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Julian Alexander is a director of LAW, which is a successful and long-established mid-sized agency based in West London.

We’d love to be able to tell you in detail what Julian’s loves and preferences are, but unfortunately the agency doesn’t give any very useful data on those fronts, nor does it publish client lists by agent, which means that we can’t offer our normal forensic analysis of that list. We’ve asked the agency directly for more information, without any joy. We continue to hope that they alter their policy, but in the meantime, here are the scraps that we have and our interpretation of them:

•    “Julian loves big stories, fiction and non-fiction, and, in pursuit of plot, has been known to suggest lashing quieter novelists to the masts of sailing ships in the South Seas.” That obviously indicates a liking for big-canvas, plot-driven fiction. That would obviously include anyone writing in the vein of Ken Follett and Philippa Gregory, but would also extend to literary writers keen to write broad-scale, narrative-led fiction.
•    “He likes clever authors, smart ideas, elegant writing – especially when they combine to form a book you can describe in one sentence.” The first part of this sentence suggests a preference for the more upmarket end of commercial fiction, while the second part certainly favours high-concept work, in no matter what part of the market.
•    “Adept at handling complex deals for IP owners of all kinds.” That means that people with more complex issues (eg: TV crossover work, novelisations, merchandising opportunities, significant estates and the like) will find an experienced hand.

We know from the Bookseller that Julian has represented:

•    A history of St Petersburg
•    A Google engineer – ‘Mo’ – who’s authored a book called Solve For Happy
•    Conde Nast (an example of the “IP owners of all kinds” referred to above)
•    An autobiography of Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston
•    Historian Alison Weir’s novels on the wives of Henry VIII.



Detailed data

Agency:
LAW Agency
Agent since:
1996
Short biography:

Julian is one of the founding partners of the LAW (Lucas Alexander Whitley) Agency, which was established in 1996.

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

Julian loves big stories, fiction and non-fiction, and, in pursuit of plot, has been known to suggest lashing quieter novelists to the masts of sailing ships in the South Seas. Being an agent is hardwired into his DNA, which is just as well, because it's the only real job he has ever been allowed to do. Fortunately he possesses an encyclopaedic memory, and has actually read all the books with which some of us claim intimate acquaintance. He likes clever authors, smart ideas, elegant writing, especially when they combine to form a book you can describe in one sentence. No contractual detail escapes his laser-like scrutiny, and he is adept at handling complex deals for IP owners of all kinds. Julian is happy to take writers from blog to book. A write up of author, Lotte Mullen, in the Daily Mail says, "In a her no-holds-barred posts, Mullan discusses the inappropriate touching and sweaty hugs from the sleazy execs she encountered while working at Sony and Warner Bros ... Her blogs caught the attention of literary agent Julian Alexander of LAW, who signed her up as a fledgling author."

Other loves & passions:

Lashing novelists to the masts of ships ... allegedly.

How to make a submission:
Agency standard. No email submissions. By post to: Submissions, 14 Vernon Street, London, W14 ORJ
Other advice and background:

