen Fields and Giovanna Fletcher.

Inkwell Management

Inkwell Management

Inkwell is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, with an international reputation for representing bestselling and prize-winning writers working closely with every New York publisher. Their literary agents 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.

Jane Rotrosen Agency, NYC

Jane Rotrosen Agency, NYC

The Jane Rotrosen Agency on 51st Street Manhattan has represented authors of fiction since 1974. Their literary agent list includes over 1,000 international and domestic bestsellers in all formats. They represent women’s fiction, crime, suspense, thrillers, mystery historical fiction, romance, new adult fiction, young adult fiction and children’s middle grade fiction. Their authors include Tami Hoag, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, Kristin Hannah and Iris Johansen.

Johnson & Alcock

Johnson & Alcock

Johnson & Alcock is an established literary agency, now in its seventh decade and constantly expanding and innovating. They act for a vibrant list of authors, both new and emerging writers and the long-established, in fiction and non-fiction. These include prizewinning and bestselling authors and literary estates across the genres and in all forms of media, both in the UK and internationally. They pride themselves on representing their authors with care, creativity and hard work.

Peters Fraser + Dunlop

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 and E.M. Forster. They represent our writer Susie Bower.

Sterling Lord Literistic Inc.

Sterling Lord Literistic Inc.

In 1952, Sterling Lord founded his distinguished agency and counted such literary icons as Jack Kerouac and Ken Kesey among his early clients. Peter Matson established his firm Literistic in 1979 and rose to prominence representing such writers as Dee Brown and John Irving. In 1987, the two joined forces creating the prestigious agency that continues to flourish today. In 2001, Matson became partners with Philippa Brophy and Laurie Liss who now run the agency.

The Blair Partnership

The Blair Partnership

A full-service agency for clients across fiction, children’s & YA. Neil Blair founded The Blair Partnership in 2011, with J.K. Rowling as his first client. Best known for building J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World and for the past 10 years, have represented J.K.Rowling’s literary work and helped to shape and grow the Wizarding World franchise.

The Soho Agency

The Soho Agency

A leading literary agency based in the heart of Soho, London. The Soho Agency was founded in 2019 bringing together the literary agents of 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, Chris Riddell, Lauren Child and our very own writing coach Emylia Hall.

Trellis Literary Management

Trellis Literary Management

A full-service literary agency formed in the fall of 2021 by agents Michelle Brower, Stephanie Delman, and Allison Hunter. The team have worked with books that have received a variety of accolades, including New York Times bestsellers, National Book Award finalists, and Read with Jenna, Target, and Barnes and Noble book club selections.

Trident Media Group

Trident Media Group

Trident Media Group (TMG) is a prominent literary agency in New York City dedicated to championing authors throughout their careers. Founded in 2000, TMG represents a wide range of bestselling and distinguished authors, as well as newly emerging authors. Their clients have won major literary awards and prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the P.E.N. Faulkner Award, the P.E.N. Hemingway Award, and the Booker Prize, among others.

Watson, Little

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. Watson, Little represent our writing coach Mahsuda Snaith and our member Shylashri Shankar.

Westwood Creative Artists

Westwood Creative Artists

Westwood Creative Artists is one of Canada’s oldest and most respected literary agencies, with six full-time book agents supported by an in-house international rights agent and an outstanding network of twenty-four international co-agents. They have a list of exceptional writers who have won and been shortlisted for such esteemed prizes as the Man Booker Prize, the Nobel Prize, and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

YMU

YMU

YMU work closely with writers and creators to develop ideas, shape material, and find the best publishing partners for their books. Their team has decades of publishing experience, a granular understanding of the UK, US, and translation markets, and they can offer expert guidance on film/tv, streaming and podcast opportunities.

Julie Crisp Literary Agency

Julie Crisp Literary Agency

Julie Crisp has over twenty years’ experience working for three major publishing houses across a broad spectrum of commercial titles within fiction, non-fiction and children’s. This also included three years spent working in the Australian publishing industry. For nine years, she headed up the UK arm of one of the largest global brands of science fiction and fantasy, Tor. As an editor, Julie has worked on bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ann Cleeves, Peter F. Hamilton, Jay Kristoff, China Miéville, Amanda Hocking, Naomi Novik and TV/Game partnerships including Halo, The Returned, The Walking Dead and Twin Peaks. As an agent, she works with clients including John Gwynne, Devin Madson, Kell Woods and C.T. Rwizi and is always looking for new and exciting voices in genre writing.

Kate Hordern Literary Agency

Kate Hordern Literary Agency

KHLA is a small independent UK-based agency. The agency offers a nurturing environment and a high level of attention in all book markets, handling new and established talent across a range of adult fiction and non-fiction. Authors include novelists Jane Corry, Alice Hunter and Kathryn Hughes.

Skylark Literary

Skylark Literary

With over 25 years in the children’s publishing industry, Amber Caravéo and Joanna Moult are experts in children’s books. Their boutique children’s literary agency is designed to seek and support the very best writers for young people. Whether you’re writing a hilarious adventure for an emerging reader, a sweeping magic-carpet ride through a middle-grade fantasy or a sophisticated psychological thriller for teens, Skylark Literary specialise in nurturing talented authors and championing them at every step.

Colwill & Peddle

Colwill & Peddle

Founded by Charlotte Colwill and Kay Peddle, Colwill & Peddle is an independent literary agency based in the UK. Charlotte is a former bookseller and Katy is a former editor, and their agency represents fiction for adults and children, including historical fiction, literary fiction, young adult and middle grade.

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Carla, course graduate

“The dream was to get an agent”

‘From the initial idea for my novel to the point of getting agent representation, The Novelry were on hand with support and advice. The dream was always to get an agent and so to receive interest from several was mind-blowing—to have Madeleine Milburn within that list was more than I could have hoped for. I’m thrilled!’

—Carla Jenkins went on to secure a two-book publishing contract with Trapeze, an imprint of the major publishing house, Orion.

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Is it time to take your writing seriously?

Yes, you can

Leading literary agencies are seeking exciting debut authors, and they’re looking for great stories in all genres of fiction, by debut authors who present their writing professionally and with flair. There’s every chance you will get a literary agent if you’re serious about your career as a writer and take good advice.

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Get good advice

Whether you’re a debut author, have never been published, or you have self-published or been published by a small press or independent publishers, whether you’re seeking your first agent or want to find a new agent, we can help you get the best agent for you. Our editorial services team are in conversation with literary agents on a weekly basis and they’re able to tip off literary agents to exciting debut authors.

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Work with professionals

Our team have good relationships with many literary agents and they’re extremely well placed to match your work with the best agents. In their former lives as publishing editors they bought books from those same literary agents so they enjoy trusted and respected relationships with them. Our editors know what makes for an exceptionally good submission, because they were able to choose from highly-polished literary agency submissions.

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To become a professional

We will help you establish your author brand, voice and genre specialism. We help our writers all the way from shaping their commercial fiction or literary fiction idea to ensure the story is as strong as it can be for publishing through to crafting the pitch-perfect submission package and an outstanding query letter. Leave thoughts of self-publishing behind and enter the major league of the publishing world with The Novelry.