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One-to-One Sessions with Agents and Book Doctors

Get personal feedback on your work from leading literary agents and book doctors.

One-to-One Sessions

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 then call you at the time and date arranged to give you your feedback.

Need help with your submission?
Our Writer Support Team are here to help. Get in touch if you have any questions.

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 choosing your preferred agent or book doctor, and making your booking. You’ll then be prompted to upload your query letter, a short synopsis, and the first 5,000 words of your manuscript. Your chosen expert will then call you (on the phone) at the time and date arranged to give you your feedback. 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.

Join a worldwide community of writers

My 15 minute call with Laura Williams was incredibly helpful and positive, and one of the most useful 15 minutes I think I’ve ever had. We managed to discuss and resolve a lot of issues in the time. Thanks to the entire team.

John C

Our Agents and Book Doctors

Find out more about our agents and book doctors below:

UK Agents

Samar Hammam

Rocking Chair Books Literary Agency, UK

We 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. We work across genres and have represented commercial to literary fiction as well as narrative non-fiction, gift books, graphic novels. 

Available in April

Charlotte Merritt

Andrew Nurnberg Associates

Charlotte joined Andrew Nurnberg Associates in 2018, having returned to London after living and working in India and Hong Kong. Her list covers a wide range of non-fiction, including history, politics, psychology and current affairs. She wants books that change the way we think, shine a fresh light on the past or offer a window into the future.  Charlotte is also searching for unforgettable memoirs, as well as new perspectives on the natural world. Her aim for 2021 is to find books that make us laugh or offer advice on how to live a good life.

Available in April

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Penny Holroyde

Holroyde & Cartey, UK

Penny is looking for young fiction/chapter books of 10k-15k words – must be funny and have series potential; stand alone upper-middle grade siblings book – sisters would be grand; stand alone MG with an environmental message; an upper MG with series potential set in an historical (or faux historical) world – Victoriana is her favourite; diverse voices; and narrative non-fiction. No YA or adult at the moment.

Available in April

Jo Williamson

Antony Harwood Ltd, UK

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.

She is also keen to develop her adult fiction list and currently represents women’s fiction and psyche thrillers.

Available in May

Megan Carroll

Watson Little, UK

Megan is looking for high-concept speculative fiction (particularly love stories) for both commercial and reading group/crossover readers. She also likes historical fiction and gothic horror, as well as regional family drama, contemporary women’s fiction, and darkly comic novels. She would love to see contemporary YA tackling realistic issues and big, epic love stories as well as funny, female focused MG. Megan loves anything creepy and spooky, and would love to find horror for YA readers. Megan is keen to see memoirs and good narrative non-fiction on film, music, true crime, popular culture and issues from a female perspective. She is also keen to hear from Black, Asian and LGBTQ+ writers across genres. 

Available in May

Silvia Molteni

Peter Fraser Dunlop, UK

Silvia wants Middle Grade novels that have strong and diverse voices, with brave narratives and contemporary and realistic settings that are edgy, funny and moving. Silvia is looking for YA fiction across genres, but at the moment specifically wants a great psychological thriller. 

Across MG and YA, Silvia likes voice-driven and character-driven narratives, LGBTQI story-lines and characters, endearing narrators, magical realism and upmarket literary fiction. Also, non-fiction books aimed at children and YA – from memoirs to manuals, popular science and humorous books.  

Available in May

Katie Greenstreet

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.    

Available in May

Millie Hoskins

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 represents a range of non-fiction but is most interested in narrative at the moment.

Available in May

Kate Evans

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. 

Available in May

Josephine Hayes

The Blair Partnership, UK

Josephine is currently open to submissions for children’s books and is particularly looking for unexpected twists, ‘real-world’ books with a sprinkling of magic, brilliant world-building and diverse and marginalised authors writing across all genres and age ranges. 

She gravitates towards quality middle-grade fiction, especially a good mystery or adventure. In teen and YA fiction she loves an anti-hero and is always keen to see strong young female characters taking centre stage. 

Available in May

Laura Williams

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. 

She is looking for narrative non-fiction of all kinds particularly untold stories across popular science, history, social issues, mental health, memoirs and popular culture.   

Available in May

Katie Fulford

Bell Lomax Moreton, UK

In non-fiction she is looks for a strong narrative voice and ideas based books that offer different ways of thinking about life. Also smart true crime, memoirs, nature,lifestyle, and books around female and family issues. Her personal interests are in history, fashion, style and sport.

In fiction, she is looking for reading group and commercial fiction. She likes reading family and relationship dramas, smart crime and thriller, and books that offer an insight into unfamiliar worlds. No science fiction and fantasy or children’s books.

Available in May

Sandra Sawicka

Marjacq, UK

Sandra’s main interests are genre fiction (SFF, speculative, crime, horror) and a bit of YA. She also handles translation rights for all authors represented by Marjacq. 

She is looking for; crime with a speculative edge, Southern Gothic, campus novels, road novels, spooky mysteries, ghost stories, high concept, YA adventure, anti-heroes, adventure space operas, atmospheric historical crime/mystery, popular science non fiction (especially linguistics, cybernetics, and astronomy). 

