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Gill Coleridge is the Chair of RCW and a well-known name in the agenting world.  She began her career in publishing in 1968, as an editorial assistant at Purnell Partworks.  Prior to becoming an agent, she held the positions of Sales and Publicity Director at Sidgwick & Jackson and Publicity Director at Chatto and Windus.  She also helped to run the Bedford Square Bookbang, alongside Martyn Goff.  

Gill began working as an agent in 1971 at Anthony Sheil Associates.  In 1987, she and Deborah Rogers started Rogers Coleridge and White.  Gill is a former President of the Association of Author’s Agents and a committee member of the Royal Literary Fund. 

She has a well-established and large list of clients which features a host of high calibre writers of both fiction and non-fiction including: Historian David Cannadine (The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy, Class in Britain, In Churchill’s Shadow); Writer and Performer, Sandi Toksvig; Literary bestseller Donna Tartt (The Secret History, The Little Friend and The Goldfinch); Pulitzer prize winning novelist and essayist, Richard Ford (The Sportswriter, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land); Daily Telegraph columnist and novelist, Zoe Heller (Notes on a Scandal); and Best-selling historical novelist Philippa Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl). 

Gill’s list suggests a strong interest in history, and accessible literary fiction.  However, we suspect that she is not actively looking for new writers given the stable of household names already on her books.  If you are new on the scene, you might have more luck with one of the newer agents at RCW.

Our researchers have contacted Gill to find out if, and what, she is looking for in a new client and we will add to this profile as and when we have new information.



Detailed data

Agency:
Rogers Coleridge and White
Agent since:
1971
Short biography:

Gill Coleridge has worked in publishing since 1968, when she joined Purnell Partworks as a junior editorial assistant. She later became Sales and Publicity Director at Sidgwick & Jackson, before moving on to help Martyn Goff run the infamous Bedford Square Bookbang. Following a two year spell as Publicity Director at Chatto & Windus, she joined Anthony Sheil Associates in 1971. In 1987, she joined Deborah Rogers and they started Rogers Coleridge & White. In the following year she became President of the Association of Author's Agents. For ten years she was an adviser on the British Library Publishing Board, and she is currently a committee member of the Royal Literary Fund.

Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, History, Historical fiction, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:


Other loves & passions:

Gill loves reading, opera, gardening and travel.

How to make a submission:
Agency standard. By post to: Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd., 20 Powis Mews, London W11 1JN. No adult submissions by email unless by prior arrangement with individual agents. YA and Children's fiction should be submitted via email to clairewilson@rcwlitagency.com
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/oct/25/the-week-in-books
Clients:
Karin Altenberg, Carole Angier, Estate of Lord Noel Annan, Julia Blackburn, Robin Blake, Denys Blakeway, Estate of Clare Boylan, Professor John Brewer, Estate of Julia Briggs, Carmen Callil, David Cannadine, Anne Chisholm, Mark Cocker, Linda Colley, David Cordingly, Meredith Daneman, Louise Dean, The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Anne Donovan, John Dunn, Lord Max Egremont, Anne Enright, Elaine Feinstein, Trevor Fishlock, Estate of Paul Foot, Richard Ford, Roy Foster, John Francome, Nicholas Fraser, Frances Fyfield, John Gapper, Timothy Garton Ash, Vic Gatrell, Tony Gould, Philippa Gregory, Ramachandra Guha, Rodney Hall, Jeremy Harding, Christina Hardyment, Ruth Harris, The Estate of Peter Hart, Selina Hastings, Zoe Heller, Sir Nicholas Henderson, Katie Hickman, Eva Hoffman, Anthony Holden, Anne Marie Hourihane, The Estate of Alan Isler, Ian Jack, Lisa Jardine, Robert Kee, James Kelman, Estate of Sir Ludovic Kennedy, Estate of Miles Kington, Helen Langdon, Lynda LaPlante, Estate of Hugh Leonard, Estate of Norman Lewis, Estate of Callum MacDonald, Bernard MacLaverty, Kirsty McLeod, Charlotte Mendelson, Jed Mercurio, Ray Monk, Charlotte Mosley, Estate of Frank Muir, Kate Muir, Caroline Murphy, Julie Myerson, Will Napier, Bao Ninh, Joseph O'Neill, Frances Osborne, Richard Overy, Peter Pagnamenta, Philip Parker, Estate of Frances Partridge, Brian Patten, Michael Peppiatt, Estate of Roy Porter, David Priestland, Srinath Raghaven, Andrew Rawnsley, Graham Robb, Sue Roe, Edward Rutherford, Philippe Sands, Jane Shaw, Helen Simpson, Frances Spalding, James Stourton, Donna Tartt, Kate Teltscher, Stella Tillyard, Sandi Toksvig, Polly Toynbee, Sir Mark Tully, Marina Warner, Christopher Woodward, Francis Wyndham, Jim Younger.
Full client list:
http://www.rcwlitagency.com/literary-authors/
Email address:
gillcoleridge@rcwlitagency.com

Agents of: Rogers Coleridge and White

Agency details

Website:
http://www.rcwlitagency.com/
About the agency:
Deborah Rogers set up Deborah Rogers Ltd. in 1967, and shortly afterwards was joined by Pat White. Rogers, Coleridge and White was founded twenty years later, when Gill Coleridge left Anthony Sheil Associates to join them in 1987. In 2002 the agency was joined by Peter Straus, previously editor-in-chief at Macmillan and Publisher of Picador. The colophon on the company's letterhead, chosen by Deborah Rogers, is the Coptic Tree.
Address for submissions:
20 Powis Mews, London, W11 1JN
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@rcwlitagency.com
Phone number:
020 7221 3717
Number of agents:
12
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Submissions should include a covering letter telling us about yourself and the background to the book. In the case of fiction they should consist of the first three chapters or approximately the first fifty pages of the work to a natural break, and a brief synopsis. Non-fiction submissions should take the form of a proposal up to twenty pages in length explaining what the work is about and why you are best placed to write it. Material should be printed out in 12 point font, in double-spacing and on one side only of A4 paper. We cannot acknowledge receipt of material and nor can we accept responsibility for anything you send us, so please retain a copy of material submitted. Material will be returned only if sent with an adequately stamped and sized self-addressed envelope; if return postage is not provided the material will be recycled. YA and Children's fiction should be submitted via email to clairewilson@rcwlitagency.com. We regret that this department cannot undertake to read submissions from the US due to the large volume received. We do not accept any other email submissions unless by prior arrangement with individual agents. We will try to respond within six to eight weeks of receipt of your material, but please appreciate that this isn't always possible as we must give priority to the authors we already represent. Please note that we do not represent scripts for theatre, film or television
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
32/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@RCWLitAgency
Latest news:
http://www.rcwlitagency.com/news.aspx
More about the agency:
Deborah Rogers set up Deborah Rogers Ltd. in 1967, and shortly afterwards was joined by Pat White. Rogers, Coleridge and White was founded twenty years later, when Gill Coleridge left Anthony Sheil Associates to join them in 1987. In 2002 the agency was joined by Peter Straus, previously editor-in-chief at Macmillan and Publisher of Picador. The colophon on the company's letterhead, chosen by Deborah Rogers, is the Coptic Tree.

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