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Profile Summary

Claire Wilson is a literary agent specialising in books for Children and Young Adults.  She has been an agent at RCW since 2007 and began her career in publishing by working in Sales and Rights.  

  • She has an award-winning list of clients which includes Katherine Rundell (‘Rooftoppers’ winner of The Blue Peter Best Story Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2014); Sally Green (Half Wild); Tanya Byrne (Heart Shaped Bruise); Alice Oseman (Solitaire); CBeebies Presenter Cerrie Burnell (Snowflake); and Ross Montgomery (Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door)
  • Claire is looking for ‘strong voices, unusual concepts and humour’  
  • She has previously expressed an interest in sci-fi, humour and fantasy.  However, she is open to new things and doesn’t like to be too specific in terms of the type of new books she wants to represent.  Her top tip for new writers is to ‘Write the book that keeps you awake at night, and the story that speaks in your head louder than anything else around you’ 
  • She studied Modern Languages at Leeds University and also has an MA from Royal Holloway
  • Claire is a committed twitter user and her feed is well worth a look as it contains lots of information about her literary likes and loves.  Check out @cmlwilson
  • She will accept email submissions

If you are able to provide further details about Claire, please do get in touch as our researchers aim to keep this page as up to date as possible. 

 



Detailed data

Agency:
Rogers Coleridge and White
Agent since:
2007
Short biography:

Claire Wilson studied Modern Languages at Leeds University followed by a research masters at Royal Holloway. After working in publishing sales and rights she joined the children's department at RCW in 2007. She now works closely with Pat White while building her own list. She also handles foreign rights for all children's titles.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Claire enjoys fantasy, sci-fi and humorous books. She comments, "Voice is all important! 'Moon Hare' is an example of a brilliant book for younger readers, full of humour".

Other loves & passions:

Dogs.

How to make a submission:
Email is fine - YA and Children
Other advice and background:

Please don't patronise the reader.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@cmlwilson
Interesting links:
http://notesfromtheslushpile.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/scbwi-agents-party-what-agents-want.html
Clients:
Sarah Carroll, Anna James, Zana Fraillon, Elizabeth and Katharine Corr, Ed Clarke, Katherine Webber, Sara Barnard, Melinda Salisbury, Lauren James, Catherine Doyle, Alice Oseman, Moira Fowley-Doyle, Cat Weatherill, Brian Patten, Gareth Owen, Pearl Morrison, Lou Kuenzler, Samantha Hay, Giancarlo Gremin, Sally Green, Gary Meehan, Hilary Whitman, Rosie Rowell, Helen Eve, Jon Robinson, Alexia Casale, Ross Montgomery, Tanya Byne, Tome Easton, Cerrie Burnell, Sue Monroe, Katherine Rundell, Kay Woodward. 
Full client list:
http://www.rcwlitagency.com/literary-agents/authors-for-claire-wilson/
Email address:
clairewilson@rcwlitagency.com

Agents of: Rogers Coleridge and White

Agency details

Website:
http://www.rcwlitagency.com/
About the agency:
Deborah Rogers set up Deborah Rogers Ltd. in 1967, and shortly afterwards was joined by Pat White. Rogers, Coleridge and White was founded twenty years later, when Gill Coleridge left Anthony Sheil Associates to join them in 1987. In 2002 the agency was joined by Peter Straus, previously editor-in-chief at Macmillan and Publisher of Picador. The colophon on the company's letterhead, chosen by Deborah Rogers, is the Coptic Tree.
Address for submissions:
20 Powis Mews, London, W11 1JN
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@rcwlitagency.com
Phone number:
020 7221 3717
Number of agents:
12
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Submissions should include a covering letter telling us about yourself and the background to the book. In the case of fiction they should consist of the first three chapters or approximately the first fifty pages of the work to a natural break, and a brief synopsis. Non-fiction submissions should take the form of a proposal up to twenty pages in length explaining what the work is about and why you are best placed to write it. Material should be printed out in 12 point font, in double-spacing and on one side only of A4 paper. We cannot acknowledge receipt of material and nor can we accept responsibility for anything you send us, so please retain a copy of material submitted. Material will be returned only if sent with an adequately stamped and sized self-addressed envelope; if return postage is not provided the material will be recycled. YA and Children's fiction should be submitted via email to clairewilson@rcwlitagency.com. We regret that this department cannot undertake to read submissions from the US due to the large volume received. We do not accept any other email submissions unless by prior arrangement with individual agents. We will try to respond within six to eight weeks of receipt of your material, but please appreciate that this isn't always possible as we must give priority to the authors we already represent. Please note that we do not represent scripts for theatre, film or television
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
32/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@RCWLitAgency
Latest news:
http://www.rcwlitagency.com/news.aspx
More about the agency:
Deborah Rogers set up Deborah Rogers Ltd. in 1967, and shortly afterwards was joined by Pat White. Rogers, Coleridge and White was founded twenty years later, when Gill Coleridge left Anthony Sheil Associates to join them in 1987. In 2002 the agency was joined by Peter Straus, previously editor-in-chief at Macmillan and Publisher of Picador. The colophon on the company's letterhead, chosen by Deborah Rogers, is the Coptic Tree.

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