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Felicity and her business partner Sarah Lutyens are oddities in the agenting world. Having already been successful literary agents for more than twenty years, they felt that their authors weren't finding the shelf space they deserved in bookshops. If mainstream bookstores weren't going to showcase their authors and indie bookshops continued to disappear, they came up with the perfect solution: open their own bookshop! Now, eight years later, the Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop has established itself as a popular and iconic shop in Notting Hill. This unique approach to being a literary agent says something very important about Felicity – she is truly passionate about getting her authors books into the hands of readers. And if traditional booksellers won't do it, she will. 

While Felicity's taste might seem overwhelmingly wide, there are more ways to better understand what she likes to read than with most literary agents. You can look through the agency's client list (though this is not broken down by specific agent) and also peruse the shelves and their bookstore. After all, the shop was set up to be filled with the kinds of books Felicity and Sarah like to read. 

The agency accepts email submissions on a broad range of topics, fiction and non-fiction. In fiction, this covers Children's and YA, crime/thrillers, romantic comedies, and more. Her non-fiction interests are similarly varied, including cookery, popular culture, memoirs, and history. Over the years, the agency's list has proven incredibly successful, with their authors having won or been nominated for almost every major literary award.

Using her extensive experience as an agent as well as her knowledge from the bookselling world, Felicity has great insight into what sells and to whom. She will not just fight your corner for the best advance and that three-book deal but help you liaise with the publisher on the right marketing plan and cover design. Her knowledge is invaluable and her passion helps her authors find the perfect readers.



Detailed data

Agency:
Lutyens and Rubinstein
Agent since:
1993
Short biography:
Felicity Rubinstein is one half of the literary agency double-act Lutyens and Rubinstem who also own and run the L&R bookshop in West London. Rubinstein came to agenting through publishing; her first job was in New York at a small agency that dealt with film, television and theatre rather than books. After a few years spent there and traveling around North America, Rubinstein took a job at Viking Penguin in New York, eventually returning to England, where she worked in publishing for about 10 years before co-founding Lutyens and Rubinstein Literary Agency in 1993. Prior to founding the agency, she worked as managing director at Macmillan. She's married to the publisher Roland Philipps, the managing director of John Murray.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Jennifer Egan - 'A Visit From the Goon Squad', Cressida Connolly - 'My Former Heart', Melissa Bank - 'The Wonder Spot', Mary Lawson - 'The Other Side of the Bridge', Emma Forrest - 'Your Voice in My Head', Claire Messud - 'The Emperors Children', Gabrielle Hamilton - 'Blood, Bones & Butter'.
Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@LandRBookshop
Interesting links:
http://wwword.com/2734/think/school-room/starting-a-bookshop/
Clients:
Full agency client list: Charles D'Ambrosio, Johanna Adorjan, Heather Barbieri, Ned Beauman, Bernard Beckett, Sybille Bedford, Sarah Bee, Mark Billingham, Chaya Bhuvaneshwar, Dave Boling, Michael Chabon, Jeremy Chambers, Peter Cocks, Cressida Connolly, Mark Costello, Galaxy Craze, Garry Disher, Agnes Desarthe, Lena Dunham, Charles Elton, Elena Forbes, Kate Figes, Tim Flannery, David Flusfeder, Emma Forrest, Karen Foxlee, Suzi Godson, Alice Greenway, Sara Gruen, Drew Gummerson, Rebecca Harrington, John Harvey, Lian Hearn, Fergus Henderson, Margot Henderson, Tim Hilton, Kate Holden, Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Rebecca Hunt, Mette Jakobsen, Amy Jenkins, Catherine Jones, Lloyd Jones, Neil Jordan, Toni Jordan, Lieve Joris, Sebastian Junger, Kristin Kimball, Michelle de Kretser, Mary Lawson, Kendra Leighton, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Rob Long, Conrad Mason, Matt McAllester, Claire Messud, Jan Moore, Isla Morley, Craig Nelson, Yotam Ottolenghi, Will Peterson, Adam Phillips, Nathaniel Philbrick, Bella Pollen, Non Pratt, Peter Ransley, Kirsten Reed, Hannah Richell, Sally Rippin, Willy Russell, Patricia Scanlan, Graeme Simsion, Rebecca Smith, Frances Stonor Saunders, William Sutcliffe, Cory Taylor, Peter Temple, Carrie Tiffany, Betsy Tobin, Sophia Tobin, Chris Turney, John Vaillant, Vendela Vida, Simone van der Vlugt, Ayelet Waldman, Vikki Wakefield, Tim Walker, Giles Waterfield, Shane Watson, Arabella Weir, Paula Weston, Antony Woodward, Philip Womack and David Wroblewski.
Full client list:
http://www.lutyensrubinstein.co.uk/agency-authors/
Email address:
info@lutyensrubinstein.co.uk

Agents of: Lutyens and Rubinstein

Agency details

Website:
http://www.lutyensrubinstein.co.uk/
About the agency:
The Lutyens & Rubinstein literary agency was set up in 1993 by former publishers Sarah Lutyens and Felicity Rubinstein, who brought together the combined experience of twenty-five years of publishing, agenting and bookselling on both sides of the Atlantic. The agency represents a broad range of fiction (including crime and non-illustrated children's books) and non-fiction.
Address for submissions:
21 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2EU
Office address:
No data
Email address:
submissions@lutyensrubinstein.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7792 4855
Number of agents:
3
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Please send your material (up to 5000 words or the first three chapters) by email with a covering letter and a short synopsis. You will receive an email confirming receipt. We do not accept unsolicited submissions by hand or by post. Please note that we do not accept plays, or film/television scripts.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
34/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
Yes
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.lutyensrubinstein.co.uk/agency-news/
More about the agency:
The Lutyens & Rubinstein literary agency was set up in 1993 by former publishers Sarah Lutyens and Felicity Rubinstein, who brought together the combined experience of twenty-five years of publishing, agenting and bookselling on both sides of the Atlantic. The agency represents a broad range of fiction (including crime and non-illustrated children's books) and non-fiction.

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