Update - 03/04/13: Penny will be appearing at Oadby Library (Leicester) on Monday 22nd April at 7.30 to talk about being an agent and offering advice for would-be writers.
We are not currently looking for new clients but this may change in the future so please check again, when the guidelines below will apply. We are a children's books agency and do not handle adult fiction.
Ideally we would like to talk to you briefly about what you would like to show us. Please call us during office hours, although between 9-10am and 3-5pm are the best times for us to speak to you. If you are ringing on behalf of someone else, please don't. The author themselves must show that they have the confidence to call and talk about their writing. This is the first thing a publisher will be looking to see. The number to call is: 0116 273 5697.
We do not charge a reading fee and we will look at everything that is sent to us. We will try and give honest feedback if time allows.
We prefer it if new authors choose to send their work to us exclusively but if your submission has been seen by other agents and publishers we need to know this history and details of the responses you have had.
If you wish to send without calling first please see below.
Guidelines for Submission
We require a synopsis, first 3 chapters and a dated covering letter. We like it if you tell us something about yourself and your writing in your letter. Your submission should be accompanied by a SAE for our reply. We will not usually return the material with our response so if you do want your pages back please make this clear in your letter and ensure that the SAE has adequate postage for this purpose.
Your chapters should be double-spaced and be one side of text to one sheet of paper. The manuscript should be loose leaves, so no staples or bindings.
You should send your submission to:
Jennifer Luithlen Agency
88 Holmfield Road
Some Advice for New Writers....
You would not attempt to make music if you did not listen to it, so why do so many people think they can write when they do not read? You can learn a vast amount by knowing what is out there on the shelves and what is doing well. It is so very useful to be able to talk about your work in the context of the work of other successful writers and to be aware of the genres and age groups involved in children's fiction.