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Diane started the Diane Banks Associates agency in 2006 after a successful career in publishing. At first, she represented both fiction and non-fiction, but as the agency has grown, she has limited her focus to non-fiction. She emphasizes 'personality-led' non-fiction, particularly in the areas of politics, current affairs, media, and business.  

While the agency website does not break down the client list by agent, it does delineate by subject matter. We suggest that interested writers pay close attention to authors represented in the areas of 'Current Affairs & History' and 'Business' to develop a greater insight into Diane's tastes. 

Some notes our researchers have picked up on:

  • Her clients include people like Clive Rich, who covers both the business and pop culture/media personality side of things. If you have appeal across multiple subject areas, you may find Diane a good choice of agent.
  • Diane is eager to support her clients in developing their skills across formats – from writing to radio and TV presenting. Her client list contains a number of authors who are also well-known presenters. 
  • She also represents her clients for film and TV scripts.
  • Many of her clients are experts in their field or well-known personalities (such as politicians and journalists). 

Somewhat unusually, the agency does not stipulate different submission guidelines for fiction and non-fiction. Instead, it asks for 'send some background information about yourself, a synopsis and the first three chapters of your submission.' You may want to email the general enquiries address (info@dianebanks.co.uk) first to confirm the best way to send through a non-fiction submission.

Diane does not have much of a public, social media presence. If you have any further insights into her tastes, please contact us. 



Detailed data

Agency:
Diane Banks Associates
Agent since:
2006
Short biography:
Diane founded Diane Banks Associates in 2006 following a career in London’s trade publishing houses including Penguin and Hodder & Stoughton. In addition, Diane serves as a non-executive director of the think tank Bright Blue and as a development board member at the Ovalhouse Theatre. She served for 8 years as a director of the Lansdowne Club, a private members' club in Mayfair and is a business supporter of Women2Win, founded by Baroness Jenkin and Theresa May to encourage more women to stand for parliament.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Memoir and autobiography, History
Authors & books liked:


Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission. Hard copy submisssions are not accepted. Please email submissions to submissions@dianebanks.co.uk.
Other advice and background:

On an agent's role: "A publisher or bookseller's essential product is the author's intellectual property. Its expert management and exploitation is therefore equally essential, particularly in a market exhibiting a flat to downward trend. Agents' detailed industry knowledge and awareness of trends allow them to maximise share of the book market for their clients. But increasingly important are the alternative revenue streams, such as speaking and corporate deals that, with their own agendas and layers of middlemen, aren't the giant companies' expertise or their place to control."

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DianeBanksAssoc
Interesting links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhkA1kP1_HM
Clients:
The following names represent the agency's full client list (please note the list is divided by subject matter): Autobiography and Pop Culture: Alex Higgins, Andy Taylor, Maceo Parker, Narinder Kaur, Chris Price and Joe Harland. Health and Lifestyle: Elise Lindsay, Simon Middleton, Hannah Sandling, Stephanie Brookes, Joe Inglis, Priyanka Gill. Science, Current Affairs and History: Brian Cox, Jeff Forshaw, Douglas Carswell, Emily Winterburn, Peter Whittle, Chris West, Godfrey Barker, Julian Caldecott, Francesca Gavin, James Essinger. Business: Clive Rich, Tim Campbell, Paul Humphries, Rasmus Ankerson, Polly Courtney, Ian Price. Memoir and Narrative: Brenda Ashford, Mollie Moran, Catherin Paton Black, Ed Mitchell, Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, John Rodgers, Kate Monro, Luke Bradbury, Marisa Merico, Miss S, Nancy the Cat, Shelina Janmohamed, Sophie Hayes, Terrie O'Brian, Violet Cannon, Winifred Phillips. Commercial Women's Fiction: Sasha Wagstaff, Tara Moore, Liz Astor, Victoria Aitken, Lucy Hepburn, Geri Carson, Amber Stephens, Georgie Carter. Upmarket fiction: Dipika Rai, Maureen Myant, Kate Riordan. Crime and Thriller: David Kessler, Adam Palmerm Will Jordan, Nadine Doolittle, Philip Becker, Black Star Crime, Spencer Coleman. Sci-Fi: A.J. Smith. Young Adult: Melissa Fairchild, Puneet Bhandal. Ghostwriters: Kim Carillo, Nigel Cawthorne, Sebastian Cresswell Turner, John Karter, Emma Bussey, Shannon Kyle, Emma Murray, Matt Nixon, Priscilla Pollara, Cheryl Rickman, Ellee Seymour, Gary Thompson, Kate Thompson, Chris West, Charlie Carillo.
Full client list:
http://www.dianebanks.co.uk/#/clients
Email address:
submissions@dianebanks.co.uk

Agents of: Diane Banks Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.dianebanks.co.uk/
About the agency:
Diane Banks Associates is a commercial literary agency based in central London representing commercial fiction and personality-led, media or current affairs based non-fiction in the UK, US and foreign language markets. We have the in-house expertise to handle rights in the majority of territories directly rather than via sub-agents, ensuring career development with publishers worldwide. We offer first class representation for film and TV rights, we have direct relationships with the press and broadcast media and we actively source speaking engagements for those of our clients who are interested in expanding their brand in this way.
Address for submissions:
Hard copy submisssions are not accepted. Please email submissions to submissions@dianebanks.co.uk.
Office address:
Office address: Covent Garden, London
Email address:
submissions@dianebanks.co.uk
Phone number:
No data
Number of agents:
2
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
Covering email, synopsis, author information and three sample chapters. Please send your submission as Word or Open Document attachments to submissions@dianebanks.co.uk. We aim to get back to you within 2 weeks of receipt but during busy periods response time may be longer, so we ask that you don't chase. We do not accept hard copy submissions and will neither look at or return any submissions sent in this format. Please note that we do not represent poetry, plays, scripts, academic books, short stories or children's books, with the exception of young adult fiction.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
2 days
Agency Transparency Index:
41/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DianeBanksAssoc
Latest news:
No data
More about the agency:
Diane Banks Associates is a commercial literary agency based in central London representing commercial fiction and personality-led, media or current affairs based non-fiction in the UK, US and foreign language markets. We have the in-house expertise to handle rights in the majority of territories directly rather than via sub-agents, ensuring career development with publishers worldwide. We offer first class representation for film and TV rights, we have direct relationships with the press and broadcast media and we actively source speaking engagements for those of our clients who are interested in expanding their brand in this way.

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