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Jennifer Christie is a founding member of the Graham Maw Christie independent literary agency. She came to the world of literary representation with a wealth of experience in PR, advertising, marketing, and journalism. She has also been an author herself, as a ghostwriter. 

Her particular strengths include helping her clients build strong online presences, including instruction on how to use social media to their advantage and developing their output as a 'brand'. These days, book publishing is not just about a hardcopy book but about finding diverse ways to monetise the content, something that Jennifer is passionate about.

The agency is entirely non-fiction focused, so please do not send Jennifer any fiction work. Jennifer is, however, open to representing full-time ghostwriters, so you don't necessarily need to be a celebrity or well-known name in your field. Subjects of particular interest to her are wide and numerous, including cookery, self-help, memoir, narrative non-fiction, healthy living, crafts, gardening, lifestyle, humour, science, philosophy, history, childcare, and pregnancy. A comprehensive list of the agency's authors exists on the agency's website.

Authors submitting to Jennifer will need to be savvier than the average novelist with personal experience to recommend them in the subject area, preferably an established online presence and persona, as well as significant knowledge concerning the competitive market. In other words, as a non-fiction writer, you need to prove that you know your stuff and are a qualified subject matter expert. Authors will also be expected to participate in marketing their own titles, whether that being making television appearances or working on their online presence.

Jennifer considers herself the geeky tech whiz of the duo, so if you do have any original ideas for non-fiction that could include interesting, innovating multimedia and other forward-thinking extras, she is worth approaching!



Detailed data

Agency:
Graham Maw Christie Literary Agency
Agent since:
2005
Short biography:

Jennifer Christie has worked in PR (Saatchi & Saatchi PR subsidiary, The Rowland Company) advertising (TBWA, Ogilvy & Mather) and journalism (BBC and freelance). She uses her experience and contacts to advise authors on their synopses and investigates opportunities to promote them and their books. She has also worked as a ghostwriter. 'We are proud to represent a wide range of non-fiction authors and believe that strong content may start with a book but does not end with one. Therefore we look to support and extend book content into other media and we embrace the new formats of the digital age, such as e-books and apps. We specialize in commercial non-fiction and look for concepts that offer something genuinely new. For more information on our subject areas please see our website www.grahammawchristie.com and for news updates follow our tweets @litagencygmc.'

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, 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. Interested in books on comedy, domestic history, food and architecture.

Other loves & passions:

The ukulele, cooking, tennis, London, food. We love cooking, new trends, London, the great outdoors, the great indoors, gadgets, history, architecture, popular science, literary festivals, gardening, comedy, Charles Darwin, Bach, strong English breakfast tea, enthusiasm...

How to make a submission:
Agency standard. Follow the submission guidelines. Look online and in bookshops to make sure your idea is new or goes beyond what is already available in the genre. Think about how it would be categorized by shops that sell books, both high street and online and imagine when people are most likely to buy it. If you are not sure, then you may need to reconsider your concept. Thoroughly check the websites of the agents you are writing to. Check they represent books in similar fields to yours, and try to spot whether your book fills a gap on their list. Do not start your enquiry by telling the agent how much you have always enjoyed writing; tell them what the idea is, why you think people will buy it and why you are the person to write it. Unless an agent has asked for the completed manuscript do not send one; instead send a chapter outline summarizing the plot/structure. Have 2 or 3 sample chapters ready to send if requested. Unless your content can only be expressed visually, focus on the text rather than the design of the book. If you have some suggestions about the layout or design you can outline these in your submission letter.
Other advice and background:

Please don't send us fiction, travel memoirs and specialist MBS titles.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@jenschristie
Interesting links:
http://www.uk.linkedin.com/pub/jen-christie/29/564/657
Clients:
The following names represent the full agency client list: Melanie Allen, Lindsey Agness, Michael Foley, Alison Taylor, Penny Ericson, Dr Jessamy Hibberd, Jo Usmar, Anna Parkinson, Suzi Witt, Fancy Nancy aka Juliet Sear, Sacha Baveystock, Dr Patrick Bowler, Harmony Brookes, Rana Conway, Sheila Barton, Sheila Chandra, Charles Cowling, Jane Brocket, James Caplin, Clare Lewis, Rosie Millard, Audrey Deane, Margaret Davis, Simon Dawson, Penny Doyle, Alan and Jackie Gear, James Ramsden, Dr Jennifer Harper-Deacon, Robin Hosie, Alex Monroe, Louise Deacon, Kasey Edwards, Dr Penny Kendall-Reed and Dr Stephen Reed, Suzy Bowler, Marika Gauci, John Donald, Cathryn Kemp, Liam Darcy and Grace Hall, Katie Krais, Lisa Lam, Corinne Sweet, Gael Lindenfield, Vic Mayhew, Becky Jones, Nick Moran, Philippa Kaye, Jack Osbourne, Georgina Walsh, Cassandra Ellis, Higgs Force, Richard Wilson, Simon Yeo, Mosey Jones aka Morag Cuddeford Jones, Becky Goddard-Hill, Nicola Lees, CJ Simister, Spike Webb.
Full client list:
http://www.grahammawchristie.com/authors.aspx
Email address:
enquiries@grahammawchristie.com

Agents of: Graham Maw Christie Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.grahammawchristie.com/home.aspx
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
Office address:
No data
Email address:
enquiries@grahammawchristie.com
Phone number:
0207 609 1326
Number of agents:
2
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
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.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
45/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@LitAgencyGMC
Latest news:
No data
More 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.

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