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Jessica Woollard has been an agent at The Marsh Agency since 2006, with ten years previous experience at Toby Eady Associates. She focuses mostly on serious, issue-driven non-fiction but is also interested in well-written literary fiction. A number of her authors are critically acclaimed prize winners, including Ben Okri and Robert Macfarlane. She also represents many respected journalists, including some who have written for New Scientist, The Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Asia is of particular interest to Jessica in both fiction and non-fiction markets. She represents many prominent Asian writers, some in translation and others as original works in English, including Taichi Yamada and Kotaro Isaka. While her particular international fascination focuses on Japan, India, Africa, and the Middle East, all writers with international profiles and concerns are welcomed, especially if the writing considers topical issues that have both local and global importance. Her global interests take Jessica across the world on the lookout for new and exciting talent as well as representing her authors for both UK and US markets.

Current affairs, environmental issues, scientific writing, economics, natural history, politics, narrative non-fiction, and memoir are all potentially intriguing to Jessica. While tackling the big issues is integral to manuscripts she likes, they must be well-written. Eager to stay ahead of the curve, Jessica is always on the look-out for subjects that will grow in significance over the next decade, be they scientific possibilities or the environmental landscape of the future, for instance.

Jessica has a strong background in television, something she uses to her clients advantage, helping to secure television and film rights to their work. 

Note that Jessica, along with all agents at The Marsh Agency, does not accept submissions via email. Please use the agency's submission form instead.



Detailed data

Agency:
Marsh Agency
Agent since:
1998
Short biography:

Jessica Woollard joined The Marsh Agency in January 2006 as an agent selling directly into the UK and America. She represents authors from all over the world with strong international profiles. India, Japan, Africa and the Middle East are particular areas of interest. Jessica was previously at Toby Eady Associates for ten years where she worked alongside Alexandra Pringle as an Agent and then Director. Before that she worked for independent television companies. She continues to work with film companies to develop both her authors and their work into television and film. Her degree in English Language and Literature is from the University of Manchester and she has spent considerable time in both France and India, travelling more recently to the Caucasus, Turkey and Cuba on the lookout for new projects.

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, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Jessica likes strong issue based non-fiction, current affairs, politics, environment, narrative non-fiction, natural history, memoir. She represents prize winning authors like Robert Macfarlane, (the Guardian First Book Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Somerset Maugham Award), journalists like Fred Pearce (New Scientist) and Zahid Hussain (Wall Street Journal, The Times). On the fiction side she represents on the whole literary fiction; Elizabeth Day (the Observer) prize winners like Ben Okri, and some very prominent Asian writers, some in translation, some who write directly into English, including Hitomi Kanehara, Taichi Yamada and Kotaro Isaka.

