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Annette Crossland was a publisher for some 30 years (see below) before starting her own agency, in collaboration with fellow agent Bill Goodall. 

During her time at Transworld/BDD Crossland has "worked with some of the top bestselling authors in the world, touring overseas with Elizabeth George, Dennis Lehane, and Frances Fyfield, amongst authors".

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A for Authors
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A for Authors Limited 
Dates Employed: Feb 2014- Present  
Employment Duration: 3 yrs 10 mos

Sales & Publishing Consultant 
No Exit Press/ Oldcastle Books 
Date Employed: 2006- 2013 
Employment Duration: 7 yrs

International Sales Director 
Simon & Schuster UK Ltd 
Date Employed: Apr 2001- Feb 2006 
Employment Duration: 4 yrs 11 mos

Export Sales Director 
Transworld Publishers & Bantam Doubleday  Dell USA
Date Employed: Jan 1991 - Dec 2001
Employment Duration: 11 yrs 

Export Sales Director 
Faber & Faber Publishers 
Date Employed: July 1981 - Dec 2001 
Employment Duration: 11 yrs 

Rights Manager US/UK & Book Club 
The Rainbird Publishing Group 
Date Employed: September 1974 - May 1981
Employment Duration: 7 yrs 

Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
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The Agency's author list should be treated with a little caution, as a large number of its authors are represented by the agency but have not yet sold their first book. A number of its other authors (Peter Murphy, Lyndsay Russell, and Leigh Russell, for example) have indeed been published in the UK ... but by No Exit Press/ Oldcastle Books, which is the publisher that Crossland used to work with. To date the agency has sold books to publishers including Thomas & Mercer (US/UK, a 3-book deal), No Exit Press (UK, a 2-book deal), Darton Longman & Todd (UK), Akashic Books (US), Lake Union (US/UK), and Endeavour Press (UK). Some of the agency's authors have gone down the self-publishing route, although they have done so in conjunction with the agency via Amazon's White Glove program, which is only available to agents and which does provide a slight advantage over actual self-publishing.
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Agents of: A for Authors

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The agency has a large list of sub-agents around the world. For full list follow this link:
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Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We are always on the lookout for exciting new work and we welcome submissions across all relevant genres* by email. With your submission, please include your name, address, phone number, title of the material. All material should be emailed as Microsoft Word attachments. Downloadable material, e-books, or links to any such items are unacceptable. For fiction please send a synopsis and three sample chapters (50 pages or fewer) and for non-fiction send a letter outlining your intentions. We look forward to hearing from you! *Unfortunately we are unable to accept radio/theatre/TV scripts. We are unable to accept submissions in the poetry, SF/Horror genres, or short stories. We cannot accept submissions delivered by hand or submissions on discs, memory sticks or other electronic devices. UPDATE: We endeavour to read every synopsis and submission we receive. However, due to the huge number of submissions we have received since launching, it may be 20 weeks or more before we get back to you. Please be patient!
More info on this agency:
Since A for Authors 9is still relatively new agency (less than four years old, which, due to the nature of the business, still makes them a "young" company), and has built the business from nothing, they do have some authors who books are as yet unplaced. To date, the agency has sold books to publishers including Thomas&Mercer (The US. UK, a 3-book deal), No Exit Press (UK, a 2-book deal), Darton, Longman & Todd (UK), Akashic Books (US), Lake Union (US/UK), and Endeavour Press (UK). The agency favours commercial fiction, particularly crime, literary fiction but does not accept radio/ theatre/ TV scripts, poetry, fantasy, SF/Horror genres, short stories, adult illustrated books on art, architecture, design, and visual culture. The agency is no longer accepting submission in the YA/ Childrens genre.
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20 days
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