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Like many agents, Luigi got his start in the industry as an editor at a big publishing house, in this case, Penguin and Harlequin Mills and Boon. He worked at Sheil Land Associates for eight years before deciding to strike out on his own, setting up Luigi Bonomi Associates Literary Agency in 2005. Luigi's success as an agent was recognised by the Bookseller, winning the Agent of the Year award in 2010. He represents both fiction and non-fiction authors, but does not consider short stories, poetry, or film scripts. 

While Luigi concedes that positive reviews and critical acclaim are great, he wants to remind authors that good reviews don't pay the bills. What he is most interested in is best-sellers. In new writers, he looks for people who are happy to take on editorial advice and work at turning their manuscript into a massive commercial hit. Luigi thrives on working closely with authors from the initial idea to final published book, helping them craft the best possible commercial novel they can. 

Great writing isn't necessarily what captures his attention in the first instance, as Luigi believes that writing style can always be improved. Instead, what will really excite him is great characters and a thrilling, intriguing plot. These are elements that can't be taught and make for brilliant one-liner pitches that prove irresistible to publishers. As such, Luigi's interests tend towards commercial genre fiction, with fast-paced, easily digestible reads. 

Luigi was the long-time agent of the late Sir Terry Wogan. His other clients on the non-fiction side of his list are similarly big names, including personalities such as Kirstie Allsopp, James May, and Alan Titchmarsh. Given the establish commercial viability of these clients, it seems unlikely Luigi is interested in taking non-fiction work from writers without a demonstrable audience already in existence.


Detailed data

Agency:
Luigi Bonomi Associates
Agent since:
1997
Short biography:
Luigi Bonomi read English Literature at University College London and at Dartmouth College in the USA. After working as a bookseller, he joined the publishers Macdonald Futura in 1986 as a children's book Editor. Subsequently, he worked for a number of publishers including Harlequin Mills and Boon and Penguin Books where he was an Editorial Director at Michael Joseph. In 1997, he became a literary agent joining Sheil Land Associates where he worked for eight years before setting up LBA in 2005. He has been personally responsible for discovering and launching the careers of a large number of best-selling authors. He is Honorary Professor of Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University and the Literary Consultant for The Sunday Times Oxford University Literary Festival. In 2010 he won The Bookseller Industry Award for Literary Agent of The Year.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Children's fiction, 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, Genre romance, Historical fiction, Paranormal romance, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
No Data
Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:
The language, style, rhythm and sound is very influential. So it is important to listen to other people reading it (reading aloud to yourself is valuable, but hearing other people read shows better how it will be received). However many chapters you send literary agents, whether it's a whole novel bound in a leather folder or a pink ribbon or with a photo of yourself or not (and I have seen all of these) none of this will matter - you will be solely judged on what you have written in your covering letter and on your first page.
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@LBABooks
Interesting links:
http://crimeandpublishing.com/2011/02/11/in-the-dock-luigi-bonomi/
Clients:
Full agency client list: Max Adams, Sarah Alderson, Kirstie Allsopp, Will Adams, Toby Buckland, Fern Britton, Amanda Brooke, J T Brannan, James Barrington, James Becker, Jason Bradbury, Terry Brighton, Josephine Cox, Sean Cregan, Megan Cole, Dean Crawford, Sam Christer, Jo Carnegie, Lucie Cave, Gennaro Contaldo, Matthew Dunn, A.M. Dean, Pure Grass Films, Judy Finnigan, Nick Foulkes, Diarmuid Gavin, David Gibbins, Pippa Greenwood, Matt Hilton, Joanne Hull, Glenn Harrold, Nicola Hodgkinson, Andrew Hammond, Alan Hammond, Becky Hope, Bruno Hare, Richard Hammond, Sarah Harvey, Jo Hemmings, Jane Hill, John Humphrys, Graham Joyce, Simon Kernick, Victoria Lamb, Agnes Light, John Lucas, Dr Rosemary Leonard, Freda Lightfoot, Lucy Martin, Camilla Macpherson, Cherry Menlove, Richard Madeley, Ian Marber, James May, Maria Mccarthy, Colin McDowell, Gillian McKeith, Gavin Menzies, Nicola Monaghan, Sarah Monk, Mike Morley, Seth Patrick, Jeff Pearce, Gervase Phinn, Jordan Paramour, Sue Palmer, Andrew Pepper, Melanie Phillips, Jem Poster, Bernadette Robinson, Louisa Reid, Esther Rantzen, John Rickards, Dr Alice Roberts, Mike Rossiter, Jack Steel, Karen Swan, Catherine Sampson, Colin Shindler, Keren Smedley, Supersize vs Superskinny, Joe Swift, Professor Bryan Sykes, Jon Trace, Andy Torbet, Alan Titchmarsh, Martin Townsend, Jonathan Trigell, Sarah Tucker, Niki Valentine, Phil Vickery, Joan Woodcock, Sir Terry Wogan and Sally Worboyes.
Full client list:
http://www.lbabooks.com/agent/luigi-bonomi/
Email address:
luigisubmissions@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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