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Amongst the many literary agencies in the UK, finding one that specialises solely in non-fiction is rare. Most have non-fiction as a side note to their fiction interests or are on the lookout for the occasional cookbook or sporting memoir. Not only is Graham Maw Christie Literary Agents an agency that focuses only on non-fiction, Jane and Jennifer are also known as some of the best agents in their area of expertise.

After working in publishing (in rights, contracts, commissioning, and more) for two decades, Jane set up the agency with fellow publishing veteran Jennifer Christie. The two not only have extensive publishing knowledge under their belts but have also ghostwritten books. When it comes to what kinds of manuscript ideas they are looking for, Jane outlines her desire to find 'quality writing with a clear message'.

There is little in the way of specific subject matter that is off the cards with Jane, from memoirs, autobiographies, biographies, parenting and self-help to popular philosophy, science, food, craft, history and business. The agency's website has a breakdown of their authors by subject area, which we recommend you look through for ideas on what they like if you are thinking of submitting.

Jane is known for working closely with her authors on crafting the perfect book proposal before sending them out to publishers, but first, you need to get your foot in the door. To catch Jane's attention, you need to have an interesting and original idea, along with an engaging and distinct writing style. Once you make your way onto the agency's books, Jane and Jennifer will take care of you from proposal to publication, marketing and PR, as well as your online presence and 'brand'.

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Graham Maw Christie Literary Agency
Agent since:
Short biography:
Jane has over 20 years' experience in the publishing industry. She has worked in rights, contracts and marketing and as a commissioning editor and then publishing director (HarperCollins) where she was responsible for several bestselling non-fiction titles under the Thorns imprint. She has also ghostwritten books for celebrities and experts. With an English degree from Cambridge and a post-graduate qualification in marketing she is driven by a desire to champion quality writing with a clear message. She set up this independent agency in 2005 with Jennifer Christie.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History
Authors & books liked:
From memoirs, parenting and personal development to popular philosophy and business, we welcome originality, contemporary voices and engaging and accessible writing. In order to stand out from the crowd and speak with authority, non-fiction writers need strong credentials, whether in the form of qualifications, profound experience, a sizeable following, or a reputation in their field; memoir writers need an inspiring and thought-provoking story with a strong narrative. Non-fiction interests: business, memoir, humour, gift, craft, cookery, popular philosophy, popular science, psychology, parenting, tv tie-ins.
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How to make a submission:
We welcome submissions from new or established authors with proposals that chime with our subject areas. We do not accept fiction, poetry or film scripts. Please email with: a one page summary of the topic a detailed chapter-by-chapter outline your qualifications for writing the book your social media and online profile a note on the market and competing titles how you could help promote and sell the book a sample chapter your contact details We aim to respond to all submissions within two weeks.
Other advice and background:
Please don't send us fiction, film scripts or children's fiction. We do a small amount of children's non-fiction.
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Authors represented include: Michael Foley, Alison Taylor, Dr Jessamy Hibberd, Jo Usmar, Suzi Witt, Juliet Sear, Dr Rana Conway, Jane Brocket, Rosie Millard, Audrey Deane, Simon Dawson, Oli Doyle, James Ramsden, Alex Monroe, Louise Deacon, Lisa Lam, Corinne Sweet, Gael Lindenfield, Dr Philippa Kaye, Cassandra Ellis, Linda Gask, Fi Oberon, Sally Coulthard, Dannii Martin
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Agency details

About the agency:
Writing a book is a rewarding but often lonely process (we know, we've been there). We can help at every stage, offering editorial advice and a sympathetic approach. We act as go-between if things get tricky, and guide authors through the often confusing publishing process.
Address for submissions:
19 Thornhill Crescent, London N1 1BJ
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0207 609 1326
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Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
We do accept unsolicited submissions by post and we do not charge a reading fee. A one page summary of the topic; a paragraph on the contents of each proposed chapter; a sample chapter; your qualifications for writing the book; the digital and online potential for your concept; a note on the market and competing titles; how you could help promote and sell the book; and your contact details. Prefer submissions by email.
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Writing a book is a rewarding but often lonely process (we know, we've been there). We can help at every stage, offering editorial advice and a sympathetic approach. We act as go-between if things get tricky, and guide authors through the often confusing publishing process.

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