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Alexander is a fairly recent hire at C+W, one of London's largest and best-known agencies.

Alexander studied English & American literature at the University of Manchester and went on to get an MA in American Cultural Studies (so would be an excellent target for material with interesting things to say about the United States.) He worked at a number of smaller publishers before coming to Conville and Walsh and now works part-time on the foreign rights sales there. (That is: he'll help sell the international rights to books whose UK publishing rights are being handled by other agents in the same agency.) That said, he's starting to build his list and is probably hungrier for new clients than manyof the more established agents.

Alexander's description of his own tastes are clear, positive and helpful. He says he likes very strong first-page impact -- which could come either from a look-at-me writing style or from an unfolding premise or situation with an immediate grab. He also (unusually) affirms a preference for a 'stark masculine style', so it's not surprising that he has a particular interest in crime, thrillers, police procedurals and the rest. He also cites such luminaries of the field as George Pelecanos and Raymond Chandler.

That said, it's important not to pigeon-hole Alexander too tightly, as he's also a fan of Neil Gaiman (strongly written, but fantasy), Barbara Kingsolver (diito, and literary all the way). He also usefully talks about liking literary fiction that is "fun and playful" -- we guess that Michael Chabon would be a strong example of the kind of thing he means. He's also open to SFF work, though most likely not full-on elves and dwarves (high fantasy), or high space opera. In particular, Alexander is interested in diverse voices, borne out in his representation of African science fiction writer Tade Thompson.



Detailed data

Agency:
C+W Agency
Agent since:
2012
Short biography:

Alexander studied at the University of Manchester, graduating with a BA in English and American Literature and an MA in American Cultural Studies. After stints working for several independent publishing houses, an educational publisher in the Middle East, and a literary scout, he joined Conville & Walsh in 2011 as Clare Conville's assistant. In addition to building his own list of clients, he now works with Jake and Alexandra in the translation rights department, selling translation rights directly in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain, Portugal and Iceland, as well as dealing with associate agents in Eastern Europe and Turkey. He's worked for several independent publishing houses, an educational publisher in the Middle East, a literary scout and literary agents.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Memoir and autobiography, History, Science fiction, Historical fiction, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

I like novels that grab me from the start, either with a dazzling style, a moment of sudden action or a mystery to unravel, and that drag me along with an exciting, twist-filled plot. I tend to prefer novels with a stark, masculine style, believable but flawed protagonists and a dark sensibility, though I am happy to be surprised by anything well written. My tastes range widely, from literary fiction to commercial police procedurals, but I'm particularly interested in commercial thrillers and crime novels, adventure-filled historical novels, sci-fi and fantasy that push boundaries but are rooted in the believable, fun and playful literary fiction and boyish, YA and middle-grade novels. A random selection of authors I love include Michael Chabon, Cormac McCarthy, Joe Abercrombie, Michael Grant, Charles Yu, Neil Gaiman, Raymond Chandler, George Pelecanos, Barbara Kingsolver, Karl Marlantes, and Donald Ray Pollock. I'm always happy to read debut fiction and am passionate about working with authors I believe in long term. If you think your work might be for me do send a hard copy addressed to me by the normal submissions procedure, or send me an email.

Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
If you're interested in submitting to Alexander send a hard copy addressed to him by the normal submissions procedure or send him an email. To confirm, due to the volume of material Conville and Walsh receive, your work will most likely be read by our dedicated reader in the first instance.
Other advice and background:

Likes 'serious' work.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@a_cochran
Interesting links:
No Data
Clients:
Dave Hutchinson, Gareth L Powell, Anna Mill and Luke Jones, Tade Thompson, Jules Grant
Full client list:
http://cwagency.co.uk/agent/alexander-cochran
Email address:
alexander@cwagency.co.uk

Agents of: C+W Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.convilleandwalsh.com/
About the agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, we are a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning commercial and literary authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors. We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing directly - in all media, markets and languages across the world. Jo Unwin and Claire Conville were shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year in the 2010 and 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards respectively. Jake Smith-Bosanquet won Rights Professional of the Year in the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.
Address for submissions:
5th Floor, Haymarket House, 28-9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP, United Kingdom
Office address:
5th Floor, Haymarket House, 28-9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP
Email address:
Look at Website for agent email
Phone number:
44 20 7393 4200
Number of agents:
9
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
You should send your submission (in Word.doc format) via email directly to the agent you would like to consider your work following the guidelines below. Contact details are listed under our agent profiles. Please don’t write to more than one of us. If we think a book is promising, we’ll make sure it gets to the person most likely to want to represent it. Please note, we no longer accept postal submissions. To read our individual profiles and wish lists, please take a look at the Staff page. Have a look here for more information: http://cwagency.co.uk/page/submissions
More info on this agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, C&W describes itself as "a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors." In 2013, C&W announced the sale of a 50% share in the agency to industry giant, Curtis Brown. Representatives of Curtis Brown will sit on the C&W board. Conville and Walsh will also move into CB's offices in London's Haymarket. Curtis Brown will make use of C&W's excellent agency services for speakers and the two companies will share various other operations. Nevertheless, C&W will retain its operating indepedence, so we continue to list the company separately on this site. C&W's write up of themselves continues thus: "We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing direct - in all media, markets and languages across the world. As a small group of agents, we have decades of experience in both literary and commercial publishing. We are proud of our reputation for the happy enduring relationships we have built up with our clients, and of our dynamic team of staff."
Average response time:
9 days
Agency Transparency Index:
33/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@CWAgencyUK
Latest news:
http://cwagency.co.uk/section/books/news
More about the agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, we are a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning commercial and literary authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors. We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing directly - in all media, markets and languages across the world. Jo Unwin and Claire Conville were shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year in the 2010 and 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards respectively. Jake Smith-Bosanquet won Rights Professional of the Year in the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.

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