New to Agent Hunter? View our welcome video (01.30), read more about the site, or view subscription options.

Profile Summary

Ian Drury specialises in representing adventure, fantasy, Sci-Fi, crime and historical fiction. Ian graduated from Oxford with a degree in Modern History and then edited a number of different weekly part-works and magazines such as War Machine and Real Life Crime.  In 1988, he was appointed Editor of Combat & Survival magazine and went on to become Publishing Director at Weidenfeld and Nicholson and Editorial Director at Harper Collins.  Sheil Land recruited Ian in 2007 with the intention of building up their fantasy and sci-fi list.

  • Regrettably Sheil Land do not categorise their authors by agent.  However, we do know that Ian represents fiction clients Angus Donald (the best-selling Outlaw Chronicles), Robert Fabbri (author of ‘The Vaspasian Series’ and one of Ian’s favourite writers) and up and coming fantasy star, Mark Lawrence (The Prince of Thorns) and historians such as Max Adams, Peter Hart, Martin Windrow 
  • History remains a passion and he would be a good choice of agent for serious and popular historical fiction and non-fiction (current affairs and politics would also be of interest.  Fiction must ‘convey a sense of time and place’ 
  • Ian is not as publicity shy as some of his colleagues and has a relatively active online profile.  You can find his tweets on literature and culture @litagentdrury
  • His top tip for writers: ‘Read your work aloud: it’s the best way to reveal poor punctuation, repetition or dodgy dialogue’ 
  • We know he is actively building his list as his Publisher’s Marketplace Profile states that he is on the lookout for new authors 
  • He has previously worked as a ghost writer and is the author of ‘Hitler's War on Russia’. Outside of the agenting world he is interested in Folk Music and War games 

Our researchers are keen to add to this profile and have contacted Ian to ask for more data on his existing clients.  Watch this space!



Detailed data

Agency:
Sheil Land Associates
Agent since:
2007
Short biography:

Ian Drury read Modern History at New College, Oxford before joining a partwork company in 1984. He edited various weekly partworks such as War Machine and Real Life Crime before becoming Editor of Combat & Survival magazine in 1988. Prior to joining Sheil Land he was Publishing Director at Weidenfeld and Nicholson and Editorial Director at Harper Collins.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Politics, society & current affairs, History, Science fiction, Horror, Historical fiction, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Ian Drury represents novelists (adventure, fantasy, SF and historical) and historians including Mark Chadbourn, Elspeth Cooper, Angus Donald, Mark Lawrence, Rob Scott, and Martin Windrow.

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Standard agency submission.
Other advice and background:

One reason publishers prefer submissions from agents is that the script is more likely to be printed on one side of the paper only, double-spaced, paragraphs indented, the pages numbered . . . all those fundamental details repeated on most publishing websites and in the yearbooks, yet ignored by so many would-be authors. Editors want scripts that can be broken down into briefcase/handbag-size chunks for reading on the tube or train. My wife, Jo Fletcher, publishes the Gollancz fantasy and science fiction list and edited one script on a train, a plane, a bus, a taxi and a boat. Her top tip is to fill her luggage with scripts that can be jettisoned during the course of a 'holiday' leaving only her editorial notes, and freeing space in the case for loot of all kinds. The point is that we will read your treasured words in the most unlikely settings, simply because there are not enough hours in the day: when not compelled to do something else, we will be reading.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@litagentdrury
Interesting links:
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/ian-drury/22/253/bbb
Clients:
The agency do not publish a full client list. The following names and categories are given as examples of subject matter and authors. Literary Fiction: Diane Setterfield, Steven Carroll, Andrew Taylor, Susan Hill, Rose Tremain, Melvyn Bragg, Peter Ackroyd, Barry Unsworth, Jean Rhys. Literary Non-Fiction: Charles Allen, John Lahr, Christopher Bigsby. History and Military: Richard Holmes, Alexander Scrimgeour, Hugh Bicheno, Peter Wright, Gavin Menzies. Food, Garden and Lifestyle: Anna Del Conte, Christopher Lloyd, Graham Rice, Sue Clifford and Angela King, Josephine Scorer, Glynn Christian. Biography and Memoir: Kathryn Apanowicz, Xiaomei Martell, David Cohen, Kevin Wells, Martin Stephen, Robert Green. Travel and Adventure: Jeffrey Taylor, Benedict Allen, Charles Allen, Christopher Somerville, Mark Smith, Jeffrey Taylor. General Non-Fiction: Richard Mabey, Anthony Seldon, Hazhir Teimourian, Sue Clifford, Angela King. Fiction: Tom Sharpe, Neil White, Andrew Taylor, Steven Carroll, Angus Donald, Elizabeth Corley. Women's Fiction and Non-Fiction: Rosie Goodwin, Evelyn Hood, Hilary Green, Catherine Cookson, Jean Goodhind, Pam Hobbs.
Full client list:
http://www.sheilland.com/#!authors/cee5
Email address:
info@sheilland.co.uk

