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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Narrative Nonfiction Submissions in the UK

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Alex Cochran

💼 Agency: C+W

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://cwagency.co.uk/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Tade Thompson, Luke Arnold, G.V. Anderson, Nicholas Binge, Dave Hutchinson, Mike Brooks

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Jonny Geller

💼 Agency: Curtis Brown UK

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients: John le Carré, David Mitchell, Susanna Clarke, Sacha Baron Cohen, Nelson Mandela

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Will Francis

💼 Agency: Janklow & Nesbit Associates

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://janklowandnesbit.co.uk/agency/will-francis

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics

Previous clients: Jasper Fforde, Evan Davis, Charles Cumming, Kevin Fong

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Veronique Baxter

💼 Agency: David Higham Literary Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.davidhigham.co.uk

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Politics, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, Feminism, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Diana Wynne Jones, Richard Adams, Nick Butterworth, Jonathan Stroud, Alix Nathan

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Peter Straus

💼 Agency: RCW Literary Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.rcwlitagency.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: Kazuo Ishiguro, Colm Toibin, Kate Atkinson, Jenny Pitman, Rupert Thomsom

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Darley Anderson

💼 Agency: Darley Anderson Literary Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://www.darleyanderson.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book

Previous clients: Lee Child, Martina Cole, Margaret Dickinson, John Connolly, Tana French

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Ella Kahn

💼 Agency: Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: http://dkwlitagency.co.uk/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Narrative Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Daniel Aubrey, Meg Fee, Tom Huddleston, Sandra Lawrence, Natalie Hart

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Oliver Munson

💼 Agency: A.M. Heath & Co. Ltd

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://amheath.com

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Sports, Historical Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Picture Book, Young Adult

Previous clients: Mari Hannah, David Mark, Julia Chapman, Lauren Beukes

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Hannah Ferguson

💼 Agency: Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.hardmanswainson.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction, Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction

Previous clients: James Bailey, Anna Bell, Isla Gordon, Siobhan Miller

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Marilia Savvides

💼 Agency: 42 Management & Production

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: http://www.42mp.com/books

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: BIPOC, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Diverse Fiction, Feminism, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, LGBTQ, Literary Fiction, Memoir, Mystery, Narrative Nonfiction, #ownvoices, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women's Fiction

Previous clients: Hanna Jameson, Jessica Moor, Jack Anderson, Bexy Cameron, James Delargy

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What do literary agents do?

A literary agent represents your book to acquiring editors who want to publish it. In other words, an agent gets the foot of new authors in the door of a publishing house — and onto the path of getting traditionally published. 

In addition to championing you and your writing and serving as your point of contact with others in publishing, literary agents understand editors’ tastes and the types of books they are looking to add to their lists — a crucial component in getting any publishing house to invest in the works of new authors. Since most big publishers don’t accept unsolicited submissions, getting a literary agent who’s accepting submissions is the most realistic route to traditional publication, particularly for debut authors.

Aside from getting your foot in the door, what else do literary agents do?

  • They are expert negotiators, combining publishing acumen with a nose for the value of good, sellable writing;
  • They act as mediators between you and your publisher (when you don’t want to hurt your working relationship with an editor by talking brass tacks);
  • They manage the financial and marketing side of things while you concentrate on the writing; and
  • They often have strong editorial skills, helping refine your manuscript before you submit it to a publisher.

As you might've guessed, literary agents are especially important for debut authors, who often don't have a starting point in the vast maze that is the publishing industry. That's what a literary agent will become for you: a guide to help you throughout the publishing process, and kickstart your publishing career. 

New authors might be intimidated by the wealth of information and cautionary signs in the industry. It's especially tricky to research literary agents when some are open to submissions from new authors, and some are not.

If you're one of those debut authors, don't fret! We've got you covered with the resources that you need to gain your bearings. 

Resources for new authors landing a literary agent in 2024

You might think that a great book is all you need to catch a literary agent’s attention. But you’ll need to put in a good amount of work to land them — and that includes everything from the careful study of each agent's wishlist to personalizing your query letter for each candidate..

Whether you’re a new author learning how to research literary agents or an experienced writer refining your query letter, here are the resources that can give you a headstart.

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