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Elinor has worked as an agent in multiple agencies, from being at one of the largest literary agencies to being the only book agent in the business. These days, she is one of three agents at Diamond Kahn and Woods Literary Agency, representing both fiction and non-fiction.

Her list is varied. On the fiction side, she covers general/commercial and literary fiction for adults as well as children's, YA, and even graphic novels. For non-fiction, her tastes lean towards memoirs and politics. Elinor particularly loves working closely with her authors on editorial matters, especially when she is able to help a debut author realise their dreams.

What is lovely to see is an agent who thoroughly enjoys the process of finding a gem amongst the slushpile, something Elinor describes as a 'treasure hunt'. She is also a firm believer in ensuring authors find the right agent for them and encourages authors to submit to multiple agents at a time. Meeting an agent is much like going for a job interview, it is as much about the agent learning about the author as it is the author learning about the agent.

If you are submitting a children's book, make sure you know the market and are able to articulate the correct target audience age bracket. If you submit to Elinor claiming to be writing for 12-15-year-olds but the work is more suitable for ages 6-8, for instance, this will reflect poorly on you. Similarly, be sure to read and follow the submission guidelines on the agency website to ensure your work has the best possible chance of catching her eye.

Elinor does take on overseas writers, though it must be an original work in English. She is not interested in translations.



Detailed data

Agency:
Diamond Kahn and Woods Literary Agency
Agent since:
2004
Short biography:
Before joining DKW in 2015, Elinor Cooper worked at Rochelle Stevens & Co as a literary agent. She represents writers of literary and commercial fiction,non-fictionincluding memoir and politics, writers and illustrators ofchildrensbooks across all age ranges from picture books to YA and graphic novels. She loves working with her clients editorially, often giving in-depth feedback and support, particularly with debut novelists. She began her career atA PWatt, where she spent eight years, working with Caradoc King across his varied list and beginning to take on her own authors and illustrators. Before that, she was a bookseller in Manchester, Brighton and on London Charing Cross Road. She has a degree in English & American Literature from the University of Manchester.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Politics, society & current affairs, Memoir and autobiography, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Byron, Dr Seuss, Tolstoy

Other loves & passions:
Her interests include literary fiction, narrative non-fiction and books for young adults, but not fantasy.
How to make a submission:
I am keen to expand my list of novelists and non-fiction writers. In both, I am open minded about the subject! I am endlessly fascinated by the world around me so would love to find both novelists and non-fiction writers exploring the present moment or recent past, whether thats culturally, politically, or on a global, national, or personal scale. I am always excited by good writing, whether that be an alertness to the beauty of language, or a simplicity of style. I love serious books and comedies, and dont believe that being funny means you aren't a serious writer. In childrens books I particularly like picture books and middle grade novels with an anarchic sense of humour, and I'd love to find a novel for teenagers founded firmly in everyday teenage life. I'm generally not interested in fantasy or science fiction. Agency Standard
Other advice and background:

Elinor has collaborated with Falmouth University on professional writing courses.

What is your current wish list?

Literary fiction, above all else. A really good, serious novel. But (bearingTolstoyin mind) serious does not mean without a sense of humour, it does not mean no love stories, it does not mean that the opening scene can't be someone waking up on a sofa, having cheated on their wife. Ideally,I'd like the author to be British, but it might be someone who feels influenced by American novelists;I'm a huge fan of American literature. The novel could possibly tackle some facet of today's society and this could be quite personal, or on a much wider scale. With the risk of repeating myself, I do lovelove stories-- and never seem to get sent any. I'd be interested to see a goodrom comas much as a literary novel on love/sex/relationships.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@ElinorCo
Interesting links:
http://www.cuc.ac.uk/news/823-from-pencil-to-posterity
Clients:
A Richard Allen, Lucy Cant, Tom Duxbury, Alli Eynon, Kathryn Ferry, Sophie Gibson, Laura Kaye, Jay Eunji Lee, Beatrice Mansfield, Magnus McGrandle, Nina de la Mer, Roman Milisic, Josephine Moulds, Tom Percival, Jion Sheibani, Matilda Tristram, Carol Walsh, Lani Yamamoto
Full client list:
http://dkwlitagency.co.uk/authors/
Email address:
submissions.elinor@dkwlitagency.co.uk

Agents of: Diamond Kahn and Woods Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.dkwlitagency.co.uk
About the agency:
Founded in 2012, DKW is a dynamic and creative boutique agency providing a personal and professional management service to authors of outstanding fiction and non-fiction. We provide a bespoke service for each client to build lasting careers for them, and are always on the lookout for fantastic new authors across a wide range of genres. Both Ella and Bryony enjoy working editorially with authors to make their writing shine. We work directly in the English-language markets and our translation rights worldwide are handled by the Intercontinental Literary Agency.
Address for submissions:
submissions.ella@dkwlitagency.co.uk, submissions.bryony@dkwlitagency.co.uk
Office address:
Diamond Kahn and Woods Literary Agency Ltd. Top Floor, 66 Onslow Gardens London, N10 3JX
Email address:
info@dkwlitagency.co.uk
Phone number:
0203 514 6544
Number of agents:
3
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We are always excited to read submissions from potential new clients. To submit your work for consideration, please read about what we're looking for, then email the first three chapters along with a synopsis (preferably as a Word or PDF document) and covering letter to either Bryony or Ella, using the email addresses on our contact page. Please do not send your work to both of us. If we feel that your submission is more suited to the other agent we will pass it on to them. Your covering letter should focus on telling us what your book is about, and include a short biography about yourself and any previous writing experience. You will receive an automatic acknowledgement when your submission has been safely received. We aim to respond to all submissions within six weeks. We do not believe in asking authors to send us their material on an exclusive basis, as it is not in your best interests to do so; however, we do ask that you let us know if another agent is considering your full manuscript. We do not charge a reading fee.
More info on this agency:
Founded in 2012, DKW is a dynamic and creative boutique agency providing a personal and professional management service to authors of outstanding fiction and non-fiction. We provide a bespoke service for each client to build lasting careers for them, and are always on the lookout for fantastic new authors across a wide range of genres. Both Ella and Bryony enjoy working editorially with authors to make their writing shine. We work directly in the English-language markets and our translation rights worldwide are handled by the Intercontinental Literary Agency.
Average response time:
6 days
Agency Transparency Index:
60/100
Member of the AAA:
No
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@dkwlitagency
Latest news:
http://dkwlitagency.co.uk/
More about the agency:
Founded in 2012, DKW is a dynamic and creative boutique agency providing a personal and professional management service to authors of outstanding fiction and non-fiction. We provide a bespoke service for each client to build lasting careers for them, and are always on the lookout for fantastic new authors across a wide range of genres. Both Ella and Bryony enjoy working editorially with authors to make their writing shine. We work directly in the English-language markets and our translation rights worldwide are handled by the Intercontinental Literary Agency.

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