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David Godwin is one of the most respected names in the industry. He is the subject of the almost fairytale-like story of discovering The God of Small Things author Arundhati Roy, flying to India upon finding the manuscript in his slushpile. Outside these extraordinary escapades, David has established himself as a highly successful literary agent over twenty years in the business. 

When it comes to catching David's attention, the voice is everything. Having been in publishing as long as he has, David has seen it all. He wants to pick up a manuscript and be blown away by the distinct and unique authorial voice. Beyond that, he wants a great story. But what is a 'great story'? David says he is looking for something 'plain, clear, simple and effective' – don't go making a mess of a great story by overcomplicating the telling of it!

The fact that you are here on Agent Hunter is a great start, as David stresses the importance of knowing everything you can about an agent before you make a submission. He likes to receive an initial email to express an interest in being represented by him or his agency in particular. If you demonstrate knowledge of him as an agent, it shows that you have taken the time to research him and can articulate why you think he would be a good agent for you. He might not end up liking the manuscript or taking you as a client, but to show you have put the effort in will make sure he reads your submission!

David represents a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including young adult fiction and even poetry (though note that the agency is occasionally closed to poetry submissions, so be sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information). He has a particular love of India and represents many Indian authors, suggesting that he also has no problem with representing authors based across the world. We recommend taking a look at David's client list for a more accurate depiction of his tastes.



Detailed data

Agency:
DGA David Godwin Associates
Agent since:
1995
Short biography:
David Godwin has been a literary agent for fifteen years. Before that he was a publisher at Heinemann, Secker and Warburg and Jonathan Cape. He is publishing his first book this summer called BREAKING 80 - it is a book about golf, not old age.
Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Poetry - but you MUST have a credible track record of poetry publication before you make an approach (that is: collections published by the smaller poetry presses and individual poems in magazines and newspapers.) Also overseas writers, travel fiction and serious non-fiction. David Godwin Associates has a wide range of international clients, including Arundhati Roy, Vikram Seth, Aravind Adiga, Jim Crace and Aminatta Forna for fiction; poets Simon Armitage and Michael Symonds Roberts; biographers Claire Tomalin, Richard Holmes and Rosemary Hill; historians William Dalrymple, Noel Mostert and Peter Hennessy, as well as a host of other writers including Ed Smith, Pippa Middleton, Aman Sethi and Richard Benson.
Other loves & passions:
Particular love of India. David was the agent who 'discovered' Arundhati Roy. A keen golfer - he's written a book about golf. Do note comments by Kirsty McLachlan on the Strictly Writing blog, in the link section below.
How to make a submission:
We do not represent any reference, science fiction, self-help, or picture books. We are also not able to accept submissions of poetry or collections of short stories. For children books (9 years +) or YA books, please send the synopsis and first 20 pages via email to: kirsty@davidgodwinassociates.co.uk All other submissions should be sent by post to 55 Monmouth St, London, WC2H 9DG
Other advice and background:
Don't look for representation for your poetry unless you already have a credible track record in this area.
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DGALitAgents
Interesting links:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/mar/05/features.review
Clients:
Anne Alvarez, Simon Armitage, Diane Atkinson, Ronan Bennett, Richard Benson, Tim Binding, Xandra Bingley, Caroline Bird, John Brewer, Estate of Harold Brodkey, Isabel Buchanan, Will Buckley, Richard J. Carwardine, Judith Chernaik, Michael Collins, David Coubrough, Ros Coward, Jim Crace, Robert Crawford, Peter Culshaw, Roselyn D'Mello, William Dalrymple, David Davidar, Robyn Davidson, Norman Davies, Tanuja Desai Hidier, Ed Douglas, Giles Duley, Lucy Ellmann, Stephen Emmott, Alan Ereira, Ekow Eshun, Andrew Feinstein, Aminatta Forna, Richard Fortey, William Fotheringham, James Fox, Katherine Frank, Sarah Fraser, Martin Gayford, Nikki Gemmell, Mark Gevisser, Janine di Giovanni, Anthony Gottlieb, Lachlan Goudie, Nick Groom, Helon Habila, Omar Robert Hamilton, Luke Harding, Aidan Hartley, Sarvat Hasin, Peter Hennessy, Daisy Hildyard, Rosemary Hill, Dougald Hine, Dilip Hiro, Richard Holmes, Stephen Hough, Mark Hudson, Michael Hutchinson, Neamat Imam, Erwin James, Ruchir Joshi, Meena Kandasamy, Deepti Kapoor, Shehan Karunatilaka, Fergal Keane, Brigid Keenan, Paul Kildea, Hannah Kohler, Christina Lamb, Jessica J Lee, Cathy Scott Clark and Adrian Levy, Tim Lewis, Rebecca Ley, Alison Light, Estate of Christopher Logue, Alison MacLeod, James Mallinson, Sarita Mandanna, Lee Markham, Laura McClelland, James McConnachie, Jonathan Meades, Hannah Michell, Sam Miller, J C W Mitchell, Alistair Moffat, Moni Mohsin, Charlotte Moore, Miles Morland, Paul Morley, Charles Nicholl, Monica Arac de Nyeko, Timothy O'Grady, Ursula Owen, Joanne Parker, Estate of Tony Parker, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Judy Pascoe, Lara Pawson, Jeremy Paxman, Rowan Pelling, Dom Phillips, Suzanne Power, Gyan Prakash, Michael Pye, Craig Raine, Monisha Rajesh, Ben Rice, Susan Richards, Nicholas Roe, Jacob Ross, Arundhati Roy, Nilanjana Roy, James Runcie, Sukhdev Sandhu, Gill Schierhout, Robyn Scott, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, Lynne Segal, Robert Service, Vikram Seth, Aman Sethi, Samantha Shannon, William Skildelsky, Ed Smith, Charles Sprawson, Bob Stanley, Jonny Steinberg, Ben Stewart, Tristram Stuart, Anna Sun, Daniel Swift, Preti Taneja, Barbara Taylor, Kanishk Tharoor, Jeet Thayil, Franziska Thomas, Inigo Thomas, Corin Throsby, Claire Tomalin, Emma Townshend, Isabella Tree, Frank Trentmann, Salil Tripathi, Stephen Tuck, Jojo Tulloh, Jack Turner, Dominick Tyler, Paul Vallely, Peter Wadhams, Mirza Waheed, Sophie Walker, Alan Warner, Ben Watt, Estate of Richard Webster, Patrick Wilcken, Claire Wilcox, Emma Williams, Robert Winder, Bob Woffinden, Adrian WoolfsonAidan Hartley, Peter Hennessy, Rosemary Hill, Richard Holmes, Mark Hudson, Lucy Inglis, Stephen Inwood, Erwin James, Ruchir Joshi, Meena Kandasamy, Fergal Keane, Brigid Keenan, Paul Kildea, Michael Kustow, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Christina Lamb, Julia Leigh, Cathy Scott Clark and Adrian Levy, Alison Light, Estate of Christopher Logue, Alison MacLeod, NS Madhavan, Sejal Mandalia, Sarita Mandanna, Judy Marks, Howard Marks, Andy Martin, James McConnachie, Ved Mehta, Pippa Middleton, Sam Miller, Alistair Moffat, Moni Mohsin, Charlotte Moore, Paul Morley, Graham Morse, Ray Mouton, Jade Ngengi, Mukoma wa Ngugi, Charles Nicholl, Monica Arac de Nyeko, Timothy O'Grady, Estate of Tony Parker, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Judy Pascoe, Rowan Pelling, Marie Phillips, Dom Phillips, Suzanne Power, Michael Pye, Craig Raine, Monisha Rajesh, Ben Rice, Susan Richards, Michael Symmons Roberts, Nicholas Roe, Jacob Ross, Nilanjana Roy, Arundhati Roy, James Runcie, Sukhdev Sandhu, Donald Sassoon, Miranda Sawyer, Gill Schierhout, Robyn Scott, Matt Seaton, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore, Julian Sedgwick, Marcus Sedgwick, Mimlu Sen, Robert Service, Vikram Seth, Aman Sethi, Samantha Shannon-Jones, Sebastian Smith, Ed Smith, Charles Sprawson, Bob Stanley, Tristram Stuart, Luke Sutherland ,Daniel Swift, Barbara Taylor, Adrian Teal, Jeet Thayil, Tracey Thorn, Pamela Timms, Claire Tomalin, Emma Townshend, Joanna Traynor, Isabella Tree, Frank Trentmann, Salil Tripathi, Stephen Tuck, Jojo Tulloh, Jack Turner, Chika Unigwe, Mirza Waheed, John Walsh, Alan Warner, Ben Watt, Estate of Richard Webster, Patrick Wilcken, Emma Williams, Bob Woffinden, Adrian Woolfson, David Yelland, Peter Zimonjic
Full client list:
http://www.davidgodwinassociates.com/davids-authors
Email address:
sebastiangodwin@davidgodwinassociates.co.uk

