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Before setting up Artellus Limited with Gabriele Pantucci in 1986, Leslie worked for The National Theatre, Columbia Pictures, London Management, and several publishing houses. As an editor, she helped secure Salman Rushdie a publishing deal for Midnight's Children and worked with Anthony Burgess during his most prolific years (and continues to handle his Estate). 

Like the agency itself, Leslie has wide and varied interests. She represents a myriad of different authors, from well-known Estates and literary fiction writers to non-fiction. The agency does not call out which authors belong to which agents, so it is difficult to pinpoint Leslie's particular interests. Having made her name working with impressive literary writers, as well as Burgess and his penchant for the more bizarre, it's a safe bet she is open to any manuscript with literary merit.

As a whole, Artellus Ltd represents authors from almost any genre or style. In non-fiction, their client list includes scientists, historians, journalists, chefs, and economists. Meanwhile, their fiction list is immensely diverse, from critically acclaimed literary works to SFF and crime genre pieces. Some of the agency's clients include:

  • Lynn Flewelling
  • Jonathan Green
  • Fred Vermorel
  • Reg McKay (Estate)
  • Somtow

They also take on quality manuscripts for translation and work with several Italian periodicals. Artellus will handle all rights across the world for their writers but they do not represent film or television scripts.

While Artellus will accept email submissions, they prefer to receive manuscripts by post. If you wish to send an electronic submission, email first with your enquiry before sending. Full guidelines can be found on the agency's website.

Unlike many agents, Leslie will happily represent authors from anywhere in the world. As long as she loves your work, she doesn't mind where you are based. 


Detailed data

Agency:
Artellus Limited
Agent since:
1940
Short biography:
Leslie got her PhD in rhetoric in 2008, having founded Artellus Ltd with Gabriele Pantucci in 1986 after a stint at American publishing houses, London Management (a UK theatrical agency), Columbia Pictures and National Theatre, reading scripts. An MA at the University of Iowa's International Writers Workshop set her on the path. She handles a full list of writers internationally for fiction, non-fiction, film and periodicals.
Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Memoir and autobiography, Mind, Body, Spirit, Food and Cookery, Other non-fiction, History, Politics, society & current affairs, Science, Young adult fiction, Travel, Religion, Women's fiction, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Erotica, Fantasy, Genre romance, Historical fiction, Horror, Paranormal romance, Science fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
No Data
Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
We welcome submissions from new fiction and non-fiction writers. Please send the first three chapters and a synopsis by post. If you would prefer to send an electronic version, please first enquire by email.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@leslieagardner
Interesting links:
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-i-got-my-agent-wm-luke-everest
Clients:
Agency List: Harold Acton (Estate), Robert Aickman (Estate), Nick Allen, Richard Bradford, Anthony Burgess (Estate), David Coates, Nicholas Coleridge, John Coulthart, Dan Feldman, Lynn Flewelling, Joan Freeman, Robert Gallo, Michael Gregorio, Robert Hazen, Richard Hobbs, Kate Jacoby, John Kay, Roger Lewis, Ronald Lightbown, Peter James, Bruce Jones, Ruth Joseph, Edward Luttwak, Reg McKay (Estate), Lois McMaster Bujold, Fariborz Mokhtari, Kevin Morrison, Tony Nourmand, Stephen O'Brien, David K. O'Hara, Raffaello Pantucci, John Plender, Pope-Hennessy (Estates), James Raven, Ray Russell, Frank K Ryan, Darryl Samaraweera, Mark Smith, Somtow, Guido Steinberg, I J Thorpe, James Trefil, Martin van Creveld, Fred Vermorel
Full client list:
http://www.artellusltd.co.uk/authors/
Email address:
leslie@artellusltd.co.uk

Agents of: Artellus Limited

Agency details

Website:
http://www.artellusltd.co.uk/
About the agency:
Artellus Limited has been operating as an international literary agency since 1986, representing writers in all fields. Our authors include historians, scientists, economists, investigative journalists and writers on culture, fashion and food. We handle a wide range of fiction, from literary to fantasy and sci-fi, encompassing crime writing and fiction for young adults. We represent writers to the world, handling book volume rights and any exploitation of those books rights' to periodicals, films, radio, television, and merchandising. We do not handle film or television scripts. Our writers live in the USA, Europe, and Asia. The common denominator is that we are partial to their work. We are a full service agency, with colleagues based in all parts of the world, unless we handle rights directly in consultation with our writers. We are a liaison office for several Italian periodicals.
Address for submissions:
Artellus Limited, 30 Dorset House, Gloucester Place, London NW1 5AD
Office address:
Artellus Limited, 30 Dorset House, Gloucester Place, London NW1 5AD
Email address:
pantucci@artellusltd.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7935 6972
Number of agents:
4
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We welcome submissions from new fiction and non-fiction writers. Please send the first three chapters and a synopsis by post. If you would prefer to send an electronic version, please first enquire by email.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
6 days
Agency Transparency Index:
29/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@Artellus
Latest news:
http://www.artellusltd.co.uk/authors/news/
More about the agency:
Artellus Limited has been operating as an international literary agency since 1986, representing writers in all fields. Our authors include historians, scientists, economists, investigative journalists and writers on culture, fashion and food. We handle a wide range of fiction, from literary to fantasy and sci-fi, encompassing crime writing and fiction for young adults. We represent writers to the world, handling book volume rights and any exploitation of those books rights' to periodicals, films, radio, television, and merchandising. We do not handle film or television scripts. Our writers live in the USA, Europe, and Asia. The common denominator is that we are partial to their work. We are a full service agency, with colleagues based in all parts of the world, unless we handle rights directly in consultation with our writers. We are a liaison office for several Italian periodicals.

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