No data

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.stephenleather.com/index.php?page=nightfall
Clients:
Full agency client list: Serena Allott, Yvonne Antrobus, Chris Ayres, Steve Backshall, Rosemary Bailey, Jonny Bealby, Mara Bergman, Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster, Will Birch, Blue Mountain Music, Adrian Boot, Tracy Borman, Tim Bouquet, Jeremy Bowen, David Boyle, Tom Bradby, Lesley Bremness, Carrie Bright, John Bryant, Elizabeth Buchan, Stephanie Calman, Paul Cartledge, Linda Chapman, Richard Chapman, Tim Clayton, Alex Cliff, Stephen Cole, Ben Collins, Tim Collins OBE, Conde Nast , Nick Cook, Bill & Laurel Cooper, Phil Craig, Robert Crampton, Chris Craymer, Gillian Cross, Nick Danziger, Darlow Smithson Productions, Josceline Dimbleby, Diverse Productions, Hugo Dixon, Ruth Downie, Andrew Eames, Lucy Edge, Vicki Edgson, Tracy Edwards MBE, Niall Edworthy, Robin Eggar, Giles Emerson, Harry Ferguson, Ruth Field, Mick Flynn, Ben Fogle, Martyn Forrester, Kate Fox, Annelise Freisenbruch, Frank Gardner OBE, Margaret Gaskin, David Gatward, Anton Gill, Jonathon Green, Tim Griggs, Daniel Hahn, Nicky Hambleton-Jones, Andy Hamilton, Caroline Hamilton, Willie Harcourt-Cooze, Toby Harnden, Kate Harrison, Tom Hart Dyke, Louise Harwood, Nigel Havers, Humphrey Hawksley, Veronica Henry, Molly Hopkins, Richard Hoskins, Chris Hughes, Bettany Hughes, Simon Hughes, Beverley Hughesdon, Chris Hunter, Elizabeth Ironside, Robin Jarvis, Mark Johnson, Gillian Johnson, Christopher Kelly, Colonel Richard Kemp, Gene Kemp, Felicity Kendal CBE, Sarah Key, Sophie Kinsella, Miranda Krestovnikoff, Chris Laoutaris, Deborah Lawrenson, T.S. Learner, Stephen Leather, John Lewis-Stempel, Lion Television, Tim de Lisle, Penny Little, Sam Llewellyn, Giorgio Locatelli, Michael Longley, Henrietta Lovell, Jonathan Lynn, Kim MacQuarrie, Ed Macy, Charlotte Madison, David Matthews, John McCarthy CBE, James McConnel, Neil McCormick, Mark McCrum, Anthony McGowan, Katharine McMahon, Miranda McMinn, Andy McNab, Jennifer McVeigh, Livi Michael, Rosalind Miles, Adele Minchin, Michelle Misra, Amanda Mitchison, Chris Moon MBE, Marc Morris, Greg Mosse, Kate Mosse, Simon Napier-Bell, Helen Nathan, Julie Nicholson, Sarah Oliver, Byron Ousey, Jane Owen, James Owen, Sheila Paine, Matthew Parker, Imogen Parker, John Peters, Margaret Pinder, Scroobius Pip, Saviour Pirotta, Justin Pollard, Chris Priestley, Peter Radford, Susi Rajah, Phil Rees, Philip Reeve, Janet Reibstein, Howard Reid, Susan Reuben, Bruce Reynolds, Paul Richardson, Ricochet, Mary Riddell, Chris Riddell, Elizabeth Rigbey, Jean Ritchie, Linda Caine Robin Royston, Michael Robotham, Betty Rowlands, Margaret Ryan, Chris Salewicz, Richard Sanders, Jasvinder Sanghera, Les Scott, Sara Sheridan, David Shukman, Lucy Siegle, John Simpson, Nigel Slater, Peter Snow, Justin Somper, Ed Stafford, Daniel Start, Angie Stevens / Doodlemum, Paul Stewart, Lazlo Strangolov, Paul Strathern, Dominic Streatfield, Red House Television, Bruce Thomas, Ronnie Thompson, Tony Thorne, Matt Thorne, Anthony Thornton, Jane and Mike Tomlinson, Martin and Simon Toseland, Simon Toyne, Paul Trynka, Elizabeth Turner, Dan Waddell, Jeremy Wade, Terry Waite, Wall to Wall, Geoff Waring, Sarah Webb, Alison Weir, Judy Westwater, Rowland White, Matt Whyman, Madeleine Wickham, Andy Williams, Adam Williams, Andrew Williams, Matthew Wilson, Wingspan Productions, Dave Woods, Ceri Worman, Michael Wright and Jan Younghusband.
Full client list:
http://www.lawagency.co.uk/index.php?page=writers&sub_page=alpha
Email address:
julian@lawagency.co.uk

Agents of: LAW Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.lawagency.co.uk
About the agency:
LAW is a successful and creative London-based firm which represents its varied client list internationally. Our clients feature regularly on bestseller lists worldwide as well as in the press and are often to be seen and heard on prime-time media. We are a full member of the Association of Authors' Agents and are active in all areas of rights representation.
Address for submissions:
No data
Office address:
14 Vernon Street London W14 0RJ
Email address:
No data
Phone number:
020 7471 7900
Number of agents:
7
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We only accept proposals or submissions through the following: lawagencysubmissions@gmail.com - for general submissions lawchildrenssubmissions@gmail.com - for children's, YA and artwork submissions Please note that if you feel that your work is particularly well suited to one of our agents, you are welcome to address your covering letter to that agent and we will endeavor to ensure that your work is passed onto that agent's office to be reviewed. If you are not sure where your submission should be placed you can simply address your letter to 'LAW Submissions.' Either way, all submissions must be sent to one of these two email addresses. Your submission should consist of the first three chapters or first thirty pages of your manuscript (if the work is for young children and consists of no more than 1,000 words please send the complete text), and a short synopsis (not longer than one side of A4).
More info on this agency:
Lucas Alexander Whitley is active in all areas of representation (including speaking, licensing, brand, film and television deals) and operates with individuality and commitment. Small enough to be friendly, big enough to operate effectively in a global market, always imaginative, we not only look for the best deals for our clients but also plan their long term careers.
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
48/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.lawagency.co.uk/?page=news
More about the agency:
LAW is a successful and creative London-based firm which represents its varied client list internationally. Our clients feature regularly on bestseller lists worldwide as well as in the press and are often to be seen and heard on prime-time media. We are a full member of the Association of Authors' Agents and are active in all areas of rights representation.

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