Clare Coombes – Jericho Writers
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Clare Coombes

Clare Coombes - Editor

Clare Coombes is an author, editor and literary agent with over 15 years’ experience of writing and editing professionally. She is a co-founder of the first Liverpool-based literary agency, who has already closed a number of major multi-book deals for debut authors since launching in late 2020. Clare is a published author of two novels, Definitions (2015) and We Are of Dust (2018) – which received development funding from the Liverpool Film Office for a TV adaptation. Her experience spans the breadth of editorial services and includes work across a variety of forms including full fiction manuscripts, anthologies, non-fiction proposals and pitches for film and TV. She also has a background in PR and marketing, alongside teaching roles on creative writing programmes, including at post-graduate level, on topics from approaching an agent to self-editing.


Find Clare’s agency on Twitter here: @LiverpoolLit



“Clare and the team combine their market savvy and editorial know-how with great local knowledge. We’re already enjoying exciting submissions from LLA and we look forward to discovering more voices from across the region to bring to readers everywhere.”

- Genevieve Pegg, publishing director, HarperNorth


Clare draws upon an eclectic mix of industry experience to guide her authors through their edits. So committed to helping authors achieve their goals is she that, in addition to being one of our trusted editors, she takes part in our agent 121 sessions. Her in-depth knowledge of what commissioning editors expect to see from a submitted manuscript has been praised by both ourselves and major publishers. It’s impossible to deny that she knows what the market wants. Clare really cares about making the industry more accessible and less London-centric, which we think is incredibly important for our authors. She works across a wide variety of genres, and with her eyes on your manuscript, you get the perspective of a writer, editor, and literary agent all in one.


I am passionate about helping aspiring writers, as I have been through the full process of drafting, editing, pitching, publishing and marketing my own novels and many others. I use my background in PR and marketing to analyse what a book needs to get the attention of a publisher and reader. Through this I can advise on how to make a book work for the industry and trends without taking away anything about who the writer is and the message they want to put out there. I set up my literary agency to help address inequality and underrepresentation in the publishing industry after reading the Common People: Breaking the Class Ceiling in UK Publishing so I could boost confidence, connections and opportunities for new writers. I love historical settings, women’s fiction, psychological thrillers, unreliable narrators, duel narratives and stories about identity and our place in the world. You can send me anything from a Marian Keyes to an M W Craven.

Genres Clare specialises in

Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
Crime / Thriller / Action
Romance & Erotica
Other Narrative Non-fiction
Subject-led Non-fiction

Clare's published books



We Are of Dust

We Are of Dust

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