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Amy Waite
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Amy studied English literature at Oxford University, completing both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the subject.

She did a short spell at Greene and Heaton, a large London agency, before returning to Oxford to join the team at FB. She manages the company's website and digital rights, but she is also building her own list and is keen to acquire good quality clients.

It's probably worth trying a good range of material on Amy, but her particular interests are literary fiction, intelligent women's fiction and YA / New Adult / crossover fiction. We don't have any data on Amy's current clients (in any event, there aren't many and may not be entirely representative of her range of interests), but we will publish further information as soon as we have it.

Detailed data

Agency:
Felicity Bryan Associates
Agent since:
2014
Short biography:
Amy joined the Agency in March 2013 having previously worked at Greene and Heaton agency after completing both undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature at Oxford University. Amy is building her own list and is particularly interested in literary fiction, young adult/crossover fiction and smart commercial women's fiction. She also manages the agency's digital publishing rights.
Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Women's fiction, General Fiction, Literary Fiction.
Authors & books liked:
No Data
Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
Agency Standard
Other advice and background:
No Data
Transparency Index:
40/100
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Does not attend writing festivals / events.
Follow on Twitter:
Clients:
No Data
Full client list:
No Data

An interview with Amy Waite

What books/authors do you love in literary/historical/book group fiction? Examples and reasons, please!

One of my favourite novels is still The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I first read it when I was fifteen and then reread it in my mid-twenties. I loved different things about it, but I still loved it, and both times it made me cry. It has the ingredients that I look for and that I adore in great fiction – an original, emotive premise, a strong and distinctive voice, and characters you don't want to say goodbye to.

What (very roughly) is the balance of your list between literary fiction / commercial fiction / non-fiction?

My list is a balance between commercial women's fiction, book group fiction and children's from picture book right through to YA. In terms of the weight of that list, it depends what's in the submission pile, but at the moment I'm particularly looking to build the children's list at the agency.

Is there anything in particular you'd love to see at the moment?

Although I speak to editors all the time about what they're looking for, ultimately voice and character with a gripping plot and pace are what I'm after. My remit is wide and so I'm open to a range of submissions although I don't represent crime or thrillers. For the children's list, I've taken on quite a bit of middle grade recently but I'd like to find another fantasy adventure. I'd also like to find a bold YA love story and some sweet but bright romance for younger teens. I'm also very interested in titles about friendship and always want to read great survival stories. On the adult side, I'd like to find a book club read with a sci-fi or altered world twist. I would also like to find a few more historical titles and am particularly interested in those inspired by true events. And I'm always looking for vibrant new voices in commercial women's fiction and particularly like narratives set around an unusual family dilemma.

What's your biggest turn-off in a covering letter? What would you really hope to see?

If it's addressed it to the wrong person, or my name is spelled incorrectly (it's easy to get this right as I'm on the agency website). I also get frustrated when the covering letter is very long and focused on irrelevant information about the author rather than the manuscript they're submitting.

What are your biggest peeves in an opening page or opening chapter? And what do you love to see?

An opening page should have a smashing first line, be active and start at a point of intrigue. My peeves are the opposite of this – too much backstory or 'telling' and starting at a moment which doesn't best launch the plot. I receive a huge amount of submissions which start with someone waking up in the morning. I understand why as it's a logical place to start, at the beginning, but unless it's integral to the plot, it's also terribly dull.

Do you have any unpredictable loves?

Victorian London. Wolves. Epidemics.

Would you take on an author who had self-published? What kind of self-pub sales would make you sit up?

Yes, of course. A number of great reviews and a strong ranking in the Amazon paid Kindle Chart help.

What single piece of advice would you most want to give writers?

Read. Read as much as you can around the genre you're writing in. Read your competition. Read, read, read. Write, write, write. Edit, edit, edit.

How many submissions do you see annually? And how many of those submissions will end up on your list?

At the moment I personally receive around 150 submissions a week (so roughly 7,800 annually). And each year I might only take on three or four new clients depending on the gems that are discovered in the submission pile.

Agents of: Felicity Bryan Associates

Agency details

About the agency:
Founded in 1988 by Felicity Bryan, our agency represents a wide variety of distinguished authors writing adult non-fiction, fiction and children's literature. Based in Oxford, we see ourselves very much as an international agency selling rights in our authors' books throughout the world. We also work closely with a select number of film and TV agents. We pride ourselves in the personal attention we give to our clients and when The Society of Authors held a poll of how its members rated their agents we were voted number two.
Address for submissions:
Felicity Bryan Literary Agency, 2a North Parade Avenue, Oxford OX2 6LX
Office address:
As above
Email address:
Phone number:
01865 513816
Number of agents:
5
Accepts email submissions:
No
Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
Fiction: Please write to us enclosing a synopsis and the first three or four consecutive chapters on loose A4 paper, one side only, with double or 1.5 line spacing. Please ensure that the pages are numbered. In the covering letter, tell us briefly about any previously published work and relevant details about yourself. Please include your email address and sufficient return postage if you would like us to return your manuscript, otherwise just a stamped addressed envelope for our response. Do make sure you keep a copy of all material submitted to us. Non-fiction: We suggest you include the following in your submission: A covering letter of ideally not more than one page, explaining who you are and why you are the best person to write the proposed book. An outline of 3-4 pages, on A4 paper, double-spaced, setting out clearly why the book is important and original, what research or experience you are basing it on, how it compares to any other books on the subject, and what you would cover in it. Children's books: We welcome novels for children of 8 and older, including Young Adult novels. We don't represent illustrators, or picture book writers. Please follow the same guidelines as for Fiction in submitting your work to us.
More info on this agency:
No Data
Average response time:
8 weeks
Agency Transparency Index:
40/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No
Accepts overseas writers:
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
No
More about the agency:

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