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Meg Davis established the Ki Agency, a boutique literary agency, in 2011. One of the main drivers behind her setting up her own agency was the rapidly changing world of publishing and other media. Big agencies, she felt, weren't able to react as dynamically as a smaller one concerned primarily with the crossovers that bring their clients more money and wider audiences. For instance, Meg's personal specialty is handling television and film rights as well as working with film scripts. 

In interviews, Meg stresses the importance of an agent from the legal and organisational standpoint. The legalities of the industry and ensuring that writers are fairly represented is close to her heart and has led to Meg being heavily involved in industry bodies the Association of Authors' Agents and PMA. 

While her specialty is in scripts, for both TV and film, Meg also represents book authors. Her interests are varied, with more specific notes on what she won't take on, rather than what she will. Meg does not take on poetry, non-fiction (for the most part), children's or YA novels, humorous science fiction, or commercial women's fiction. However, she does have a particular love of horror, historical novels, crime, and urban fantasy.

Selling both books and scripts involve one key ingredient, according to Meg, a sellable idea. Especially when it comes to quick 20-30 minute meetings with executives, she needs to be able to wow them with a succinct pitch. While the quality of writing is obviously important, that isn't what gets a project through the door. If the idea is derivative, dull, or unimaginative, it will be a hard sell for any agent.

Though the Ki Agency's website is very basic, they represent numerous bestselling authors, including Catherine Webb/Kate Griffin/Claire North, Anne Perry, Mike Carey, and Stephen Davis.


Detailed data

Agency:
Ki Agency Ltd
Agent since:
1987
Short biography:
I'm an established literary agent, having worked for MBA for over 25 years, representing writers in all media, and in all genres except non-fiction, children's and poetry. Besides working hard for my clients, I like to get involved with the bigger picture, so have served on the council of the Association of Authors' Agents, and am currently on the council of the PMA (the other relevant trade association). I've been on the negotiating teams for a number of standard industry agreements, and am also on the management board of PLR.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Memoir and autobiography, Other non-fiction, History, Politics, society & current affairs, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Fantasy, Historical fiction, Horror, Science fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Besides my clients, my favourite writer is probably R A Lafferty - it's the mad imagination and sense of fun. Read loads of science fiction & fantasy as a kid and still like it, especially Lafferty and Ted Chang. Russian surrealism, as well as the classics (Tolstoy) and modern classics (Bulgakov). Jane Austen for the sly observation. Connie Willis - not for her plotting but for being great company as a narrator. Robin McKinley, for her bravery as a writer. For me it's about the author taking me somewhere interesting, but also having a big sense of humanity. I represent scriptwriters too, and touchstones here would be Star Wars (for the verve and heroic feel), The Philadelphia Story for its wisdom and sharp one-liners, The Matrix (only the zen bits), Little Miss Sunshine for its humanity.
Other loves & passions:
Music (mostly baroque and early music), bicycling.
How to make a submission:
Email. See agency standard.
Other advice and background:

Women's commercial fiction if it looks like it's wearing a cardigan, 'cosy' fiction, erotica, books with prologues, humorous science fiction, humorous memoirs, satire. On the script side, pretty much anything goes as long as it's good and I think I can sell it.


An Interview with Meg

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 don’t really like women’s commercial fiction (although, that being said, I loved Ann Leary’s The Good House). We got to love her and fear for her, even though we could see she had her weak and annoying bits, and it said something authentic about human experience. I like crime if it’s plausible and has good characters, rather than the derivative or bandwagon stuff. The late lamented Ariana Franklin is a good example of great crime writing, as far as I’m concerned.

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

Historical fiction needs to say something to us today, or at least have compelling characters in a well-drawn setting. I’m not a good bet for literary or book group fiction.

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

I like sci-fi, horror, and fantasy. Lois McMaster Bujold is a good example of a great storyteller, but I like the very individual voices with big imaginations, like Jonathan Carroll or Ted Chiang. Possibly all-time favourite writer is R A Lafferty. Nothing with unicorns or talking animals.

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

We’re pretty eclectic in this department.

Q: What character (from any book) would you be and why?

Princess Leia

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@AgentMegDavis
Interesting links:
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/davis-launch-agency.html
Clients:
Emma Adams, Simon Berry, Mike Carey, Linda Carey, Louise Carey, Ruth De Haas, Daniel Depp, Joanne Drayton, Anne Perry, Heather Reed, Simon Scarrow, Catherine Webb (aka Kate Griffin and Claire North), Timothy Wilson (aka Jude Morgan).
Full client list:
http://www.ki-agency.co.uk/index.php/authors
Email address:
meg@ki-agency.co.uk

Agents of: Ki Agency Ltd

Agency details

Website:
http://www.ki-agency.co.uk/
About the agency:
Meg Davis founded the Ki Agency in 2011 because she wanted to work with writers in a more dynamic way, tailoring services to their individual needs and what will best advance their writing careers. The agency represents Emma Adams, Piers Bearne, Mike Carey, Stephen Davis, Daniel Depp, Anne Perry, Simon Scarrow, Catherine Webb and Timothy Wilson. Providing a broad suite of services to writers, Meg focuses on what each client needs to make them a more valuable writer to publishers and producers, and what will make them happier, more successful, and more creatively fulfilled. Meg Davis has been an agent for 25 years, having held office in two trade associations and been on the team of several industry negotiations.
Address for submissions:
Studio 315, Screenworks, 22 Highbury Grove, London N5 2ER
Office address:
Studio 315, Screenworks, 22 Highbury Grove, London N5 2ER
Email address:
meg@ki-agency.co.uk
Phone number:
020 3214 8287
Number of agents:
2
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Meg is happy to read a script, or a synopsis and three chapters of a book. These can be emailed as a Word doc or pdf, or sent as a hard copy with s.a.e. She does not represent non-fiction, commercial women's fiction and literary fiction. Submissions can be emailed to me at meg@ki-agency.co.uk Please send a covering email with as much information about the writer as possible. Email submissions are preferred. Following the closure of Burkeman and Clarke the Ki have taken on their list of clients.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
48/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@AgentMegDavis
Latest news:
http://kiagency.wordpress.com/
More about the agency:
Meg Davis founded the Ki Agency in 2011 because she wanted to work with writers in a more dynamic way, tailoring services to their individual needs and what will best advance their writing careers. The agency represents Emma Adams, Piers Bearne, Mike Carey, Stephen Davis, Daniel Depp, Anne Perry, Simon Scarrow, Catherine Webb and Timothy Wilson. Providing a broad suite of services to writers, Meg focuses on what each client needs to make them a more valuable writer to publishers and producers, and what will make them happier, more successful, and more creatively fulfilled. Meg Davis has been an agent for 25 years, having held office in two trade associations and been on the team of several industry negotiations.

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