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After university in Scotland, and two years spent working in bookshops in France and Belgium (including the famous Shakespeare & Co in Paris), Maggie McKernan began her career in publishing in the production and design department of Wm Heinemann Ltd in London in 1984. She then became an editor, becoming first assistant to David Godwin at Secker & Warburg, and later becoming Senior Editor there. From Secker she went on to Jonathan Cape, leaving it as editorial director to join Anthony Cheetham when he founded the Orion Publishing Group in 1992. At Orion, she set up the literary fiction imprint, publishing and editing writers like Vikram Seth, Ben Okri, Colum McCann, Jostein Gaarder, Michael Collins and many others. In 2005 she left Orion to become a literary agent and consultant to writers. Her agency, the McKernan Agency, is based in the city of Edinburgh and works in association with the agency Capel & Land in London.


Detailed data

Agency:
McKernan Literary Agency
Agent since:
2005
Short biography:
After university in Scotland, and two years spent working in bookshops in France and Belgium (including the famous Shakespeare & Co in Paris), Maggie McKernan began her career in publishing in the production and design department of Wm Heinemann Ltd in London in 1984. She then became an editor, becoming first assistant to David Godwin at Secker & Warburg, and later becoming Senior Editor there. From Secker she went on to Jonathan Cape, leaving it as editorial director to join Anthony Cheetham when he founded the Orion Publishing Group in 1992. At Orion, she set up the literary fiction imprint, publishing and editing writers like Vikram Seth, Ben Okri, Colum McCann, Jostein Gaarder, Michael Collins and many others. In 2005 she left Orion to become a literary agent and consultant to writers. Her agency, the McKernan Agency, is based in the city of Edinburgh and works in association with the agency Capel & Land in London.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Politics, society & current affairs, Memoir and autobiography, History, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Jane Austen,
Other loves & passions:
I'm a writer myself, with a book on Jane Austen in print and a biography under contract (though for so many years that I hope the publisher may have forgotten), so I understand the particular difficulties of the writer from personal experience as well as in theory.
How to make a submission:
Use website form only.
Other advice and background:
No data.
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.writing-room.co.uk/index.php?cat_name_u=about-us&sub_name_u=Maggie-McKernan
Clients:
The agency does not publish a full client list. The following authors represent a select list: Hugh Dodd, Emma Cowing, Christine Lo, Suki Urquhart, Aly Monroe, Michael Schmidt, Belinda Seaward, Michael Collins, Lucy Bannerman, Kate Kilalea, Jen McNeil, Carlos Alba, Katy Akingbade, Richard Price, Michael Fry, Alistair Darling.
Full client list:
http://www.mckernanagency.co.uk/pg03.shtml
Email address:
info@mckernanagency.co.uk

Agents of: McKernan Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.mckernanagency.co.uk
About the agency:
The agency is registered with the ASLA (Association for Scottish Literary Agents). They work in conjunction with Capel & Land in London for translation and foreign rights.
Address for submissions:
6 Ann Street, Edinburgh EH4 1PJ.
Office address:
Studio 50, Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG.
Email address:
info@mckernanagency.co.uk
Phone number:
0131 332 9782
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
This is a very small agency. We only represent the following kinds of books: high quality literary fiction (historical and crime included) and high quality non fiction (memoirs, biography, history, current affairs etc), we will also consider fiction for the older child. To submit, please use website form: http://www.mckernanagency.co.uk/contact.shtml.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
36/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@MaggieMcKernan
Latest news:
http://www.mckernanagency.co.uk/news.shtml
More about the agency:
The agency is registered with the ASLA (Association for Scottish Literary Agents). They work in conjunction with Capel & Land in London for translation and foreign rights.

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