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Despite having only established the DHH Literary Agency in 2008, it is already one of the most well-known names in the business. David's passion for books crosses boundaries in the industry, having also been the co-founder of independent bookseller Goldsboro Books. David represents a range of fiction and non-fiction. In fiction, he is interested in general and commercial adult fiction, including crime, thriller, action, adventure, and romance. For non-fiction, his taste is more particular, interested only in memoirs and food writing.

After setting himself up as one of the most respected independent booksellers in London, David decided to take his eye for bestsellers to a new level. Forever a champion of brilliant books, he wanted to have a hand in discovering new talent before they ever got published. As someone thoroughly entrenched in the books business, David loves to find writers with truly unique voices. To catch his attention, ensure that your very first sentence is an absolute corker, as he loves writers who push to have the reader hooked from the word go.

While David has taken on authors from the slushpile, he seeks out new talent at conferences and writing courses. This is an agent who likes to establish a great relationship with potential clients from the off and is potentially worth meeting in person rather than approaching cold. 

As a bookseller, David has honed his commercial eye. He is particularly interested in works with great commercial appeal and prides himself on his ability to work with an author to develop the most commercially conscious version of their manuscript possible.



Detailed data

Agency:
DHH Literary Agency
Agent since:
2008
Short biography:

David studied theology in London and Durham before co-founding and becoming the Managing Director of Goldsboro Books, a much admired independent bookseller, based in central London. DHH was founded by David Headley in 2008. They represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, historians, short-story writers and children's authors. The agency's main objective is to provide attentive and individual representation for its authors. They want to help re-launch established writers as well as nurturing debut authors. David has also set up Crime in the Court, an annual event celebrating crime fiction.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction
Authors & books liked:

I love books that are written well but are a little bit different. I have been accused of liking books with a visceral voice and I am sure that I do, but I like a unique voice. I do like manuscripts with amazing first lines and the fact that the author has clearly thought about how to grab the reader from the very beginning.

Other loves & passions:

We are a new agency with a passion for our authors. Our objective is to provide a more attentive and individual representation. With my background in bookselling I feel I have a far better commercial understanding of what readers are buying. I care more than ever that my authors tweet, blog and facebook because it is more important than ever that authors find their readers. With more and more books being published, publishers having smaller marketing budgets, less books being promoted in the media, these are ways an author can reach a wider audience.

How to make a submission:
Email only. Agency standard. See submission guidelines: http://www.dhhliteraryagency.com/submissions.html
Other advice and background:

I really dislike the term slushpile. I have taken on a couple of authors from submissions to the agency. Mostly, authors I represent are either recommendations or those who I have met at writing courses /conferences.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DavidHHeadley
Interesting links:
http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/blog/meet-the-agents-%E2%80%93-david-headley-from-dhh-literary-agency/
Clients:
The agency does not publish a full author list but their clients include: P F Collard, Paul Doherty, Nigel Jones, Colin Mace, Adrian Magson, Valerie Mendes, Hilton Pashley, Charlotte Phillips, & Sean Walsh.
Full client list:
http://www.dhhliteraryagency.com
Email address:
david.headley@dhhliteraryagency.com

Agents of: DHH Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.dhhliteraryagency.com
About the agency:
Founded by David Headley in 2008, the agency is based in London and represents an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, historians, short-story writers and children's authors. They are closely associated with Goldsboro Books, of which David Headley is proprietor. They state that their main objective is to provide a more attentive and individual representation for our authors. They wish to help re-launch established writers as well as nurturing debut authors. Currently they are looking only to represent fiction writers. They claim to provide "personalised and honest representation".
Address for submissions:
D. H. H. Literary Agency, 23 - 25 Cecil Court, London, WC2N 4EZ.
Office address:
No data
Email address:
David.Headley@dhhliteraryagency.com
Phone number:
No data
Number of agents:
5
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Please e-mail submissions to either: David.Headley@dhhliteraryagency.com or Jennifer.Muller@dhhliteraryagency.com All work should be typed with double line spacing. Tell us about you and your writing ambitions, a brief synopsis (one page preferred) of the proposed novel, the first three chapters or about 10,000 words. Please don't send the same proposal to both of us, because we do routinely pass material to and fro between us if we feel it is more suited to the other.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
4 days
Agency Transparency Index:
42/100
Member of the AAA:
No
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DavidHHeadley
Latest news:
http://www.dhhliteraryagency.com/news.html
More about the agency:
Founded by David Headley in 2008, the agency is based in London and represents an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, historians, short-story writers and children's authors. They are closely associated with Goldsboro Books, of which David Headley is proprietor. They state that their main objective is to provide a more attentive and individual representation for our authors. They wish to help re-launch established writers as well as nurturing debut authors. Currently they are looking only to represent fiction writers. They claim to provide "personalised and honest representation".

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