Agents & Book Doctors
Speak directly with literary agents and book doctors from around the world and get one-on-one, constructive feedback on your work over the phone.
Get valuable, personal feedback on your writing with a fifteen-minute one-to-one phone session with the expert of your choice. Choose from a one-to-one with a literary agent for professional advice on the marketability of your book, or to test the water if you’re interested in submitting to them. Alternatively, book an appointment with a book doctor for incisive, critical advice on your manuscript.
One-to-One Sessions at a glance
Agents and Book Doctors:
You’ll have the opportunity to speak with agents and book doctors from both the UK and US. We work with over fifty experienced industry professionals, who specialise in a range of genres covering fiction and non-fiction.
What you get:
You’ll receive personal feedback from an agent or book doctor of your choice covering your query letter, synopsis and the first 5,000 words of your manuscript. Your chosen agent will call you at the time and date arranged to give you your feedback.
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Speak to an Agent today
Get personal feedback on your covering letter, synopsis and the first 5,000 words of your manuscript from the agent of your choice.
Why Choose Us?
We’re an industry-leading literary consultancy with eighteen years’ experience working with agents and editors. During that time we’ve built up an impressive network of top literary agents and book doctors – which is still growing. Sessions are offered throughout the year and cater to a variety of genres, through non-fiction and fiction. And we’re here to answer any questions you may have from the initial purchase, to the final agent phone call.
How Does it Work?
Your one-to-one starts with you making your booking. You will then be sent an email with a link to select your preferred agent. You’ll be prompted to upload your query letter, a short synopsis, and the first 5,000 words of your manuscript. Your chosen expert will call you (on the phone) at the time and date selected. All times are in BST times. This is an invaluable and unique opportunity to see your manuscript from an agent’s or book doctor’s point-of-view, and to receive positive feedback, insightful ideas and suggestions from those in the know.
Please note: We take no responsibility for the advice given through our one-to-one service.
Our Agents and Book Doctors
Find out more about our agents and book doctors below
Kate Nash Literary Agency, UK
Justin is looking for thrillers and crime fiction of all types; book club fiction that moves him and makes him think; great historical fiction (including novels featuring fantasy/mythology).
Bell Lomax, UK
Lorna is searching for picture books that have narratives that subvert classic hooks (e.g. bedtime, new home, friendship) and tell them in a fresh new way and characters that exude warmth and familiarity. She also has a weakness for all things colourful, bold, and shiny! Lorna is particularly interested in hearing from LGBTQIA+ authors as well as other submissions from diverse and marginalised individuals who are underrepresented in the industry. For submissions Lorna would like you to include the full text of up to 3 manuscripts and a short blurb about each story.
United Agents, UK
Millie Hoskins joined United Agents in 2014 and has been building her list for the last three years, whilst continuing to work with some of the agency’s long-standing clients, like Quentin Blake, Philip Pullman and JP Delaney. She wants to find exciting new writers of fiction, with an interest in both literary and commercial, and anything in between! The only genre she isn’t looking to take on more of right now is fantasy/sci fi. She also represents a range of non-fiction, but is most interested in narrative.
Laurie is looking for literary and upmarket commercial fiction. Strong, original voices with characters that become part of your life, uplifting narratives and fiction that blinds you with subtlety. Stories with beautiful prose, with sentences you can’t help but underline.
In non-fiction side, she is looking for untold histories that tell us something new about society today. Social commentaries told from a different perspective. Unexpected memoirs that make you laugh as well as make you think. Laurie is not currently looking for children’s or YA, sci-fi or crime.
Andrew Nurnberg Associates, UK
Rory likes a wide range of non-fiction from popular science, history, literary and cultural criticism, current affairs and nature writing. Primarily compelling, original stories from emerging experts with surprising and new takes on a subject.
In fiction Rory mainly likes voice-driven and story-led literary writing powered by strong ideas, setting and a command of form. This can also include upmarket crime and thrillers, as well as speculative fiction that brings something new to the genre. I’m especially keen to hear from writers from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.
LBA Books, UK
Hannah would like to see upbeat rom-coms; ‘high-concept’ romances and women’s fiction that plays with the speculative. She’s also on the lookout for meaty YA/crossover projects – especially something that plays with formats or offers pure escapism. In thriller/suspense Hannah generally likes them female-led, though this isn’t always the case. When there’s that additional hook – e.g. the millennial/Gen X divide – Hannah is completely gripped. Hannah also loves low-stakes true crime.
