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Profile Summary

Lucy Juckes spent 25 years in publishing, including a spell as Sales Director of Bloomsbury (a key position in a firm that now lies only just outside the Big 5 in terms of UK scale.) She was also founder and MD of Barrington Stoke, a publisher which specialised in work aimed at reluctant and/or dyslexic child readers. (The firm, by the way, is still going strong.)

She now runs JB’s children and YA list, representing authors across the spectrum of age ranges. We can’t tell you much in detail about her tastes, as individual client lists are not published for JB’s authors.

We have some useful links (below) that tell you a little more, of which the most helpful is the YouTube video, which gives you some sense of what Lucy Juckes is like and how she sees the role of an agent.

Do note that the agents at Jenny Brown Associates are not always looking at new submissions. At the time of writing, Lucy Juckes is not taking on new clients . . . but writers should check JB’s website directly as the status of individual agents is prone to change without notice.
We have sought further clarification as to Lucy’s tastes and interests and will publish any information when and if we receive it.

Detailed data

Jenny Brown Associates
Agent since:
Short biography:

Lucy Juckes has worked in the publishing industry for over 25 years and represents writers and illustrators for children. She was previously co-founder and Managing Director of Barrington Stoke, the children's publisher specialising in books for reluctant readers. Lucy has also worked as Sales Director of Bloomsbury.

Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction
Authors & books liked:

Passionate about strong narratives for reluctant readers (see below.)

Other loves & passions:

Getting children - especially reluctant readers - to read. Barrington Stoke was founded on one passionate belief: that all children should experience the joy of reading for pleasure. Lucy Juckes, was a publishing professional who saw that wonderful books were going unread by children who simply had no access to stories. Lucy and her co-founder realised that to bring books to dyslexic, reluctant and disadvantaged children, they would need to create an entirely different kind of publisher. So Barrington Stoke was born in Lucy's Edinburgh home. It wasn't just about getting the best writers. To be successful the books had to deliver gripping stories which would captivate and entice even the most reluctant reader - using language that made the reading experience easier.

How to make a submission:
Not always open for submissions - check under the agent
Other advice and background:

As a children's agent, Lucy is quick to remind her writers about the virtues of creating a series. One of her writers comments, 'I've learned from my children's agent Lucy Juckes that children's publishers do buy a series rather than individual titles.'

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The following names represent the full agency client list: Annemarie Allan, Lin Anderson, David Barnes, Emma Barnes, Nicola Barry, Richard Bath, Alison Baverstock, Mark Beaumont, David Belbin, Jim Bilsland, Stephen Blackmore, Richard Blandford, Ned Boulting, Graeme Bowman, Sean Bridges, Neil Broadfoot, Declan Burke, Simon Burton, Angus Calder, Ewen Cameron, Neil Cocker, Jeff Connor, Linda Cracknell, Jim Crumley, Catherine de Courcy, Des Dillon, Peter Dorward, Robert Douglas, Neil Drysdale, Christopher Edge, Kim Elliott, Stephanie Ellyne, Jennie Erdal, Christa Faust, Russell Findlay, Stona Fitch, Helen Fitzgerald, Derek Flory, Donna Ford, Gavin Francis, Gill Fyffe, Nuala Gardner, Rodge Glass, Alasdair Gray, Alex Gray, Keith Gray, Martin Greig, Chas Griffin, Allan Guthrie, Gaby Halberstam, Sophie Hardach, Tim Harris, Denise Haskew, Joanna Hickson, Laura Hird, Fiona Houston, Chris Hoy, Roger Hutchinson, Ewart Hutton, Emma Huxter, Vicky Jack, Douglas Jackson, James Jauncey, Doug Johnstone, Ed Jones, Zannah Kearns, Guy Kennaway, Gary Kissick, Patrick Lambe, Tom Lappin, Sue Lawrence, Will Lawson, Tracey Lawson, Anne MacLeod, Richard Madelin, Sara Maitland, Laura Marney, Sue Martin, Graham McColl, William McIntyre, Russel D McLean, Jonatha Meres, Xa Milne, Grace Monroe, Donna Moore, Richard Moore, Janet Morgan, Carey Morning, Erica Munro, Alison Murray, Andrew Newbound, Audrey Niven, Dennis O'Donnell, Steve Parker, Stuart Paterson, Alan Pattullo, Brian Pendreigh, Dexter Petley, Robin Pilcher, Tom Pow, Danielle Ramsay, Jeff Randall, John Rector, Jonathan Rendall, Alex Renton, George Robertson, Rob Robertson, Willie Robertson, Craig Robertson, Alan Rough, Sandra Ruttan, Suhayl Saadi, Karl Sabbagh, Alastair Scott, Mike Scott, Ruth Scott, Susan Sellers, Sara Sheridan, Barrie Sherwood, Aiden Smith, Natasha Solomons, Graham Spiers, Kenneth Steven, Daniel Stuart, Gary Sutherland, Stephen Thompson, Alice Thompson, Graeme Thomson, Maria Thomson, Paul Torday, Mary Turner Thomson, Alistair Urquhart, Zoe Venditozzi, John Ward, D V Wesselmann, Mark Whitaker, Dave White, Christopher Whyte, Kevin Williamson, Jim Wilson, Esther Woolfson.
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Agents of: Jenny Brown Associates

Agency details

About the agency:
Founded in 2002, Jenny Brown Associates has quickly become one of the leading literary agencies in the UK, the biggest literary agent in Scotland and a literary agent with a worldwide reputation.
Address for submissions:
Jenny Brown Associates, 33, Argyle Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1JT
Office address:
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Phone number:
0131 229 5334
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Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
We prefer to receive submissions by email. You will find our individual preferences and email addresses listed on our Agents page. We read all submissions made to us in order of receipt. Please note that we will only respond to submissions if we wish to read more. If you have not heard back from us within eight weeks then you can assume that we do not feel that the work is right for our agency. If you cannot submit by e-mail, then send a hard copy to your preferred agent. We will only respond if we wish to see more. Unfortunately we are unable to return material submitted, and our policy is to recycle all materials. For fiction, send us the first 50 pages (no more) and a synopsis in a single document, with a covering letter. For non-fiction, email a proposal and short example of the proposed work - a sample chapter, for instance. Please include a short note on the competing or comparable literature stating, where possible, author, title, publisher and publication date. It would be helpful to have an overview of possible marketing outlets and a biographical note outlining your background, training and experience. For children's, we do not represent poetry or plays. If you are submitting fiction, send a covering letter together with a synopsis of your novel and the first three chapters (unless it is a picture book, in which case, please send the full story). If you are an illustrator, please e-mail a selection of JPEGs with a covering letter, and if you also write stories, please send those too. Please write a covering letter in the body of the email giving an account of the background of the book and your writing career to date. If you have been referred to us by a publishing or personal contact then make this clear. If you have had previous correspondence with one of our agents please mention this. We would appreciate knowing if your project has been sent to or is being considered by other agents or publishers.
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Founded in 2002, Jenny Brown Associates has quickly become one of the leading literary agencies in the UK, the biggest literary agent in Scotland and a literary agent with a worldwide reputation.

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