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Profile Summary

Jamie Cowen came to agenting via a career in publishing and editing.  He joined Ampersand in 2013 and is the first point of contact for sci-fi, fantasy, young adult and horror submissions.  Jamie would be a good choice of agent for anyone with an MS that fits into one of the aforementioned genres as we believe that Ampersand have taken Jamie on with the intention of building their list in these areas.

  • Jamie was previously a commissioning editor at HarperCollins and handled work by authors like Daniel Silva, Len Deighton, Jack Higgins, Luke Rhinehart and Will Adams.  
  • He also worked on Harper Collins digital innovation team and is able to offer useful advice on the digital market.  
  • Jamie tweets regularly about life and literature @bigjcowen
  • Attends the British Fantasy Convention and the World Science Fiction Convention
  • Favourite authors include Terry Pratchett, J. R. R. Tolkein, and Neil Gaiman.
  • Ampersand do not publish an individual agent client list so it is difficult to analyse Jamie’s literary tastes and preferences.  We do know, however, that Ampersand represent fantasy writer Mark Latham (The Lazarus Gate) and young adult author, Will Davis (My Side of the Story)
  • Enjoys watching Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones
  • Likes football and is a West Ham Fan
  • Jamie finds typos and errors off-putting and advises you to get a friend to proof read your work prior to submission

Our researchers have contacted Jamie to ask for further information about his client list and interests and we hope to be able to bring you more information soon.  In the meantime, we are keen to expand this profile and would be happy to hear from any Agent Hunter subscribers who are able to supply more detail.  



Detailed data

Agency:
The Ampersand Agency
Agent since:
2013
Short biography:

Jamie Cowen worked in publishing for nearly ten years before joining Ampersand, most recently as an editor at HarperCollins. He also has extensive experience working with contracts and digital media. His primary passions as a reader are for science fiction, fantasy, YA and horror, and he lives in north London with his wife and two children.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Science fiction, Horror, Fantasy
Authors & books liked:

Neil Gaiman, J. R. R. Tolkein, Terry Pratchett

Other loves & passions:

Football - West Ham

How to make a submission:
Agency Standard
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@bigjcowen
Interesting links:
No Data
Clients:
This agency do not publish and individual agent client list. The following names represent the agency's full client list: Elizabeth Bailey, Philip Barclay, Quentin Bates, Helen Black, S. J. Bolton, Druin Burch, Miriam Cooke, Vanessa Curtis, J. D. Davies, Will Davis, Catherine Deveney, Winifred Foley, Seth Freedman, Cora Harrison, Georgette Heyer, Phillip Hunter, John James, Beverley Jones, Richard A Jones, Beryl Kingston, Gerard Macdonald, Miriam Morrison, Leo Murray, Tim O'Rourke, Sarah Outen, Richard Pierce, Matthew Pritchard, Richard Piers Rayner, Mark Roberts, Niamh Shaw, Paul Robert Smith, Mehraz Stars, Ivo Stourton, Vikas Swarup, Angela Thirkell, Henry Venmore Rowland, Mike Walters, Caroline Walton, Jin Yong.
Full client list:
http://www.theampersandagency.co.uk/clients.htm
Email address:
jamie@theampersandagency.co.uk

Agents of: The Ampersand Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.theampersandagency.co.uk/
About the agency:
Ampersand have built a reputation for discovering new talent and matching our authors with the right publisher. We represent our writers with enthusiasm and sound business sense, and we offer them candour, encouragement, detailed editorial advice, and a rapid response to queries. We have excellent relationships with publishers large and small, and defend our clients' interests with vigour and professionalism. And we have extensive experience of negotiating contracts for theatre, film, tv, radio, and digital media, so our authors can be confident of receiving the best advice on all multi-media sales. Translation rights form an important part of a writer's income, and these are handled by The Buckman Agency, a long-established company that is respected by foreign publishers all over the world. We represent literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Contemporary and historical novels, crime, thrillers, women's fiction, memoirs, history, biography, current affairs - anything that's well written except poetry, illustrated children's books, fantasy, horror, or science fiction. We only handle play, film and TV scripts by our established clients.
Address for submissions:
Ryman's Cottages, Little Tew, Oxfordshire OX7 4JJ
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@theampersandagency.co.uk
Phone number:
01608 683 677
Number of agents:
4
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Send a letter and the first couple of chapters so we can see how you write, plus a brief outline and biographical details. We will accept submissions via email, send them as Word documents and address them to amd@theampersandagency.co.uk or ordinary mail. All submissions should have a minimum font size of 11 point with 1.5 line spacing. Hard copies should be printed on one side of the paper only, and all pages should be numbered. We don't normally acknowledge receipt or offer advice on rejected material, nor will we respond unless you include an email address or an envelope with stamps that can be used in the UK.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
32/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@ampersandagency
Latest news:
http://www.theampersandagency.co.uk/news.htm
More about the agency:
Ampersand have built a reputation for discovering new talent and matching our authors with the right publisher. We represent our writers with enthusiasm and sound business sense, and we offer them candour, encouragement, detailed editorial advice, and a rapid response to queries. We have excellent relationships with publishers large and small, and defend our clients' interests with vigour and professionalism. And we have extensive experience of negotiating contracts for theatre, film, tv, radio, and digital media, so our authors can be confident of receiving the best advice on all multi-media sales. Translation rights form an important part of a writer's income, and these are handled by The Buckman Agency, a long-established company that is respected by foreign publishers all over the world. We represent literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Contemporary and historical novels, crime, thrillers, women's fiction, memoirs, history, biography, current affairs - anything that's well written except poetry, illustrated children's books, fantasy, horror, or science fiction. We only handle play, film and TV scripts by our established clients.

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