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Louise Lamont spent a brief while in the film industry, before joining upmarket literary agency, AP Watt, under the leadership of Caradoc King. Louise worked with King for seven years, helping him with his clients but also building a list of her own. In 2013, she moved to LBA where her primary interests is in finding writers of children's and YA fiction.

She particularly relishes "strong, sharp" storytelling, with good splashes of humour and narrative excitement.

She's had multiple clients feature on the shortlists for major children's fiction prizes, for example Julie Mayhew (for Red Ink, her debut novel) and Rebecca Cobb for her Lonely Sea Dragon and The Paper Dolls.

In terms of authors beyond her own client list, she reports that Roald Dahl's Boy and LM Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables made the biggest impression on her. She also loved Ann Frank's diaries when younger. These days, she's a big admirer of Kate Atkinson, Rainbow Rowell, David Nicholls and Michael Chabon. We would say these writers have in common good prose styles, non-standard approaches to narrative and a generally heart-warming attitude to their stories and characters. We suspect that Louise would like to see those things in her authors too.

There's a useful video interview -- see links below -- put together via our sister site, the Writers' Workshop. That features Louise talking directly about her work and gives you a good feel for the person behind the client list.

Asked (here) what gives her the most joy in her day to day job, Louise says, "Truly: any time I get an offer for a book. Whenever that happens, I shoot both my arms in the air and stare at my colleagues like a loon."



Detailed data

Agency:
Luigi Bonomi Associates
Agent since:
2006
Short biography:

After studying English Literature and Medieval Studies at university, I joined the literary agency AP Watt Ltd after a brief spell in the world of film development. I worked with Caradoc King and his clients for seven years, while also building my own list. In 2013, I moved to LBA. I am particularly looking for writers and illustrators for children and teen readers: strong, sharp storytelling with a hint of humour and a sense of adventure.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Mind, Body, Spirit, Food and Cookery, Other non-fiction, History, Politics, society & current affairs, Science, 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:

Likes Katie Bonna and her play 'Dirty Great Love Story' which showed at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@LLMonts
Interesting links:
http://www.forkandfiction.com/archives/1742
Clients:
Chris Beardshaw, Lucy Beresford-Knox, Virginia Bergin, Katie Bonna, Roland Chambers, Rebecca Cobb, Olare Foges, Rosie French, Ellie Grace, Julia Gray, Helen Hancocks, Charlotte Haptie, Zinnie Harris, Eva Katzler, Rupert Kingfisher, Lucy Mangan, Jenny Mayhew, Julie Mayhew, Ruby Meyer, Carol Morley, Jen Offord, Shayma Saadat, Alexandra Silber, Fleur Sinclair, Ria Varos, Laura Wood, Katherine Woodfine.
Full client list:
http://www.apwatt.co.uk/agents_frame.asp?left=agents_left.asp?agent_id=24&right=agents2.asp?agent_id=24
Email address:
louisesubmissions@lbabooks.com

Agents of: Luigi Bonomi Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.bonomiassociates.co.uk/
About the agency:
London based Literary agency, LBA was established by literary agents Luigi Bonomi and Amanda Preston in March 2005. Although we are a fairly new literary agency, our literary agents have been in the business for years and represent a wide variety of best-selling and prize-winning authors, journalists and writers. We work with a superb foreign rights agency who handle translation rights in over thirty territories and a dedicated book-to-film department handling film and TV rights for our author's works. To date LBA has had terrific success in getting first time authors published and we are actively looking for new writers to turn into international bestsellers.
Address for submissions:
LBA, 91 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3PS
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@bonomiassociates.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7637 1234
Number of agents:
4
Accepts email submissions:
No
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Submissions should be sent by post addressed to 'SUBMISSIONS DEPARTMENT' with the following: a covering letter, a brief synopsis, the first three chapters of the work on A4 paper, in double-spaced type on one side of the sheet only (please don't bind or staple your work and do remember to print your name and contact details on the cover of your manuscript), a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want us to return your work otherwise an e-mail address for our response. Please note that you should not send your only copy as if there is no self-addressed stamped envelope we will automatically dispose of your work. We do not deal with poetry, film scripts and short stories. We don't accept electronic submissions.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
40/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@LBA_agency
Latest news:
http://www.bonomiassociates.co.uk/literary-agents-london-news
More about the agency:
London based Literary agency, LBA was established by literary agents Luigi Bonomi and Amanda Preston in March 2005. Although we are a fairly new literary agency, our literary agents have been in the business for years and represent a wide variety of best-selling and prize-winning authors, journalists and writers. We work with a superb foreign rights agency who handle translation rights in over thirty territories and a dedicated book-to-film department handling film and TV rights for our author's works. To date LBA has had terrific success in getting first time authors published and we are actively looking for new writers to turn into international bestsellers.

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