For the reading-group market, she likes novels that start conversations: themes of motherhood or sisterhood, dark academia and voice-driven narratives for a millennial or Gen Z audience.
Across all the above genres, Hannah particularly welcomes submissions from writers from communities that have been underrepresented in mainstream publishing.
Rocking Chair Books, UK
Rocking Chair Books are always on the lookout for original and page-turning books. Books that have a twist, but work for a wide audience. You can check out the website here for more information. They work across genres and have represented commercial to literary fiction as well as narrative non-fiction, gift books, graphic novels.
Susan Yearwood Agency, UK
Susan is looking for a cosy romance or romcom. She is also looking for saga. On the crime side Susan is interested in domestic noir as well as psychological thrillers and contemporary procedurals.
Curtis Brown, UK
I am actively building a list of commercial and reading group fiction, narrative non-fiction and memoir. In fiction, she wants brilliant social observation and clever storytelling. Books with heart and humour. I’m on the hunt for a great returning detective, and stories about families are guaranteed to pique my interest.
In terms of non-fiction my tastes are pretty broad, but I am always drawn to memoir, the professional and the personal, beautifully written stories told with wit, warmth and precision.
The Liverpool Literary Agency, UK
With more than 15 years’ experience of writing professionally, including the publication of two novels, Definitions (2015) and We Are of Dust (2018), Clare has developed an in-depth knowledge of what commissioning editors and publishers expect to see from a submitted manuscript. As an agent she aims to support northern writers and is open to all fiction submissions (apart from children’s and YA), but she particularly loves historical fiction, women’s fiction and psychological thrillers.
Greene & Heaton, UK
Laura is looking for literary and commercial fiction, from voice-led literary novels to love stories to domestic family dramas to psychological thrillers. She’s always on the lookout for meditative novels about modern life and any reading group titles. She loves dark stories; gothic novels, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister. Also, historical fiction with contemporary resonance. In non-fiction, she wants narrative non-fiction of all kinds, particularly untold stories across popular science, history, social issues, mental health, memoirs and popular culture.
C & W, UK
Katie is most interested in reading upmarket commercial fiction right now. She’s particularly keen to read stories that transport her somewhere new, whether real or imagined. Katie is open to anything with writing that grips her, but she particularly loves fiction about food and families, thrillers with complicated characters and a unique hook, campus novels, historical fiction starring strong women, quirky coming of age stories, and literary works that reveal a darker side of human nature.
DHH Literary, UK
Hannah represents authors across middle grade, teen and YA fiction as well as commercial adult fiction (mostly women’s romance/psychological and more traditional thrillers). She loves vivid voices, original, hooky concepts and humour. And she’s a sucker for lost, found or misdirected letters. She’s actively looking for diverse voices and characters and thinks we’re all going to need some happy and uplifting stories over the coming months.
She would like files submitted two weeks before your session.
Peter Franser Dunlop, UK
Kate is looking for non-fiction that says something about the way we live- from beautiful narrative non-fiction with a strong voice to passionate manifestos from experts in their fields. Whether it’s popular science, big ideas, nature writing, memoir, fresh approaches to history or insightful takes on pop culture, Kate is drawn to writing that makes social, political, and economic issues accessible. In fiction, Kate loves a sharply observed take on relationships and strong characters she’ll think about long after she’s left them on the page.
Madeleine Milburn, UK
Vanessa specialises in children’s and YA. She is actively looking for underrepresented authors and illustrators, standout comedy writing, heart-warming family stories, upbeat contemporary, magical Middle Grade, commercial fantasy spotlighting non-western cultures, social/political commentary, big concepts, epic adventures, emotional dramas.
United Agents, UK
Eli Keren is looking for all kinds of books in both adult fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of SFF. In non-fiction, he is particularly interested in smart and engaging popular science. He enjoys books by writers completely obsessed with a niche subject who are skilled enough communicators to make the rest of the world fall in love with their passion too, whatever that passion might be. He is looking for LGBTQ+ themed books, and is interested in any book that will change the world for the better.
In fiction, he is happy to look at commercial, literary and anything in between across genres. He is open to grounded speculative fiction and magical realism. He does not represent authors for children’s and YA literature.
