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Please note that as of January 2017, Christopher Little is closed to submissions. Check the agencies website for the most up to date information.

Christopher Little is probably best known for representing J K Rowling through the initial years of her career, turning her into the literary powerhouse we know and love today. In 2012, he joined forces with agency powerhouse Curtis Brown to manage his clients' translation and foreign rights, while Christopher continues to act as a separate, small, boutique agency in his own right. 

Fiction is the mainstay of Christopher's list. While he does accept non-fiction submissions (when open), they make up only a small part of his list and focus on autobiographical stories, such as Soldier by General Sir Mike Jackson and Madeleine by Kate McCann. Within fiction, his taste appears to be wide-reaching, from children's to crime/thrillers to historical fiction. His tastes do look to lean more towards commercial fiction than literary. However, he does not state any such preference publically. 

Christopher provides little public guidance on his personal preferences for subjects and genres. If/when Christopher does re-open for submissions, if you are looking to submit to him, we suggest that you look closely at his current client list to see whether you fit in amongst the group.



Detailed data

Agency:
Christopher Little Literary Agency
Agent since:
1979
Short biography:

Christopher Little grew up in Yorkshire and began his working life in textiles in the then West Riding. In the early sixties, he lived in Paris and then worked his way out to the Far East doing various jobs in Thailand, Malaya, Singapore and Borneo, finally arriving in Hong Kong in 1966 where he spent 9 years, initially working in textiles and then in the sales of financial products, and trading, all of which involved extensive travel through Asia. Returning to the UK in 1975 he opened a London-based recruitment/ headhunting business supplying professionals to companies worldwide, and this continued into the 90's.

However, in 1979, and initially as a hobby, Christopher was persuaded by his long-time friend Philip Nicholson, aka A. J. Quinnell, to represent him as his literary agent for his first novel Man on Fire. Representing creative writers became his passion, and in the early 90's Christopher sold his headhunting business to concentrate on further expanding his literary agency full time. In 1995, he was approached by Joanne (J.K.) Rowling and was successful in placing her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. He sold the UK rights to Bloomsbury in 1996, followed by the US rights to Scholastic, and the foreign rights to publishers around the world, resulting in the Harry Potter series being translated into 70 languages. Christopher represented J. K. Rowling until 2011.

In 1996, another young unpublished author Darren O'Shaughnessy, aka Darren Shan, submitted his exciting and original ideas to Christopher. Darren now has 30 books published and has sold over 25 million books worldwide. Christopher's particular skill is building his authors' careers on a global basis. This has been achieved by personally developing relationships with film companies and publishers in all parts of the world. Film deals negotiated for his authors have included: The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman (Roman Polanski, winner of the Palme d'Or and 3 Oscars), Man on Fire by A J Quinnell (Tony Scott, Fox 2000 Pictures), Harry Potter by J K Rowling (8 movies by Warner Bros/David Heyman), and The Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan (Paul Weitz, Universal).

Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's fiction, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, History, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction
Authors & books liked:


Other loves & passions:
Sailing.
How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Little_Literary_Agency
Clients:
Paul Bajoria, George Bamford, Elsebeth Egholm, Ginny Elliot, Janet Gleeson, Cathy Hopkins, Carol Hughes, General Sir Mike Jackson, Oskar Cox Jensen, Pip Vaughan-Hughes / Philip Kazan, Lise Kristensen, Alastair MacNeill, Pippa Mattinson, , Bruce McCabe, Kate McCann, Haydn Middleton, Ros Pearl, Shiromi Pinto, A. J. Quinnell, Robert Mawson / Robert Radcliffe, Darren Shan, Wladyslaw Szpilman, John Watson, Anne Zouroudi
Full client list:
http://www.christopherlittle.net/authors/
Email address:
info@christopherlittle.net

Agents of: Christopher Little Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.christopherlittle.net
About the agency:
Christopher Little grew up in Yorkshire and began his working life in textiles in the then West Riding. In the early sixties he lived in Paris and then worked his way out to the Far East doing various jobs, finally arriving in Hong Kong in 1966 where he spent 9 years initially working in textiles and then in the sales of financial products, and trading, all of which involved extensive travel through Asia. Returning to the UK in 1975 he opened a London based recruitment / headhunting business supplying professionals to companies worldwide, and this continued into the 90's. However, in 1979, and initially as a hobby, Christopher was persuaded by his long-time friend Philip Nicholson, pka A J Quinnell, to represent him as his literary agent for his first novel Man on Fire, and this was a great success. Representing creative writers became his passion, and in the early 90's Christopher sold his headhunting business to concentrate on further expanding his literary agency full time. In 1995 he was approached by Joanne (J.K.) Rowling and was successful in placing her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. He sold the UK rights to Bloomsbury in 1996, followed by the US rights to Scholastic, and the foreign rights to publishers around the world, resulting in the Harry Potter series being translated into 70 languages. Christopher represented J. K. Rowling until 2011. Christopher's particular skill is building his authors' careers on a global basis. This has been achieved by personally developing relationships with film companies and publishers in all parts of the world.
Address for submissions:
Eel Brook Studios, 125 Moore Park Road, London SW6 4PS
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@christopherlittle.net
Phone number:
020 7736 4490
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
Submissions are currently closed. Normally, to submit your material, please send us a covering letter, first three chapters, synopsis and SAE for safe return should your work not be right for us. If your work is non-fiction please send us an outline, sample chapter and author biography. Regretfully we can only keep material sent to us without return postage for up to one month, after which time it will be shredded and recycled. Submissions by e-mail are preferable - submissions@christopherlittle.net
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
34/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.christopherlittle.net/christopher-little-agency/news/
More about the agency:
Christopher Little grew up in Yorkshire and began his working life in textiles in the then West Riding. In the early sixties he lived in Paris and then worked his way out to the Far East doing various jobs, finally arriving in Hong Kong in 1966 where he spent 9 years initially working in textiles and then in the sales of financial products, and trading, all of which involved extensive travel through Asia. Returning to the UK in 1975 he opened a London based recruitment / headhunting business supplying professionals to companies worldwide, and this continued into the 90's. However, in 1979, and initially as a hobby, Christopher was persuaded by his long-time friend Philip Nicholson, pka A J Quinnell, to represent him as his literary agent for his first novel Man on Fire, and this was a great success. Representing creative writers became his passion, and in the early 90's Christopher sold his headhunting business to concentrate on further expanding his literary agency full time. In 1995 he was approached by Joanne (J.K.) Rowling and was successful in placing her first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. He sold the UK rights to Bloomsbury in 1996, followed by the US rights to Scholastic, and the foreign rights to publishers around the world, resulting in the Harry Potter series being translated into 70 languages. Christopher represented J. K. Rowling until 2011. Christopher's particular skill is building his authors' careers on a global basis. This has been achieved by personally developing relationships with film companies and publishers in all parts of the world.

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