Other loves & passions:
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How to make a submission:
To submit work to Jessica, please go to the Marsh Agency submissions page: http://submissions.marsh-agency.co.uk/go/ We do not accept submissions sent by email. Agency standard guidelines.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@woollardjessica
Interesting links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjnDMqY6ijw
Clients:
Full agency client list: Jan Abram, Anne Alvarez, Neil Ansell, Francois Ansermet, Diane Awerbuck, Chris Barnard, Somnath Batabyal, Jill Bays, Geoffrey Bennett, Margareta Bergman, Anthony Berkeley, Linda Berman, George Bizos, Gavin Black, Giles Bolton, Hugh Brogan, Chris Brosnahan, Alastair Bruce, Don Campbell, Alistair Carr, Robert Carter Patrick J Casement, Al Chalabi, Melanie Challenger, Peter Church, Bruce Clark, Angela Clarke, Alice Cleary, Andrea Clifford-Poston, Vivian J Cook, Trevor Corbett, Leonard Cottrell, Rob Cowen, Leo Critchley, Gwen Davies, Martin Day, Elizabeth Day, Leon de Kock, Julian de Wette, Ian Dear, ICB Dear, James Delbourgo, Miranda Dickinson, EKM Dido, Wessel Ebersohn, Juliet Eilperin, Moris Farhi, Karl Figlio, Giovanna Fletcher, Carlin Flora, Justin Fox, Helen Fry, Rosemary Furber, Michael Gardiner, Aya Goda, Elizabeth Goren, Michael Cawood Green, Kirsty Greenwood, Jay Griffiths, Christine Gross-Loh, Paula Hall, Ed Halliwell, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Amy Hanson, Chris Harvie, Alex Hickman, George V Higgins, Bob Hinshelwood, Jenny Hobbs, Liu Hong, Zahid Hussain, Francis Iles, Will Irwin, Kotaro Isaka, Patrick Jordan, Pearlie Joubert, Hitomi Kanehara, Shaida Kazie Ali, Sihle Khumalo, Fred Khumalo, Susie Kilshaw, Antjie Krog, Olivia Laing, Emma Letley John Liebenberg, Angela Locke, Helen Macdonald, James Macdonald Lockhart, Robert Macfarlane, Jassy Mackenzie, Pierre Magistretti, Eric Malpass, Chris Marnewick, Steve Marsh, Gavin Maxwell, Gavin Maxwell Lesley McDowell, Steve McKevitt, Ali McNamara, Dawin Meckel Brent Meersman, Jim Mellon, Tanya Mendonsa, Richard Milton Eric Miyeni, Jugal Mody, Nicholas Monsarrat, Peter Moss, Anita Nair, Shanida Nataraja, Njabulo Ndbele, Estelle Neethling, Lewis Nkosi, Happy Ntshingila, Ulick O'Connor, Ben Okri, Sri Owen, Gaitri Pagrach-Chandra, Alan Palmer, David Parlett, Fred Pearce, Nicholas Pegg, Antoinette Pienaar, Leonard Piper, Fred Piper, Professor Allyson Pollock Dudley Pope, Kathleen Pope, Alfred Price, Hanlie Retief, Gillian Riley, W.R. Rodgers, Gary Russell, Tony Ryan, Dan Sabbagh, Jamala Safari, Janita Sakoschek, Audrey Sandbank, J.H. Schryer, Claire Scobie, John Seely, Selebelo Selamolela, Andrea Semple, Lola Shonevin, Angelina Sithebe, Robert Rowland Smith, Alex Smith, Ben Stewart, David Tuckett, Carel van der Merwe, Johan Vlok Louw, Gail Wagman, Lynne Lehrmann Weiner, Meena Wells, Kathryn White, Zoe Wicomb, Tiffany Wright, Oswald Wynd, Bettina Wyngaard, Lewis Yablonsky, David Yallop, Amy Yamada, Taichi Yamada, Hong Ying, Rika Yokomori, Natalie Young and Laura Ziepe.
Full client list:
http://www.marsh-agency.co.uk/AuthorList/
Email address:
http://submissions.marsh-agency.co.uk/go/

Agents of: Marsh Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.marsh-agency.co.uk
About the agency:
to the Marsh Agency website. The Agency was founded in 1994 as an international rights specialist agency, selling translation rights on behalf of literary agents and publishers in the UK, the US, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. Building on this strong international reputation, the agency expanded and since 2001 also represents its own list of authors for all rights; we handle literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, specializing in authors with international potential.
Address for submissions:
No data
Office address:
The Marsh Agency Ltd., 50 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BD.
Email address:
http://submissions.marsh-agency.co.uk/go/
Phone number:
020 7493 4361
Number of agents:
2
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
A brief covering letter your contact details and any relevant information, including any previously published work and any experience which relates to the book's subject matter. A short synopsis. Fiction: outline the plot and main characters. Non-Fiction: a summary of the work and chapter outlines. First three chapters (no more than 100 pages) double spaced with all pages numbered. Please put your name and contact details on the front of your manuscript and ensure that your name and the title of your work appear on all pages.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
44/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@TheMarshAgency
Latest news:
http://www.marsh-agency.co.uk/newsarchive/
More about the agency:
to the Marsh Agency website. The Agency was founded in 1994 as an international rights specialist agency, selling translation rights on behalf of literary agents and publishers in the UK, the US, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. Building on this strong international reputation, the agency expanded and since 2001 also represents its own list of authors for all rights; we handle literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, specializing in authors with international potential.

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