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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.

  • Website comments

    17 Aug 2011

    The website continues to garner a favourable reaction. Here are a selection of recent comments: "I liked your website very much - it was very friendly and well-presented and approachable!" Amanda Goodman "I wanted to thank you for the guidance given in the 'How to Submit' section of the website. It was refreshing and honest, and has given me insight on how to tailor my own submissions in the near future." David Wildman "The Weekly Diary is not only funny, entertaining and highly illustrative of the mechanics of both publishing and agenting, it can give both active and p...Read more

  • An outsider's impression of the work of a literary agency

    17 Jul 2011

    Having recently graduated from the University of Glasgow, and with her first historical novel still very much unwritten, Laura Buchan was looking for direction. Keen to learn more about the role of the literary agent in the publishing world she spent a week with The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. Here she outlines her first impressions of the agency’s work. You would be forgiven for thinking that Andrew Lownie sleeps at his desk. As the man who received nearly 20,000 unsolicited proposals last year, it is hard to imagine he finds time to nap. In this current climate, as the newspa...Read more

  • A funny thing happened to me on the way to the Madrid Book Fair...

    24 Jun 2011

    Sheridan Simove recounts his experiences on a recent publicity tour for his book What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex. I’m just back from Madrid after what can only be described as an amazing whirlwind adventure… Last Thursday night, I didn’t sleep a wink. I left my flat at 3.30am to join the Stag and Hen groups at Luton airport to fly to Spain to launch ‘Qué Piensan Los Hombres Más Allá Del Sexo’ the Spanish Edition of my blank book ‘What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex’… I arrived in beautiful, sunny Mad...Read more

  • Even more Submissions

    22 Jun 2011

    Andrew Lownie continues his series of extracts from recent submissions. SOME SALUTATIONS Very dear Andrew, Dear Mr. Andrew, Greetings Mr. Lownie, Dear Anthony Lownie, Dear Gentle People To the Agency, Dear Editor, Dear Sir/Madam at the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, Dear Mrs Lownie: Dear Lovely One, Hello Man, Greetings from a finally snow-free Minnesota! Dear ; Dear Art Director , Hi Good Day, Hello Andrew Lownie Agency Hello All, The Chief Executive Officer, Literary Agency, Andrew, hello Dear! Hi there. Hello Andy, ...Read more

  • How a blank book got to the top of the Amazon charts

    02 Apr 2011

    Shed Simove explains how he wrote and published a global bestseller in nine days. Bam! It was a simply unbelievable moment. Except that it actually, really happened. I stared at my computer screen. There, sitting in my inbox was an email that confirmed that the world around me had gone totally and utterly, bone-fide, stark-raving, strait-jacket wearing, barmy bonkers...mad. I read the first line. It said: ‘Shed!!! Your book is number 44 on Amazon... Congratulations!’ So, how on earth did a blank book become a worldwide bestseller? The background behind this remarkable occ...Read more

  • An Agency Week

    28 Mar 2011

    Andrew Lownie charts a recent week. MONDAY As always, numerous e mail submissions have come in overnight including: “a very exciting novel concerning the waste industry”; “ a series of 200 year historical wall calendars featuring various themes and running from the year of 1900 to 2100”; “a gag book about the United States Health Care Plain (sic)”; an oral history of East Harlem; “a compendium of more than 150 recipes (most other books stop at 100) for soups in a variety of cuisines and styles”; “an ethnobotanical investigation on the ancient shepherds use of entheogens. ...Read more