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With a long history on the other side of the fence, Geraldine knows what publishers are looking for. She has worked for Headline and Penguin across both fiction and non-fiction lists. After many years as an editor for large publishing houses, Geraldine decided to become an agent. At first, she served at the Marsh Agency before setting up an independent agency. The agency is small, with only three agents, and is actively looking to build its client list.

Geraldine does not have much in the way of an online presence, so it is difficult to pinpoint her tastes. From the agency's client list, it would seem that Geraldine and co appreciate commercial literary fiction, especially those that provide social commentary alongside a good yarn. She's also up for non-fiction on a range of subjects, but only if you are an expert in your field. 

The agency also doubles as an editing service, so make sure you are clear with them whether you are engaging them for editorial services or as agents. Also, it is worth noting that the agency uses a submission form rather than the more standard email with cover letter and manuscript approach.



Detailed data

Agency:
Geraldine Cooke Literary Agency
Agent since:
2000
Short biography:
Geraldine Cooke was Executive Editor at Penguin publishing across a wide section of the Penguin list both Fiction and Non-Fiction titles. Among the authors she worked with are Beryl Bainbridge, Brian McCabe, Angela Carter, Shirley Conran, Pieter Dirk-Uys, Alisdair Gray, Liz Lochhead, Patrick McGrath, John Mortimer and the great travel writers, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Norman Lewis and Colin Thubron. As an agent she worked for 7 years with Paul Marsh helping to set up the English side of the Agency, where her authors included the novelist Liam Browne, literary programmer of the Enniskllen Beckett Festival, the travel writer Alistair Carr, teacher Phil Beadle and the Irish journalist Billy Keane.
Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, History, Historical fiction, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:


Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Use the online form: http://www.geraldinecooke.co.uk/submit-your-work
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@CookmacCooke
Interesting links:
No Data
Clients:
Alan Monaghan, Billy Keane, Clive Aslet, Dilys Rose, Graeme Aitken, Harry Acton, Karola Gajada, Manini Nayar, Mike Hobbs, Snorri Kristjansson
Full client list:
http://www.geraldinecooke.co.uk/our-authors
Email address:
geraldinecookmac@yahoo.com

Agents of: Geraldine Cooke Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
www.geraldinecooke.co.uk
About the agency:
No data
Address for submissions:
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Office address:
http://www.geraldinecooke.co.uk/submit-your-work
Email address:
No data
Phone number:
No data
Number of agents:
3
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
http://www.geraldinecooke.co.uk/submit-your-work
More info on this agency:
Along with most literary agents: If a book has real value, but needs editing - even heavy editing - we can provide it. When it is ready to be shown to publishers, we can organise and advise on that. If it finds a publisher, we can, like any other agency, negotiate a contract for it. If a book cannot find a regular publisher, we can help you to self publish. Why are we different? If we can share an author's commitment to a book we enjoy the excitement of accompanying them on the whole journey from manuscript to the finished book. That is our job and our pleasure.
Average response time:
0 days
Agency Transparency Index:
23/100
Member of the AAA:
No
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@CookmacCooke
Latest news:
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More about the agency:
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