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Diana Beaumont joined Rupert Heath as an agent in 2011, before moving to The Agency Group in 2015. In January 2017, she joined Marjacq Scripts. She is an up and coming agent and was nominated by The Bookseller magazine as one of its Rising Stars 2012.

Diana has strong editorial experience as she previously worked as a script doctor and senior commissioning editor at Transworld.  She began her publishing career in the editorial departments of Thames & Hudson and Hodder and Stoughton and has also worked on a freelance basis. 

She’d be interested in hearing from writers of quality commercial fiction (think suspense and big themes or comic romance); crime series (Claire McGowan is a client); literary fiction (must be accessible though); and historical fiction ‘which treads new ground’.  She’s also on the lookout for ‘funny feminist writers with a message’; bloggers; cookery (she handles flamboyant TV chef Reza Mahammad); travel; original memoirists; and anyone writing an ‘accessible polemic about the education system’

Diana has broad tastes in literature.  Her favourite classic reads include Wide Sargasso Sea (Jean Rhys); Middlemarch (George Eliot); and anything by Daphne Du Maurier.  Her top contemporary literary fiction writers include Jeanette Winterson, and Ian McEwan and Helen Dunmore’s earlier novels.  For humour, Diana would dip into Cold Comfort Farm and she is not adverse to thrillers or a bit of romance – Shirley Conran’s Lace is one of her top blockbusters and she is also a fan of Marian Keys.  

Turn-offs include ‘excessively macho/action led action or crime’; attempts to emulate existing best sellers (especially Fifty Shades of Grey copy cats); misery memoirs; light chick lit; novels which focus on journalism or music writing; and craft books.

Diana likes writers who are proactive and have done their research.  Know your genre and potential audience.  Come up with a ‘great title and think about what the hook might be.’

She tweets regularly @Diana_Beaumont  and has been known to make contact with potential clients via social media.  She also attends events like the Writers Workshop Festival of Writing.



Detailed data

Agency:
Marjacq Scripts
Agent since:
2011
Short biography:

Diana spent nine years as senior commissioning editor (fiction and non-fiction) at Transworld where she published many bestselling authors. Earlier, she read English Language and Literature at Oxford University, then went on to work at Thames & Hudson and Hodder & Stoughton. After Transworld she became a freelance editorial consultant and script doctor. Her clients have included leading literary agents, publishers and authors. She's too modest to mention it on her agency bio, but industry bible, The Bookseller, nominated her as one of their Rising Stars of 2012.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Other non-fiction, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Some of the books that I've loved include Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, Middlemarch by George Eliot, An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan, anything by Daphne Du Maurier, Ian McEwan's earlier novels, ditto Helen Dunmore, Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons for laughs, Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love for comfort and Shirley Conran's Lace as it's one of the best blockbusters ever although I'm not that guilty about that particular pleasure and I've read a few Georgette Heyers in my time. Marian Keyes is always a joy as she can go from funny to heartbreaking in a moment and then back again. I have really enjoyed The Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty which is an intelligent, well-written psychological thriller with a killer twist and interesting female protagonist and The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh which is smart, erotic and also has a strong female lead. I've just finished reading The Ghost Most by Michele Forbes which was quiet yet beautiful written and was published despite the odds. I'm also keen on smart, funny, feminist writers with a message, cookery writers and bloggers, memoirs especially with something original/outrageous to them (I represented Angelas Clarke's hilarious Confessions of a Fashionista for example), some travel and would love to find someone who could write an interesting, accessible polemic about the education system.

Other loves & passions:

An online interview quotes Diana as saying "Her passions are reading, eating (especially when someone else is cooking), meeting interesting, stimulating people, walking - nothing too hardcore - and pilates plus galleries, theatres and museums when she gets the chance." On the Novelicious site (link below), Diana says, she has a particular appetite for "Intelligent psychological thrillers, women's commercial fiction with either an element of suspense or that tackles big themes. Some of the most successful authors in this area such as Marian Keyes and Jojo Moyes manage to combine some of the difficulties people face in life with humour and heart which is such an appealing combination." She also picks out, "Crime series especially with a female protagonist although that certainly is not a prerequisite. Historical fiction that treads new ground. Contemporary fiction with a strong hook and original voice. I already represent a number of funny, smart, young feminist writers and am always interested in what this new generation of women have to say (and write)." Diana has told us she loves "I love food and eating, walking, visiting art galleries, museums, reading and interesting conversation. I'm afraid I don't have any particularly fascinating hobbies and feel tempted to invent something more dramatic at this this stage such as skydiving, flamenco dancing or cheese-making. I'm part French and part Russian in case that helps." But that she doesn't love "Anything excessively macho/action led action or crime, anything too nasty especially towards women (crime/action), generic writing by people trying to ape what's on the bestseller lists, most misery memoirs unless exceptionally written and inspiring, Shades of Grey rip offs, light/fluffy chick lit without depth, craft or sewing books, comic thrillers, novels about journalism or music writing (although I loved Viv Albertine's recent book)."

