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Marilia, a graduate of Columbia Publishing Course in New York, is part of the foreign rights team at PFD. Promoted to international rights agent in 2015, Marilia handles sales to publishers across Eastern Europe, Russia, China and elsewhere. 

Alongside her duties in foreign rights, she is actively building a list of authors. She expresses an interest in high concept crime, thrillers, horror, speculative fiction (that is: science fiction and fantasy) and YA novels. Well-read in genre fiction, she loves inventive, original, genre-bending stories. Like most genre fans, Stephen King is one of her all-time favourite writers. Horror and science fiction seem to be her two favoured genres, but fantasy, thrillers/crime, and more literary commercial fiction also interest her, with writers like Zadie Smith and Lionel Shriver particular loves of hers. Most of Marilia's client list is comprised of debut fiction writers.

 
On the non-fiction side, she’s interested in popular science books, particularly if they have a psychological focus. She is also keen on narrative histories, true crime, and works of investigative journalism. Marilia represents the woman behind the website Pregnant Then Screwed, Joeli Brearly, who has been campaigning against unfair treatment of women in the workplace after falling pregnant. Joeli is currently working on her first novel.

As Marilia is still early on in her career, she is yet to carve out her particular niche. However, he positive attitude and keenness to develop a successful list makes her a great option for a debut author to approach.



Detailed data

Agency:
PFD The Peters Fraser and Dunlop Group
Agent since:
2014
Short biography:

Marilia Savvides is an Agent in the Books Division and the International Rights Department. She joined Peters, Fraser + Dunlop in 2012 and is a graduate of UCL and the Columbia Publishing Course in New York.

She is currently building her own list of authors and in particular is looking for high concept crime, thrillers, horror, science-fiction, speculative fiction and YA novels. On the non-fiction side she is especially interested in popular science / psychology, narrative history, true crime and investigative journalism.

She also works alongside Rachel Mills, Alexandra Cliff and Rebecca Wearmouth promoting PFD’s clients around the world and securing foreign language sales. She handles rights in Portugal, Greece, Israel, Hungary, Russia, China, Taiwan and Korea.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Other non-fiction, History, Politics, society & current affairs, Science, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Fantasy, Horror, Science fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
No Data
Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
By email please.
Other advice and background:

An Interview with Marilia

Q. What books/authors do you love in commercial fiction? (Crime, women’s) Give us some examples and say why you liked these books/authors.

I tend to gravitate towards darker material and I’m actively looking for crime and thrillers both commercial and more upmarket. I love all sorts; psychological thrillers, serial killer plots, political conspiracies, spy thrillers and everything in between. If it’s cleverly plotted and has a strong voice, I’m hooked. If I’m totally in the dark about what’s coming next, even better. I’ll read well into the night.

The key for me is solid writing and perhaps most importantly that plot and tension remain strong throughout. In commercial crime / thrillers, I have a particular soft spot for the works and morally grey characters of Dennis Lehane, always pick up the new Rizzoli and Isles by Tess Gerritsen and absolutely love Sharp Objects and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, who I consider a modern master of the genre. Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers were also two recent favourites.

Some of my favourite, more recent debuts are I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes and Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Q. What books/authors do you love in literary/historical/book group fiction? Examples and reasons, please!

Kazuo Ishiguro, Haruki Murakami, Zadie Smith, Cormac McCarthy, Donna Tartt, Lionel Shriver. I love them all. It usually takes me a while to recover after reading any of the greats.

In historical fiction one of my favourite authors is Robert Harris and out of his books Fatherland is probably at the top of my list. A terrifying, beautifully crafted alternative history in which Nazi Germany won World War II.

Where d’you go Bernadette by Maria Semple is another favourite, which I reread every time I’m craving something funny and warm. I fell in love with the characters and couldn’t stop smiling the whole way through. I’ve also recently discovered Rainbow Rowell who is all heart and beautiful writing and an absolute pleasure to read.


Q. How about sci-fi/horror/fantasy/paranormal/YA dystopian/erotic? What would you be interested in, and what’s a big no?

In horror, I absolutely loved The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin and World War Z by Max Brooks. All of these titles have a very obvious horror centre but are so much more than zombies and vampires. Also Stephen King. Always Stephen King. World War Z especially, is a brilliant example of how a zombie book isn’t necessarily a book about zombies. I’m interested in and on the lookout for books that tackle personal and social reactions to pressure and massive change, how humans adapt in impossible circumstances and how they survive.

I’m mainly drawn to speculative, genre-bending fiction and sci-fi. More recent great books are The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North, the amazing Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and The Martian by Andy Weir, which is just so much fun to read. I also absolutely loved the great Stephen King’s foray into time-travel with the masterful 11.22.63

 

Q. On the non-fiction side, are there particular areas that interest you? Does your non-fiction list have a particular slant to it?

On the non-fiction side I’m incredibly interested in popular psychology. Anything that helps make a dent in our understanding of human nature. Accessible, smart, eloquent books such as Quiet and The Examined Life are great examples of the kind of books I’m looking for.

I’m also looking for narrative non-fiction that has an immersive quality and investigative slant and I am always interested in true crime.


Q. Do you have any unpredictable loves?

I love dark and suspenseful stories set in small town America.

 

Q. What single piece of advice would you most want to give writers?

Read your work out loud when you’re editing and before you approach Agents. It’s amazing how much this helps you to pinpoint repetitive tendencies or where the writing might lag.

 


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@mariliasavvides
Interesting links:
No Data
Clients:
Joeli Brearly, Eugen O. Chirovici, Abigail Marsh, E R Black, Rachel Sargeant, VM Strain
Full client list:
http://www.petersfraserdunlop.com/about-us/agents
Email address:
msavvides@pfd.co.uk

Agents of: PFD The Peters Fraser and Dunlop Group

Agency details

Website:
http://www.petersfraserdunlop.com/
About the agency:
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-i-got-my-agent-j-kent-messum
Address for submissions:
No data
Office address:
34-43 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HA
Email address:
info@pfd.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7344 1000
Number of agents:
13
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Please submit the first three chapters of your book in hard copy with a synopsis of the whole and a very brief CV about your writing career. Double spacing and one side only. Please be aware that we don't acknowledge receipt of submissions. We'd rather spend our time reading them. Also it's important that you include a stamped, self addressed envelope so that we can respond to you. If you want us to return your manuscript, make sure the postage is enough to cover the return.
More info on this agency:
Peters Fraser & Dunlop is one of the longest-established literary and talent agencies in London. We are proud to represent authors, journalists, broadcasters, speakers and estates with specialist expertise in the fields of literature, film, television and radio, public speaking, digital platforms and journalism.
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
38/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@PFDAgents
Latest news:
No data
More about the agency:
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-i-got-my-agent-j-kent-messum

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