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Alice is an experienced agent at one of the industry’s best-established and most respected mid-sized agencies. Prior to agenting, she read Anthropology and Publishing (yes, really) at Oxford Brookes and worked in the rights department at Quadrille (meaning that she was working rather in the capacity of an agent, albeit at a publisher not an agency.)

LAW does not, unfortunately, disclose individual client lists for its different agents which makes it very hard for writers to gauge what an indvidual’s particular loves and passions are. Nevertheless, taking Alice’s agency bio together with the useful interview on the Ali Reynolds site, it’s possible to piece together a fair view of her tastes and preferences:

  • "Ordinary heroes in the context of crime and thrillers”. So not a natural target for ordinary British police procedurals, but definitely an interest in ordinary-person-entangled by-something-terrible type narratives.
  • Food and cooking: a definite area of interest
  • Smart, witty women’s fiction: a particular interest in fiction that actually reflects and talks about the real lives of ordinary women – so not high end Hollywood glamour, but something more domestic, more British, more real.
  • Storytelling: she does tend to emphasise narrative more than beautiful writing, so your work should probably be strongly narrative led (even if it’s literary).
  • “A fan of strong, passionate voices [and] dry, witty retorts”: Alice might well be a good target for first person fiction where the narrator has a strong voice, particularly if that voice has a good measure of wit and intelligence.
  • “Epic narrative”: it’s quite rare to find agents who mention an interest in epic narrative, because it directly encourages writers to send in 200,000 word monsters. Yet the comment is probably worth taking at face value, so if you’re writing a big, narrative-led book in any genre (historical, literary, even perhaps SFF) you might consider Alice as an option.

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Detailed data

LAW Agency
Agent since:
Short biography:

Alice read Anthropology and Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. Following this, she worked as a Rights Manager at Quadrille Publishing Ltd., and join LAW as an agent in 2001. Alice has an insatiable appetite for storytelling old and new. Her tastes are eclectic, her championship unstinting. She's a fan of strong, passionate voices, dry, witty retorts, and - a particular treat in this digital age - retains a telephone manner that borders on the hypnotic. She's always on the lookout for any excuse to spend more time with anyone and anything food related, explore new ideas and celebrate innovation, to work with those who push the envelope in any field, to lose herself in epic narrative of all kinds - and to find new ways of sharing works of genius with the world.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Erotica, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

I think crime and high concept thrillers will continue to thrive, but it would be interesting to see some different protagonists emerge, so more "ordinary heroes" as investigators rather than policemen etc. Cookery titles are perennially popular and I'm looking for new smart, witty women's fiction with stories that really reflect contemporary women's lives. Note also the phrase "epic storytelling" in Alice's bio - one that suggests she might be a good target for bold, big books with ambition and strong narrative force. The agency does not disclose client lists by agent, so it's unfortunately not possible to dissect her list to understand her precise tastes.

Other loves & passions:

Cookery, new ideas, innovation.

How to make a submission:
Agency standard. No email submissions. By post to: Submissions, 14 Vernon Street, London, W14 ORJ
Other advice and background:

Note the useful interview in the Ali Reynolds site below. Various useful snippets there, including this advice "Follow the story, focus on the narrative and write the book you've always wanted to write. It's easy to get distracted trying to write what you think the market might want, or even what you think you should be writing, rather than the idea that makes your heart beat a little faster."

