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Georgina first started in the publishing industry in 1984, falling into the industry rather than choosing it. After finishing high school, she found her grades weren't good enough for university, so instead she took a secretarial course and applied for a job at William Heinemann. From a lowly position in the rights department, Georgina quickly rose through the ranks, and after a few years, was running the department. 

Since then, she moved to Secker and Warburg and then Cape, before running the global rights department of Random House. Again, the move from running a rights department of a publisher to becoming an agent was a role that found her, rather than Georgina actively pursuing a career change. She was poached by Robert Fox in 1995 to set up a literary arm of his successful agency, Simpson Fox, for theater and television. 

In 2000, Georgina set up Capel and Land with colleague Anita Land. The agency became one of the top agencies in the UK. In 2015, Anita Land left to start a separate business focusing on TV and broadcasting talent, leaving Georgina to rebrand the business as Georgina Capel Associates Ltd. 

There is little information about Georgina in the public domain regarding her personal preferences or agenting style. The agency itself represents both literary and commercial fiction, children's fiction, poetry, non-fiction (politics, biography, history, philosophy, economics),  screenwriters, and playwrights. Unfortunately, Georgina Capel Associates Ltd does not break down their clients by the individual agent. 

Georgina and her agency are incredibly well-respected in the industry and receive an overwhelming amount of submissions. Be sure to study their current client list to see whether your manuscript fits their profile before submitting. 

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Georgina Capel Associates Ltd.
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Short biography:
Georgina Capel joined William Heinemann's rights department in 1983 before moving to Secker and Warburg as Rights Director. After five years at Secker she went on to Jonathan Cape as Rights Director and deputy Managing Director before becoming Group Rights Director of Random House. She works with top international authors and has been negotiating global deals for the past twenty years.
Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Children's fiction, Travel, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
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The following names represent the agency's full client list: Richard Aldous, David Anderson, Laura Ashe, Michael Axworthy, Catherin Bailey, Oliver Balch, Simon Barnes, Kunal Basu, Neil Belton, John Bew, Terence Blacker, Lisa Blower, Tess Boase, Elizabeth Bradshaw, Andrew Brown, Liam Bryne, Vince Cable, Rachel Johston Campbell, Garrett Carr, Mirabel Cecil, Hugh Cecil, Meira Chand, Kate Cooper, Jane Corbin, Gordon Corera, Danny Danziger, Alistair Darling, Tamasin Day-Lewis, Leanda De Lisle, Roger Deakin, Matthew Dennison, Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal, Ginny Dougary, Hattie Ellis, John Foot, Flora Fraser, Frieda Leonie, Iain Gale, Tom Gash, John Gimlette, James Gleick, Richard Godwin, Christian Goeschel, Adrian Goldsworthy, Michael Gove, Andrew Graham-Dixon, K.M. Grant, Andrew Greig, Daniel Hannan, Simon Heffer, Mark Henderson, Lisa Hilton, Michael Holman, Tristam Hunt, Lord Hatton of Furness, Faisal Islam, Alvin Jackson, David James Smith, Mai Jia, Daniel Johnson, Dan Jones, Tobias Jones, Aled Jones, Nigel Jones, Kate Kennedy, Hugh Kennedy, Paul Kenyon, Elysaar Khoury, Ray Kurzweil, Kwasi Kwarteng, Alexander Larman, Alexander Lee, Conrad Leyser, Mary Loudon, Earl Lovelace, Steven Lukes, Giles MacDonogh, Philip Mansel, Justin Marozzi, Jay Martel, Colleen McCullough, Frank McDonough, Marion McGilvary, Jonathan Meades, Ai Mi, Krzysztof Michalski, Lucasta Miller, David Miller, Franny Moyle, Charlotte Mullins, Adam Nicolson, Chibundu Onuzo, Sarah O'Reilly, Edward Paice, Jann Parry, Louise Patten, Seamus Perry, Munro Price, Nicholas Purcell, Simon Reid-Henry, Claudia Renton, Lucy Riall, Dame Stella Rimington, Andrew Roberts, Andrea di Robilant, Jan Ruger, James Ryan, Ian Sansom, Simon Montefiore Sebag, Victor Sebestyen, Jonathan Self, Chris Skidmore, Diane Souhami, Elizabeth Speller, Jon Steele, Cita Stelzer, Paul Stephenson, Graham Stewart, James Stourton, Jack Straw, Matthew Sturgis, Louis Theroux, Alice Thomson, Lesley Thomson, Hugh Thomson, Giles Tremlett, Lord Adair Turner, Fay Weldon, David Willets, Hywel Williams, Sam Willis, Greg Woolf, Peter York, Ling Zhang, Chi Zijian.
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Office address:
29 Wardour Street, London, W1D 6PS.
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Phone number:
+44 (0)20 7734 2414
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Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
We are currently accepting submissions. If you would like us to consider your work for representation then please post us the following, marking the envelope 'Submissions Department': A covering letter giving an outline of your writing history. For example, tell us about any previously published work, be it a short story or journalism. You may be studying or have completed a post-graduate qualification in creative writing. For non-fiction, we would want to know what qualifies you to write about the subject: A synopsis of your work, approximately 500 words long, the first three chapters of your work, your email address and/or telephone number.
More info on this agency:
We are a literary agency. We represent novelists and poets, historians and biographers, politicians, philosophers and economists, and writers for children and young adults. The world is our market. We represent our clients in all languages and in all countries. We act for our writers not just for their books but for film and television, journalism and speaking engagements.
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