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Louise has been working at Andrew Mann for more than a decade now. In her time there, she has built a focused list of exemplary writers across fiction, non-fiction, and dramatists. In fiction, she is interested in both commercial and literary fiction, particularly 'adult contemporary' work. She is also currently accepting submissions from children's authors for an 8+ market and is eager to read some interesting YA (but please no more vampires!). If you've got a great YA manuscript with a crime/thriller crossover, especially in the psychological area, Louise is well worth submitting to.

If you are looking to submit for non-fiction, Louise is looking for narrative non-fiction particularly in the areas of popular culture, the arts, and theatre. She is very matter of fact about not attempting to represent areas she has no interest in, so new age, self-help books or misery memoirs! 

Remember that agents are very busy. While looking after their existing lists, they receive hundreds of new submissions a week. The agency explicitly asks authors not to chase their submissions, within reason. It will take them up to eight weeks to reply, but they will reply. They simply do not have the time to confirm receipt of every submission and chasing them unnecessarily will not stand you in good stead! To make sure your submission doesn't get lost, follow the instructions on the agency website.

Do make sure that your submission is as polished as you can possibly make it before submitting. It is true what they say, first impressions are everything. Louise has said that sometimes she will reject a book just from reading the first sentence. That might sound harsh, but a good agent can spot the necessary ingredients for a successful book very quickly. 

Detailed data

Andrew Mann
Agent since:
Short biography:

I've been with Andrew Mann Literary Agency for ten years, representing children's fiction, adult contemporary fiction, and theatre studies, as well as dramatists for theatre and radio. 


I welcome fiction submissions from debut authors, and consider commercial, literary, and children's fiction from 8+ upwards including YA, and narrative non-fiction.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's fiction, Other non-fiction, Women's fiction, Genre romance, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Here is what I look for when reading submissions: I love Kate Atkinson for character, William Boyd for storytelling, Nick Horny for always revealing the laughter hidden beneath sadness, and George Saunders for his captivating worlds. John Boyne for his captivating stories that are imaginative and dramatic in structure.

Other loves & passions:

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

Slush Tip: Don't send fresh produce with your submission. Currently reading a teen fiction manuscript splattered with an exploded passion fruit.

An Interview with Louise Burns

Q. What books/authors do you love in commercial fiction? (Crime, women’s) Give us some examples and say why you liked these books/authors.

I love Kate Atkinson for character, William Boyd for storytelling, Nick Horny for revealing the laughter hidden beneath sadness, and George Saunders for his captivating worlds, John Boyne for his captivating stories that are imaginative and dramatic in structure. 

Q. How about sci-fi/horror/fantasy/paranormal/YA dystopian/erotic? What would you be interested in, and what’s a big no?

No YA dystopian please. I love fantasy that is set in a world not unlike ours and horror is thrilling when it’s genuinely eerie, but no blood and gore for me. 

Q. On the non-fiction side, are there particular areas that interest you? Does your non-fiction list have a particular slant to it?

I like narrative non-fiction with a focus on popular culture and theatre & the Arts.

Q. And are there any areas of zero interest to you in non-fiction? What would you NOT want to see?

No cookery (I’m simply not a ‘foodie), no self-help or heath or spiritual books (I don’t read them, and I’ve no idea what makes a good one).

Q. Is there anything in particular you’d love to see at the moment?

I’m building a small, focused list.  In children's fiction, I particularly welcome submissions for commercial picture books, adventure middle grade series & genre, as well as Young Adult.  I'd love a romance, or stories about facing big challenges in life, with hope.  I'm not looking for 'edgy' or dark, or dystopian YA, but I'd love to find a psychological thriller or crime for Young Adult.  

Q. What single piece of advice would you most want to give writers?

Read everything within your genre or age group, or both that is being published now.  Know the market and find your voice. 

Q. How many submissions do you see annually? And how many of those submissions will end up on your list?

I’ve had a quick look at my submissions email folder: in the past 12 months I’ve replied to more than 1,100 enquiries-- and I signed 2 new clients.

Q. Do you look for social media and online presence? Do you care?

 Yes – social media is important.  No more to be said really. ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’.

Q. When people are pitching the concept for a book to you, what do you find is the most common failing?

I’m not interested in reading a pitch or a concept – that’s the common failing.  I want a story that hits me in the heart, the gut and makes me feel as though the writer is telling my story. 

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Interesting links:
Fiction: Segun Afolabi, Kerry Andrew, David Allison, Valerie Blumenthal, Col Buchanan, Tracy Corbett, John Dufresne, Gordon Ferris, Linda Gillard, Sue Healy, Catherin Hokin, Vanessa Lafaye, Thomas Lynch, Chris Nickson, Mike Nicol, Olivia Rana, Brian Ruckley, Wil Roberts, Janet Roger, David Thorne (David Cadji-Newby), Patricia M. Wilson. Non-Fiction: Peter Barton, Banx, Brian Byfield, Alan Orpin, Gray Jolliffe, Michael Darlow, Rupert Fawcett, Andrew Fowler, Joy Hancox, Lesley Henderson, Thomas Lynch, Richard Mills, Chris Nickson, Mike Nicol, Sir Michael Parker, David Quinlan, Andy Rashleigh, Sarah Richardson, Michael Smith, John Taylor, Melissa Wareham. Children's: Jeremy Banks (Banx), Edyth Bulbring, Richard Byrne, Adam Death, Gina Douthwaite, Ruth Eastham, Judith Heneghan, Savita Kalhan, Kate Lennard, Andrew Miller, John Pilkington, Katharine Quarmby, Andrew Weale, Melissa Wareham, Jude Wisdom, Henry Yates. Dramatists: David Allison, Arnold Evans, Sue Healy, Jayne Hollinson, John Ireland, Sharon Oakes, Dominic Power, Richard Quick, Darren Rapier, Hugh Stoddart, Rosemary Anne Sisson.
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Agents of: Andrew Mann

Agency details

About the agency:
Members of the Association of Authors' Agents(AAA), Crime Writers' Association (CWA), and Historical Writers' Association (HWA) Commission: Home 15%, USA and Translation 20% We are represented by co-agents for international markets.
Address for submissions:
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Office address:
39 - 41 North Road, London, N7 9DP
Email address:
Phone number:
020 7609 6218
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Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Please email your submission to for all submissions bar crime, which should go directly to Tina. - In the subject line please write ['children's submission']/ or ['submission'] for all other genres, followed by [title of work] and [name of author] - Include a brief synopsis of the plot, and keep your focus on telling us the dramatic story. - Attach only the first three chapters of your work, or the first 30 pages.
More info on this agency:
Andrew Mann Literary Agency was established in 1975. We are a small literary agency always looking for exciting projects, although we do not handle poetry, spiritual or new age philosophy, short stories or misery memoirs. I'm afraid we are not currently accepting submissions for film or theatre. Due to the huge number of submissions received we select very few, but we will make editorial suggestions if we see potential in the work.
Average response time:
8 days
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Members of the Association of Authors' Agents(AAA), Crime Writers' Association (CWA), and Historical Writers' Association (HWA) Commission: Home 15%, USA and Translation 20% We are represented by co-agents for international markets.

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