Kate HordernKate Hordern Literary Agency
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After working in the foreign rights department of Victor Gollancz publishers, Kate set up a literary agency in 1999. The agency is very small, comprising only of Kate and one other agent, Anne Williams. Despite their size, they have an extensive area of specialisation, covering adult fiction and non-fiction, as well as children's fiction. Though still keen to take on new clients, their list is only 25 writers strong. Given the agency's size, they are unlikely to take on many new clients in any given year.
Kate's client list ranges from debut novelists like Jane Corry (whose debut, My Husband's Wife, is part of a two-book deal with Viking in 2016) to established writers like Julian Lees. In non-fiction, Kate represents cookery writers, academics, journalists, and pop culture critics, from Jeff Dawson to Genevieve Taylor. Other genres Kate is enthusiastic about include memoir, current affairs, popular culture, cookery, and history.
When it comes to fiction, Kate likes to be taken elsewhere, be that a different time, culture, or place. This passion is reflected in her interest in historical fiction, particularly with a crime or thriller angle. A love of humour has led Kate to represent stand-up comedian Rosemary Dun and she notes that she enjoys witty fiction. On the younger side of things, Kate likes Middle Grade (9 years old +) and Young Adult fiction.
Given the competitive nature of the publishing industry, Kate stresses the importance of ensuring your manuscript is ready before sending it off to an agent. Like most agents, Kate receives thousands of submissions a year but only has the capacity to take on a handful of new writers in that time. Make sure your submission is the best you can possibly make it before approaching her or any other agent.
Note that the agency only takes clients based in the UK and do not accept postal submissions (email only).
Kate Hordern Literary Agency
Kate Hordern founded the agency in 1999, after fourteen years selling rights at publisher Victor Gollancz where, as Foreign Rights Director, she worked on fiction and non-fiction across the list whose authors included Terry Pratchett and Nick Hornby
Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Children's fiction, Young adult 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, Erotica, Genre romance, Historical fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
On the fiction side, I'm interested in strong story-telling married to wonderful writing. I like fiction that takes you to another world, whether that's a different culture (particularly written about from the inside) or a different time. I also like humour and wit, where appropriate, in fiction. I love historical fiction, and am specifically looking for medieval and pre-medieval fiction (encompassing Egyptian, Celtic, Roman et al) including historical conspiracy or a plot with a crime or thriller twist. On the non-fiction side, I'm interested in accessible history, and have a strong interest in the Second World War, social history, narrative non-fiction, memoir, business, reportage/current affairs and popular reference. I'm specifically looking for mainstream memoir (First World War, 1920s, 1930s, Second World War, 1950s, 1960s, particularly although not exclusively from a feminine perspective), local nostalgia and business. On the children's side, I'm interested in fiction from 9+ to Young Adult and crossover.
Other loves & passions:
Particularly interested in twentieth century history and memoir, especially memoir from a woman's perspective.
How to make a submission:
By Email only please.
Other advice and background:
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
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Dave Roberts, Duncan Hewitt, Genevieve Taylor, Jeff Dawson, John Sadler, Julian Lees, Kylie Fitzpatrick, Leona Francombe, Lyn Andrews, P.J.Brackston, Richard Bassett, Sven Hassel, Will Randall
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Address for submissions:
Kate Hordern Literary Agency, 18 Mortimer Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4EY
0117 923 9368
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Accepts email submissions:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
By email only please.
More info on this agency:
Kate Hordern founded the agency in 1999, after fourteen years selling rights at publisher Victor Gollancz where, as Foreign Rights Director, she worked on fiction and non-fiction across the list whose authors included Terry Pratchett and Nick Hornby.
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