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Profile Summary

Hannah turned to agenting after a successful career at Macmillan Children's Books and heading up the Headline YA list. While she continues to be passionate about children's and YA publishing, Hannah's first love is working with authors to make their manuscripts the best they can possibly be. Agents work much more closely with their authors than editors, making it the perfect role for her. 

Joining the DHH Literary Agency in 2013, Hannah has built a client list that focuses on YA and crossover novels, with a few books for younger children (from the age of nine onwards) and adult books as well. For adults, Hannah is most keen on thrillers and romance novels. Her particular loves tend to be darker stories, but she admits to being a sucker for a great, lighter modern romance. Describing what she looks for in submissions, Hannah 'likes stories that push the boundaries, have a strong voice and, often, a dark edge'.

Part of the reason Hannah, and other agents, only take on books they are truly passionate about is that they end up reading the book several times over the course of their working relationship with an author. Every time she reads the book, Hannah wants to love it as much as she did the first time she read it. If an agent is passionate about a book, it is also easier for them to spread their infectious enthusiasm. 

To grab Hannah's attention, it is worthwhile crafting a pitch that gives readers a chill or an unusual twist to an otherwise familiar story. Hannah is looking for something that will make her stop in her tracks and shout 'what?!' She is also concerned with gender issues and equality, so try to avoid misogynistic stereotypes - and that's great advice for life!



Detailed data

Agency:
DHH Literary Agency
Agent since:
2013
Short biography:
Hannah Sheppard studied English Literature at the University of Liverpool where she set up a small poetry press in her spare time. She has since spent over a decade working in trade publishing: first at Macmillan Children's Books and more recently running Headline Publishing Group's YA and crossover list. At Headline she commissioned authors such as Julianna Baggott, Jennifer E. Smith and Tanya Byrne whose debut novel, Heart-Shaped Bruise, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award. Tanya was also shortlisted for New Writer of the Year at the National Book Awards.
Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Women's fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Other than my clients my favourite authors are (in no particular order and to be continued...): Sarra Manning, David Levithan, Audrey Niffenegger, Erich Segal, William Styron, Evelyn Waugh, Jojo Moyes, Leslye Walton, Raffaella Barker... And those I've previously worked with: Julianna Baggott, Tanya Byrne, Cathy Brett, Jennifer E. Smith, Jenna Burtenshaw, Eva Ibbotson, Frances Hardinge, Frank Cottrell Boyce
Other loves & passions:
Story lover. Book-as-object lover. Infatuated with vintage typewriters. Future pug owner.
How to make a submission:
Email only. Agency standard. See submission guidelines: http://www.dhhliteraryagency.com/submissions.html
Other advice and background:
Hannah is especially interested to work with authors writing children's fiction, young adult, new adult and crossover but is also keen to explore adult fiction - particularly women's and crime/thriller. She likes stories that push the boundaries, have a strong voice and, often, a dark edge. Hannah is passionate about stories and helping writers develop their ideas for commercial success.
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@YA_Books
Interesting links:
http://www.novelicious.com/2014/07/manuscript-wishlist-hannah-sheppard-of-dhh-literary-agency.html
Clients:
Abi Elphinstone, Tim Walker, Natalie Flynn, David Brazier, Adam Hamdy, Jim Beckett, Juliet Bryant, Patti Buff, Perdita & Honor Cargill, Darren Charlton, Pippa DaCosta, Kate Mallinder, Hayley Morgan, ReeRee Rockette, Keris Stainton, Lesley Taylor, Amy Turner, Dan Tyte, Elizabeth Warner
Full client list:
http://www.dhhliteraryagency.com/hannah-sheppard.html
Email address:
hs.submission@dhhliteraryagency.com

Agents of: DHH Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.dhhliteraryagency.com
About the agency:
Founded by David Headley in 2008, the agency is based in London and represents an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, historians, short-story writers and children's authors. They are closely associated with Goldsboro Books, of which David Headley is proprietor. They state that their main objective is to provide a more attentive and individual representation for our authors. They wish to help re-launch established writers as well as nurturing debut authors. Currently they are looking only to represent fiction writers. They claim to provide "personalised and honest representation".
Address for submissions:
D. H. H. Literary Agency, 23 - 25 Cecil Court, London, WC2N 4EZ.
Office address:
No data
Email address:
David.Headley@dhhliteraryagency.com
Phone number:
No data
Number of agents:
5
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Please e-mail submissions to either: David.Headley@dhhliteraryagency.com or Jennifer.Muller@dhhliteraryagency.com All work should be typed with double line spacing. Tell us about you and your writing ambitions, a brief synopsis (one page preferred) of the proposed novel, the first three chapters or about 10,000 words. Please don't send the same proposal to both of us, because we do routinely pass material to and fro between us if we feel it is more suited to the other.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
4 days
Agency Transparency Index:
42/100
Member of the AAA:
No
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DavidHHeadley
Latest news:
http://www.dhhliteraryagency.com/news.html
More about the agency:
Founded by David Headley in 2008, the agency is based in London and represents an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, historians, short-story writers and children's authors. They are closely associated with Goldsboro Books, of which David Headley is proprietor. They state that their main objective is to provide a more attentive and individual representation for our authors. They wish to help re-launch established writers as well as nurturing debut authors. Currently they are looking only to represent fiction writers. They claim to provide "personalised and honest representation".

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