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Jon Thurley founded JM Thurley Management in 1976. Despite his long history in the industry, there is very little information regarding Jon publically available. His long career is reflected in his traditional approach to submissions, requiring that authors only submit postal queries with a letter, first three chapters of your manuscript, and a stamped return envelope. Do not send through a full manuscript in the first instance or it will not be read. Jon does not charge a reading fee.

Thurley's inclusion in the publication The Writer's Handbook Guide for Writing for Stage and Screen implies he has a particular interest in the area. Beyond a statement that he 'handles' this kind of work, however, there is little suggest what genres or styles interest him (or any previous clients and work history in the area). For fiction, he prefers literary and commercial full-length novels while also accepting non-fiction submissions. 

There are no public details on Jon's clients, past or present, so it is difficult to conclude how large his business is or the kinds of people he successfully represents. In the few listings he receives in industry publications, it does suggest that he has an interest in working editorially with his authors, helping writers develop their style and technique. 

Much of the information regarding Jon's work as an agent is relatively old, and it is unclear whether he is currently still working as an agent and accepting new submissions. He does now works with experienced script editor Patricia Preece at The Cutting Edge: Literary consultants and advisors, providing editorial services for a fee. Also available on The Cutting Edge's website is a free download of advice for aspiring writers. 


Detailed data

Agency:
JM Thurley Management
Agent since:
1976
Short biography:
Jon founded JM Thurley Management in 1976. There is very limited information on this agent in the public domain.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Memoir and autobiography, Mind, Body, Spirit, Food and Cookery, Other non-fiction, History, Politics, society & current affairs, Science, Travel, Religion, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Erotica, Genre romance, Historical fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
D.B.C.Pierre, Julian Barnes, Ian McEwan, Annie Proulx, John Grisham, Dibden, and Alexander McCall Smith.
Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
Agency standard.
Other advice and background:
Writers should have the sense of a dramatic pulse and narrative movement. The ability to show us people and events rather than tell us about them. Writers who are sparing with exposition, description, analysis, polemic and have learned to subsume the vital information they need to impart to make sense of their story into the immediacy of the interactions and the dramatic movement of their narrative. A phrase such as Chaucer's 'smylere with the knyfe under his cloke' is far more effective in grabbing our interest than five pages of purely exterior description would be. The interesting part of life is the hidden nine tenths of the iceberg, and writers who can reveal some of that in a dramatic way are pure gold.
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.writewords.org.uk/interviews/jon_thurley.asp; http://www.thecuttingedge.biz/
Clients:
No client list available in the public domain.
Full client list:
No Data
Email address:
JMThurley@aol.com

Agents of: JM Thurley Management

Agency details

Website:
No data
About the agency:
The agency operated in London's West End for many years, representing writers across the whole spectrum of films, television, theatre, radio, and publishing and dealing in the UK and international markets. The agency is now based in Kent. They still represent a number of long established clients but their main focus has shifted to good literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. They also offer creative consultancy services on a fee-paying basis to writers who are interested. The agency is interested in representing authors who can create a sense of drama and narrative movement. They want to read novels which show them people and events rather than tell them about them. For their agents, a phrase such as Chaucer's 'the smylere with the knyfe under his cloke' is far more effective in grabbing a reader's interest than five pages of purely exterior description would be. The interesting part of life is the hidden nine tenths of the iceberg, and writers who can reveal some of that in a dramatic way are pure gold.
Address for submissions:
Archery House, 33 Archery Square, Walmer, Deal, Kent CT14 7JA
Office address:
No data
Email address:
JMThurley@aol.com
Phone number:
01304 371721
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
They rarely take on authors through speculative submissions.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
31/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
No data
More about the agency:
The agency operated in London's West End for many years, representing writers across the whole spectrum of films, television, theatre, radio, and publishing and dealing in the UK and international markets. The agency is now based in Kent. They still represent a number of long established clients but their main focus has shifted to good literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. They also offer creative consultancy services on a fee-paying basis to writers who are interested. The agency is interested in representing authors who can create a sense of drama and narrative movement. They want to read novels which show them people and events rather than tell them about them. For their agents, a phrase such as Chaucer's 'the smylere with the knyfe under his cloke' is far more effective in grabbing a reader's interest than five pages of purely exterior description would be. The interesting part of life is the hidden nine tenths of the iceberg, and writers who can reveal some of that in a dramatic way are pure gold.

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