Agents of: Sheil Land Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.sheilland.co.uk
About the agency:
Sheil Land Associates is a long established literary, theatrical and film agency dating back to 1962. We have fourteen staff including eight agents and their assistants, all of whom are strongly supported by friendly and experienced finance and administrative staff, making us one of the top five literary agencies in the UK. Despite the great list of clients that we have and the large deals that we negotiate, we believe in being a relatively low-profile agency. Our clients are the stars, and we are the advisors, quietly and proficiently guiding, negotiating and managing their interests. Our clients write quality, literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction including thrillers, crime/mystery, politics, political and military history, gardening, cookery, romance, drama, biography/memoir, travel, humour, all types of contemporary and literary women's fiction, self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, lifestyle, popular science and psychology, children's, young adult, science fiction, fantasy and paranormal, and we also represent celebrities and journalists with a story to tell. We represent playwrights, film and TV (including animation and children's) writers, documentary makers and directors, radio and TV presenters. A number of them also write successful books. We welcome approaches from new clients who have already published works as well as first time writers. The quality of submissions that we receive is tremendously high but it may be useful to point out that, however much we might wish to take on a new client, we have to bear in mind the very tough market conditions. Sadly we will have to make the difficult decision to turn down some exceedingly good writing. Should this happen to your submission, we hope you will not be discouraged as resourcefulness and perseverance has much to do with skill and talent to succeed. We are sometimes prepared to reconsider your revised work or your next work.
Address for submissions:
52 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@sheilland.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7405 9351
Number of agents:
4
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard + CV (as above, but with CV)
Further submission info:
Send a covering letter that is typed, properly constructed and checked for errors in spelling. The letter should be concise and you should be able to tell us your story/plot in a paragraph. For non-fiction, tell us why you have chosen this subject. Send a Synopsis of your work. This may be a page or more. Send a short Curriculum Vitae. We also want to know something about you: why you write; how long you have been writing for; whether you write in one genre/category or more. Choose the genre/category you hope to be first published in and send us material for the chosen area. Send the first three chapters of your manuscript. Double space your document with decent margins on either side. Pages must be numbered. Start each chapter on a new page. Do not print on both sides of the paper. Do not landscape your writing. Do not bind your work in a folder. A good paper clip/elastic band for all the papers is perfectly acceptable. Use a sensible font size. All submissions should be sent by post addressed to The Submissions Dept. We are sorry but we are unable to accept electronic submissions. If you are sending us a self-published work, please mention where your book is available to purchase, how many copies have been sold and what rights/territories are still available. Please do not send in any original artwork or photographs. Please send us your email address. All rejections and requests for full manuscripts will be made by email. If you are not contactable by email, please include a small stamped addressed envelope for our reply.
More info on this agency:
Sheil Land Associates is a long established literary, theatrical and film agency dating back to 1962. We have fourteen staff including eight agents [four of these being book agents] and their assistants, all of whom are strongly supported by friendly and experienced finance and administrative staff, making us one of the top five literary agencies in the UK. Despite the great list of clients that we have and the large deals that we negotiate, we believe in being a relatively low-profile agency. Our clients are the stars, and we are the advisors, quietly and proficiently guiding, negotiating and managing their interests. Our clients write quality, literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction including thrillers, crime/mystery, politics, political and military history, gardening, cookery, romance, drama, biography/memoir, travel, humour, all types of contemporary and literary womenâ s fiction, self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, lifestyle, popular science and psychology, childrenâ s, young adult, science fiction, fantasy and paranormal, and we also represent celebrities and journalists with a story to tell.
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
34/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@sheilland
Latest news:
http://www.sheilland.co.uk/Sheil_Land_Associates/News/News.html
More about the agency:
Sheil Land Associates is a long established literary, theatrical and film agency dating back to 1962. We have fourteen staff including eight agents and their assistants, all of whom are strongly supported by friendly and experienced finance and administrative staff, making us one of the top five literary agencies in the UK. Despite the great list of clients that we have and the large deals that we negotiate, we believe in being a relatively low-profile agency. Our clients are the stars, and we are the advisors, quietly and proficiently guiding, negotiating and managing their interests. Our clients write quality, literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction including thrillers, crime/mystery, politics, political and military history, gardening, cookery, romance, drama, biography/memoir, travel, humour, all types of contemporary and literary women's fiction, self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, lifestyle, popular science and psychology, children's, young adult, science fiction, fantasy and paranormal, and we also represent celebrities and journalists with a story to tell. We represent playwrights, film and TV (including animation and children's) writers, documentary makers and directors, radio and TV presenters. A number of them also write successful books. We welcome approaches from new clients who have already published works as well as first time writers. The quality of submissions that we receive is tremendously high but it may be useful to point out that, however much we might wish to take on a new client, we have to bear in mind the very tough market conditions. Sadly we will have to make the difficult decision to turn down some exceedingly good writing. Should this happen to your submission, we hope you will not be discouraged as resourcefulness and perseverance has much to do with skill and talent to succeed. We are sometimes prepared to reconsider your revised work or your next work.

