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After six years working as an editor at Headline and Orion, Jemima was headhunted by David Higham Associates to make the jump from editorial to agenting in 2016. Her work in publishing has made her singularly qualified to advise authors on what to expect from start to finish. Not only is she well versed in making structural edits on a novel, but she is also intimately acquainted with being on the receiving end of agent pitches. 

As an editor, Jemima had to be sure that any novel she purchased would be marketable. She would have to pitch to the books she believes in to sales and marketing – so pitching is nothing new to her. She is particularly keen to work with debut authors, want to help develop an author's career as well as working on individual projects. 

To keep her slushpile manageable, Jemima tries to read a few submissions every day – a very commendable goal indeed! Jemima reminds potential clients that hearing that a manuscript 'isn't quite right' for an agent is both as common as it is frustrating. Ultimately, publishing is an industry that relies entirely on personal taste – the taste of agents, editors, and readers. For her to take on a new client, the work needs to be well written and something she is passionate enough about to fight for. And do remember that first impressions are important, so be sure to proofread your submission before sending them in!

In terms of her specific wish list, Jemima is very fond of fast-paced thrillers that have her on the edge of her seat from beginning to end. She is also interested in speculative fiction novels that create a fascinating world in which the reader can get lost in. Above all else, Jemima puts great characters as her number one hook. Obviously, great writing, an interesting plot, and originality are important, but she is definitely drawn to characters first and foremost.



Detailed data

Agency:
David Higham Associates
Agent since:
2016
Short biography:

Jemima joined David Higham in September 2016 having previously been senior commissioning editor at Orion Publishing Group. She is looking for commercial and upmarket fiction, including crime and thrillers, psychological suspense, accessible literary fiction, women’s fiction and speculative/high-concept novels.

Jemima loves distinctive narrative voices, well-paced, intriguing plots and characters that leap off the page. Her favourite books of recent years include Elizabeth is MissingDisclaimerLife After LifeThe Night CircusMe Before You and anything by Jo Nesbø, Margaret Atwood or Curtis Sittenfeld.

In non-fiction, she is looking for innovative cookery, popular-culture and lifestyle projects, unique personal stories and humour.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, Women's fiction, Science fiction, Historical fiction, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Her favourite books of recent years include Elizabeth is MissingDisclaimerLife After LifeThe Night CircusMe Before You and anything by Jo Nesbø, Margaret Atwood or Curtis Sittenfeld.
Other loves & passions:

For me, when it comes to fiction I’m looking for a combination of clever, intriguing plotting with a great hook; realistic, memorable characters; a strong narrative voice and excellent writing. I want a thriller to have me chewing my nails and on the edge of my seat. I want a romantic or family story to make me laugh and cry in equal measure. I want a historical or speculative novel to completely sweep me away to another time and place. Whatever the genre, I want to really get to know the characters from the very first page and feel invested in the highs and lows of their stories. (Fussy, aren’t I?!)

How to make a submission:
Agency standard.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@jemimaforrester
Interesting links:
http://sincerelybookangels.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/meet-literary-agent-jemima-forrester.html
Clients:
As Jemima is a new agent, her client list is yet to appear.
Full client list:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/books/authors/
Email address:
jemimaforrester@davidhigham.co.uk

Agents of: David Higham Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/
About the agency:
David Higham Associates today operates in a world unrecognisable from that of 1935, the year the agency began. But many of our core values were laid down at the beginning, and remain the cornerstone of how we do business: honesty and integrity; efficiency and expertise; creativity and vision. Whatever the medium - whether book, stage, film, television, e-book or technologies yet to be invented - David Higham Associates' clients will continue to deliver the best message.
Address for submissions:
David Higham Associates, 58 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London W1F 9HA
Office address:
No data
Email address:
submissions@davidhigham.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7437 1072
Number of agents:
11
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard + CV (as above, but with CV)
Further submission info:
No adult submissions by email or fax, only by post. Children's submissions should be e-mailed to: childrenssubmissions@davidhigham.co.uk. Please see website for full details of submission requirements.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
33/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DHAMedia
Latest news:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/whatsonarchive.htm
More about the agency:
David Higham Associates today operates in a world unrecognisable from that of 1935, the year the agency began. But many of our core values were laid down at the beginning, and remain the cornerstone of how we do business: honesty and integrity; efficiency and expertise; creativity and vision. Whatever the medium - whether book, stage, film, television, e-book or technologies yet to be invented - David Higham Associates' clients will continue to deliver the best message.

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