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An agent since 1986, the Jane Judd agency is a one-woman outfit. Alongside her work with clients, she also manages lists of American authors in the UK for Permanent Press, Marian Young, and RLR Associates. Jane is interested in representing both fiction and non-fiction writers.

For fiction, Jane loves a well-written, thought-provoking story, particularly if it features a female protagonist. Note that she isn't interested in 'chick lit', but more interesting stories with identifiable female characters. Outside general and literary fiction, Jane loves a great historical fiction novel. She is not interested in speculative fiction of any kind. Her fiction clients include romantic comedy writer Jill Mansell, historical fiction author Anne O'Brien, and Michelle Birkby, author of the gender-inverted Sherlock Holmes series, The House at Baker Street.

When it comes to non-fiction, Jane is looking for something a bit left of centre with what she calls a 'wow' factor. Subjects of particular interest to her include health, biography, popular history, science, and narrative non-fiction. For the most part, what will capture her attention is an unusual, quirky take on a known subject. Jane's non-fiction clients include biographers Andy Dougan, Quentin Falk, Cliff Goodwin, and journalist and football enthusiast David Winner.

Before submitting your work to Jane, be sure to go through her website. She has provided thorough details on how to submit and what she does and doesn't want to see in a synopsis and cover letter. She highlights the need to have finished your fiction manuscript before you begin submitting to agents. Ensure that you have edited it and feel happy with how it is, as you only have one chance to make a first impression.



Detailed data

Agency:
Jane Judd Literary Agency
Agent since:
1986
Short biography:
Jane Judd was an editor with Hutchinson for 10 years before setting up her own agency in 1986. She has always worked on her own, with secretarial assistance, and has always had an eclectic list of non-fiction and fiction writers, from cookery, sports and and film to literary and commercial fiction. Apart from authors such as Manda Scott and Jill Mansell, Jane represents several American lists, for publisher Permanent Press and agents Marian Young and RLR Associates. Jane works from home in a peaceful yet central London location. She regularly visits New York as well as the London and Frankfurt Book Fairs, and conducts one-to-ones at writers' festivals such as Winchester and Frome. She has a great Twitter feed that's worth a look!
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Women's fiction, historical fiction and (commercial) literary fiction. Jane has attended the Festival of Romance, so she's very open to (well-written) women's fiction. She says: "I am interested in women's fiction, and I'm a fan of historical fiction. I would love to handle more literary fiction (but in the sense of a 'Richard & Judy pick' rather than a potential Booker prize winner)."
Other loves & passions:
"It is important to feel that the author and I can work together well and feel confident in one another's abilities. I do try to meet the author before taking on a work but that's not always possible". She advises writers to "read as much as possible, join writers' groups or take a class in order to get feedback, write as much as possible and be prepared to take criticism."
How to make a submission:
Agency standard
Other advice and background:

There are no genres that I am particularly looking for, though I could say that I am not interested in science fiction/fantasy, cosy crime or thrillers.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@Janelitagent
Interesting links:
No Data
Clients:
Clients include the following: Manda Scott, Jill Mansell, Rosie Rushton, Lynne Barrett-Lee, Jane Plant, RLR Associates, The Permanent Press. This is not a comprehensive list. The total number of clients is an estimate.
Full client list:
http://www.janejudd.com/links.shtml
Email address:
use agency contact form

Agents of: Jane Judd Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.janejudd.com
About the agency:
The emphasis is on self-help, health, biography, popular history and narrative non-fiction, general and historical fiction and literary fiction. Well written fiction, historical or contemporary, with a strong female protagonist. I am not looking for young chick lit, just identifiable characters and thought-provoking stories. Interesting, quirky, unusual narrative non-fiction, exploratory popular history or science, something with an extra 'wow' factor. I am not looking for film scripts, science fiction/fantasy, short stories, golf or gardening, thrillers involving Nazis or the IRA, novels with vampires, ghosts, dystopian settings or anything else not based on reality.
Address for submissions:
Jane Judd Literary Agency, 18 Belitha Villas, London N1 1PD
Office address:
No data
Email address:
via website contact page
Phone number:
020 7607 0273
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
The usual form of submission is to send by post the first two or three chapters, a one-page synopsis, a separate cover letter and an sae. If you enclose a postcard to prove receipt, it may get overlooked. You can send your material recorded delivery if you wish, but do not prepare one for return as it may cause a delay. Please ensure you have the correct postage as otherwise your material could be returned by the post office. You will not receive a reply if you do not enclose an sase, unless you live abroad and are unable to obtain an international coupon, in which case we will reply by e-mail. You have the option of submitting via the website, if you go to the 'Contact Us' section. For non-fiction, you should submit the first and/or other sample chapter, a synopsis (including overview of possible competition), and a chapter breakdown, as well as any supporting evidence or articles.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
48/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@Janelitagent
Latest news:
No data
More about the agency:
The emphasis is on self-help, health, biography, popular history and narrative non-fiction, general and historical fiction and literary fiction. Well written fiction, historical or contemporary, with a strong female protagonist. I am not looking for young chick lit, just identifiable characters and thought-provoking stories. Interesting, quirky, unusual narrative non-fiction, exploratory popular history or science, something with an extra 'wow' factor. I am not looking for film scripts, science fiction/fantasy, short stories, golf or gardening, thrillers involving Nazis or the IRA, novels with vampires, ghosts, dystopian settings or anything else not based on reality.

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