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There is little public information available on Caroline's personal preferences as a reader and agent. Her approach is to focus on the agency as a whole as representing a certain kind and caliber of writer. The subjects covered by the list include:

  • Art and Architecture
  • Biography
  • Cookery
  • Fiction
  • Food History
  • History
  • Literature and Language
  • Science and Nature
  • Short Stories
  • Society and Politics
  • Travel

As you can see, their list is predominantly non-fiction, with their fiction list mostly consisting of commercial literary fiction. Their most notable fiction writers include Emma Donoghue and Chris Greenhalgh. 

For non-fiction, the agency looks for writers who approach subjects in critical and unusual ways, focusing on original research. If you are thinking of approaching Caroline for non-fiction, you will need to prove that you are a specialist in the field and qualified to discuss your chosen subject area. 



Detailed data

Agency:
Caroline Davidson Literary Agency
Agent since:
1988
Short biography:
Born in 1953, Caroline read history at King's College, Cambridge, in the first year in which women were admitted. Reuters News Agency in London then recruited her as a graduate trainee journalist and sent her on a postgraduate diploma in Journalism Studies in Cardiff. Since 1978, Caroline has worked on several projects leading up to founding CDLA in 1988. Caroline is married, with two grown-up children. She has written five books, including A Woman's Work is Never Done: A History of Housework in the British Isles, 1650-1950 and The World of Mary Ellen Best (Chatto & Windus, 1982 and 1986).
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, Historical fiction, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Interested in writers whose voices speak from disenfranchised quarters. Non-fiction writers are generally authorities in their fields. They handle a wide variety of subject matter, from architecture to zoology. Most of their books are serious and many are based on new thinking and original research.
Other loves & passions:
Caroline has a passionate interest in global warming. She is creating a select bibliography of books on the subject and has started a collection of books in the library of King's College, Cambridge.
How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission. All submissions MUST be sent in a stamped self-addressed envelope. CDLA does not accept email submissions.
Other advice and background:
  1. Think hard about whether your work is ready for submission. Many writers submit their writing prema­turely, without the necessary re-drafting, checking and polishing.
  2. Do not submit your work to CDLA if it has already been widely sent to agents and rejected.
  3. Submissions must be paginated. They should be printed with 1.5-line spacing and generous margins all round.
  4. UK writers: please provide a stamped self-addressed envelope or jiffy bag.
  5. Overseas writers: We will not return sample material. If we are interested in your submission we will let you know by email. However, we take very few new authors so you probably will not hear from us.
  6. We aim to respond to submissions within three weeks of receipt, but this can vary considerably.
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.cdla.co.uk/?p=1449
Clients:
The following names represent the full agency client list: Robert Baldock, Peter Barham, Catherine Beale, Andrew Beatty, Anna Beer, Maggie Black, Lisa Chaney, Stuart Clark, Andrew Dalby, Alex Danchev, Pamela Davidson, Emma Donoghue, Andrew Duncan, Chris Greenhalgh, Richard Hobday, Richard Hosking, Ed Husain, Neil Jackson, Tom Jaine, Audrey Linkman, Laura Mason, J. P. McEvoy, Sri Owen, Rena Salaman, Jonathan Stephenson, Simon Unwin, Roland Vernon, Jehanne Wake, Joyce Westrip, Helena Whitbread
Full client list:
http://www.cdla.co.uk/?page_id=132
Email address:
enquiries@cdla.co.uk

Agents of: Caroline Davidson Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.cdla.co.uk/
About the agency:
Since 1988, the Caroline Davidson Literary Agency has specialised in representing authors of literary fiction and cerebral non-fiction. The agency represents around 30 writers of non-fiction books and novels. Authors appreciate the outstanding editorial advice and friendly, sympathetic treatment they receive from the agency. We invest much effort in estabà ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­lishing new and unpubà ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­lished authors. Unstinting and constructive in our editorial advice, we are also fiercely loyal to our clients. CDLA is particularly determined to help develop writers whose voices speak from disenà ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­franà ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­chised quarters. Our non-fiction writers are generally authorities in their fields. We handle a wide variety of subject matter, from archià ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­tecture to zoology. Most of our books are serious and many are based on new thinking and original research. CDLA's novelists tell inventive and eloquent stories, weaving their plots with precision and flair. The agency takes a special interest in new writers and encourages the submission of polished, finished first novels. CDLA normally works with specialist associates when selling American, translà ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­lation, film, television and theatrical rights. We do not handle chick lit, romance, erotica, crime and thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, individual short stories, children's, young adult, misery memoirs and fictionalized autobiography, autobiographies and memoirs, children's books, conspiracy theories, educational textbooks, local history, occult, PhD theses, self-help, Sob stories, unfortunate personal experiences, painful lives, true crime, war stories.
Address for submissions:
5 Queen Anne's Gardens, London, W4 ITU, United Kingdom
Office address:
5 Queen Anne's Gardens, London, W4 ITU, United Kingdom
Email address:
enquiries@cdla.co.uk
Phone number:
020 8995 5768
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
No
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Handles novels and nonfiction of originality and high quality (12.5%). Send preliminary letter with CV and detailed well thought-out book proposal/synopsis and/or first 50pp of novel in hard copy only. No e-mail submissions will be accepted or replied to. No reply without large SAE with correct return postage/IRCs. No reading fee. CDLA does not consider plays, films scripts, poetry, children's/YA, thrillers, fantasy, horror, crime, erotica, occult or sci-fi. Obtains most new clients through recommendations from others. Please refer to website for further information. CDLA does not acknowledge or reply to email enquiries. No telephone enquiries. Responds in 4 weeks to submissions.
More info on this agency:
www.cdla.co.uk Contact: Ms. Caroline Davidson
Average response time:
4 days
Agency Transparency Index:
26/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.cdla.co.uk/?cat=6
More about the agency:
Since 1988, the Caroline Davidson Literary Agency has specialised in representing authors of literary fiction and cerebral non-fiction. The agency represents around 30 writers of non-fiction books and novels. Authors appreciate the outstanding editorial advice and friendly, sympathetic treatment they receive from the agency. We invest much effort in estabà ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­lishing new and unpubà ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­lished authors. Unstinting and constructive in our editorial advice, we are also fiercely loyal to our clients. CDLA is particularly determined to help develop writers whose voices speak from disenà ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­franà ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­chised quarters. Our non-fiction writers are generally authorities in their fields. We handle a wide variety of subject matter, from archià ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­tecture to zoology. Most of our books are serious and many are based on new thinking and original research. CDLA's novelists tell inventive and eloquent stories, weaving their plots with precision and flair. The agency takes a special interest in new writers and encourages the submission of polished, finished first novels. CDLA normally works with specialist associates when selling American, translà ¿½Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã ¿½Ã ­lation, film, television and theatrical rights. We do not handle chick lit, romance, erotica, crime and thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, poetry, individual short stories, children's, young adult, misery memoirs and fictionalized autobiography, autobiographies and memoirs, children's books, conspiracy theories, educational textbooks, local history, occult, PhD theses, self-help, Sob stories, unfortunate personal experiences, painful lives, true crime, war stories.

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