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Lisa Eveleigh founded the Richford Becklow agency in 2011.  Her client list is still relatively small and the agency is clearly building its list.  Poet and novelist Philip Casey (‘The Water Star’, ‘The Fisher Child’) and women’s fiction writer, Grace Wynne-Jones (‘Ordinary Miracles’, ‘Wise Follies’) are among her current authors. 

Lisa will consider Young adult fiction, 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, Science fiction, Paranormal romance, Horror, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction and Literary Fiction.

As you can tell from the genre list, Lisa has wide ranging tastes in literature and enjoys both commercial and literary fiction.  Favourite novelists include Graham Swift, Ian McEwan, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Esther Freud, Jilly Cooper and Patrick Gale.  In non-fiction, she is a fan of writing by Claire Tomalin, Robert McCrum, Michael Holroyd, Hermione Lee and Ben McIntyre.  Prior to starting her own company, Lisa worked at prestigious literary agency, A. P. Watt, where she had experience of working a host of high profile clients including Ben Okri, Tony Parsons, Helen Dunmore, Philip Kerr and Joseph O'Connor.

Outside of work she is a keen cook and enjoys gardening, musicals and collecting Edwardian china and vintage handbags - agent hunter subscribers take note - these areas are likely to be of interest if they turn up on the slush pile.  Historians and biographers should be aware that Lisa is fascinated by the late 18th and 19th century, especially the Napoleonic wars and the Regency period. In terms of things to avoid, the agency does not take on books aimed at babies and toddlers or erotica.  Postal submissions are not accepted so you will need to email any enquiries or submissions.  It is well worth browsing through the interview that Lisa gave to Writers' Workshop and you can also keep up to date with Lisa's literary loves and interests by following her twitter feed @richfordbabe



Detailed data

Agency:
Richford Becklow Literary Agency
Agent since:
1987
Short biography:

Lisa Eveleigh is the founder and primary agent at Richford Becklow. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Durham and also studied American literature for two years. After graduating, Lisa worked at the BBC. Her publishing career took off in 1986 when she joined A P Watt Ltd, the world's oldest literary agency. She has previously worked with Michael Holroyd, Frederic Raphael, Jan Morris, Graham Swift, Ben Okri, Carol Clewlow and Tony Parsons. She was the first agent to recognise the talent of authors Helen Dunmore, Philip Kerr and Joseph O'Connor. Lisa took a sabbatical from publishing in 2007, relocating to Glasgow with her boyfriend who is a writer and broadcaster. On their return to London in 2011, refreshed by the experience of reading widely and at leisure, she set up Richford Becklow and is delighted to be representing some old friends; Philip Casey, Grace Wynne-Jones and Hugo Barnacle. Lisa is a member of the Writer's Guild of Great Britain and the Askew Road Business Network. She served as a committee member for the Association of Author's Agents between 2004 and 2006.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, 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, Science fiction, Paranormal romance, Horror, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Here are some writers I admire - Fiction: Graham Swift, Ian McEwan, Susan Hill, Margaret Drabble, Margaret Forster, Julian Barnes, Alan Hollinghurst, Jonathan Coe, Simon Scarrow, Jasper Fforde, Conn Iggulden, Patrick O'Brien, Bernard Cornwell, Philip Kerr, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Penelope Lively, Barbara Trapido, Helen Dunmore, Linda Grant, Esther Freud, Raffaella Barker, JoJo Moyes, Jenny Colgan, Allison Pearson, India Knight, Luke Jennings, Jilly Cooper, Anna Blundy, Stan Barstow, Georgette Heyer, Laurie Graham, Edmund White, Patrick Gale, Nora Ephron, Helen Fielding, Colm Toibin, Andrew O'Hagan, Michael Marshall Smith, S J Parris, Suzannah Dunn, Philippa Gregory. Of the classics, Jane Austen, F Scott Fitzgerald, Thackeray, Trollope, the Brontes,Tolstoy and Maupassant are books we return to with pleasure Non-Fiction: Michael Holroyd, Claire Tomalin, Hermione Lee, Ben McIntyre, Stephen Fry, Adam Nicolson, Jeremy Lewis, Amanda Foreman,Jenny Uglow, Judith Flanders, Mark Lewisohn, Robert McCrum, Jon Savage, Nick Cohn, Miranda Seymour

Other loves & passions:

I'm a keen cook, and read recipe books as if they were novels. I also love messing about in the garden, enjoy visiting National Trust properties, and dream of having a vegetable plot. The late 18th and early 19th century fascinate me (particularly the Peninsular and Napoleonic wars, and the Regency period) and I'll read any history, biography or novel of that period. I'm a bit of an ageing rock-chick, never miss 'Later with Jools Holland' and go to the Latitude Festival in Suffolk every year. I love the theatre, including musicals, and get an annual fix of new comedy by visiting the Edinburgh Festival. I also collect Edwardian china and vintage evening bags.

