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It’s unusually hard presenting a detailed summary of the team at LAW, not because the agency is little-known or unsuccessful – it’s neither of those things – but because the firm is unusually reticent in offering detailed information on its individual members.

We reproduce, below, the blurb offered by LAW on Araminta. That blurb is only moderately helpful and – regrettably! – the agency does not categorise its client list by agent, which means that it’s impossible to analyse an individual agent’s taste via the clients she already represents. We have spoken, face to face, with the senior agents at LAW calling for a change in policy, but so far, no dice.

For what it’s worth, therefore, here’s how we interpret LAW’s blurb:

  • “keen critical and commercial eye” – this means that she’s serious both about prose quality and narrative drive. Genre and literary authors alike probably need to tick both boxes
  • “across a broad range of genres” – we don’t know what that means. Most generalist agents will represent accessible literary fiction, commercial women’s fiction and crime/thrillers, with a good dash of historical fiction thrown in. We suspect that Araminta’s list is spread largely across these areas. We suspect she isn’t a go-to agent for sci-fi and fantasy. But we could be wrong. Sorry!
  • “combines editorial acuity with a level of energy and discipline that borders on the terrifying.” She’s a good agent, in other words.
  • “She’s smart at spotting great business stories and finding brilliant, sweeping historical epics as well as building top talent in women’s fiction.” Confirms her interest in hist fic (especially if written on a large scale) and we assume that the comment about ‘business stories’ implies she has an interest in financial / commercial / economic topics.

One of Araminta’s clients reports that her Araminta is “tough and funny and brilliant at spotting new trends”. The Bookseller, when we last checked, had no additional data on Araminta – unusually, given that she is one of the principals in a substantial mid-sized agency.

If we get any further data, we’ll share it.



Detailed data

Agency:
LAW Agency
Agent since:
1996
Short biography:

Born in 1961, Araminta Mary Whitley is a founding partner of the LAW (Lucas Alexander Whitley) Agency. Araminta has a keen critical and commercial eye across a broad range of genres, and combines editorial acuity with a level of energy and discipline that borders on the terrifying. She's smart at spotting great business stories and finding brilliant, sweeping historical epics as well as building top talent in women's fiction and getting her books to Number 1 in China. She loves a challenge and has a natural flair for brand development and marketing. Both a tough negotiator and a sparkling hostess, she's a vital weapon in the LAW armoury.

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

No data

Other loves & passions:

No data

How to make a submission:
No post submissions. Email to: lawagencysubmissions@gmail.com
Other advice and background:

No data

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/monty-don-moves-pfd.html
Clients:
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.
Full client list:
http://www.lawagency.co.uk/clients
Email address:
araminta@lawagency.co.uk

Agents of: LAW Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.lawagency.co.uk
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:
No data
Office address:
14 Vernon Street London W14 0RJ
Email address:
No data
Phone number:
020 7471 7900
Number of agents:
7
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We only accept proposals or submissions through the following: lawagencysubmissions@gmail.com - for general submissions lawchildrenssubmissions@gmail.com - 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
Agency Transparency Index:
48/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.lawagency.co.uk/?page=news
More 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.

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