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Amanda studied English Literature and Latin at Manchester before in 1997 moving (via Lonely Planet) to Sheil Land, a well-established mid-sized London agency. She then moved, in 2005, to Luigi Bonomi Associates.

Amanda’s profile on the agency website reports that she handles both commercial and literary fiction, and non-fiction. She likes “innovative ... story telling, fantastic concepts and [wants] to be hooked from the start.” Those elements generally point to a more commercial / high concept orientation. Though she does want her work to be “well-written”, her overall stress appears to be with narrative/concept more than prose.

Her client list yields rather more helpful clues. Amanda has a very strong home/diet/living type list and would be a natural target for good quality non-fiction in those fields. Additionally:

  • List is quite female dominated, even by the standards of an industry where women are in the majority.
  • A good selection of home/diet/living/relationship-based non-fiction (Super Scrimpers; Amazing Spaces; I Can Cook; Restoration Home, The London Bible, Jo Hemmings, Vintage Teatime, How Not to Get Fat, Anatomy of Fashion & many more)
  • Relatively few out-and-out thrillers, but Amanda does represent Simon Kernick, a big-selling tough-guy thriller author, and Dreda Say Mitchell a CWA debut winner.Some celebrity clients (Joey Essex) and an interest in celeb
  • Relatively few out-and-out thrillers, but Amanda does represent Simon Kernick, a big-selling tough-guy thriller author, and Dreda Say Mitchell a CWA debut winner.Some celebrity clients (Joey Essex) and an interest in celeb biogs (eg, of Kate Middleton). Also an interest in pop music (books on Blue, Steps, X Factor etc).
  • Some celebrity clients (Joey Essex) and an interest in celeb biogs (eg, of Kate Middleton). Also an interest in pop music (books on Blue, Steps, X Factor etc).
  • Some women’s fiction including high glamour work (Fortune; It Had To Be You, Sealed with a Kiss, Ice Dream)
    Psychological thrillers (Amy Bird)New Adult and Young Adult writers (Mila Gray / Sarah Alderson, Abigail Haas)
  • New Adult and Young Adult writers (Mila Gray / Sarah Alderson, Abigail Haas)
  • Family sagas and historical (Freda Lightfoot)

    In short, we’d think Amanda was perfect for non-fiction in the areas mentioned above, and also for women’s and new Adult type fiction, especially if there’s a bit of glamour involved. High quality submissions outside those areas are also likely to be of interest.


Detailed data

Agency:
Luigi Bonomi Associates
Agent since:
1997
Short biography:

Amanda Preston read English Literature and Latin at Manchester University. After leaving university, she did a work experience placement at the Lonely Planet where she realized that she wanted to pursue a career in publishing and to that end, she joined literary agency Sheil Land Associates in 1997. In 2005 she joined LBA.

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


Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission."I am looking for incredibly strong central characters, compelling storytelling, a killer concept and I want to be hooked from the start. Ultimately I'm looking for unforgettable books that demand to be talked about and shared, regardless of genre, and that I'm still thinking about days after finishing. I'm particularly interested in finding new authors in psychological suspense, YA, women's fiction (high concept reading group and commercial) and crime & thrillers."
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@LBAamanda
Interesting links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytFVn7P6neA
Clients:
Full agency client list: Max Adams, Sarah Alderson, Kirstie Allsopp, Will Adams, Toby Buckland, Fern Britton, Amanda Brooke, J T Brannan, James Barrington, James Becker, Jason Bradbury, Terry Brighton, Josephine Cox, Sean Cregan, Megan Cole, Dean Crawford, Sam Christer, Jo Carnegie, Lucie Cave, Gennaro Contaldo, Matthew Dunn, A.M. Dean, Pure Grass Films, Judy Finnigan, Nick Foulkes, Diarmuid Gavin, David Gibbins, Pippa Greenwood, Matt Hilton, Joanne Hull, Glenn Harrold, Nicola Hodgkinson, Andrew Hammond, Alan Hammond, Becky Hope, Bruno Hare, Richard Hammond, Sarah Harvey, Jo Hemmings, Jane Hill, John Humphrys, Graham Joyce, Simon Kernick, Victoria Lamb, Agnes Light, John Lucas, Dr Rosemary Leonard, Freda Lightfoot, Lucy Martin, Camilla Macpherson, Cherry Menlove, Richard Madeley, Ian Marber, James May, Maria Mccarthy, Colin McDowell, Gillian McKeith, Gavin Menzies, Nicola Monaghan, Sarah Monk, Mike Morley, Seth Patrick, Jeff Pearce, Gervase Phinn, Jordan Paramour, Sue Palmer, Andrew Pepper, Melanie Phillips, Jem Poster, Bernadette Robinson, Louisa Reid, Esther Rantzen, John Rickards, Dr Alice Roberts, Mike Rossiter, Jack Steel, Karen Swan, Catherine Sampson, Colin Shindler, Keren Smedley, Supersize vs Superskinny, Joe Swift, Professor Bryan Sykes, Jon Trace, Andy Torbet, Alan Titchmarsh, Martin Townsend, Jonathan Trigell, Sarah Tucker, Niki Valentine, Phil Vickery, Joan Woodcock, Sir Terry Wogan and Sally Worboyes.
Full client list:
http://www.lbabooks.com/authors/
Email address:
info@bonomiassociates.co.uk

Agents of: Luigi Bonomi Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.bonomiassociates.co.uk/
About the agency:
London based Literary agency, LBA was established by literary agents Luigi Bonomi and Amanda Preston in March 2005. Although we are a fairly new literary agency, our literary agents have been in the business for years and represent a wide variety of best-selling and prize-winning authors, journalists and writers. We work with a superb foreign rights agency who handle translation rights in over thirty territories and a dedicated book-to-film department handling film and TV rights for our author's works. To date LBA has had terrific success in getting first time authors published and we are actively looking for new writers to turn into international bestsellers.
Address for submissions:
LBA, 91 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3PS
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@bonomiassociates.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7637 1234
Number of agents:
4
Accepts email submissions:
No
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Submissions should be sent by post addressed to 'SUBMISSIONS DEPARTMENT' with the following: a covering letter, a brief synopsis, the first three chapters of the work on A4 paper, in double-spaced type on one side of the sheet only (please don't bind or staple your work and do remember to print your name and contact details on the cover of your manuscript), a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want us to return your work otherwise an e-mail address for our response. Please note that you should not send your only copy as if there is no self-addressed stamped envelope we will automatically dispose of your work. We do not deal with poetry, film scripts and short stories. We don't accept electronic submissions.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
40/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@LBA_agency
Latest news:
http://www.bonomiassociates.co.uk/literary-agents-london-news
More about the agency:
London based Literary agency, LBA was established by literary agents Luigi Bonomi and Amanda Preston in March 2005. Although we are a fairly new literary agency, our literary agents have been in the business for years and represent a wide variety of best-selling and prize-winning authors, journalists and writers. We work with a superb foreign rights agency who handle translation rights in over thirty territories and a dedicated book-to-film department handling film and TV rights for our author's works. To date LBA has had terrific success in getting first time authors published and we are actively looking for new writers to turn into international bestsellers.

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