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.

  • How I Found the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency (Part 4)

    15 Mar 2009

    Authors – as indeed am I - are often fascinated at how writers come to the agency and I ask each author to write a short explanation on their website page. Here is a fourth selection showing just how varied are the routes to the agency. CAMERON ADDICOTT My partner and I were in Waterstones; I was browsing whilst she was paying. I picked up Crack House and started flicking, liked the premise and bought it. I immediately thought that if a book could be written about Harry Keeble then maybe I should investigate. On googling Kris Hollington I was advised to contact his agent...the rest...Read more

  • An Interview with Cathy Glass

    15 Mar 2009

    Cathy Glass is probably the most successful current writer of inspirational memoir . In this Q&A she explains why she writes and the reaction to her books. What inspired you to write your books’? I have always written – right from when I was at school, with poems in the school magazine. In my teens I progressed to short stories and articles etc. Damaged (published Feb 2007) was my first ‘fostering memoir’, where I told the story of one of the children I’d looked after. At the time, writing Damaged was purely cathartic - I hadn’t thought about findi...Read more

  • Predictions

    15 Feb 2009

    January's article 'The Books of 2009' on what editors were looking to buy in 2009 and what they thought would sell was picked up widely in the media, including the Guardian. Here six more editors give their predictions for the year ahead. "Military non-fiction remains a healthy market and the popularity of shows such as Ross Kemp's Gangs and Afghanistan series suggest there are further big sales in the wider concept-driven crime and war non-fiction genres. And having read plenty about other people fighting, men will also want to learn how to do it themselves; therefore books on mixed ...Read more

  • Preparation Is Key

    08 Feb 2009

    Publisher, journalist and blogger Jane Smith gives her advice on the importance of preparation before submitting to agents or publishers. I've worked in publishing for years, on both sides of the editorial desk, and during that time I've seen many changes. The arrival of personal computers has made manuscript preparation so much easier; the internet has transformed both the way and the amount that we communicate. The end of the UK's net book agreement, over a decade ago now, has caused huge changes in how books are sold and has played its part in transforming our high streets as booksellin...Read more

  • The Theory of Evaluation

    01 Feb 2009

    Writer Sophie McCook ,who runs a service that offers workshops and manuscript services for writers, looks at the process of assessing scripts and how writers can best prepare submissions. Most writers will know that feeling of waiting; between posting unsolicited work to an agent and waiting for the response. This time-lag, where three months can seems like three years, is how long it takes many agencies to form an opinion of your writing. If you have submitted to a number of carefully chosen agents, you might find that practice varies. Some will simply return your manuscript to you u...Read more

  • The books of 2009

    25 Jan 2009

    Ten editors predict which books they think will prosper in 2009. Publishers are always on the lookout for strong narratives, entertaining stories, books that excite us - but that's more true than ever this year. I think it's clear that celebrity books will continue to thrive in the second half of this year, as they have done for many years - with television stars leading the way. We're certainly looking for celebrity-led books but I'm also looking for music autobiographies. I suspect that readers will be thinking twice about paying out for a hardback unless they feel particularly passiona...Read more