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.

  • Addressing Me

    15 Oct 2011

    Andrew Lownie continues his series of terms of address from recent submissions. Dear submission reader, To the literary agents at Andrew Lownie Dear Sir Andrew Lownie Dear sie Publisher Dear Editor, Dear Andrew and team, Dear HR Department, Hi Mr. Poma Good morning, Dear Good afternoon, Hi dear, Dear Andrew Literary Agency Master Lownie: Greetings, Dear Ladies and Gentlemen! Hello, sir or mam To The Concerned Person Hi guys Dear friends, Dear Andrew and Colleagues, To Whom It May Concern Hello Dear Art Director Dea...Read more

  • How I found the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency (part 7)

    14 Oct 2011

    A further selection of entries from author pages on how they came to the agency which may provide useful tips on how to find an agent. DEBORAH McDONALD I am afraid there is nothing clever or witty to say about how I found the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. It was simply a case of opening the ‘Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook’ and looking for an agency that dealt with historical biography. This one fit the bill admirably so I began to subscribe to the Newsletter, which confirmed my hunch. I contacted Andrew who liked what I was doing. SEAN McMEEKIN I was contacted by an agent fo...Read more

  • How I found the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency (part 6)

    10 Sep 2011

    A further selection of entries from author pages on how they came to the agency which may provide useful tips on how to find an agent. GEOFF ANDREWS I was first recommended to Andrew Lownie by my friend and fellow QPR supporter Christian Wolmar, who has benefited a lot from Andrew’s help on many of his transport books. Since then Andrew has impressed me with his prompt attention and real enthusiasm for my work. He also has a particular interest in the Cambridge spy generation. JANE ANSON I pitched a book about wine tourism in France , and although that book didn't happen, Andrew...Read more

  • Website comments

    17 Aug 2011

    The website continues to garner a favourable reaction. Here are a selection of recent comments: "I liked your website very much - it was very friendly and well-presented and approachable!" Amanda Goodman "I wanted to thank you for the guidance given in the 'How to Submit' section of the website. It was refreshing and honest, and has given me insight on how to tailor my own submissions in the near future." David Wildman "The Weekly Diary is not only funny, entertaining and highly illustrative of the mechanics of both publishing and agenting, it can give both active and p...Read more

  • An outsider's impression of the work of a literary agency

    17 Jul 2011

    Having recently graduated from the University of Glasgow, and with her first historical novel still very much unwritten, Laura Buchan was looking for direction. Keen to learn more about the role of the literary agent in the publishing world she spent a week with The Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. Here she outlines her first impressions of the agency’s work. You would be forgiven for thinking that Andrew Lownie sleeps at his desk. As the man who received nearly 20,000 unsolicited proposals last year, it is hard to imagine he finds time to nap. In this current climate, as the newspa...Read more

  • A funny thing happened to me on the way to the Madrid Book Fair...

    24 Jun 2011

    Sheridan Simove recounts his experiences on a recent publicity tour for his book What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex. I’m just back from Madrid after what can only be described as an amazing whirlwind adventure… Last Thursday night, I didn’t sleep a wink. I left my flat at 3.30am to join the Stag and Hen groups at Luton airport to fly to Spain to launch ‘Qué Piensan Los Hombres Más Allá Del Sexo’ the Spanish Edition of my blank book ‘What Every Man Thinks About Apart From Sex’… I arrived in beautiful, sunny Mad...Read more