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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, and her in-depth knowledge of what commissioning editors expect to see from a submitted manuscript has been praised by major publishers. The agency 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.

From us


Clare is a joy to work with – as well as being one of our editors, she takes part in our agent 121 sessions. Clare 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.

From them


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


“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

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