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Jenny created the agency that bears her name in 2002. She was well-qualified to do so, having been Head of Literature at the Scottish Arts Council, a broadcaster of numerous book-themed shows for Scottish TV, and was one of the prime forces behind the creation of Edinburgh’s wonderfully successful International Book Festival.

She represents around 50 authors, primarily in the areas of crime & thrillers, literary fiction and more serious narrative non-fiction. She has a particular interest in autobiographies and themes drawn from the natural world.

We can’t give you a detailed analysis of Jenny’s client list because, unfortunately, the firm doesn’t publish a list of which agents look after which authors, and there’s relatively little information in the public domain that would enable writers to parse her tastes in much detail. We do, however, advise users to watch the YouTube clip – link below – which has Jenny Brown talking with Under The Skin author, Michel Faber. The clip is reasonably lengthy and gives you a real chance to get a feel for her.

Obviously we will continue to solicit further data from the agency and will publish it once we have it.

Please also note that Jenny is not always open to new submissions. At the time of writing, Jenny is not accepting new submissions, but writers should check with her website directly, as her status is prone to change without notice. She prefers taking on clients from Scotland and the north of England, as she prefers close client contact.

Finally, we should note that Jenny has served on the committee of the Association of Authors' Agents, and has acted as chair of the Bloody Scotland crime writing festival – an internationally acclaimed celebration of ‘Tartan Noir’.

Detailed data

Jenny Brown Associates
Agent since:
Short biography:

Jenny Brown established a literary agency in 2002 and it has grown to become Scotland's leading agency. She also works as a freelance consultant, and has completed a major scoping study on the Role of Agents in Creative Industries in Scotland for Scottish Enterprise, a Review of Awards for Scottish Arts Council, a Review of Writing Development in the Highlands and Islands for HI-Arts and a Report into the Short Story in the UK for Arts Council England. With Catherine Lockerbie she wrote a five year plan for Durham Book Festival in 2010. She was previously Head of Literature at Scottish Arts Council (1996-2002), National Co-ordinator Readiscovery campaign (1994-1996), Presenter of Scottish Television's book programmes (1989-1995), and the first Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (1983-1991). She was one of the four creators and founders of Edinburgh as first UNESCO City of Literature. She has also been a Commissioner for the Press Complaints Commission (1993-97), and a Director of Scottish Television's Regional Board. She has been a committee member of the Association of Authors' Agents, and was first Chair of the Association of Scottish Literary Agents. She was Chair of Bloody Scotland, the Scottish international crime writing festival in September 2012.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Favourite childhood book: 'Where the Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak, life changing Book: 'Ghosting by Jennie Erdal', non-fiction title: 'A Book of Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David', a book you'd lend to someone else: 'No Great Mischief' by Alastair MacLeod and the book you'd give to your teenage self: 'Memo for Spring' by Liz Lochhead. Interested in the following categories of writing for adults: Literary fiction, crime writing, historical fiction, women's fiction. Literary non-fiction, including memoir and nature writing.

Other loves & passions:

Scotland! Jenny is deeply embedded in the Scottish literary scene, backing prizes to find new non-fiction and helping organise Bloody Scotland, a crime festival. Jenny says, 'I find we are often seen as a bit fresher than the London agents, and all publishers seem interested in finding out about the literary scene in Scotland.'

How to make a submission:
Not always open for submissions - check under the agent's name on the agency website.
Other advice and background:

Represents writers living outside the UK only in exceptional circumstances. Doesn't represent adult science fiction, horror, fantasy, light romance, self- help, film and TV scripts, plays, poetry or picture/illustrated books. Does not take on short stories or writing for children.

