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Profile Summary

After attending Durham University, Clare Spent time working for publishers such as Macmillan, Penguin and Ebury, before eventually establishing her own literary agency in July 2009. The agency currently concentrates mostly on non-fiction books, with Clare considering herself one of the leading agents for representing cook books, yet she also has an interest in finding experts in health, diet, fitness, pregnancy and parenting. However, though specialising in non-fiction there is room for some commercial fiction and children's books on the agency's list, especially if the author has a well-established digital media presence and a clear platform.


It is worth noting that one of Clare's clients is Sally Bee, a self-publishing success story. As such, it appears that Clare is open to submissions from writers whose work was previously self-published. However, interested writers should note that Clare claims to take on mostly personally recommended authors rather than those that appear in her slush pile. Do also note that emails with attachments will be ignored.



Detailed data

Agency:
Clare Hulton Literary Agency
Agent since:
2009
Short biography:

Since attending Durham University, Clare Spent time working for several publishers such as Macmillan, Penguin and Ebury, before establishing her own literary agency in July 2009.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Science, Other non-fiction, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History
Authors & books liked:
Clare is interested in: Cookery, lifestyle, health, true life stories, autobiographies, history, popular philosophy, science and psychology and MBS.
Other loves & passions:
No data
How to make a submission:
Although we find most of our authors through recommendation we are always happy to consider new ideas especially if you have a strong media profile. If you have an idea that you think may be of interest to us please send a brief e-mail, with no attachments, explaining what your book is about
Other advice and background:

I like new authors to email me a brief outline and one sample chapter together with some information about themselves and any previously published work.

AN INTERVIEW WITH CLARE

Clare wanted to make sure it was clear she doesn't take on any fiction.

Q. On the non-fiction side, are there particular areas that interest you? Does your non-fiction list have a particular slant to it?

Yes, experts in health, diet, fitness pregnancy and parenting.  Also popular culture, celebrity, commercial non-fiction, history, popular psychology  and  lifestyle.  I am one of the leading agents for cook books.

Q. What (very roughly) is the balance of your list between literary fiction / commercial fiction / non-fiction?

99% non-fiction

Q. Is there anything in particular you’d love to see at the moment? Commercial non-fiction proposal with a clear platform.   Strong cookery proposals.

Q. What’s your biggest turn-off in a covering letter? What would you really hope to see?

I can’t bear waffle.  I like a focussed pitch from an author who has looked at my website and worked out whether or not s/he is a good fit or not.

Q. What are your biggest peeves in an opening page or opening chapter? And what do you love to see?

I receive a lot of proposals from writers who clearly have not researched my agency.  I like to receive a clear well-thought out proposal which is beautifully written and shows an appreciation of the market as well as a synergy with what I do.   I love working with authors who are passionate about their story/book idea and have a strong sense of their brand. 

Q. Would you take on an author who had self-published? What kind of self-pub sales would make you sit up?

Yes I have found a number of self published authors conventional publishing deals.   Minimum sales level for me to consider the project are 6k copies in twelve months.

Q. What single piece of advice would you most want to give writers?

Polish you proposal and ensure you approach an agent with the right experience/list to suit your book.

Q. How many submissions do you see annually? And how many of those submissions will end up on your list?

1000s.  I have only taken on four or five of the unsolicited submissions I have seen.  Most of my authors are either recommended to me or I find them.

Q. Do you look for social media and online presence? Do you care?

Yes I do.  I’m very interested in this.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://agenthunter.co.uk/blog/meet-the-agents-an-interview-with-clare-hulton/
Clients:
Charlotte Abrahams , Kate Adams , Mary Jane Baxter, Sally Bee, Rachel Bown, Claire Bosi, Claire Burnet, Jacquie Buttriss, Theresa Cheung, Nick Coffer, Willow Crossley, Jane Dolby, His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, Helen Edwards, Naia Edwards, Jim and Tiff Easton, Maria Elia, Ginger and White, Marilyn Glenville, Kat Goldin, Kyle Gray, Sophie Grey, Victoria Haschka, Kirsty Hartley, Catherine Hill, Petrie Hosken, Jennifer Irvine, Noel Janis Norton, Jackie Kearney, His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche, Charles Lavery, Jenny Lee Smith, Charles Linden, Dominic Lutyens, Chris MacGregor, Dr Jane McCartney, Tom Moggach, Martin Morales, Brigid Moss, Tracey Murkett, Andrew Norfolk, Henrietta Norton, Catherine Phipps, Charlotte Pike, Dale Pinnock, Gill Rapley, Naomi Richards, Matt Roberts, Andrew Shanahan, Julia Thomas, Ian Wallace, Sophie Walker, Dr Zhai
Full client list:
http://www.clarehulton.com/authors-1/
Email address:
info@clarehulton.co.uk

Agents of: Clare Hulton Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.clarehulton.com/
About the agency:
Clare Hulton Literary Agency is a young, creative, commercial and successful London-based agency.
Address for submissions:
No data
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@clarehulton.co.uk
Phone number:
No data
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
Although we find most of our authors through recommendation we are always happy to consider new ideas especially if you have a strong media profile. If you have an idea that you think may be of interest to us please send a brief e-mail, with no attachments, explaining what your book is about to:info@clarehulton.co.uk. Please do not send any sample text or attachments at this stage. We aim to reply to all e-mails within two weeks of receipt.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
2 days
Agency Transparency Index:
27/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
No data
More about the agency:
Clare Hulton Literary Agency is a young, creative, commercial and successful London-based agency.

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