Articles

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.

  • Do You Really Need a Literary Agent?

    27 May 2009

    A few recent submissions with original spellings which show the faith some people have in an agent’s range of expertise and powers. I write for pleasure. I wont to do tv and film exrea wotrk We would like to ask you if you look at Travel Feature Packages? I would like to write an article for a major newspaper of magazine. Can you help me get my article published? If you cannot can you tell me who can help me? Harley-Davidson is launching a brand new motorcycle in the coming months and we would like the honour of presenting Bono with the first one... I understand you are not his a...Read more

  • Being Published

    04 May 2009

    Clare Mulley details how she generated publicity interest in her first book. Seven years after I first became interested in Eglantyne Jebb, my biography of the founder of the international development agency Save the Children, and author of what has since evolved into the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - the most universally accepted human rights instrument in history - was published last month. It’s a gem of a story, ‘The Woman Who Saved the Children’ was not fond of children herself, ‘the little wretches’ she once called them, and raced through a d...Read more

  • Websites for Writers: A Brief Overview

    30 Apr 2009

    Alan Baker looks at various websites which may be of interest to authors in terms of raising profile or generating editorial feedback. His latest book ‘The Edge of Science: Mysteries of Mind, Space and Time’ is published later this year and he is now writing a novel ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’. We all know that the internet is having a significant effect, both on publishing and on the ways in which authors (whether published or unpublished) can further their careers. Over the last few months, several websites have been established which offer help and advice, both to ...Read more

  • How I Found the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency (part 5)

    13 Apr 2009

    Andrew Lownie extracts a fifth selection of how authors came to the agency.   QUINCE ADAMS In 1995, as I was finishing my biography of Bonar Law, I mentionedto a distinguished historian and close friend, that I was thinking of seeking a literary agent. Having negotiated publication of my previous books myself, I thought it time to put this in the hands of a professional. Andrew and I met (remarkably, we were living in the same building in Bedford Square at the time), and after a long talk about books and publishing, we agreed to work together. He has represented me ever since. He is...Read more

  • The Importance of a Good Website

    09 Apr 2009

    Alan White , a writer and founder member of MyiFolio which provides £99 websites for writers and other creatives, gives his tips on building your own website. The Internet is one of the most powerful publicity tools available to a writer, whether they have a book to promote or are just hoping to get spotted by an agent. For the aspiring writer it’s the most competitive marketplace there is. They’ve all heard about the success stories: those bloggers like Belle de Jour and Girl With A One Track Mind who managed to secure a book deal on the strength of their online work. T...Read more

  • Submission Tips

    30 Mar 2009

    Andrew Lownie offers some submission tips with examples from recent submissions of what not to do. 1/ ADDRESS THE AGENT PROPERLY Dear Ms. Leonie, Dear Lownie Agent: Dr Mr Andrew Dear Literary Coordinator: My dear Andrew Lownie, Gentlepersons , Dear Sir Andrew Lownie, Respected, Andrew Lownie Hey! Here is Juana. Wanna date? Dear Most Beloved The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Ltd I greet you in the wonderful name of Christ Jesus, Dear Reputable Literary Agent, Hello, and warm Winter greetings to you Hello and greetings of the bountifully majestic day to all at the Andrew Lowni...Read more