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The following names represent the full agency client list: Annemarie Allan, Lin Anderson, David Barnes, Emma Barnes, Nicola Barry, Richard Bath, Alison Baverstock, Mark Beaumont, David Belbin, Jim Bilsland, Stephen Blackmore, Richard Blandford, Ned Boulting, Graeme Bowman, Sean Bridges, Neil Broadfoot, Declan Burke, Simon Burton, Angus Calder, Ewen Cameron, Neil Cocker, Jeff Connor, Linda Cracknell, Jim Crumley, Catherine de Courcy, Des Dillon, Peter Dorward, Robert Douglas, Neil Drysdale, Christopher Edge, Kim Elliott, Stephanie Ellyne, Jennie Erdal, Christa Faust, Russell Findlay, Stona Fitch, Helen Fitzgerald, Derek Flory, Donna Ford, Gavin Francis, Gill Fyffe, Nuala Gardner, Rodge Glass, Alasdair Gray, Alex Gray, Keith Gray, Martin Greig, Chas Griffin, Allan Guthrie, Gaby Halberstam, Sophie Hardach, Tim Harris, Denise Haskew, Joanna Hickson, Laura Hird, Fiona Houston, Chris Hoy, Roger Hutchinson, Ewart Hutton, Emma Huxter, Vicky Jack, Douglas Jackson, James Jauncey, Doug Johnstone, Ed Jones, Zannah Kearns, Guy Kennaway, Gary Kissick, Patrick Lambe, Tom Lappin, Sue Lawrence, Will Lawson, Tracey Lawson, Anne MacLeod, Richard Madelin, Sara Maitland, Laura Marney, Sue Martin, Graham McColl, William McIntyre, Russel D McLean, Jonatha Meres, Xa Milne, Grace Monroe, Donna Moore, Richard Moore, Janet Morgan, Carey Morning, Erica Munro, Alison Murray, Andrew Newbound, Audrey Niven, Dennis O'Donnell, Steve Parker, Stuart Paterson, Alan Pattullo, Brian Pendreigh, Dexter Petley, Robin Pilcher, Tom Pow, Danielle Ramsay, Jeff Randall, John Rector, Jonathan Rendall, Alex Renton, George Robertson, Rob Robertson, Willie Robertson, Craig Robertson, Alan Rough, Sandra Ruttan, Suhayl Saadi, Karl Sabbagh, Alastair Scott, Mike Scott, Ruth Scott, Susan Sellers, Sara Sheridan, Barrie Sherwood, Aiden Smith, Natasha Solomons, Graham Spiers, Kenneth Steven, Daniel Stuart, Gary Sutherland, Stephen Thompson, Alice Thompson, Graeme Thomson, Maria Thomson, Paul Torday, Mary Turner Thomson, Alistair Urquhart, Zoe Venditozzi, John Ward, D V Wesselmann, Mark Whitaker, Dave White, Christopher Whyte, Kevin Williamson, Jim Wilson, Esther Woolfson.
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Agents of: Jenny Brown Associates

Agency details

About the agency:
Founded in 2002, Jenny Brown Associates has quickly become one of the leading literary agencies in the UK, the biggest literary agent in Scotland and a literary agent with a worldwide reputation.
Address for submissions:
Jenny Brown Associates, 33, Argyle Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1JT
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Phone number:
0131 229 5334
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Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
We prefer to receive submissions by email. You will find our individual preferences and email addresses listed on our Agents page. We read all submissions made to us in order of receipt. Please note that we will only respond to submissions if we wish to read more. If you have not heard back from us within eight weeks then you can assume that we do not feel that the work is right for our agency. If you cannot submit by e-mail, then send a hard copy to your preferred agent. We will only respond if we wish to see more. Unfortunately we are unable to return material submitted, and our policy is to recycle all materials. For fiction, send us the first 50 pages (no more) and a synopsis in a single document, with a covering letter. For non-fiction, email a proposal and short example of the proposed work - a sample chapter, for instance. Please include a short note on the competing or comparable literature stating, where possible, author, title, publisher and publication date. It would be helpful to have an overview of possible marketing outlets and a biographical note outlining your background, training and experience. For children's, we do not represent poetry or plays. If you are submitting fiction, send a covering letter together with a synopsis of your novel and the first three chapters (unless it is a picture book, in which case, please send the full story). If you are an illustrator, please e-mail a selection of JPEGs with a covering letter, and if you also write stories, please send those too. Please write a covering letter in the body of the email giving an account of the background of the book and your writing career to date. If you have been referred to us by a publishing or personal contact then make this clear. If you have had previous correspondence with one of our agents please mention this. We would appreciate knowing if your project has been sent to or is being considered by other agents or publishers.
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Average response time:
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Founded in 2002, Jenny Brown Associates has quickly become one of the leading literary agencies in the UK, the biggest literary agent in Scotland and a literary agent with a worldwide reputation.

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