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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.

  • Fifteen Tips on Approaching an Agent

    02 Oct 2006

    Andrew Lownie offers some advice on how best to present yourself to an agent. Authors are often angry, frustrated or shocked by the responses or lack of responses from agents and it might be useful to give some background and advice which might help with pitching to agents. Your book is special to you and may one day be to other people but at the moment it is just another submission. Authors need to remember that agents are inundated with submissions. Most have full lists already and need to concentrate on their existing clients. Of course we are looking for new talent but the chances of ...Read more

  • An interview with Damien Lewis

    01 Oct 2006

    Damien Lewis is making an all too rare trip to London from his writing retreat in the mountains of France, on a publicity programme to support the launch of his latest two books, Bloody Heroes and Desert Claw. Both are very much in the same vein as his best selling Operation Certain Death, the true story of the SAS’s daring and dangerous mission to rescue hostages held in the jungles of Sierra Leone by drug crazed, lawless and lethal rebels known as the West Side boys. Damien is smaller than you might imagine from his picture and even settled comfortably in his favourite hotel with a...Read more

  • Another Week in the Life of a Literary Agent

    01 Sep 2006

    My January article covering some of my activities during an average week attracted a great deal of interest . I’ve been asked to provide another ‘snapshot’ of a week which I am happy to do. MONDAY E mails received 90 E mails sent 100 Submissions this morning include an account of an American couple’s year in London (I think it insufficiently lyrical), a sci fi novel, a ‘bleak chick lit’ novel from a Portuguese woman living in Germany, a memoir from California ‘American Fugitive in Mexico’, a mystery novel set in New York in the late sixtie...Read more

  • The Quality of Mercy

    02 Aug 2006

    David Roberts discusses his forthcoming historical crime novel The Quality of Mercy Although we worry about the Middle East and the possibility that some fanatic might use a nuclear weapon, we do not live under the threat of total disaster – even annihilation – as did those of us who grew up during the Cold War. In the Cuban Missile Crisis we believed with justification that nuclear war might destroy our world and there was nothing we as individuals could do about it. The same dread possessed those living in the latter half of the 1930s. The ‘war-to-end-all-wars&rsqu...Read more

  • How the Lord of Darkness gave PR advice to Electrolux

    21 Jul 2006

    Author and journalist, Jimmy Lee Shreeve (aka Doktor Snake), dispenses "diabolic" publicity tips to the corporate world. A month or two back, I was at my desk writing a science feature for The Independent, when the phone rang. It was the PR department at Electrolux, who I'd had dealings with earlier in the year when doing a piece on hi-tech, household gadgets. This time they weren't looking to pitch a story around one of their products. They wanted my advice on publicity. It turned out that the white-goods manufacturer had moved into the book publishing business, as a new and nov...Read more

  • The High Cost of Living a Twisted Ideology

    10 Jun 2006

    Damien Lewis, author of the recently published Bloody Heroes and top ten bestseller Operation Certain Death, explains how he goes about writig his books. As I came in from a hard morning writing my wife glanced up from the lunch table, shock and concern written across her face. ‘You look terrible,’ she said. I appeared exhausted and grey, she told me, like every last drop of life force had been drained from me. Coming to think of it, that was pretty much how I was feeling. I’d spent the last three months trying to get into the hearts and minds of the Al Qaeda and Tali...Read more