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Profile Summary

Lesley is a director of the agency and also runs its film and TV rights department, handling sales of the agency’s work to the screen industry. Prior to her work on the screen side (which she began in 2004), she worked in publishing (at industry heavyweights Fourth Estate and Hamish Hamilton) then came to AA as a literary agent.

Her time is nearly all occupied now with her film & TV responsibilities, but she does continue to maintain a very small literary list too – notably the successful crime writer, Stav Sherez, and the novelist Matt Thorne.

Unless you have a particular point of connection with Lesley however, she is not a natural agent for any writer of literary work, so AH users should not make submissions to Lesley, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

We maintain this listing for the sake of clarity only.



Detailed data

Agency:
Aitken Alexander Associates
Agent since:
1999
Short biography:

Lesley Thorne is a director of the agency and runs the Film/TV Rights Department, which she began to set up in 2004. After three years in publishing on the editorial side (Fourth Estate, Penguin/Hamish Hamilton), she joined the agency in 1999 to assist Gillon Aitken, then began to cultivate her own literary list.

Client list status:
Not shown in searches
Genres this agent is interested in:
Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

She continues to run a small literary list including the American novelist and singer/songwriter, Willy Vlautin, crime writer Stav Sherez, novelist and biographer Matt Thorne, and music legend and memoirist Peter Hook.

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
It's not clear how active Lesley is in acquiring new clients, as her primary responsibility is TV & Film. We'd recommend that writers approach other agents unless they have an exceptional reason to approach Lesley. Wanting your book made into a movie would not count as exceptional.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
No Data
Clients:
No Data
Full client list:
No Data
Email address:
reception@aitkenalexander.com

Agents of: Aitken Alexander Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.aitkenalexander.co.uk/
About the agency:
Gillon Aitken first founded Gillon Aitken Limited in 1976. From its inception, the agency has placed great emphasis on overseas rights. In 1998, former Viking and Macmillan Publisher Clare Alexander joined the agency and in 2005 the name of the agency was changed to Aitken Alexander Associates. In 2008, Andrew Kidd, previously Publisher of Picador and Macmillan, joined as a director. In 2011, Lesley Thorne joined the board of the company alongside Gillon, Clare, Sally and Andrew. Gillon, Clare and Andrew represent a wide range of prize-winning and bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors. The focus of the agency remains on writers and writing. Gillon Aitken first founded Gillon Aitken Limited in 1976. From its inception, the agency has placed great emphasis on overseas rights, and Sally Riley joined the agency in 1989 to head up the Translation Rights department. In 1998, former Viking and Macmillan Publisher Clare Alexander joined the agency and in 2005 the name of the agency was changed to Aitken Alexander Associates. Aitken Alexander also enjoys strong associative relationships with the agencies of Anthony Sheil, Mary Pachnos and Lucy Luck, each of whom boasts strong and distinctive lists. In 2009 the agency opened an office in New York, under Anna Stein, and, in 2011, in New Delhi, under Shruti Debi. Both moves reflected Aitken Alexander's strong commitment to the best of international writing.
Address for submissions:
18-21 Cavaye Place, London, SW10 9PT
Office address:
No data
Email address:
reception@aitkenalexander.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7373 8672
Number of agents:
8
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Send a cover letter, synopsis, the first 30 pages to submissions@aitkenalexander.co.uk. They do not represent illustrated children's books, poetry or screenplays.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
31/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
Y - New York and New Delhi
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@aitkenalexander
Latest news:
http://www.aitkenalexander.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=1&Itemid=128
More about the agency:
Gillon Aitken first founded Gillon Aitken Limited in 1976. From its inception, the agency has placed great emphasis on overseas rights. In 1998, former Viking and Macmillan Publisher Clare Alexander joined the agency and in 2005 the name of the agency was changed to Aitken Alexander Associates. In 2008, Andrew Kidd, previously Publisher of Picador and Macmillan, joined as a director. In 2011, Lesley Thorne joined the board of the company alongside Gillon, Clare, Sally and Andrew. Gillon, Clare and Andrew represent a wide range of prize-winning and bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors. The focus of the agency remains on writers and writing. Gillon Aitken first founded Gillon Aitken Limited in 1976. From its inception, the agency has placed great emphasis on overseas rights, and Sally Riley joined the agency in 1989 to head up the Translation Rights department. In 1998, former Viking and Macmillan Publisher Clare Alexander joined the agency and in 2005 the name of the agency was changed to Aitken Alexander Associates. Aitken Alexander also enjoys strong associative relationships with the agencies of Anthony Sheil, Mary Pachnos and Lucy Luck, each of whom boasts strong and distinctive lists. In 2009 the agency opened an office in New York, under Anna Stein, and, in 2011, in New Delhi, under Shruti Debi. Both moves reflected Aitken Alexander's strong commitment to the best of international writing.

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