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Andrew Lownie uses his expert knowledge in the publishing field to maximise the potential of his clients and build up their careers. Here Andrew Lownie, and some of his clients and guest columnists, share advice on a variety of topics to writers. Elsewhere on the site you can find a Frequently Asked Questions list on literary agents, as well as advice for submitting work to agents.

  • How To Profit From The Promotional Power Of Twitter

    25 Jul 2016

    Last year agency author David McClure wrote about how social media helped launch his book. Here’s what happened this year. For the last few summers I’ve tried to promote my book on the royal finances “Royal Legacy “ by being the first to tweet about one of the biggest financial events of the year (at least to sad Windsor-watchers like me): the announcement of the Queen’s private income from the profits of her hereditary estate, the Duchy of Lancaster (HM hit the jackpot in 2016 with record receipts of £17.8m). In year one, I broke the story on Twitter thanks to m...Read more

  • The People's Book Prize award ceremony

    22 Jul 2016

    On Tuesday I went to the award ceremony for the People's Book Prize. It was a black-tie affair at the grand Stationer's Hall in London and I was one of 12 writers shortlisted for the fiction category for my novel The Art of Letting Go. First things first, I didn't win. My category was won by The Road to Donetsk by Diane Chandler. This however, was a minor detail. I had a fabulous time! I am not the sort of person who does black-tie or socialising and especially not networking, so it wasn't the kind of event I would've said suited me at all. It was brilliant though - a complete change fro...Read more

  • A Genius Bar for Books

    12 May 2016

    Jeremy Dronfield, author, ghostwriter, book consultant and the agency's reader interviewed. You’ve had an unusual career trajectory, going from fiction to non-fiction and ghostwriting. How did that come about? Being a writer isn’t what it used to be. The joy of creation may be timeless, but the way we research, write and sell books is changing constantly. At the same time, being a writer in the other sense – existing, earning a living from the written word – is changing too. Advances are declining in size and getting harder to come by, we have to work harder (and spend more) to do our...Read more

  • Tide of Empires

    05 May 2016

    Celebrated naval historian Peter Padfield describes the origins of his two-book series Tide of Empires, recently published by Thistle Books. I remember discussing what was to become Tide of Empires with Norman Franklin of Routledge. It seems aeons ago, but I remember it well; it was over an enjoyable lunch at the Reform Club – enjoyable I'm sure because in those days I tucked into anything. Now I am a vegan and never so well catered for. At that stage the work was to be Decisive Naval Campaigns from the fifteenth century to the present day in three volumes. I had been led to this after w...Read more

  • No Excuses! Why and How Writers Should Embrace Twitter

    09 Feb 2016

    Paul Jones, author of several word trivia books, shows how authors can use Twitter to promote themselves. “You should get on Twitter, I think you’d like it.” Or so said a friend of mine while we were catching up in our local, four years ago. Frankly, I wasn’t convinced. But partly out of curiosity (and partly to allay the constant badgering) I registered an account, picked my Twitter “handle”—the unique @name that identifies you, to the uninitiated—followed the usual slew of friends, family, and famous names, and tweeted my first tweet. And that might have been that, were it not for ...Read more

  • Five Websites Every Author Should Be On

    08 Jan 2016

    Katy Weitz, author and co-founder of Press My Book training workshops, gives her top website tips. Oh social media! It’s a pain, isn’t it? And yet, in this day and age, all authors are expected to be responsible for their social media profiles. However you are published – whether it is by one of the big four, a small indie or self-published - being visible online is an absolute must. But there are so many sites out there - Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus, FlickR - how to know which ones to join and which to avoid? My colleague Emma Donnan and I find the maj...Read more