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The Guardian describe Jane as the 'head girl among crime agents'. Co-founder of the Bailey's Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) with writer Kate Mosse, as well as being on the committee for The Harrogate Crime Writing Festival, Jane also worked in Rights before becoming a literary agent. Her many high-profile, commercially and critically successful clients include Val McDermid, Minette Walters, Sarah Bailey, Elizabeth Fremantle, and Sarah Hilary. 

With such a well-established list, the agency takes on only a few authors every year, and of them, even fewer are discovered through the slush pile. Many of the new clients Jane takes on are personally recommended to her. Having said that, she and her colleagues still take the slush pile seriously and read everything that is sent in. 

While Jane's specialist area has become crime and thriller novels, she is interested in other well written general fiction, such as family sagas, historical fiction, and upmarket commercial fiction. However, do note that she is not interested in science fiction, fantasy, academic non-fiction, children's books, poetry, of plays/TV/film scripts. Occasionally, she will take on general non-fiction, though fiction seems to be where the agency picks up most of its authors. 

Gregory and Company pride themselves on the excellent editorial services they provide for their authors. Something that writer Sarah Hillary attests to after submitting three novels to Jane, all of which were rejected but with detailed feedback, before finally finding success with her fourth attempt. Agents are increasingly expected to shape the manuscript before submitting to publishers, so finding an agent with an excellent track record in editing works as well as navigating rights, sales, contracts, etc is crucial to a successful career as an author.



Detailed data

Agency:
Gregory and Company Authors Agents
Agent since:
1982
Short biography:
Before setting up as an agent Jane was a Rights and Contracts Director. She is a co-founder of 'The Orange Prize for Fiction' and is on the programming committee for The Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. In the past Jane has been on the Virago advisory panel, co-founded 'Women in Publishing' and has produced and directed several publishers' pantomimes.
Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
We specialise in crime and up-market commercial fiction. It is important that it's well written, with interesting central characters. We are looking for original voices. Outside our own wonderful authors, I like the sort of thing Linwood Barclay does: ordinary people in extraordinary situations. However, recently I have read and admired books by Deon Meyer and Attica Locke.
Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Mary Jones, Submissions Editor, Gregory & Company Authors Agents, 3 Barb Mews, London W6 7PA. Email: maryjones@gregoryandcompany.co.uk. (Please put the word SUBMISSION before your book's title in the subject line, so we can distinguish your message from the huge volume of spam that we receive.)
Other advice and background:
I prefer a query letter in the first instance, either by post or email. A short paragraph telling us a bit about who you are and why you've written the book, and a paragraph on what the book's about. If it can't be described in a brief paragraph, there's a problem because that's how books are sold. Then, if we like the idea, we'll ask to see a complete synopsis and the first three chapters. We always want to meet an author before offering to represent them. You can tell a lot by a potential client's body language. If you suggest changes to the typescript a good author immediately starts thinking of ways to solve a problem. However, there are others who just fold their arms across their chests and you know you will not be able to work with them.
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@GregoryCoAgents
Interesting links:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/mar/05/features.review
Clients:
The following list represents the full agency client list: Jo Bannister, Robert Barnard, Belinda Bauer, Betty Boothroyd, Nick Brownlee, Tania Carver, Paul Cleave, Natasha Cooper, Paula Daly, Eileen Dewhurst, Sarah Diamond, Polly Evans, Elizabeth Freemantle, Celia Fremlin, Eve Garnett, Adele Geras, Chrissie Glazebrook, Penny Hancock, Mo Hayder, Laurie Horner, Clare Layton, Simon Levack, Phil Lovesey, Val McDermid, Donna Milner, Gladys Mitchell, Karen Moline, Tim Murgatroyd, Norman Charity, Niamh O'Connor, Kenzaburo Oe, Kate O'Riordan, Caro Ramsay, Robert Richardson, Michelle Rowe, John Ryan, Stephen Scourfield, Chris Simms, Joanne Simms, Jules Stanbridge, Nick Stone, Penny Sumner, Vanda Symon, Mark Tavener, Julian Thompson, Eng Twan, Martyn Waites, Minette Walters, Susan Wilkins, Laura Wilson.
Full client list:
http://www.gregoryandcompany.co.uk/authors.asp
Email address:
info@gregoryandcompany.co.uk

Agents of: Gregory and Company Authors Agents

Agency details

Website:
http://www.gregoryandcompany.co.uk/
About the agency:
Gregory & Company Authors' Agents was originally formed as a partnership. Jane Gregory is now the sole owner. We are known as the foremost agents for crime and thrillers although we handle many types of fiction and general non-fiction and our interests are wide-ranging. We see editing as part of the agency's long- term commitment to an author and we pioneered the now popular trend of employing an in-house editor to shape and polish typescripts before sending them to publishers.
Address for submissions:
3 Barb Mews, Hammersmith, London W6 7PA
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@gregoryandcompany.co.uk
Phone number:
0207 610 4676
Number of agents:
2
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
If you would like to submit your work to us, please send us a one-page synopsis (not a glorified jacket blurb) that gives a full explanation of the plot, and the first ten pages (double spaced for ease of reading). Please include a brief letter telling us about yourself, why you have written this book, and about your past work and future writing plans. You can submit via post or email: Mary Jones, Submissions Editor, Gregory & Company Authors' Agents, 3 Barb Mews, London W6 7PA. Or: maryjones@gregoryandcompany.co.uk. (Please put the word SUBMISSION before your book's title in the subject line, so we can distinguish your message from the huge volume of spam that we receive.) We regret that we are unable to return material. It will be recycled. If you would like us to respond by post (a standard letter), please enclose a SAE. If you do not hear from us for 6 weeks you should assume your submission is not suitable for our list. In the event that you do not hear from us, please accept our best wishes for your success in finding suitable representation elsewhere. Please do not send the whole typescript, either by post or by email, unless we have specifically asked for it. Unsolicited typescripts will be recycled. If we are interested in taking your submission further, you will hear from us within 4-6 weeks.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
6 days
Agency Transparency Index:
28/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@GregoryCoAgents
Latest news:
http://www.gregoryandcompany.co.uk/index.asp
More about the agency:
Gregory & Company Authors' Agents was originally formed as a partnership. Jane Gregory is now the sole owner. We are known as the foremost agents for crime and thrillers although we handle many types of fiction and general non-fiction and our interests are wide-ranging. We see editing as part of the agency's long- term commitment to an author and we pioneered the now popular trend of employing an in-house editor to shape and polish typescripts before sending them to publishers.

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