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The Best Literary Agents Seeking Young Adult Submissions in the UK

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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

Interested in debut authors

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Alice Williams

💼 Agency: Alice Williams Literary Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book, Diverse Fiction, BIPOC, LGBTQ

Previous clients: Lara Hawthorne, Pete Williamson, Fabi Santiago, Rachel Delahaye, Paul Whitfield

Interested in debut authors

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Cathryn Summerhayes

💼 Agency: Curtis Brown UK

🌍 Location: London, GB

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Literary Fiction, Women's Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Self-Help

Previous clients: Ranulph Fiennes, Adam Kay, Lucy Foley, Sandi Toksvig, Shappi Khorsandi, Naomi Wood

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Sarah Hornsley

💼 Agency: Peters Fraser + Dunlop

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://petersfraserdunlop.com/agent/sarah-hornsley/

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir

Previous clients: Ciara Attwell, Olivia Beirne, Roxie Cooper, Drew Davies, Nick Hollin

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Stephanie Thwaites

💼 Agency: Curtis Brown UK

🌍 Location: London, GB

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Humor, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: John Steinbeck, Isla Fisher, Cat Deeley, Celia Rees, A A Milne, Steven Butler

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Sallyanne Sweeney

💼 Agency: Mulcahy Associates

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://mmbcreative.com/

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Cookbook, Memoir, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: Juno Dawson, Steve Lenton, Jon Walter, Lucy Van Smit

Interested in debut authors

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Gemma Cooper

💼 Agency: The Bent Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: B.B. Alston, Derek Bacon, Ruth Fitzgerald, Shirley Marr

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Julia Churchill

💼 Agency: A.M. Heath & Co. Ltd

🌍 Location: London, GB

🧑‍💻 Website: https://amheath.com

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Children's Book, Middle Grade, Picture Book

Previous clients: Joan Aiken, Lloyd Alexander, Zillah Bethell, Helen Douglas

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Felicity Blunt

💼 Agency: Curtis Brown UK

🌍 Location: London, GB

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Email

Genres: Fiction, Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Previous clients: Jeffrey Deaver, Jennifer Egan, Abi Dare, Daphne du Maurier, Jilly Cooper

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Molly Ker Hawn

💼 Agency: The Bent Agency

🌍 Location: London, GB

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

📣 Preferred contact method: Online submission form

Genres: Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Nonfiction, Children's Book, Middle Grade

Previous clients: Hilary McKay, Matt Killeen, Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Alwyn Hamilton, Heidi Heilig

Interested in debut authors

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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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