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Profile Summary

After many years in the publishing industry, Becky decided to turn to agenting, setting up the Lindsay Literary Agency in 2008. She has since become a successful agent and outspoken advocate for new writers. Becky is interested in works for both adults and children, from writers at the very beginning of their career or those with several publications already under their belt. In 2016, Becky was quoted saying she was focusing on children's (including middle grade and YA) fiction for the short term, however, if your work is good enough to blow Becky away, it won't matter what genre or target reader you had in mind.

As a successful agent, Becky receives over 7,000 submissions per year and only takes on approximately 2 new clients in that time. She states that writers shouldn't be too discouraged by rejection and that a personal (rather than form letter) rejection is a good sign. If you haven't impressed her from the very first page, she won't bother to read on – there simply isn't time. So remember to always polish those first few pages before you submit, typos and grammatical errors will do nothing to help your case.

Becky has strong ties to all major publishers and has landed her clients with excellent traditional publishing deals. Several of her authors are also award winners. 

To impress Becky with your submission, keep to her four golden rules:

  1. Strong hook and punchy title
  2. Memorable characters
  3. Pageturner – keep her reading
  4. Originality


Detailed data

Agency:
Lindsay Literary Agency
Agent since:
2008
Short biography:
Becky Bagnell has worked in publishing for 16 years and started her career whilst still a student at Trinity College Dublin by reading manuscripts for the Lilliput Press and being paid initially only in books. She then moved to Macmillan in London where she worked as a commissioning editor and was fortunate to work alongside authors such as Max Hastings, Robert Service and John Simpson. She was also the commissioning editor behind Bear Grylls' first book, 'Facing Up'. She founded the Lindsay Literary Agency in 2008.
Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
I have a passion for Russian literature, contemporary literary fiction, all things Irish and I absolutely love children's books. Contemporary authors I enjoy are Haruki Murakami, in particular The Wind-up Bird Chronicles, another favourite is Colm Toibin and Brooklyn and Sebastian Faulks' Human Traces. In children's books I have just read and loved Eva Ibbotson's last book, The Abominables, but old favourites are Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, and the classics like, Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome.
Other loves & passions:
I love walking, cooking, traveling, history, Radio 4 and spending time with my family.
How to make a submission:
By email: info@lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk Please send a covering note that should say a little about yourself and include anything in your career that might be relevant. Then attached in two separate Word documents should ideally be the first three chapters (double-spaced) and a single page synopsis. If you are sending a picture book submission please send the complete story saved in a Word document and if you have illustrations please just send a single pdf example (we will always ask for more if we’re keen).
Other advice and background:

I don't like anything scary and I hate shopping. Writers need to stand out from the crowd. Originality is key and less is generally more when it comes to a submission.

Becky is currently focusing on developing her children's list..

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@LindsayLit
Interesting links:
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/becky-bagnell/16/740/97a
Clients:
Mike Lancaster, Gina Blaxill, Sam Gayton, Rachel Valentine, Pamela Butchart, Helen Brandom, Peter Jones, Titania Krimpas, Lisa Weir, Ruth Hatfield, Sue Wallman, Sally Johns, Jacqueline Whitehart, Sue Lloyd-Roberts .
Full client list:
http://www.lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk/authors/
Email address:
info@lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk

Agents of: Lindsay Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk
About the agency:
Our areas of interest include all types of children's books, literary fiction and selected non-fiction. We are also particularly interested in debut writers and setting up authors in a career. We have close contacts with all the major publishing houses and because we are very selective in the manuscripts we submit to editors we can ensure our authors get the attention and interest they deserve. Our list will always be open to new authors, whether they are unpublished or mid-career.
Address for submissions:
East Worldham House, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3AT.
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk
Phone number:
0142083143
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
No
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Submit by email or post. Send a single page synopsis, the first three chapters of your work and a covering letter. Enclose an SAE if you want the material returned. If you don't need the material back, enclose an email address and an instruction not to return the material. Date your letter and include contact information. We only make editorial comments when we see real promise in the work. We do not charge a reading fee. We will always reply to all submissions. If you are submitting to other agents at the same time please make this clear in your submission letter.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
43/100
Member of the AAA:
No
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@lindsaylit
Latest news:
http://www.lindsayliteraryagency.co.uk
More about the agency:
Our areas of interest include all types of children's books, literary fiction and selected non-fiction. We are also particularly interested in debut writers and setting up authors in a career. We have close contacts with all the major publishing houses and because we are very selective in the manuscripts we submit to editors we can ensure our authors get the attention and interest they deserve. Our list will always be open to new authors, whether they are unpublished or mid-career.

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