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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.

  • What UK Non-Fiction Editors Want 2013

    12 Jan 2013

    Thirty British non-fiction editors set out the sort of books they are seeking to publish this year. Myles Archibald, Publishing Director, Harper Collins I want non-fiction books that explain the big subjects brilliantly or small subjects in a completely engaging way. They both need to have interesting structures that engage the reader. They’ll be written by enthusiasts, professional or amateur, who have a real passion for their subject who will have probably lived the narrative journey. And they are as likely to be about purple emperors, as pulsars, RNA as whales. Hugh Barker, Co...Read more

  • What US Editors Want 2013

    12 Jan 2013

    Eleven US editors have kindly explained what sort of books they are looking for this year . Amy Cherry, Vice President & Senior Editor, Norton Having just handled the reissues of the 50th anniversaries of A Clockwork Orange and The Feminine Mystique , I’ve had a chance to contemplate how little we can guess about which books will make a mark. Both these works were bought because they were important and provocative, not because they had any guarantee of becoming the bestsellers they were. That, despite my penchant for quirky books, leads me to the kind of book submissions that I ...Read more

  • Another Forgotten Child returns to best seller lists

    02 Jan 2013

    In the week ending 29 December, Cathy Glass's Another Forgotten Child returned to the Sunday Times paperback non-fiction chart at number 15 .Read more

  • Favourite Books of 2012 part 2

    13 Nov 2012

    In the second of two articles, agency authors pick their favourite book of 2012. CAMERON ADDICOTT A History of London by Stephen Inwood (Macmillan, 1998) By a country mile this is the history of our capital. Stephen Inwood has produced a masterly work; 1100 fascinating pages on the greatest city in the world. Despite its length, Inwood has a surprisingly light touch with such a vast subject. My enthusiasm for it comes from the real social insight one gets from such a diverse range of heroes, villains, changing fortunes and downright grit. Everyone knows what Johnson thought; In 11...Read more

  • Favourite Books of 2012

    05 Nov 2012

    In the first of two articles, agency authors pick their favourite book of 2012. JANE ANSON IQ84 by Haruki Murakami, (English translation, Random House, first Publication date of Japanese edition 2009) I fist discovered Murakami when living in Tokyo in 1994, when lent a Wild Sheep Chase by a friend, then given Dance, Dance, Dance for my 22nd birthday. He is one of the very very few authors who has never disappointed, and I am still a little bit in love with his jazz-bar owning, cat-loving hero (never the same person, always the same voice). Although this is on one level one of...Read more

  • Addressing Me

    01 Nov 2012

    Andrew Lownie continues his occasional series of salutations he has received from prospective authors. Well hello there, Dear All Dear delightful people at Andrew Lownie Hi Andrew Lownie Agency, Hey Hello all at Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. Good day Dear Andrew Lownie Team, Hello lovelies! Dear Reader Dear staff, To the fine agent reviewing manuscript submissions for picture books, Hi Jacq, Dear All at Andrew Lownie, Dear Andrew and team, Dear Director of Development. Dear executives at Andrew Lownie Agency: Dear Mr Lowni...Read more