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Laura studied English at Sussex, then at Oregon State in the US. After short spells working as a bookseller, she joined David Higham in 2005, initially working on the film & TV side, but switching -- happily -- to the books side.

Laura is the digital manager at David Higham, but is also building her own list of authors, which includes -- but isn't limited to -- children's and young adult authors.

She doesn't have a huge list at present, so it's hard to be very specific about her tastes, but currently she represents:

* Carl Goodman, an author of techno-thrillers
* Charlie Lyne, a film-maker with an interest in the coming of age movie
* Coco Moodysson, a Swedish YA author
* Sarah Perry, a poet currently working on her first novel
* Peter Utton, a writer/illustrator of children's books
* Alix Wenmouth, author of 'fresh and feisty' YA fiction

Her Twitter feed also namechecks books and authors including Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine; the Kamikaze Hunters by Will Iredale; A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray; Flash Boys by Michael Lewis.

Laura has a particular soft spot for teen fiction, but writers can certainly approach her with a wide variety of other genres, including non-fiction. She is seeking to build her list, so may be more ready to take on new clients than many other agents.



Detailed data

Agency:
David Higham Associates
Agent since:
2010
Short biography:

Laura joined David Higham Associates in 2005, after reading English Literature at Sussex University and Oregon State University. After a stint in the Film and Television Department she found herself where she wanted to be, in the Books Department. In the past she worked at Waterstones and the Lamb Bookshop. Laura is actively building her list and is interested in fiction, writing for children and young adults, illustration and non-fiction books of all kinds. Laura is also the Digital Manager at DH.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Young adult fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Mind, Body, Spirit, Food and Cookery, Other non-fiction, Politics, society & current affairs, General Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Laura has a major in children's books, YA fiction, graphic novels, thrillers and cookery books. "If anyone out there has a kids book set in space she'd love to see it!" Laura is the agent for film critic Charlie Lyne, Coco Moodysson, the Swedish comic artist whose biographical Never Goodnight was adapted for the big screen as We Are The Best, illustrator Peter Utton and some new picture book illustrators and children's writers too.

Other loves & passions:

Her Twitter account reports her loves as being, " Books, food, music, films, travelling, London."

How to make a submission:
Agency Standard
Other advice and background:

Laura's own list is relatively new, but she also works closely with Veronique Baxter, a more senior agent, and in that capacity she takes care of high profile authors including Michael Morpurgo, Jenny Valentine, Edward Hogan and Sally Butcher. As the agency's Digital Manager she works with a variety of authors right across the agency.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@LozWesty
Interesting links:
No Data
Clients:
Aldo Galli, Charlie Lyne, Coco Moodysson, Sarah Perry, Peter Utton, Alix Wenmouth
Full client list:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/agents/Laura_West.htm
Email address:
laurawest@davidhigham.co.uk

Agents of: David Higham Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/
About the agency:
David Higham Associates today operates in a world unrecognisable from that of 1935, the year the agency began. But many of our core values were laid down at the beginning, and remain the cornerstone of how we do business: honesty and integrity; efficiency and expertise; creativity and vision. Whatever the medium - whether book, stage, film, television, e-book or technologies yet to be invented - David Higham Associates' clients will continue to deliver the best message.
Address for submissions:
David Higham Associates, 58 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London W1F 9HA
Office address:
No data
Email address:
submissions@davidhigham.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7437 1072
Number of agents:
11
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard + CV (as above, but with CV)
Further submission info:
No adult submissions by email or fax, only by post. Children's submissions should be e-mailed to: childrenssubmissions@davidhigham.co.uk. Please see website for full details of submission requirements.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
33/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DHAMedia
Latest news:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/whatsonarchive.htm
More about the agency:
David Higham Associates today operates in a world unrecognisable from that of 1935, the year the agency began. But many of our core values were laid down at the beginning, and remain the cornerstone of how we do business: honesty and integrity; efficiency and expertise; creativity and vision. Whatever the medium - whether book, stage, film, television, e-book or technologies yet to be invented - David Higham Associates' clients will continue to deliver the best message.

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