How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:

Reflections on perceived inaccuracies in the bible are not for me, and I dislike 'touchy-feely' writing as well. I wouldn't read techno-thrillers or violent action stories for pleasure so am no judge. Erotic fiction may be having a moment, but I loathe it. I'll take a look at a well-crafted Regency romance, but in general genre romance doesn't float my boat. There really is no 'r' in my surname, and it's irritating to be addressed as 'Dear Richford/Richard'. That tells me that the author hasn't read my website properly. Do please follow the submission guidelines there, and don't send me an entire book unless I specifically request you to. If you're submitting to a number of agents then it's only common courtesy to say so. The indignant chasing email doesn't go down well; I do look at everything, and will reply as soon as my other work allows me to. Finally, do make sure your manuscript is as polished as possible before submitting, as if you send a revised version when I'm already half way through, you've wasted my time before I've made a decision.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@richfordbabe
Interesting links:
http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/blog/meet-the-agents-lisa-eveleigh-from-richard-becklow-agency/
Clients:
Hugo Barnacle, Stephen Buck, Philip Casey, Karen Clarke, Karen Coles, Anne Corlett, Carole Crickmore, R P Marshall, Ulick O'Connor, Kate Price, Lakshmi Raj Sharma, Sally Townsend, Grace Wynne-Jones.
Full client list:
http://www.richfordbecklow.com/Clients.php
Email address:
enquiries@richfordbecklow.co.uk

Agents of: Richford Becklow Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.richfordbecklow.com/
About the agency:
Richford Becklow was founded in late 2011 by Lisa Eveleigh who is the primary agent,working with specialist sub-agents where relevant. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Durham and also studied American literature for two years. After graduating, Lisa worked at the BBC, and her publishing career took off in 1986, when she joined A P Watt Ltd, the world's oldest literary agency. Authors she worked with at the agency include Michael Holroyd, Frederic Raphael, Jan Morris, Graham Swift, Ben Okri, Carol Clewlow and Tony Parsons. She was the first agent to recognise the talent of authors Helen Dunmore, Philip Kerr and Joseph O'Connor. Lisa took a sabbatical from publishing in 2007, relocating to Glasgow with her boyfriend who is a writer and broadcaster. On their return to London in 2011, refreshed by the experience of reading widely and at leisure, she set up Richford Becklow and is delighted to be representing some old friends; Philip Casey, Grace Wynne-Jones and Hugo Barnacle. Lisa is a member of the Writer's Guild of Great Britain and the Askew Road Business Network. She served as a committee member for the Association of Author's Agents between 2004 and 2006.
Address for submissions:
Work by email please
Office address:
No data
Email address:
enquiries@richfordbecklow.co.uk
Phone number:
+44 (0)7510 023823
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Please send an email with your work attached as a Word document only (no PDF's please) plus a short biographical note to enquiries@richfordbecklow.co.uk . For fiction, we ask for a synopsis plus the first three chapters. For non-fiction, a synopsis plus chapter breakdown and a note on the market for your book. We do not accept postal submissions and we only reply to email enquiries. US authors: we advise that you seek representation in your own country initially but if you like the sound of us please tell your agent to contact us with a view to sub-agency. We aim to reply within eight weeks but please allow for our busy Book Fair periods in April and October and do not submit then.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
65/100
Member of the AAA:
No
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@richfordbabe
Latest news:
http://www.richfordbecklow.com/News.php
More about the agency:
Richford Becklow was founded in late 2011 by Lisa Eveleigh who is the primary agent,working with specialist sub-agents where relevant. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Durham and also studied American literature for two years. After graduating, Lisa worked at the BBC, and her publishing career took off in 1986, when she joined A P Watt Ltd, the world's oldest literary agency. Authors she worked with at the agency include Michael Holroyd, Frederic Raphael, Jan Morris, Graham Swift, Ben Okri, Carol Clewlow and Tony Parsons. She was the first agent to recognise the talent of authors Helen Dunmore, Philip Kerr and Joseph O'Connor. Lisa took a sabbatical from publishing in 2007, relocating to Glasgow with her boyfriend who is a writer and broadcaster. On their return to London in 2011, refreshed by the experience of reading widely and at leisure, she set up Richford Becklow and is delighted to be representing some old friends; Philip Casey, Grace Wynne-Jones and Hugo Barnacle. Lisa is a member of the Writer's Guild of Great Britain and the Askew Road Business Network. She served as a committee member for the Association of Author's Agents between 2004 and 2006.

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