What we want
We are looking for the best debut authors and the most individual, exciting, innovative, creative talent out there. We put our clients first and want them to be the best in their field.
We operate dynamically across digital and print publishing; film, television and other media; and speaking and live events. So we are usually looking for writers and artists who will enjoy seeing their work in more than one medium. We're proud of our track record in global selling and we actively look at the international potential of the authors and projects we take on.
We work across a broad range of genres and categories (you can see the few things we don't represent below) but you can find out more about what individual agents are looking for below and on Agent Hunter.
What we don't represent
We don't represent authors of plays, poetry or textbooks. Film/TV scripts and treatments are handled for established clients only. We are unlikely to accept submissions from overseas.
How to make a submission
Please do not telephone or email LAW prior to making your submission. It shouldn't be necessary if you read the following guidelines carefully. We only accept proposals or submissions through the following:
firstname.lastname@example.org - for general submissions
email@example.com - for children's, YA and artwork submissions
Please note that if you feel that your work is particularly well suited to one of our agents, you are welcome to address your covering letter to that agent and we will endeavor to ensure that your work is passed onto that agent's office to be reviewed. If you are not sure where your submission should be placed you can simply address your letter to 'LAW Submissions.' Either way, all submissions must be sent to one of these two email addresses.
Your submission should consist of the first three chapters or first thirty pages of your manuscript (if the work is for young children and consists of no more than 1,000 words please send the complete text), and a short synopsis (not longer than one side of A4). Submissions should be accompanied by a single page document/letter to cover the following:
1. Give us your best sales pitch and sound bite - in one sentence how would you sell your book/idea to a publisher?
2. Give us your two to three sentence summary of what your book is about.
3. Tell us in two to three sentences about the intended audience and whether there are any useful comparisons you would make with other books and authors.
4. Tell us about yourself - again in two to three sentences.
5. If you have already published the work independently or through a third party online, e.g. Amazon, tell us how it has gone so far. We love (accurate) hard figures and statistics!
6. Let us know if your proposal is with other agents/agencies and/or publishers.
What we won't accept
We cannot accept submissions on CDs, USBs, or any other electronic devices. We cannot accept or return hard copy submissions and will not accept any liability for any such material sent to us. If you feel your project must be seen in physical form please indicate this in your proposal. We will let you know specifically if we wish you to send it in but responsibility for carriage to and from us will always be at the author's cost and liability.
What happens next
In all cases, we only respond to those proposals and submissions we wish to pursue. If we are enthusiastic about your work you should hear from us within a few weeks. If we aren't, we're afraid that you won't hear from us. We cannot offer any editorial advice or feedback on individual submissions.
For those authors who are not successful with us but keen to develop further, there are many avenues and opportunities for development you can pursue. You may find some of the following to be of interest:
- Bath Spa University MA in Creative Writing
- UEA MA in Creative Writing
- University of Winchester MA in Creative & Critical Writing
- University of Westminster English Language and Creative Writing MA
- Anglia Ruskin University Illustration and Book Arts MA
- Kingston University Creative Writing MA
- Faber Writing Academy
- Guardian Writing Courses
Online Writing Communities
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