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Caroline Michel is one of the best known names in the publishing and agenting industry, described by the Guardian as ‘fabulously well connected’. She had a stellar publishing career, in which she ran Vintage at Random House and Harper Press at HarperCollins. When she moved over into agenting, she ran the London branch of the William Morris Endeavor Agency – a US giant seeking to beef up its London presence.

PFD, then the biggest and most powerful agency in London, then recruited Michel to be their new MD. Unfortunately her arrival coincided with a serious split between the firm’s management and staff over a wide range of issues, which were only settled after a mass walkout of the firm’s agents, who set themselves up as United Agents. PFD retained the firm’s entire backlist – a treasure trove – but the new firm captured the loyalty of most authors (who, in effect, simply followed their agents to a new firm.)

Michel set about rebuilding PFD with characteristic energy and aplomb. The firm still has a remarkable backlist, but it is now adding new clients and agents so that the firm can look forward more than back. The firm has a strong commitment to making content work across all markets – so finding TV markets for books and vice versa. Her relatively short stint at William Morris gave her a depth of knowledge of the screen world to add to her 25 year knowledge of the publishing world.

As an individual agent, Caroline Michel is herself likely to take on most new clients through personal acquaintance or direct recommendation. In essence, she’s senior enough and well-known enough that she doesn’t have to wade through the slushpile to find new talent. If you’re confident that you’re a superstar in the making, you may wish to approach Caroline directly, but most writers will find their needs met more easily elsewhere (including elsewhere inside PFD.)

Caroline is known for her remarkable stylishness and a particular fondness for Christian Laboutin shoes.



Detailed data

Agency:
PFD The Peters Fraser and Dunlop Group
Agent since:
2004
Short biography:

Caroline Michel has been the CEO of PFD since 2007 and before that she headed up the William Morris Agency in London for three years. She has over 25 years worth of experience in the media industry and ran Vintage at Random House and Harper Press at Harper Collins. Until very recently she was a governor at the BFI and now sits on its development board. She has worked with high profile authors like Salman Rushdie and Howard Jacobson and has an extensive client list which includes Simon Schama, Jeanette Winterson, Allison Pearson, Twiggy Lawson and Monty Don. Until very recently she was a governor at the BFI and is now Chairman of the BFI Trust. She is a Trustee of the Hay Literary Festival, a Trustee of Somerset House, a Fellow of the RSA and sits on the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award Committee.

Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Memoir and autobiography, Mind, Body, Spirit, Food and Cookery, Other non-fiction, History, Politics, society & current affairs, Science, Travel, Religion, Women's fiction, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Erotica, Fantasy, Genre romance, Historical fiction, Horror, Paranormal romance, Science fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Anne Tyler - 'The Beginner's Goodbye', Jeanette Winterson - 'Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?', Keats, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Allison Pearson - 'I Think I Love You'.

Other loves & passions:

Christian Louboutin shoes, Van Gogh, Snow Patrol, Chocolate digestives. She studied Sanskrit at Edinburgh University.

How to make a submission:
Agency standard.
Other advice and background:

I hate the misuse of language.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jan/26/caroline-michel-pfd-agency
Clients:
Richard Attenborough, Peter Bowles, Rosie Boycott, Pattie Boyd, Kay Burley, Emma Calder, Gus Casely-Hayford, Caroline Charles, Helen Chislett, Evgenia Citkowitz, Xanthe Clay, Hugh Cornwell, Francis Cottam, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Matthew d'Ancona, Leander Deeny, Kishwar Desai, Mark Diacono, Monty Don, Hammer Films, Tony Fitzjohn, Peter Florence, Daisy Goodwin, Lynda Gratton, Baroness Susan Greenfield, Peter Hain, Guy Hands, Harriet Harvey-Wood, Annabel Howard, Angela Huth, Shireen Jilla, Simon Kelner, Leslie Kenton, Simon King, Twiggy Lawson, David Linley (Viscount Linley), Deborah Mattinson, Caroline Michel, Karl Miller, James Palumbo, Allison Pearson, Sunny Jacobs and Peter Pringle, Silver River Productions, Amanda Prowse, Mary Quant, K.A.S Quinn, Sarah Raven, John Rendall, Geoffrey Robertson, Silvena Rowe, Jill Shaw Ruddock, Robert Sackville-West, Laura Santtini, Roger Scruton, James Shepherd-Barron, William Sitwell, Helen Slavin, Joan Smith, Norman Stone, John Sweeney, Georgie Thompson, Niall Williams, Michael Winner, Jeanette Winterson, Jonathan Zittrain.
Full client list:
http://www.petersfraserdunlop.com/Agents/caroline-michel
Email address:
cmichel@pfd.co.uk

Agents of: PFD The Peters Fraser and Dunlop Group

Agency details

Website:
http://www.petersfraserdunlop.com/
About the agency:
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-i-got-my-agent-j-kent-messum
Address for submissions:
No data
Office address:
34-43 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HA
Email address:
info@pfd.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7344 1000
Number of agents:
13
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Please submit the first three chapters of your book in hard copy with a synopsis of the whole and a very brief CV about your writing career. Double spacing and one side only. Please be aware that we don't acknowledge receipt of submissions. We'd rather spend our time reading them. Also it's important that you include a stamped, self addressed envelope so that we can respond to you. If you want us to return your manuscript, make sure the postage is enough to cover the return.
More info on this agency:
Peters Fraser & Dunlop is one of the longest-established literary and talent agencies in London. We are proud to represent authors, journalists, broadcasters, speakers and estates with specialist expertise in the fields of literature, film, television and radio, public speaking, digital platforms and journalism.
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
38/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@PFDAgents
Latest news:
No data
More about the agency:
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-i-got-my-agent-j-kent-messum

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