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Profile Summary

Helen Mackenzie Smith was recruited by Bell Lomax Moreton in 2014 to bring new picture book talent to the agency.  Helen is an established children’s book editor who has held positions at Random House Children's Publishers and HarperCollins Children's Books.  Helen studied English Language and Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford

  • She is looking for books ‘with humour and heart, and which fire the imagination’.  She will consider author illustrator projects or pictures and texts submitted on their own. 
  • Tweets @hmackenziesmith and often retweets illustrations and promotional materials from clients which gives would-be-authors and illustrators a great steer on the kind of artwork and picture books she likes.
  • Sadly, Bell Lomax Moreton do not publish their client list by agent so it is difficult to delve deeply into any of their agents’ literary tastes and preferences.  However, we can confirm that the agency represent quirky and often humorous author-illustrators like Oliver Jeffers (Lost and Found, The Day the Crayons Quit), Chris Haughton (A Bit Lost), Kevin Waldron (Mr Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo), Sophy Henn (Where Bear?), Jo Empson (Rabityness), and Alex Latimer (Lion Vs Rabbit).
  • She also works as a freelance picture book editor.  
  • We believe that Helen is actively building her list and have asked her to provide further details about her client base and literary leanings.

If you have any knowledge of Helen’s agenting work and can offer additional material for her profile, we would be happy to hear from you.  We are always keen to keep the AH site as up to date as possible.  We look forward to updating this page with new information in due course.

 



Detailed data

Agency:
The Bell Lomax Moreton Agency
Agent since:
2014
Short biography:

Helen joined the team in January 2014 as a picture book agent, bringing a wealth of children’s picture book editorial experience to the agency as a result of her previous roles at Random House Children’s Publishers and HarperCollins Children’s Books. She is looking for stories and characters with humour and heart, and which fire the imagination. These might be in the form of projects from author-illustrators, or in texts or illustrations separately

 

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Children's picture books, Children's fiction
Authors & books liked:


Other loves & passions:


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


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@hmackenziesmith
Interesting links:
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/helen-mackenzie-smith-joins-bell-lomax-moreton
Clients:
Oliver Jeffers, Chris Haughton,, Kevin Waldron, Sophy Henn, Jo Empson, Alex Latimer, Katy Birchall. Jon Burgerman, Andy Ellis, Bruce Ingman, Morag Hood, Maisie Paradise Shearring, Holly Swain, Matt Spink, Ellie Snowden, Victoria Turnbull, Lisa Sheehan, Beth Woollvin.
Full client list:
http://belllomaxmoreton.co.uk/childrens/
Email address:
agency@bell-lomax.co.uk

Agents of: The Bell Lomax Moreton Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.bell-lomax.co.uk
About the agency:
Founded in 2000 by Eddie & June Bell, Pat Lomax and Paul Moreton, the Bell Lomax Moreton Agency is based in London. It handles quality fiction and non-fiction, biography, children's, business and sport. A small agency, aspiring authors have commented that they often take up to 6 months to respond to a submitted manuscript.
Address for submissions:
Ground Floor, Watergate House, 13-15 York Buildings, London, WC2N 6JU.
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@bell-lomax.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7930 4447
Number of agents:
5
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
No data
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
0 days
Agency Transparency Index:
31/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
No data
More about the agency:
Founded in 2000 by Eddie & June Bell, Pat Lomax and Paul Moreton, the Bell Lomax Moreton Agency is based in London. It handles quality fiction and non-fiction, biography, children's, business and sport. A small agency, aspiring authors have commented that they often take up to 6 months to respond to a submitted manuscript.

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