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Jenny is a senior agent at Andrew Nurnberg Associates, having been with the company since 2002 and an agent since 2007. She is responsible for their children's and YA lists, though does have interests in receiving submissions in other genres as well. Not only has Jenny been a fan of children's and YA books, she now has children of her own who love the genre. 

Jenny is looking for great voices and action-packed plots. Almost any genre within children's and YA will appeal to her though heavy science fiction or high fantasy is best avoided. Genres such as horror and thrillers are welcomed, and if your manuscript involves a good romance, even better! If you can keep Jenny on the edge of her seat, you're a likely shoe-in.

Outside her core interest of children's and YA, Jenny loves to receive fiction written by women, for women. Commercial and literary women's fiction is of great appeal, as is historical fiction. If you do send her a piece of historical fiction, make sure you are a stickler for the details, as Jenny loves a vivid and immersive world but will be put-off by any anachronisms. Jenny also appreciates gripping memoirs.

For Jenny, the most important aspect of a submission is a vibrant voice. If there is a strong voice and an original idea, she is happy to help the author with a strong editorial hand before approaching publishers. In interviews and her submission guidelines, however, Jenny stresses the importance of writers ensuring their manuscript is truly ready for submission before approaching agents. Ensure that you have had your book read by a number of people, including other writers (not just your friends!) who will give you honest and constructive feedback, before submitting. If the grammar and plotting aren't up to scratch, your submission will be unlikely to pass beyond the slushpile.



Detailed data

Agency:
Andrew Nurnberg Associates
Agent since:
2007
Short biography:

Jenny joined Andrew Nurnberg Associates in 2002, becoming an Agent for the UK and US in 2007. She looks after authors of both fiction and non-fiction. Her background in working creatively with young people, coupled with a life-long love of children's books has led her to build an exciting roster of children's and YA authors. Jenny likes to work editorially with authors. She is on the look-out for authentic voices, killer plots, and that certain something that makes her forget to breathe while she's reading. In addition to children's and YA authors, Jenny is particularly interested in hearing from writers of both literary and commercial women's fiction, historical fiction and memoir.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Science fiction, Paranormal romance, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

As a child, I devoured The Famous Five, The Railway Children, The Secret Garden, A Traveller in Time and Tom's Midnight Garden and these remain my favourite classic children's books. As a teenager, I developed a taste for dystopia with Neville Shute's What Happened to the Corbetts and On The Beach and Orwell's 1984. I also discovered a love of seeringly honest and beautifully evocative memoir in Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain. I read then and still read lots of history both non-fiction and fiction. I am a history graduate and the agent for The King's Speech (Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, Quercus Books 2010 based on the Logue archive). I am particularly interested in anything set in and around the First or Second World War, so a huge fan of Pat Barker and Sebastian Faulks. I love it when a book set in the past is so well researched that you can almost feel and taste what it was like to be alive then, but I don't like history for history's sake, there has to be something to say. What I really, really like is a vivid glimpse of something or someone offstage in the past, voices we wouldn't usually hear and places we wouldn't normally visit. My favourite book of all time in this genre is Ulverton by Adam Thorpe, where voices from different eras jump out at the reader down the centuries, and objects are subtly lost and found. I have a weakness for esoteric romance and stories with multiple time lines, so will always love Possession by AS Byatt, and The Chymical Wedding by Lindsay Clarke made a big impression on me at the time. I love Margaret Atwood's bold settings and strong female characters (as in Alias Grace) and Andrew Miller's rigorous and fascinating Ingenious Pain. I cried over Kim Edwards' The Memory Keeper's Daughter , a beautiful, lingering book. These days, on the children's and YA front, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is for me the perfect book of recent years. I'll basically love anything intelligent, with strong voices, authenticity and magnificent story-telling.