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Full agency client list: Serena Allott, Yvonne Antrobus, Chris Ayres, Steve Backshall, Rosemary Bailey, Jonny Bealby, Mara Bergman, Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster, Will Birch, Blue Mountain Music, Adrian Boot, Tracy Borman, Tim Bouquet, Jeremy Bowen, David Boyle, Tom Bradby, Lesley Bremness, Carrie Bright, John Bryant, Elizabeth Buchan, Stephanie Calman, Paul Cartledge, Linda Chapman, Richard Chapman, Tim Clayton, Alex Cliff, Stephen Cole, Ben Collins, Tim Collins OBE, Conde Nast , Nick Cook, Bill & Laurel Cooper, Phil Craig, Robert Crampton, Chris Craymer, Gillian Cross, Nick Danziger, Darlow Smithson Productions, Josceline Dimbleby, Diverse Productions, Hugo Dixon, Ruth Downie, Andrew Eames, Lucy Edge, Vicki Edgson, Tracy Edwards MBE, Niall Edworthy, Robin Eggar, Giles Emerson, Harry Ferguson, Ruth Field, Mick Flynn, Ben Fogle, Martyn Forrester, Kate Fox, Annelise Freisenbruch, Frank Gardner OBE, Margaret Gaskin, David Gatward, Anton Gill, Jonathon Green, Tim Griggs, Daniel Hahn, Nicky Hambleton-Jones, Andy Hamilton, Caroline Hamilton, Willie Harcourt-Cooze, Toby Harnden, Kate Harrison, Tom Hart Dyke, Louise Harwood, Nigel Havers, Humphrey Hawksley, Veronica Henry, Molly Hopkins, Richard Hoskins, Chris Hughes, Bettany Hughes, Simon Hughes, Beverley Hughesdon, Chris Hunter, Elizabeth Ironside, Robin Jarvis, Mark Johnson, Gillian Johnson, Christopher Kelly, Colonel Richard Kemp, Gene Kemp, Felicity Kendal CBE, Sarah Key, Sophie Kinsella, Miranda Krestovnikoff, Chris Laoutaris, Deborah Lawrenson, T.S. Learner, Stephen Leather, John Lewis-Stempel, Lion Television, Tim de Lisle, Penny Little, Sam Llewellyn, Giorgio Locatelli, Michael Longley, Henrietta Lovell, Jonathan Lynn, Kim MacQuarrie, Ed Macy, Charlotte Madison, David Matthews, John McCarthy CBE, James McConnel, Neil McCormick, Mark McCrum, Anthony McGowan, Katharine McMahon, Miranda McMinn, Andy McNab, Jennifer McVeigh, Livi Michael, Rosalind Miles, Adele Minchin, Michelle Misra, Amanda Mitchison, Chris Moon MBE, Marc Morris, Greg Mosse, Kate Mosse, Simon Napier-Bell, Helen Nathan, Julie Nicholson, Sarah Oliver, Byron Ousey, Jane Owen, James Owen, Sheila Paine, Matthew Parker, Imogen Parker, John Peters, Margaret Pinder, Scroobius Pip, Saviour Pirotta, Justin Pollard, Chris Priestley, Peter Radford, Susi Rajah, Phil Rees, Philip Reeve, Janet Reibstein, Howard Reid, Susan Reuben, Bruce Reynolds, Paul Richardson, Ricochet, Mary Riddell, Chris Riddell, Elizabeth Rigbey, Jean Ritchie, Linda Caine Robin Royston, Michael Robotham, Betty Rowlands, Margaret Ryan, Chris Salewicz, Richard Sanders, Jasvinder Sanghera, Les Scott, Sara Sheridan, David Shukman, Lucy Siegle, John Simpson, Nigel Slater, Peter Snow, Justin Somper, Ed Stafford, Daniel Start, Angie Stevens / Doodlemum, Paul Stewart, Lazlo Strangolov, Paul Strathern, Dominic Streatfield, Red House Television, Bruce Thomas, Ronnie Thompson, Tony Thorne, Matt Thorne, Anthony Thornton, Jane and Mike Tomlinson, Martin and Simon Toseland, Simon Toyne, Paul Trynka, Elizabeth Turner, Dan Waddell, Jeremy Wade, Terry Waite, Wall to Wall, Geoff Waring, Sarah Webb, Alison Weir, Judy Westwater, Rowland White, Matt Whyman, Madeleine Wickham, Andy Williams, Adam Williams, Andrew Williams, Matthew Wilson, Wingspan Productions, Dave Woods, Ceri Worman, Michael Wright and Jan Younghusband.
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Agents of: LAW Agency

Agency details

About the agency:
LAW is a successful and creative London-based firm which represents its varied client list internationally. Our clients feature regularly on bestseller lists worldwide as well as in the press and are often to be seen and heard on prime-time media. We are a full member of the Association of Authors' Agents and are active in all areas of rights representation.
Address for submissions:
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Office address:
14 Vernon Street London W14 0RJ
Email address:
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Phone number:
020 7471 7900
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Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We only accept proposals or submissions through the following: - for general submissions - for children's, YA and artwork submissions Please note that if you feel that your work is particularly well suited to one of our agents, you are welcome to address your covering letter to that agent and we will endeavor to ensure that your work is passed onto that agent's office to be reviewed. If you are not sure where your submission should be placed you can simply address your letter to 'LAW Submissions.' Either way, all submissions must be sent to one of these two email addresses. Your submission should consist of the first three chapters or first thirty pages of your manuscript (if the work is for young children and consists of no more than 1,000 words please send the complete text), and a short synopsis (not longer than one side of A4).
More info on this agency:
Lucas Alexander Whitley is active in all areas of representation (including speaking, licensing, brand, film and television deals) and operates with individuality and commitment. Small enough to be friendly, big enough to operate effectively in a global market, always imaginative, we not only look for the best deals for our clients but also plan their long term careers.
Average response time:
8 days
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LAW is a successful and creative London-based firm which represents its varied client list internationally. Our clients feature regularly on bestseller lists worldwide as well as in the press and are often to be seen and heard on prime-time media. We are a full member of the Association of Authors' Agents and are active in all areas of rights representation.

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