How to make a submission:
Email a query letter only. See agency page for more info on the submissions process.
Other advice and background:

We note that Diana is relatively rare amongst agents as having worked as a freelance editorial consultant and script doctor. While that DOES mean that Diana will have a depth of editorial ability and experience which she can bring to bear, it certainly does NOT mean that you can bring her a roughly written manuscript and leave her to sort it out. That's not how it works! In terms of specific advice, Diana is quoted as saying, "1. Write a strong pitch letter with a clear description of what you are writing and for what market is. 2. Try to find the right agent for you and do your research: it drives me mad when people write 'Dear Sirs' and can't be bothered to look up your name. 3. Be proactive: I have taken on a client who first got in touch via Twitter or have approached me because they know one of my other clients. You can also meet agents at many literary festivals and Writer's Workshops so get their card or email address. [Diana herself comes to the WW Festival of Writing in York, and is happy to meet writers there.] 4. Be courteous: it always helps. 5. Show that you are serious about writing." Diana also recently shared these bits of advice: "Do your research and try to find a suitable agent (rather than any old agent as it can feel as if you've trawled through The Writer's and Artist's Yearbook). Take the trouble to find out the name of the agent in question and what they like/represent without getting too sycophantic. Follow submission guidelines. Write a strong, succinct submission letter and be quite clear about what you have written and who it is aimed at. Have a great title and think about what the hook and USPs might be. Relevant biographical information is useful but we don't need a CV. Please make sure your manuscript is double-spaced and has page numbers and please remember that we can't always give editorial feedback."

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@Diana_Beaumont
Interesting links:
http://thebookseller.com/news/diana-beaumont-join-agency-group
Clients:
Tanya Atapattu , Xochi Balfour, Holly Baxter , Daisy Buchanan , James Campbell, Angela Clarke, Mathew Clayton, Philip Connor Finn, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Isabel Costello, Francesca Dorricott, Eve Harris, Kim Izzo, Rosalind Jana, Lizzie Mabbot, Eve Makis, Claire McGowan, Reza Mahammed, MEATliquor, Ali Official, Adam Pearson, Alice Peterson, Das Petrou, Rachel Phipps, Pizza Pilgrims, Nancy Revell, Diana Rosie, ​Frances Ryan, Lucy Vine, James Wallman, Zosia Wand, Roz Watkins, Eva Woods
Full client list:
http://www.marjacq.com/diana-beaumont.html
Email address:
diana@marjacq.com

Agents of: Marjacq Scripts

Agency details

Website:
http://www.marjacq.com
About the agency:
Marjacq Scripts, the literary side of the Marjacq agency, has been developed by Philip Patterson (with the recent addition of Isabella Floris) and Luke Speed, responsible for film and TV. Marjacq Scripts is now a growing book, film and television rights agency, representing a range of established and 'up and coming' authors, screenwriters, directors and graphic novelists. We also represent the publication, film, television and ancillary rights to some of the interactive titles handled by Marjacq Micro.
Address for submissions:
Marjacq Micro Ltd., Marjacq Scripts Ltd, Box 412, 19/21 Crawford St, LONDON? W1H 1PJ
Office address:
No data
Email address:
subs@marjacq.com
Phone number:
020 7935 9499
Number of agents:
7
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We are always happy to review new work. Please send a covering letter, a synopsis showing the structure of the completed work, the first three chapters, page numbers, double-spaced, single side of A4, typed (marked for the attention of Philip Patterson), a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want to have your material back.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
38/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@MarjacqScripts
Latest news:
None
More about the agency:
Marjacq Scripts, the literary side of the Marjacq agency, has been developed by Philip Patterson (with the recent addition of Isabella Floris) and Luke Speed, responsible for film and TV. Marjacq Scripts is now a growing book, film and television rights agency, representing a range of established and 'up and coming' authors, screenwriters, directors and graphic novelists. We also represent the publication, film, television and ancillary rights to some of the interactive titles handled by Marjacq Micro.

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