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Mark Stanton (generally known as “Stan”) worked as a publisher for seven years before making the transition to agenting, in 2004. He now heads up JB’s Northumberland office.

His stated interests include crime and thrillers, literary fiction and non-fiction, with a particular interest in sport, entertainment and other popular culture topics. His best known clients are:

•    Paul Torday, best known for his Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (a book published when the author was 59). You can read MS’s positive comments about Torday on the ViewFromHere link below.
•    Alistair Urquhart, whose astonishing memoir of survival in WW2 became a #1 Sunday Times Bestseller.
•    Natasha Solomons, who came to prominence with her gentle comedy, Mr Rosenblum’s List.

We note that none of these books really fits in with Stanton’s stated interests, and we’d suggest that he is probably best regarded as a generalist agent, happy to take work right across the mainstream – including general contemporary fiction, comedy, and intelligent women’s fiction. We’re confident that his non-fiction interests are also broader than those stated.

Stanton was shortlisted as agent of the year in the 2011 Bookseller awards. His citation stated, that Stanton “has developed a keen eye, able to pluck gems from the 1,000-plus submissions he receives every month.” (If it’s true that Stanton receives over 12,000 submissons a year, by the way, that would make him one of the most submitted-to agents in the UK. A single agent would more typically receive 2,000 submissions in a year.)

At present, Stanton is accepting submissions, but do check the JB website as the status of individual agents is prone to change without warning.

Detailed data

Jenny Brown Associates
Agent since:
Short biography:

After working in publishing for more than seven years, Mark Stanton (Stan) joined Jenny in 2004. He represents over fifty writers from an array of genres. In 2011 he was short-listed for Literary Agent of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards. Stan is now based in the new Northumberland office.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
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, Genre romance, Historical fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Literary fiction, crime, thrillers, and anything in the realm of popular culture and sport. Stan gets about 1000 submissions a month, but from that deluge he's plucked such well-known names as Paul Torday 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen', Urquhart's 'The Forgotten Highlander', and Natasha Solomon's 'Mr Rosenblum's List',

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Professionalism. Speaking about Torday, Stan commented, 'Paul is an ideal client. He's assiduous and talented, takes constructive criticism well, and while he always takes a great interest in the publishing process is always happy - when push comes to shove - to leave key decisions to his publisher (who he has formed an excellent relationship with).'

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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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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
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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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