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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Spring brings a particular focus to children's books with the Bologna Children's Book Fair and London Book Fair taking place within just a few days of each other. As usual individual authors and illustrators (and their publishers) jostle for attention, but noticeably this year exciting creative partnerships are bringing powerful new ideas into the spotlight as well.
Danger is Everywhere (Puffin Books) by comedian David O'Doherty and illustrator Chris Judge has a third title coming in 2016. 'Having worked on several of my own picture books over the years, which I both wrote and illustrated, it was a huge eye opener to collaborate with another writer,' says Chris Judge. 'It is such a joy to work with David. His wild stories and ideas conjure up such fantastic images for me to illustrate that I would never dream of in a million years. It gives me great freedom to experiment with new illustration styles too.' Chris is also working with his brother, architect Andrew Judge, on young, innovative, interactive fiction series Create Your Own Adventure (Scholastic) which launched in the UK in Spring 2016. Heated rights auctions are now ongoing round the world. 'We know exactly what the other is thinking in terms of pop culture references and very, very silly humour. With every new book I feel these creative bonds grow exponentially,' says Chris.
Chris Judge isn't the only LAW author enjoying himself. 'Creating books with co-author/illustrator Sarah McIntyre has been a great experience,' says Philip Reeve, the award-winning creator of the Mortal Engines series (Scholastic) and one of the most reviewed fantasy titles of 2015, Railhead (Oxford University Press), which has been optioned to Warner Brothers. 'It has given me the chance to write stories I would never have thought of writing on my own, and working collaboratively in a new style, and for a new audience, has also helped to refresh my solo writing. Just as importantly, it's the most fun I've had as a writer' (Philip and Sarah's events are legendary). Jinks and O'Hare, Funfair Repair (Oxford University Press), the latest of the four titles Reeve and McIntyre Productions have created together, and which have now sold in 24 territories (with one title optioned for film), publishes in autumn 2016 as does the second title in the Railhead series (again Oxford University Press).
Finally, turning to the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist this year, Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate, is a candidate for his third award with The Sleeper and the Spindle (Bloomsbury) written by Neil Gaiman. This is just one of the many collaborations between Chris and Neil which include not only an extraordinary range of books but also the powerful Credo in support of freedom of speech which has already reached millions through social media and will be included in an Amnesty International anthology later this year, Here I Stand (Walker Books).
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.