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After 12 years at Curtis Brown, Jonathan Pegg set up his own agency in 2012 and is keen to continue building his client list. His career in publishing has covered multiple aspects of the industry, from working as a publicist, foreign rights executive, agent's assistant, and agent. Though his agency is relatively new and only a one-man operation, his extensive experience, and contacts in the industry make him excellently placed to represent authors in the competitive market.

A member of the Association of Authors' Agents, Pegg is an advocate for fair treatment of authors and transparency when dealing with contracts, a subject he discusses in an old article for Writers Market UK. Pegg works with a number of agencies across the world to ensure his writers have the best possible representation. While his main interest is in fiction and non-fiction prose, he does work in conjunction with companies who are specialists in film and television as well.

Many of Pegg's clients from Curtis Brown followed him when he set up his agency, which is perhaps the best endorsement an agent can receive. He has previously worked with the likes of David Mitchell and Brian Aldiss. Since he struck out on his own, his client list is made up of award winners, bestsellers, philosophers, politicians, and journalists. His clients include Nick Davies, Zac Goldsmith, and David Spiegelhalter OBE.

For fiction submissions, Pegg is looking for 'quality' and commercial appeal. He explicitly calls out literary fiction and thrillers as genres of interest. A quick glance at his client list will highlight his passion of well-written non-fiction, however. Very little in the way of subject matter appears to be out of bounds for Pegg. He is interested in manuscripts ranging from popular science, memoir, current affairs/politics, arts and culture, lifestyle, and history.


Detailed data

Agency:
Jonathan Pegg Literary Agency
Agent since:
1997
Short biography:
I began my career as a publicist for books, before moving to Curtis Brown where I was a foreign rights executive, then an agent's assistant, and eventually a senior agent. During five years in the latter role I represented a broad range of fiction and non-fiction writers, including: Lord Adonis, Brian Aldiss, Nina Bawden, The Estate of Malcolm Bradbury, Frederick Forsyth, David Lodge, David Mitchell, Philip Ziegler and Gore Vidal. After twelve years at Curtis Brown, I pursued an ambition to establish my own business. Many former clients transferred to JPLA, and I have continued to acquire new clients selectively whilst maintaining an ethos of dedicated service to existing clients. I am a full member of the Association of Authors' Agents.
Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Mind, Body, Spirit, Food and Cookery, Other non-fiction, History, Politics, society & current affairs, Science, Travel, Religion, Women's fiction, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Genre romance, Historical fiction, Horror, Paranormal romance, Science fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Fiction: literary fiction, thrillers and quality commercial in general Non-Fiction: current affairs, memoir and biography, history, popular science, nature, arts and culture, lifestyle, popular psychology.
Other loves & passions:
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How to make a submission:
Submissions to: submissions@jonathanpegg.com. We welcome submissions and consider everything that comes into the agency, provided it follows the guidelines set out in the link http://www.jonathanpegg.com/submissions.asp. Optional extra: provide a list of three to five comparable published books, explaining the comparison in a few sentences and saying what you believe makes yours distinctive within the group.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@Jonathan_Pegg
Interesting links:
http://www.jonathanpegg.com/assets_cm/files/PDF/wm.pdf
Clients:
The following names represent the agency's full client list: Nafeez Ahmed, Simon Ball, Jenny Barden, Michael Blastland, Steve Bloomfield, Alex Brummer, Peter Cave, Jonathan Clark, Mike Croft, Max Daly, Nick Davies, Kaffe Fassett, Zac Goldsmith, Yasmine Gooneratne, The Icecreamists, R.W. Jonathan, Robert Lacey, Christopher Matthew, David McKie, Stephen Pollard, Christopher Robbines, Michael Rose, Cari Rosen, Frank Ryan, Steve Sampson, Guy Saville, Jonathan and Angela Scott, Clive Sinclair, Chris Skidmore, David Spiegelhalter, Carolyn Steel, Mike Stocks, Mira Stout, Raymond Tallis, Paul Walters, Frank Welsh.
Full client list:
http://www.jonathanpegg.com/authors.asp
Email address:
info@jonathanpegg.com

Agents of: Jonathan Pegg Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.jonathanpegg.com/
About the agency:
Jonathan Pegg began his career as a publicist for books, before moving to Curtis Brown where he was a foreign rights executive, then an agent's assistant, and eventually a senior agent. After twelve years at Curtis Brown he established his own agency. Many former clients transferred to JPLA, and Jonathan has continued to acquire new clients selectively whilst maintaining an ethos of dedicated service to existing clients. The agency is interested in literary fiction, thrillers and quality commercial fiction in general, current affairs, memoir and biography, history, popular science, nature, arts and culture, lifestyle and popular psychology. Jonathan is a sole operator but he works in association with an extensive network of agents who specialize in translation rights, US, TV & film rights, to ensure that each client's best interests are catered for on an individual basis in all markets throughout the world.
Address for submissions:
32 Batoum Gardens, London, W6 7QD
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@jonathanpegg.com
Phone number:
020 7603 6830
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Submissions should be sent to submissions@jonathanpegg.com. All components of the submission should be presented in one document attachment created in Word. Illustrations, where relevant, should be attached separately as JPEG files. Include a copy of the covering letter in the body of the email. Format the document as follows: Normal margins (2.54cm), font type no smaller than 12 point Times New Roman, double line spacing. The document should contain, in the same order, the following: A brief covering letter with relevant introductory information. This might state what type of book it is and characterize it in a succinct sentence; A CV including any published work. Please limit unrelated career history to a half-page; A mini-synopsis, aiming to emulate the style of blurbs on the jackets of published books; i.e. it should convey both the main hooks or themes and the plot in 150-300 words. Fiction submissions should also include: The first three chapters and a summary of the plot & characters (a paragraph per chapter). Non-fiction submissions should include one sample chapter, a list of all the sources for the book, outlines of all the chapters. Optional extra: provide a list of three to five comparable published books, explaining the comparison in a few sentences and saying what you believe makes yours distinctive within the group.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
6 days
Agency Transparency Index:
38/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@Jonathan_Pegg
Latest news:
No data
More about the agency:
Jonathan Pegg began his career as a publicist for books, before moving to Curtis Brown where he was a foreign rights executive, then an agent's assistant, and eventually a senior agent. After twelve years at Curtis Brown he established his own agency. Many former clients transferred to JPLA, and Jonathan has continued to acquire new clients selectively whilst maintaining an ethos of dedicated service to existing clients. The agency is interested in literary fiction, thrillers and quality commercial fiction in general, current affairs, memoir and biography, history, popular science, nature, arts and culture, lifestyle and popular psychology. Jonathan is a sole operator but he works in association with an extensive network of agents who specialize in translation rights, US, TV & film rights, to ensure that each client's best interests are catered for on an individual basis in all markets throughout the world.

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