Intersaga Literary Agency, UK
The book projects that really speak to Anna are the ones with complicated life stories, across all genres. She is looking for literary fiction that explores relationships and complex families. Commercial fiction with a humorous voice, that focuses on love, life and family relationships. YA and teen fiction (LGBT & underrepresented) ideally with a strong female leading character and/or topics around gender and life issues.
Angharad Kowal Stannus
Kowal Stannus Agency, UK
Angharad would really like more adult fiction on her list – and also young adult and strong middle grade as well. She will look at most genres, but she would love some quality commercial fiction and literary fiction. In the literary direction Angharad would particularly like something where you’re either immediately connected to the voice or it’s really interesting from the beginning, with a tight plot. What she really loves is something pacey and perfect for the quality book club audience. When it comes to children’s books she leans slightly more high-end on the illustration side, and dip into quality commercial; commercial but with a lot of personality, or something distinctive.
Liverpool Literary Agency, UK
Anna Gamble is an Assistant Agent with the Liverpool Literary Agency focusing on children’s books for ages 5 years through to pre-teen. She has been active in the publishing industry – both writing and editing fiction – over the last 5 years, and before this worked with the transformative power of stories over a 16-year career in theatre.
Anna would love to see high concept chapter books with a strong hook and middle grade fiction that really knows its audience and offers a sense of adventure. She is very excited to be joining Liverpool Literary Agency, where she can help great northern talent and creativity become high quality manuscripts that publishers and children will love.
Antony Harwood, UK
Jo is particularly keen to grow her adult list. She currently represents women’s fiction and psyche thrillers, though is open to genres. Jo represents across all ages in children’s publishing from picture books to YA. She is particularly keen on classic Middle Grade adventures, thought-provoking YA and books that reflect our multi-cultural society. Above all, anything with characters whose voices and stories linger long after the book is finished.
Hardman & Swainson, UK
Thérèse loves historical fiction. She is looking for more international historical stories ranging from the Renaissance era to the 20th Century. She’d love something set in the art world, a mystery, crime or romance. She’d like crime or thrillers, or high-concept love stories in international settings. She loves strong female characters that find their inner strength.
On the children’s fiction front, she loves all things fantasy and adventure – across lands, time and space, and involving strong friendships and strong lead characters. She likes well-crafted worlds e.g. in a toy factory, or an all-female pirate ship. In short, she likes titles that transport her into a world, era or mindset straight-away.
Bev James Management, UK
Morwenna has nearly a decade’s experience as a commissioning editor at HarperCollins and Penguin Random House. She’s worked with globally bestselling and award-winning authors such as Hilary Mantel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Brené Brown, Marie Kondo, Tim Ferriss, Edward de Bono, Nigel Slater and Max Hastings.
Her focus is predominantly on non-fiction – ranging across personal development, memoir, business and cookery to psychology and true-crime – as well as some literary fiction, thrown in for good measure.
Janklow & Nesbitt, UK
Ren is looking for sharp, well-written SFF novels, including literary, high fantasy and magic. They are building their list around compelling voices, original ideas and exciting new worlds. They’d love to hear from anyone traditionally underrepresented in the genre, particularly queer and neurodiverse writers.
Shesto Literary, UK
Camilla is looking for crime fiction (encompassing thriller, mystery, psychological thriller); supernatural suspense; Ghost stories; romantic suspense; historical fiction; women’s fiction; children’s (middle grade and YA only); horror; non-fiction (including anything which is topical, appealing, accessible such as self-help, narrative and memoir). No science-fiction, fantasy, short stories, poetry collections, erotica nor picture books for children.
Ki Agency, UK
Anne founded the literary award The Kitchies, and was Commissioning Editor at Hodder & Stoughton before joining Simon & Schuster as Editorial Director. Anne is happy to accept fiction submissions in all genres. In non-fiction, she is looking for popular science, natural history, popular history and memoirs. She loves dinosaurs, robots, the Dorset coast, and Oxford commas.
North Lit Agency, UK
Lina is looking for books across genres: commercial fiction with a great hook, accessible literary fiction, speculative or high concept books that remain very readable, crime fiction that stands out, fun and moving Middle Grade, and ‘big emotion’ Young Adult.
In terms of non-fiction, Lina is interested either in ‘the small made big’ or ‘the big made small’: specialists that can make really niche subjects accessible and interesting to a wider market, or deeply personal accounts of the big issues we might all one day tackle.
