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.

  • Twitter and publishing: a chance to engage with readers

    13 Nov 2009

    Gary Smailes, co-owner of BubbleCow, a literary consultancy that helps writers to get published using only social media and on line promotion, shows just why publishers need to consider twitter as part of their overall social media strategy. Earlier this month Osprey Publishing (@OspreyBooks) ‘tweeted’ out their monthly commissioning meeting. As the editors wrangled over the books to accept and reject, an ‘impartial’ member of staff shared the ups and downs of the meeting. Books were introduced, a moment of twitter silence and then the decision announced. The result was a highly enter...Read more

  • Reflections on Married to a Bedouin

    05 Nov 2009

    Marguerite van Geldermalsen, whose memoir Married to a Bedouin has just been optioned for film, reflects on the writing of the book. Marrying my Bedouin husband in 1978 and settling into his cave in Petra opened a whole new world for me… and publishing my memoir about it 28 years later opened another. Back then I somehow imagined I might disappear into the ancient site, past the end of the dirt road, and nothing would be heard, or expected, of me again. But it wasn’t to be like that. Travellers passed through and told others, Queen Elizabeth came and we were presented to her (as I was ...Read more

  • Journalisted. Are You Listed?

    05 Nov 2009

    Author and freelance journalist Nick Pope explains the benefits of an important site for writers. Many of the Agency's authors - myself included - have written articles and features for a variety of national newspapers. If you fall into this category, the chances are that you already have an entry on Journalisted. But it's worth checking that you do have an entry and that your entry is comprehensive and up to date. Journalisted is a free resource, available to all via their website. Run by the Media Standards Trust (a registered charity), it's an independent, non-profit site, th...Read more

  • The Role of the Literary Consultancy

    05 Nov 2009

    Literary consultancies used to be few and far between and largely ignored by the literary world, but over the last five years a new bread of professional agencies have emerged bringing a new level of professionalism and expertise. These are mainly run by established writers and use the experience of a list of authors to help their clients make the best of their work. Here Cherry Mosteshar, who runs The Oxford Editors, talks about the role of the literary consultancy. What inspired you to start The Oxford Editors? Coming from a family of authors and journalists, I always had s...Read more

  • Publication is not the end of the journey

    05 Nov 2009

    Imran Ahmad, author of the highly-praised memoir Unimagined: a Muslim boy meets the West relates how through his own efforts he brought his book to wider international attention. His website is If you’ve had a long struggle to find an agent and a publisher (like most new authors), then once your book is published, there’s a temptation to think that’s the end of the journey. In actual fact, you are still at the beginning. Unless you are a major celebrity, politician or criminal, it’s unlikely that your publisher is going to do much in the way of m...Read more

  • Ghost Writing: The Inside Story

    13 Sep 2009

    Neil Simpson reflects on what it entails to be a ghost writer. He recently helped Ben MacFarlane with the writing of Holiday SOS just published by Hodder For more details of Neil's biographies go to Are you comfortable asking about someone's sex life at 9am – even if you've only just met? Do you mind holding hours of entirely one-sided conversations where you learn as much as you can about your companion - but never have a spare second to talk about yourself? When you get a book published are you OK about being relegated to the status of 'plu...Read more