We welcome proposals and are keenly on the hunt for talented writers and illustrators. For those who are mid-career, we can offer advice on building success, exploring new paths where appropriate and maximising income. For debut authors and illustrators we have the excitement of maximising opportunities from the outset.
How to send work to us
- Send the work by email to either Caroline Sheldon or Felicity Trew, not both of us - we read individually
- In the subject line of the email put PROPOSAL/[TITLE OF WORK]/[YOUR NAME]
- Include a three-sentence synopsis of your work at the top of your email
- In your email, include any relevant information about yourself, such as your experience, your ambitions as a writer or if you’ve been previously published
- For authors:
- Attach a one-page synopsis of your work
- Attach the first three chapters or the first 10,000 words of your manuscript, whichever comes first. If your work is shorter than 10,000 words, please attach the whole manuscript
- For picture book proposals, please send text only. You can send us up to three samples of your work if available
- Please ensure all attachments are in .doc or PDF format
- For illustrators:
- Send samples of your work as a JPEG or PDF attachment. Alternatively give a direct link to your online portfolio
- Please do not send us original work by post
- Please make sure all attached files are clearly labelled with your name and the title of your work
- Have a look at our 10 pet hates for a checklist of a few things we can find unhelpful when receiving proposals
We prefer to receive proposals by email, but for postal proposals please follow the above guidelines and send work to your chosen agent at 71 Hillgate Place, London, W8 7SS. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope with correct postage if you would like your work to be returned to you after reading.
We do not want to receive original manuscripts or illustrations and cannot be responsible for such material.
We do not send confirmation of receipt, but we aim to respond to all proposals within 4 to 6 weeks.
We do not charge a reading fee.
What we do for our clients
We intend to be an enabler, advocate, adviser and negotiator for our clients, not an intruder in the relationship between author and publisher. These are some of the things we do, but every author and illustrator is unique and will call on us in different ways.
- Place work with an appropriate publisher, carefully assessing financial terms and marketing commitment
- Negotiate advances
- Negotiate royalty rates with particular attention to areas such as high discount royalty rates and ebook rates
- Advise on career paths, suggesting new directions where appropriate
- Keep in touch with commercial trends in print and electronic media
- Exploit rights in all media including film, television, stage, multi-media and electronic
- Sell translation rights and rights in America
Our basic commission rate is 15% on advances and royalties in the home market and 20% for translation, US sales and film and television.