we receive thousands of submissions a year so it is impossible for us to answer letters of enquiry individually, but we are one of the few literary agencies which takes a lot of time over its unsolicited manuscripts and champions first time authors. If you would like to send us your book, please follow the guidelines below.
We will be happy to answer any questions that you have by phone or email. Please don’t write to more than one of us. If we think a book is promising, we’ll make sure it gets to the person most likely to want to represent it.
Please send submissions either to (in Word .doc format), or by post to:
[Agent] / Submissions
That way, your material will arrive safely with our reader and won’t get lost on a pile of separate correspondence. Please read our profiles and address your submission for the attention of the agent you think would best fit your book.
We don’t represent poetry or dramatic works (this means film, television, radio or theatre). However, if we want to work on a book with you, we will represent all rights, including dramatic, for that book.
When submitting fiction, please email or post the first three chapters (or about 50 pages) and a synopsis. The synopsis shouldn’t be a blurb or a cover-style ‘teaser’, but a simplified explanation of the plot in one or two sides, listing the theme, setting and characters of your book, from the first to final chapter.
Conville & Walsh has a thriving children’s book list. We are proud to represent John Burningham, PJ Lynch, Eire’s Children’s Laureate Niamh Sharkey, Katie Davies, Nicky Singer and many others. We look for keen story-telling and wonderful writing. If you’re interested in submitting us a children’s or YA project please send us three sample chapters or fifty pages, and a synopsis of the work.
Most non-fiction books are sold on proposal, so you don’t need to have written the book already. A thirty page proposal should include:
For both fiction and non-fiction please also include a covering letter giving an account of the background of the book and an account of your career to date. If you have been referred to an agent by a trade or personal contact let us know in your letter. Do also say if you have been in correspondence with one of our agents before, and mention if your project has been seen or is being seen by any other agents or publishers.
Please make sure that your material is typeset so as to be clearly legible. For hard copy, we prefer unbound A4 pages no smaller than 12-point font, 1.5-line-spaced and printed on one side of the paper. Pages should be numbered, unless you are writing an homage to The Unfortunates by B S Johnson. Please remember to print your name and a contact number or email address on the cover of your manuscript.
Your postal submission will be returned if it is accompanied by return postage (preferably on a stamped, self-addressed envelope) - otherwise, we’ll recycle your material. Please don’t post us cash, international postage coupons or blank cheques. Actually, don’t post anyone blank cheques.
We get a lot of submissions each week, so we can’t acknowledge receipt. We do read them as fast as we can and respond as soon as we have read them.
We do read every submission made to us, but have to give priority to the many authors we already represent. We try to read and respond within a couple of weeks, but may take as long as five in busy periods. Given the time it takes us to get to new submissions, we do encourage you to contact other agencies at the same time.
Please keep a copy of anything you submit to us, and don’t send us original artwork. We can’t be held responsible for the loss of or damage to any typescripts, artwork or electronic media submitted to us, either in the post or during the reading process.