Lina is less likely to be keen on political or gangland thrillers. She actively welcomes authors from all backgrounds and would like to see more diverse stories and voices.
Blake Friedman, UK
Juliet’s likes contemporary stories, led by themes of identity, coming-of-age, class, gender and sexuality. They must include emotional depth, authenticity, an engaging voice and irrepressible energy. Juliet looks for books that reflect under-represented experiences and provide that space for others. Alongside literary, book club and commercial fiction, Juliet represents non-fiction, including memoir, pop culture, social history, writing on issues of race, gender and class, and cookery and food. No Young Adult or children’s, fantasy, supernatural, dystopian, sci-fi, thriller, horror or crime fiction.
Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency, US
Jessica Felleman represents a range of fiction and non-fiction. On the nonfiction side, she looks for projects with a strong, relatable, and often humorous voice, and prescriptive titles that offer realistic advice or new perspectives that help readers better understand themselves and the world.
Jessica looks for fiction featuring compelling and underserved voices that focus on strong characters and interesting worlds, including commercial and literary fiction, fiction that balances on the edge of genre, and some science fiction and fantasy. She loves fresh stories about magic, complicated families, everyday people doing extraordinary things, and unforgettable places.
PS Literary, US
In fiction Claire is looking for psychological thrillers; romcoms; contemporary fiction (bookclub); anything with a small town setting; cozy mysteries; mysteries in general; horror (light on the gore) and fiction with magical realism elements (must take place in our reality, just with a twist). NOTE: she is fine with most categories and topics, but appreciates a content warning when it is warranted (just so Claire can be prepared)
Nonfiction she is looking for lifestyle; true crime; self-help / advice; humor; gift books (cocktail, mocktail, craft, etc.); pop psychology; essay collections and cultural criticism
Transatlantic Agency, US
Amanda is drawn to stories from Asian and Latinx writers, though always looking for compelling writing, featuring protagonists with a distinct voice and personality. She’s looking for YA contemporary romance and fantasy; literary and upmarket adult fiction in the contemporary, speculative, horror, and romance genres. She likes coming-of-age stories, multi-generational family sagas, short story collections, and the occasional urban fantasy. No thrillers, mysteries, procedurals, space operas, or historical fiction.
For nonfiction, she’s wants stories that offer fresh cultural, political, and/or social critiques along with personal narratives on art, pop culture, tech, and forgotten, unexamined history. She is looking for perspectives from the margins or from emerging artists and academics with original ideas and sharp commentary.
Joy Harris Literary Agency, US
Alice is working to grow a client list of her own. She is interested in children’s MG and YA, fiction and narrative nonfiction, and select author-illustrator projects in the picture book and graphic novel space. She’s drawn to stories with a classic but fresh feel with distinctive, surprising voices from diverse backgrounds. In children’s literature, she’s partial to animal fables, fairy tale retellings, adventure stories, historical fiction, and heartfelt contemporary stories, especially if they explore the importance of place, the natural world, spirituality, and faith. She also enjoys comedies of manners, fun love stories, and stories set in Latin America, with a special interest in Ecuador, Chile, and Patagonia. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Alice has a soft spot for Southern literature, fiction and nonfiction, and would love to work with select adult titles in this space. She’s also interested in representing select, faith-based adult titles.
Jane Rotrosen, US
Amy Tannenbaum is a passionate author advocate with over 15 years of book industry experience. Amy represents clients who write across a variety of genres including women’s fiction, contemporary romance, thriller and psychological suspense. She is particularly interested in those categories, as well as literary and commercial, narrative non-fiction, and works by marginalized voices.
Liza Dawson, US
Rachel is looking for upmarket/book club women’s fiction exploring difficult themes. Light-hearted millennial fiction or contemporary romance— books that address the struggles of your twenties and early thirties. Domestic suspense – unlikeable characters are most welcome; she’d love to see a classic antihero.
Contemporary young adult—no fantasy, but apocalyptic, cyberpunk, etc., okay. She’s primarily drawn to heavy, issue-driven YA that deals with mental health, sexual assault, eating disorders, abuse, trauma, suicide, LGBTQ issues, dealing with death/grief, etc. She would love to find a book about a trans character going through the experience, or a book that highlights the importance of a movement.
