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Jennifer Chapman set up a small literary agency, Chapman and Vincent with fellow agent Gilly Vincent in 1995 after already establishing herself as a successful author. Her first novel, The Geneva Touch, was published in 1982 under a pseudonym. Since then, she has published another ten novels (including Mysterious Ways, Not Playing the Game, and I Know Who You Are) while continuing to cultivate success as a multiple award-winning journalist and literary agent.

The agency focuses on illustrated non-fiction, with a particular penchant for gardening, heritage, fashion, and interiors. They are not interested in travel, domestic tragedies or academic subjects, however.

Jennifer is not actively looking for new clients and works mostly based on personal recommendations. She does suggest that if the work is highly creative and original, that she will entertain a new client who approaches them via the usual submission route. Please do take careful note of the agency's guidelines for submissions. They do not want phone calls to their office and will not even open emails with attachments. Chapman and Vincent work with The Elaine Markson Agency for other territories.

The agency's client list includes Leslie Geddes-Brown (well-known for her book The Walled Garden), George Carter, Lucinda Lambton, and Eve Pollard. This list demonstrates a particular interest in gardening, architecture, and even historical subjects.

There is very little about this agent in the public domain and the agency does not have a website. Jennifer Chapman's interests are highly specialised and is probably not the best choice for cold-calling submissions.

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Chapman and Vincent
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Short biography:

Before founding Chapman & Vincent Literary Agents (formerly Media House), Jenny Chapman worked at Westminster Press, Heart of England Newspapers, Coventry Evening Telegraph and Mid-Anglia Newspapers. She is also currently the business editor of Cambridge News. Jenny was awarded Midlands Journalist of the Year in 1974, Business and Financial Journalist of the Year UK Regional Press Awards in 2005 and EDF Energy East of England Media Award for 2011. She is member of the Society of Authors, English PEN and MIPR. She has also written seven novels and three works of non-fiction.

Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
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Jennifer's own publications include: "The Geneva Touch" (thriller, as Lydia Hitchcock, 1982), "The Long Weekend" (novel, 1984), "Mysterious Ways" (novel, 1985), "Not Playing the Game" (novel, 1986), "Regretting It" (novel, 1987), "The Last Bastion - the case for and against women priests" (1989), "Barnardo's Today" (foreword by HRH the Princess of Wales, 1991), "Victor Ludorum" (novel, 1991), "Made in Heaven" (1993), "Jeremy's Baby" (novel, 2001), "I Know Who You Are" (novel, 2012).

How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission. Hardcopy only - should include a synopsis, 2 sample chapters and SAE. You may enquire via email but no emails with attachments will be opened.
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Interesting links:
George Carter, Leslie Geddes-Brown, Lucinda Lambton, Eve Pollard
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Agents of: Chapman and Vincent

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About the agency:
A small agency handling illustrated non-fiction work only. Works with The Elaine Markson Agency. Clients come mainly from personal recommendation and the agency is not actively seeking clients but will consider original work - although not travel, domestic tragedies or academic books.
Address for submissions:
7 Dilke Street, London SW3 4JE
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Phone number:
020-7352 5582
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Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Submissions require synopsis, two sample chapters and SAE. We can also consider e-mail enquiries without attachments. Please do not telephone.
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Average response time:
8 days
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More about the agency:
A small agency handling illustrated non-fiction work only. Works with The Elaine Markson Agency. Clients come mainly from personal recommendation and the agency is not actively seeking clients but will consider original work - although not travel, domestic tragedies or academic books.

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