Available in May

Imogen Pelham

Marjacq, UK

Imogen represents non-fiction, literary fiction and some standout commercial fiction (particularly thrillers, historical and women’s fiction). In fiction, she’s principally interested in identity, compelling characters, and moral quandaries. In non-fiction, she looks for serious subjects approached in interesting ways, and would love to find an exceptional memoir. No SFF or YA

Available in May

Meg Davis

Ki Literary Agency, UK

Meg is the founder of the Ki Literary Agency and currently Chair of the Writers’ Organisations Advisory Group. She is also serving a third term on the committee of the Association of Authors’ Agents. Meg is happy to consider manuscripts in all genres, and books in genre fiction.  However, she is not a fan of fiction that is narrated by an animal.

Available in May

Hannah Sheppard

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.

Available in May

Julie Fergusson

The North Literary Agency, UK

Julie is an agent with the North Literary Agency. She has a degree in mathematics and a master’s in creative writing, both from the University of Edinburgh, and was an editor for several years before becoming an agent. Julie is looking fiction across a range of genres, particularly psychological thrillers, domestic suspense, sci-fi, near-future speculative, reading group and literary fiction.

Available in May

Camilla Shestopal

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.

Available in May

Alice Saunders

The Soho Agency, UK

Alice loves storytelling, in all its forms. Whether it’s fiction or narrative non-fiction. Alice is active in all types of representation – literary, audio, live audiences, film and television. She is actively looking for new talent in crime, thrillers, epic family sagas; book club literary fiction, memoir – in fact everything apart from science fiction and fantasy. Asides from tight narratives and compulsive characters, she’d love to see writing with bundles of humour, heart and unusual takes on the everyday.

Available in May

Juliet Pickering

Blake Friedman, UK

Juliet 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.  

Available in May

Marilia Savvides

42MP, UK

Marilia is looking for the following genres; High-concept thrillers; crime; dystopia; very accessible science-fiction, accessible horror and Book Club reads in the style of Liane Moriarty, Jodi Picoult and Celeste Ng.

Available in May

Annakarin Klerfalk

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.

Available in May

Rachel Mann

Jo Unwin, UK

Rachel is looking for compelling voices, unpatronizing writing and vivid, complex characters. Also, international settings and traditions, unconventional narratives, and progressive and/or radical social commentary.

She’s particularly interested in writers from underrepresented backgrounds, particularly genre fiction, lifestyle or comic non-fiction, for both adults and children. Rachel is particularly looking for funny, commercial and high-concept middle-grade series.  She’s also looking for bold, voice-driven and emotionally engaging non-fiction across both adult and children’s. No picture books. 

Available in May

US Agents

Jessica Felleman

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.

Available in May

Amanda Orozco

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.

Available in May

Book Doctors

Anna Barrett

Book Doctor

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 represented writers such as James Reeves and Gabrielle Brown, Mimi Kuo-Deemer, Michelle Elman and Katherine May on their publishing journeys.  


Russel McLean

Book Doctor

A former bookseller, Russel is now an accomplished freelance author, editor, and teacher. He has worked for publishers of various sizes as a developmental editor. He has also run masterclasses in fiction writing for festivals, universities and creative writing groups, as well as advising MLitt students on the fiction element of their dissertations for the University of Dundee’s crime writing and forensics course. For two years, he wrote a crime fiction review column in the Scottish Sunday Herald, and has interviewed authors for several newspapers and magazines.

Although Russel’s primary concern has been noir and thriller fiction, he has also worked across a variety of genres as an editor including horror and SFF.

Debi Alper

Book Doctor

Debi’s first novels were published by Orion. For the last fifteen years, Debi has been helping other writers to perfect their novels through critiques, mentoring, and creative writing workshops. Debi is renowned for her editorial skills and is one of the tutor’s on our very own Self-Editing Course.

Please note: All of Debi’s 1-1 sessions will be conducted over email.

Emma Darwin

Book Doctor

Emma is one of the tutor’s on our hugely successful self-editing course. Her new memoir is This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin; her fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers and other prizes. She also blogs at This Itch of Writing.

Holly Dawson

Holly Dawson

Book Doctor

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.

Rebecca Horsfall

Book Doctor

She is the author of the bestselling epic character-driven novel, Dancing on Thorns, which was published by Random House in the UK and USA to wide critical acclaim in 2005.

In addition to her own writing and editing, Rebecca has given lectures and masterclasses in fiction writing for a number of colleges and organisations and is a regular teacher at Jericho Writers’ Festival of Writing. Many of Rebecca’s clients have gone on to sign with agents and achieve publication. Rebecca has been a fiction editor for Jericho Writers for over a decade, working with many dozens of novelists in genres including literary fiction, romance, psychological drama, historical, fantasy, international and political/sociological drama.

Laura Bennett

Book Doctor

After obtaining an MA in Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, Laura began work at a college for young adults with special needs. She taught English for several years and ran several Creative Writing courses. Laura now works at The Liverpool Literary Agency and is looking to build her own list.

Laura’s specialty is Fantasy and Sci-Fi and she is also interested in Young Adult. She loves strong female protagonists and new takes on the genres. She also likes political and ethical situations examined through a new lens. Laura is a big believer in diversity and wants to see a lot more of it, especially in the fantasy genre.

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.

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