Agents of: DGA David Godwin Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.davidgodwinassociates.com/
About the agency:
DGA is a small agency, representing an exciting and varied list of international writers of fiction and non-fiction, including novelists, poets, biographers, historians and journalists. DGA does not represent any reference, science fiction, self-help, or picture books, poetry or collections of short stories. DGA offers a comprehensive service, handling all rights worldwide including film, TV and translation. DGA has represented Booker award-winning authors such as Arundhati Roy, Aravind Adiga, as well as Vikram Seth, Jeet Thayil and Nilanjana Roy.
Address for submissions:
55 Monmouth Street, London, WC2H 9DG
Office address:
No data
Email address:
philippa@davidgodwinassociates.co.uk
Phone number:
0207 240 9992
Number of agents:
3
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
For children books (9 years +) or Young Adult books, please send the synopsis and first 20 pages via email to: kirsty@davidgodwinassociates.co.uk All other submissions should be sent by post to the above address. Please take the time to consider our existing client list. If you think that your work is suitable, send in the first three chapters of your work (or about 50 pages) with a brief synopsis and covering letter. If you would like your manuscript returned, please include the correct postage and packaging. If you would prefer a response from the agency via email then just provide your email address. We do not accept any submissions via email. Please do not contact the office to check on the status of your submission as we do not keep records of manuscripts received. If your submission is of interest, we will contact you directly. Whilst every care is taken with submissions, DGA cannot accept responsibility for any material sent to us. It is your responsibility to keep copies of any original work. Submissions that do not include the correct postage for a response will be recycled.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
38/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DGALitAgents
Latest news:
No data
More about the agency:
DGA is a small agency, representing an exciting and varied list of international writers of fiction and non-fiction, including novelists, poets, biographers, historians and journalists. DGA does not represent any reference, science fiction, self-help, or picture books, poetry or collections of short stories. DGA offers a comprehensive service, handling all rights worldwide including film, TV and translation. DGA has represented Booker award-winning authors such as Arundhati Roy, Aravind Adiga, as well as Vikram Seth, Jeet Thayil and Nilanjana Roy.

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