Other loves & passions:

As one of four siblings, and someone who herself presides over a largish brood, I find families fascinating, so anything generational or inter-generational, anything that sheds light on family life (fiction or non-fiction) now or in the past - interests me. I'd love to find a truthful, contemporary family saga. Family homes interest me. Architecture and furniture interest me. I juggle a busy job with bringing up children, so anything that reflects those challenges would interest me. Women's voices and women's lives, both contemporary and historical - fascinate me. I have an ongoing and poorly informed interest in the physics of time travel so love a good time travel story especially if also a romance. I am a trained former actress and still an avid theatre goer and my love of dual time periods extends to plays , eg Priestley's An Inspector Calls, Stoppard's Arcadia and most recently Clyborne Park by Bruce Norris. I enjoyed the themes around identity in Jerusalem. I have been a Mad Men fanatic since it first screened in the UK , it is so beautifully conceived, utterly clever and randomly profound..

How to make a submission:
Agency standard. Do make sure your manuscript is ready to be submitted. Have you had it read by reliable readers who will give you honest feedback? Have you had any editorial advice? Are you sure you've adhered to the principle of "show, don't tell" throughout the story? Do your characters behave consistently? Is the plot watertight? Are you really sure it's a trilogy?! Have you personally (ie not with the spell checker) checked and double checked spelling and grammar? Is the content appropriate for the age group for whom you are writing? If you're sure it's ready, then of course I'd love to see it, but take your time to finesse it before sending to me - time finessing is time well spent.
Other advice and background:

I'm not the right agent for angry but aimless young man-lit, heavy, other world fantasy (orcs etc not for me) or genre sci-fi. Not a great fan of vampires, violent crime or stories involving people who die but hang around bugging other, live, people.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes. Attending the 2015 Festival of Writing in York. http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/events.html
Follow on Twitter:
@JennySavill1
Interesting links:
http://talltalesandshortstories.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/agent-interview-jenny-savill-at-andrew.html
Clients:
Amongst others, Carina Axelsson, Sean Cummings, Peter Conradi, Katie Dale, Keren David, Fred Fordham, Sara Grant, Sharon Jones, Mark Logue, Helen Moss, Ellen Renner, Andy Robb, Pat Walsh, Sarah Stewart, Yasutaka Tsutsui. Recent deals include Carina Axelsson's UNDERCOVER MODEL series to Usborne, Sharon Jones' DEAD JEALOUS to Orchard Books, Cornelia Funke's GHOST KNIGHT to Orion, Andy Robb's GEEKHOOD: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE GIRL KIND to Stripes, Sergei Lukianenko's THE NEW WATCH to William Heinemann and a high profile and exciting history book (as yet secret!) to Quercus.
Full client list:
http://www.andrewnurnberg.com/authors/
Email address:
contact@andrewnurnberg.com

Agents of: Andrew Nurnberg Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.andrewnurnberg.com/
About the agency:
House is largely a specialist in the sale of translation rights. Its clients are mostly publishers / agents looking to sell work overseas.
Address for submissions:
20-23 Greville Street, London, EC1N 8SS.
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@nurnberg.co.uk
Phone number:
0203 327 0400
Number of agents:
2
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
If you would like to submit your work to us, send us a short, 1-page synopsis and the first three chapters (double or 1.5 spaced) with a covering letter. If sending by post, you should include a stamped addressed envelope if you wish us to return your material. Always keep a back up of your work as we cannot be held responsible for your manuscript. If you have provided an SAE, we will aim to get back to you as promptly as possible, but please note that this can take up to three months as we receive a great many submissions. Alternatively you can email us at submissions@andrewnurnberg.com. Due to the great volume of email submissions we receive, please note that we will only respond to those we are interested in pursuing further. If you have not heard from us after 3 months, please assume your submission has been unsuccessful. We regret we cannot enter into correspondence with you about your submission. Please note we can only accept files in .doc or pdf format up to 3mb in size, and prefer the synopsis and chapters to be sent together as a single document attachment. We do not represent children's picture books. We do not represent poetry. Nor do we represent scripts for film, TV, radio or theatre.
More info on this agency:
http://www.andrewnurnberg.com/, http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/58717/nl
Average response time:
13 days
Agency Transparency Index:
55/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
Yes: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Latvia, Polanda, Hungary, Russia, China, Taiwan.
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@nurnberg_agency
Latest news:
http://www.andrewnurnberg.com/news.aspx
More about the agency:
House is largely a specialist in the sale of translation rights. Its clients are mostly publishers / agents looking to sell work overseas.

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