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Caroline Wood came to the literary world from a background in film production. Of the agency’s senior agents – Caroline, like Felicity and Catherine is a director and co-owner of the company – Caroline is alone in maintaining an adult fiction-driven list.

In her own words, she likes “novels set in 20th century, stories with a mystery or secret at the heart of them and emotionally engaging stories about family and relationships”. Her tastes are literary and “high-concept”, that is books with a strong and engaging initial premise.

She’s taken on a fair amount of debut fiction, much of it with a somewhat international flavour. She doesn’t appear to take on much out-and-out genre fiction, though intelligent versions of both crime and women’s fiction may well appeal. She has a relatively limited non-fiction list, but she’s clearly happy to accept it if the right book comes along.

Her authors include:

  • Captain Corelli author, Louis De BernieresStephen Burke, a screenwriter turned accessible literary fiction author
  • Stephen Burke, a screenwriter turned accessible literary fiction authorAnne Schaffner, debut author of a high-concept novel about an intelligent young woman who chooses to blow up a London coffee shop
  • Anne Schaffner, debut author of a high-concept novel about an intelligent young woman who chooses to blow up a London coffee shopMartin Walker, a foreign
  • Martin Walker, a foreign correspondant turned crime novelistPhyllida Law, an actress who has authored a couple of memoirs
  • Phyllida Law, an actress who has authored a couple of memoirsFrancesca Brill, author of a 1940s set love story based in Shanghai and Hong Kong
  • Francesca Brill, author of a 1940s set love story based in Shanghai and Hong KongSimon Lelic, author of a series of somewhat literary crime novels
  • Simon Lelic, author of a series of somewhat literary crime novelsDr Nick Edwards, author of an insider’s view of what accident and emergency departments are really like
  • Dr Nick Edwards, author of an insider’s view of what accident and emergency departments are really likeGill Hornby, author of a big-selling work of women’s fiction about a group of women who meet at the school gate and compete hard for status.
  • Gill Hornby, author of a big-selling work of women’s fiction about a group of women who meet at the school gate and compete hard for status.

Caroline, with her strong background in film, is also able on occasion able to sell film rights for books handled by the agency.



Detailed data

Agency:
Felicity Bryan Associates
Agent since:
2006
Short biography:

Caroline Wood was a feature film producer for many years before joining Felicity Bryan as an agent in September 2006. She represents a wide range of best-selling, prize-winning adult fiction writers. Caroline sells some Film & TV rights for the agency. She became a Director of Felicity Bryan Associates in 2010.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, History, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Caroline is especially drawn to emotionally engaging stories with strong narratives and a distinctive voice. She is also interested in stories about families and non-fiction.

Other loves & passions:


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

Dislikes Science fiction.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@CarolineWAgent
Interesting links:
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/clarke-and-wood-step-felicity-bryan.html
Clients:
Susan Beale, Louis de Bernières, Francesca Brill, Rhidian Brook, Stephen Burke, Lucy Cavandish, Will Cohu, Dr. Benjamin Daniels, Dr. Nick Edwards, Natasha Farrant, James Fearnley, Catherine Hall, Ann Harries, Anna Hope, Gill Hornby, Sadie Jones, Stanley Kenani, Liz Klaussmarin, Phyllidia Law, Tim Leach, Simon Lelic, Jennifer Nadel, Colm O'Gorman, Elaine Proctor, Adam Ruck, Penny Rudge, Edward Russell-Walling, Anna Schaffner, Henry Sutton, Martin Walker
Full client list:
http://www.felicitybryan.com/CarolineAuthors.html
Email address:
agency@felicitybryan.com

Agents of: Felicity Bryan Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.felicitybryan.com/
About the agency:
No data
Address for submissions:
Felicity Bryan Literary Agency, 2a North Parade Avenue, Oxford OX2 6LX.
Office address:
No data
Email address:
agency@felicitybryan.com
Phone number:
01865 513816
Number of agents:
6
Accepts email submissions:
No
Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
Fiction: Please write to us enclosing a synopsis and the first three or four consecutive chapters on loose A4 paper, one side only, with double or 1.5 line spacing. Please ensure that the pages are numbered. In the covering letter, tell us briefly about any previously published work and relevant details about yourself. Please include your email address and sufficient return postage if you would like us to return your manuscript, otherwise just a stamped addressed envelope for our response. Do make sure you keep a copy of all material submitted to us. Non-fiction: We suggest you include the following in your submission: A covering letter of ideally not more than one page, explaining who you are and why you are the best person to write the proposed book. An outline of 3-4 pages, on A4 paper, double-spaced, setting out clearly why the book is important and original, what research or experience you are basing it on, how it compares to any other books on the subject, and what you would cover in it. Children's books: We welcome novels for children of 8 and older, including Young Adult novels. We don't represent illustrators, or picture book writers. Please follow the same guidelines as for Fiction in submitting your work to us.
More info on this agency:
Founded in 1988 by Felicity Bryan, our agency represents a wide variety of distinguished authors writing adult non-fiction, fiction and children's literature. Based in Oxford, we see ourselves very much as an international agency selling rights in our authors' books throughout the world. We also work closely with a select number of film and TV agents. We pride ourselves in the personal attention we give to our clients and when The Society of Authors held a poll of how its members rated their agents we were voted number two.
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
41/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.felicitybryan.com/News.html
More about the agency:
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