We are a literary agency in London offering creative international representation for authors, illustrators, speakers, brands, companies and charities across all media.
We represent the interests of leading fiction and non-fiction authors, from politics to popular culture, from cookery to children's books, from history to high fashion, from thrillers to romance and fantasy.
LAW represents a select but exciting range of author illustrators working in a variety of styles and media.
Our high profile speakers can engage audiences of every kind with charm and wit, adapting their own unique experiences to inspire and motivate professionals from every sector.
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LAW – Literary Agency
Lucas Alexander Whitley is active in all areas of representation (including speaking, licensing, brand, film and television deals) and operates with individuality and commitment. Small enough to be friendly, big enough to operate effectively in a global market, always imaginative, we not only look for the best deals for our clients but also plan their long term careers.
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At this time of year, with the book festival and Fringe in full swing, Edinburgh is all about celebrity spotting while trying to remain ice cool. I flew up sandwiched between Jeremy Corbyn and Carol Decker from T'Pau, for example, but didn't make a big deal about it. Jeremy was reading a magazine about performance cars. Carol bought about a gallon of Yves Saint Laurent from the duty free trolley. In retrospect, I may have been mistaken on all counts. Still, it distracted me from the fact that I had forgotten to switch my iPad to flight mode before checking in my luggage, and therefore doomed us all.
The next day spelled work, and a lovely event with the Norwegian writer, Lars Joachim Grimstad. The festival organisers have a flair for sometimes putting seemingly unlikely writers together on stage to bring out the best in them. Lars was thoroughly charming, and I recommend his political satire for young readers: The Disappearing Children.
For the lonely author, locked away with a half written manuscript and several trillion rounds of Words With Friends on the go, a festival is a great chance to catch up with fellow writers. In conversation, over breakfast or at the bar, you often discover you're represented by the same literary agent. This is a bit like finding out your beloved partner is seeing other people, but also requires you to be totally not bothered and down with that sort of thing. It's very British, I think.
My second event took me by surprise. I showed up thinking it was a small, informal thing, only to see my name on the billing outside the main theatre between John Banville and Alex Salmond. With no time to rush back to my hotel and change out of my t shirt, jeans and cardi, I went for it - and had the time of my life. In particular, the questions from the audience here are always pin sharp and pertinent, and rarely of the 'how much do you earn/what car do you drive?' variety.
Edinburgh Book Festival do a superb job in involving local schools, and also sending authors to outreach events in pockets of the community that wouldn't otherwise attend. These are often the most rewarding, and I'm thrilled to be involved in that programme, too. No doubt I'll be happily shattered by the time I catch my flight home. Should I find myself jammed between a Labour leader hopeful and an Eighties lighter-aloft rock goddess, I doubt I'll even notice.
Our literary agents are happy to consider submissions from new authors, but please be aware that we are a small literary agency with a busy client list and we take on only a handful of new clients each year from the thousands of approaches made to us, many of which are from established writers and artists. If you are a new author, please read the submission guidelines before doing anything else.