In addition to working with Patrick Walsh, I’m now building my own list of authors.
The thing I enjoy most about my job is the process of guiding a book from first draft to final version, and I love working closely with authors and their work. I’m looking for debut authors, but I’m also dedicated to representing my clients throughout their careers. Outside of the agency, I host a monthly books podcast / radio show on NTS Radio where I interview both up-and-coming and established writers.
I’d like to see both fiction and non-fiction. In terms of fiction, I’m most drawn to excellent writing and compelling characters regardless of genre. That said, I usually find myself reading literary fiction and sometimes high-concept YA. I love writers like Marilynne Robinson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Virginia Woolf and Graham Greene, who plumb the depths of the human heart or Zadie Smith, Elena Ferrante, Colum McCann and Don Delillo, who aren’t afraid to write far-reaching novels about The Way We Live Now. I’m always drawn in by a unique voice and a strong sense of place, and I seem to be a sucker for coming-of-age stories. I’m also on the lookout for less-represented voices in English-language fiction.
On the non-fiction side, I’m keen to see strong writers who are passionate – perhaps even bordering on obsessive – about a topic, and who can convey big ideas through fascinating stories. I’d especially be interested to hear from authors writing about science, nature, sport, health, feminism and music. Non-fiction books I have read and loved recently include Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, Swimming Studies by Leanne Shapton, How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran and Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.
If you think we’d be a good match, please send your submission my way. I’d also be happy to receive initial queries directly.