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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.

  • Agents are More Important than Ever in a Digital 'Change Environment'.

    28 Feb 2011

    Susan Farrell-Lewis, an MA student in Professional Writing at the University of Falmouth, gives details of her survey, to which Andrew Lownie contributed, into the role of agents in the new digital age. Did you see the Coen brother’s film Oh Brother Where Art Thou? The Soggy Bottom Boys (George Clooney and his mates on the run from a prison) sing into ‘this ‘ere old tin can ‘ere in this new-fangled radio station and git 10 dollar’s each.’ They laughed so much: money for singing the music they loved! Of course it all worked out in the end, the Coen bro...Read more

  • Self-publishing on Kindle

    28 Feb 2011

    Christine Nicholls explains how she self-published her book Red Strangers on Kindle. How easy was it? It took time and effort. The major problem was that I did not have an electronic proofed version. I had sent the version electronically to the publisher, but proofs had been on paper, and I had no copy of the changes and corrections I had made. I had to ask someone to read the electronic version against the published book and make them identical. She did it free, but it would be a cost for many people. The self-publishing hints on the Kindle website appeared to be helpful, but were...Read more

  • Further Submission Tips

    25 Feb 2011

    Drawing on recent submissions and with the exact spelling and punctuation, Andrew Lownie continues his series on dos and don'ts when approaching an agent. ADDRESS THE AGENT PROPERLY Good day, Dear Beloved One Dear Andy Hello Lownie Gentle Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Dearest One, My Greetings with due Respect Dear Andrew Lownie agency reader Honorable sir or ms Dear Mighty One Dear Andrew Lownie Staff Member Dear Lownie Dear The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Team Dear Andrew Lownie Lit Complement of the day to yo...Read more

  • From Author to TV Expert

    31 Jan 2011

    Claire Richmond on how television companies need expert commentators which is good news for authors who can use television to build their profile . Authors have a lot to offer the TV industry but if you want to be a TV expert you have to ask yourself two questions: what are you doing to promote yourself to the TV industry and what kind of TV opportunities are you interested in? TV researchers, producers, heads of development and commissioners find experts and ideas for new programmes in lots of different places. The bookshop is definitely one of them. And I know, because I spent 15...Read more

  • What Editors Want

    13 Jan 2011

    Thirty four editors have kindly explained what they are looking for this year giving a fascinating insight into the commissioning mind. Richard Atkinson, Senior Commissioning Editor, Bloomsbury, I’m always on the lookout for books about the slightly geeky stuff that you didn’t know you needed to know about – maths ( Alex’s Adventures in Numberland) and clouds (The Cloudspotter’s Guide) have done well for me in the past. I was quietly devastated when Simon Garfield’s Just My Type came out from Profile last autumn – I’ve aspired to publish a popular book about typography for years. I’m...Read more

  • More Submission Tips

    31 Oct 2010

    Andrew Lownie, drawing on some recent submissions, lays out some rules when pitching to an agent. APPROACH THE AGENT PROPERLY It's very easy to identify an agent so no reason to address e mails as follows: Kind att of the general manager . Dear Sir / Madam. I take the liberty to address you . Dear Robert, Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Respectful One, Hi There, Dear Potential Partner, Dear Media Entrepreneurs/Book Publishers & World Citizens, Good day, Dear Beloved One Dear Sir Andrew Dear All Hi guys, Dear Agent Lownie, Hello My Good ...Read more