Similar agents

Peter Janson Smith
Peter Janson-Smith ran his own agency for many years and numbered Ian ...
View agent
Darryl Samaraweera
Darryl studied English Literature at Christ's College, Cambridge and w ...
View agent
Christopher Little
Christopher Little grew up in Yorkshire and began his working life in ...
View agent
Tina Betts
I've been with Andrew Mann Literary Agency for 30 years, starting as a ...
View agent
Niki Chang
Niki Chang joined Aitken Alexander Associates in 2015 and works closel ...
View agent
John Saddler
John Saddler ran his own literary agency for three years before joinin ...
View agent
Jacqui Lyons
Jacqui first became a literary agent in 1971, working for Peters Frase ...
View agent
John Berlyne
John Berlyne lives in London and is the Director of the Zeno Agency, w ...
View agent
Veronique Baxter
Veronique joined David Higham in 1999 after studying Law at Bristol Un ...
View agent
Joanna Devereux
Joanna Devereux has been working in children's publishing for 25 years ...
View agent
Sonia Land
Sonia Land is the Chief Executive at Sheil Land Associates. There is v ...
View agent
Piers Blofeld
Prior to becoming a Literary Agent, Piers Blofeld was senior commissio ...
View agent
Ian Drury
Ian Drury read Modern History at New College, Oxford before joining a ...
View agent
Vivien Green
Vivien Green is an agent at Sheil Land.
View agent
Alexander Cochran
Alexander studied at the University of Manchester, graduating with a B ...
View agent
Judith Murray
Judith Murray joined Greene & Heaton in 1995. She studied at Wadham Co ...
View agent
Eugenie Furniss
Eugenie Furniss spent sixteen years at William Morris Endeavor (WME) a ...
View agent
Sarah Lutyens
Sarah Lutyens is a former publisher. She is the co-founder of Lutyens ...
View agent
Kate Nash
Before she became an agent Kate worked in market research before movin ...
View agent
Allan Guthrie
Allan Guthrie is an agent, but - unusually - also a novelist, writing ...
View agent
Heather Holden Brown
Heather Holden-Brown was a publishing editor for 20 years with Waterst ...
View agent
Anna Webber
Anna studied at the University of Exeter.
View agent
Sarah Such
Sarah Such is a Literary Agent and founder of Sarah Such Literary Agen ...
View agent
Madeleine Milburn
Madeleine is a Literary Agent and the Director of Madeleine Milburn ...
View agent

Edit this agent