Select nonfiction—feminist material; career/business/personal growth books with new focus points; extreme underdog, survival, accomplishment, or rising-from-poverty type stories; select health and wellness books (especially mental health, eating disorders, any rare or underrepresented conditions, Alzheimer’s/memory—she’s especially interested in the condition known as HSAM, Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory); books about football/the NFL; marathoner/triathlete memoirs; parenting books that bring something new to the conversation; books that explore cult life or extreme religion; 9/11 survival stories; anything about Anne Frank
Anything featuring odd, eccentric, quirky or perhaps on-the-spectrum characters, treated authentically and with compassion. Anything exploring complex sibling relationships, particularly sisters. Anything set in the South, particularly New Orleans/the Cajun region of southern Louisiana. Retellings of classics such as A Tale of Two Cities, To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice, As I Lay Dying, The Old Man and the Sea, The Tell-Tale Heart
Anna is a book editor and former literary agent with the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency and more than ten years’ experience in the publishing industry.
She specialises in commercial fiction: crime and thrillers, mystery, ‘up-lit’, historical fiction and book-club reads. She has worked with writers such as Gail Honeyman, Fiona Barton, Elizabeth Kay and Elizabeth Macneil on their novels ahead of their publishing deals. You can see her portfolio here.
Anna is also a big reader of inspirational non-fiction, and has supported many non-fiction writers.
Holly has been a freelance writer and editor for more than ten years. She works closely with authors to write, shape and edit their work and secure publication, alongside editorial work for brands such as Timberland and journalism for the BBC and elsewhere. Her own novel, The Book of Keys, will be published in 2021 by HarperCollins.
Clare is a highly experienced editor and past winner of the UK Young Publisher of the Year award. She worked for number of the larger publishing houses including Hodder, Orion, John Wiley and Pearson before co-founding The Friday Project in 2005 where she published a number of brilliant books including In Search of Adam and bestselling non-fiction Blood, Sweat and Tea and Confessions of a GP. She launched the indie press RedDoor in 2014.
Zoe is the Publicist and Editorial Assistant at Comma Press. Her genres include literary fiction, short stories and poetry.
Speak to an Agent today
Get personal feedback on your covering letter, synopsis and the first 5,000 words of your manuscript from an agent of your choice
How to Book Your One-to-One
1. Create a shortlist
When you buy your one-to-one, you’ll be directed to a booking form which contains up-to-date information on which agents and book doctors are available and when.
We recommend you create a shortlist of three to four agents or book doctors before you purchase, so you can snap up your choice as soon as you see them.
If you’re a Jericho Writers member, you can use our AgentMatch database to help you find the best for your particular manuscript – this has a record of all our agents in the UK and US.
2. Tips on Choosing Your Agent
Handing over your manuscript can be a nerve-wracking process. So here are a few tips on how to ensure the whole thing goes smoothly:
– Take note of when the agent is available – especially if you have a holiday booked.
– Think whether you prefer a particular time of day. All times will be listed in BST and take place via phone call.
– Be sure to do your research. Certain agents only represent certain genres. Take time to look at the profiles listed on this page, the agents’ websites or AgentMatch, to make sure you get the most relevant for your writing.
– Finally, please note that one-to-one sessions are subject to change due to illness and timetabling changes. If your session is moved, we’ll endeavour to give you as much advance warning as possible and arrange an alternative time or suitable person for your genre. Funnily enough, such changes in the past have ended up in offers of representation!
3. How to Submit
To get started, buy a one-to-one session here. Then, you’ll be directed to book with your chosen agent or book doctor.
(We can arrange international calls, so don’t worry if you choose an agent in a different country.)
Once you’ve found your ideal agent, upload three documents for your agent or book doctor to review.
These are your query letter, a one or one-and-a-half page synopsis, and the first 5,000 words of your manuscript. Please upload these in three separate Word or PDF documents.
Finally, and most importantly, make sure you upload your documents at least a week before your call, and that you’ve got everything right.
Once it’s uploaded it can’t be changed! Our Writer Support Team may also call you a day or two before, just to ensure we have the correct details.
Your chosen agent or book doctor will phone you to go through your work in your booked fifteen-minute session.
Want to talk to us before booking your one-to-one?
Our dedicated Writer Support Team are here to help. Whether you need advice on which agent to select, or guidance on how to book and upload your documents, we’d love to help guide you through the process.