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Lucy worked for 8 years at RCW, an excellent larger agency, before setting up on her own as Lucy Luck Associates. Two years later, in 2008, her agency became an associate of Aitken Alexander (with AA handling such things as foreign rights sales, for example) and in 2014, Lucy simply folded her operation  into Aitken Alexander. In 2016, Lucy moved to Conville and Walsh (C+W).

We reckon that Lucy’s tastes head toward the edgy, thoughtful and quirky. She tends to prefer literary work to more commercial work, and maintains both a fiction and non-fiction list, though – on our view of her list – the bias is strongly towards upmarket fiction.

We have analysed her client list as follows:

  • She has a firm interest in short stories (though reservations, of course, on how marketable they may be.) Stuart Evers (‘Ten Stories about Smoking’) is one client who did achieve success with the form. Ditto Colin Barrett and US author Danielle McLaughlin
  • Some literary angst – for example Greg Baxter’s meditation on suicide-by-anorexia in Munich Airport. Catherine O’Flynn’s Costa debut winning novel What Was Lost is also broadly in this territory.
  • Some strange, comic fiction (for example American author, Andrew Fox’s, novels about fat vampire taxi drivers in New Orleans.)
  • Clever, well-written psychlogical thrillers, eg: Rebecca Frayn’s Deceptions
  • Some coming of age work, eg Rebecca Ray’s A Certain Age.
  • Some versatile and classy literary writers, notably Adam ‘Ulverton’ Thorpe and Michele Roberts, the poet, feminist and novelist.

Lucy continues to take on plenty of debut clients, so her long track record shouldn’t deter writers from making an approach.



Detailed data

Agency:
C+W Agency
Agent since:
1997
Short biography:

Lucy Luck started in publishing in 1997, and worked for over 8 years at Rogers, Coleridge and White Ltd. In 2006, she set up Lucy Luck Associates, an agency focusing on writers of quality fiction and non-fiction. During her time at RCW she was fortunate to work with many talented writers including Julie Myerson, Anne Enright, Bernard MacLaverty, Miles Kington, Stella Tillyard, Richard Overy, Lisa Jardine, and Donna Tartt. In 2008, Lucy Luck Associates joined with Aitken Alexander Associates as an associate agency and she then joined AAA as an agent in 2014.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, History, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Fiction and non-fiction, short stories. Her interests tend towards edgy, thoughtful fiction and quirky non-fiction, although she has found there are always exceptions to any rules. Although she has a passion for short stories, she's not always been successful in placing collections with publishers and any putative short story author should read Lucy's comments on the Booktrust site (linked below).

"I am looking for literary and literary cross-over novels and non-fiction that makes you think, and for anything that stops me in my tracks."

Other loves & passions:


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

Not stated

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@agent_luck
Interesting links:
https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/writers/advice/713/preparing-for-submission/how-to-find-a-literary-agent/
Clients:
Shahnaz Ahsan, Piers Alexander, Colin Barrett, Kevin Barry, Sara Baume, Greg Baxter, Richard Beard, Kevin Breathnach, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Mike Carter, David Cornwell, Danny Denton, Sarah Dunnakey, Wendy Erskine, Stuart Evers, Oisin Fagan, Zoe Gilbert, Rory Gleeson, Garth Greenwell, John Hooper, Jon Hotten, Paul Howarth, Andrew Michael Hurley, Molly McCloskey, John Patrick McHugh, Danielle McLaughlin, Eoin McNamee, Peter Murphy, Paraic O'Donnell, Catherine O'Flynn, Philip OCeallaigh, Caitriona Palmer, Elske Rahill, Charles Rangeley-Wilson, Jess Richards, Ray Robinson, Eimear Ryan, Amanda Smyth, Susan Stairs, Sara Taylor, Adam Thorpe, Eley Williams
Full client list:
http://cwagency.co.uk/agent/lucy-luck
Email address:
lucy@cwagency.co.uk

Agents of: C+W Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.convilleandwalsh.com/
About the agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, we are a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning commercial and literary authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors. We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing directly - in all media, markets and languages across the world. Jo Unwin and Claire Conville were shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year in the 2010 and 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards respectively. Jake Smith-Bosanquet won Rights Professional of the Year in the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.
Address for submissions:
5th Floor, Haymarket House, 28-9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP, United Kingdom
Office address:
5th Floor, Haymarket House, 28-9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP
Email address:
Look at Website for agent email
Phone number:
44 20 7393 4200
Number of agents:
9
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
You should send your submission (in Word.doc format) via email directly to the agent you would like to consider your work following the guidelines below. Contact details are listed under our agent profiles. Please don’t write to more than one of us. If we think a book is promising, we’ll make sure it gets to the person most likely to want to represent it. Please note, we no longer accept postal submissions. To read our individual profiles and wish lists, please take a look at the Staff page. Have a look here for more information: http://cwagency.co.uk/page/submissions
More info on this agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, C&W describes itself as "a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors." In 2013, C&W announced the sale of a 50% share in the agency to industry giant, Curtis Brown. Representatives of Curtis Brown will sit on the C&W board. Conville and Walsh will also move into CB's offices in London's Haymarket. Curtis Brown will make use of C&W's excellent agency services for speakers and the two companies will share various other operations. Nevertheless, C&W will retain its operating indepedence, so we continue to list the company separately on this site. C&W's write up of themselves continues thus: "We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing direct - in all media, markets and languages across the world. As a small group of agents, we have decades of experience in both literary and commercial publishing. We are proud of our reputation for the happy enduring relationships we have built up with our clients, and of our dynamic team of staff."
Average response time:
9 days
Agency Transparency Index:
33/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@CWAgencyUK
Latest news:
http://cwagency.co.uk/section/books/news
More about the agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, we are a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning commercial and literary authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors. We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing directly - in all media, markets and languages across the world. Jo Unwin and Claire Conville were shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year in the 2010 and 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards respectively. Jake Smith-Bosanquet won Rights Professional of the Year in the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.

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