We are a small agency and are not able to take on many new writers each year. However, we love reading new work when our lists are open, usually twice a year. Always check before sending your work. Do browse our list of authors to get a good idea of the kind of writing we handle. In our experience, the most successful unsolicited approaches are those which have been carefully targeted to our agency, rather than a blanket approach to lots of agencies. We don’t represent poetry, science fiction, thrillers, self-help, light romance or academic writing. We don’t represent dramatic works (scripts for screen or stage) but we do handle dramatization of books by our clients.
I will next be considering submissions 12–20 November. I will be looking for submissions from writers based throughout the UK. I am interested in a wide variety of narrative fiction (not YA or fantasy) and non-fiction, those distinctive stories from natural storytellers. I love books that have emotional resonance, a sense of place and purpose.
All Submissions: We only accept submissions by email. Please write a covering letter in the body of the email giving an account of the background of the book and you and your writing career to date. Remember to include your name, address and contact number. If you have been referred to us by a publishing or personal contact then make this clear, and do mention if you have had previous correspondence with one of us. We would appreciate knowing if your project has been sent to or is being considered by other agents or publishers. Please double space your submission.
For fiction: send us the first three chapters (or about 50 pages) and a synopsis in a single document , with a covering letter.
For non-fiction: email a proposal and short example of the proposed work – a couple of sample chapters.
For picture books: Please send three samples of completed stories.
For illustrators: send us samples of your work for children and a link to your website
Presenting your work: Attach your work to the email in a document (remember to number the pages). We can only accept .doc, .docx or .pdf for text submissions and .jpeg, .gif or .pdf for illustrations.
Response and Turnaround: We will acknowledge receipt of email submissions, but we will only be back in touch with you if we wish to read more of your work. If you have not heard from us within a month then you can assume that we are not the right agency for your project. Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are sorry that we are unable to provide detailed feedback on work which we do not represent.
Submissions of writing for adults: Send your work to our general email inbox email@example.com, or direct your submission to either Jenny or Lisa – firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Submission of writing for children: please send all children’s submissions, including those from illustrators, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for considering Jenny Brown Associates. We look forward to reading your submission. Good luck!