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We do not believe that Peter takes on clients in his own right and would advise Agent Hunter subscribers not to submit to him.  This profile is included for the purposes of clarity only.  If you are interested in working with this agency we suggest you view the other Ampersand agent profiles on our site.

Peter Janson Smith advised Ampersand founder, Peter Buckman on how to start his agency and continues to work for the firm as a consultant.  He previously ran his own agency which represented prestigious clients like spy thriller writer Eric Ambler, naturalist Gavin Maxwell (Ring of Bright Water), military historian Richard Holmes and Bond creator, Ian Fleming. However, we believe that the Georgette Heyer Estate (Queen of Regency Romance) is the only client that came to Ampersand via Peter.

 



Detailed data

Agency:
The Ampersand Agency
Agent since:
1940
Short biography:

Peter Janson-Smith ran his own agency for many years and numbered Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler, Gavin Maxwell, and Richard Holmes among his list of distinguished clients. He is now acts as a consultant for the Ampersand Agency.

Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Women's fiction, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Fantasy, Historical fiction, Horror, Science fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Peter has represented Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler, Gavin Maxwell, and Richard Holmes.

Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://commanderbond.net/9854/classified-dossier-james-bonds-literary-agent.html
Clients:
This agency do not publish and individual agent client list. The following names represent the agency's full client list: Elizabeth Bailey, Philip Barclay, Quentin Bates, Helen Black, S. J. Bolton, Druin Burch, Miriam Cooke, Vanessa Curtis, J. D. Davies, Will Davis, Catherine Deveney, Winifred Foley, Seth Freedman, Cora Harrison, Georgette Heyer, Phillip Hunter, John James, Beverley Jones, Richard A Jones, Beryl Kingston, Gerard Macdonald, Miriam Morrison, Leo Murray, Tim O'Rourke, Sarah Outen, Richard Pierce, Matthew Pritchard, Richard Piers Rayner, Mark Roberts, Niamh Shaw, Paul Robert Smith, Mehraz Stars, Ivo Stourton, Vikas Swarup, Angela Thirkell, Henry Venmore Rowland, Mike Walters, Caroline Walton, Jin Yong.
Full client list:
http://www.theampersandagency.co.uk/clients.htm
Email address:
info@theampersandagency.co.uk

Agents of: The Ampersand Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.theampersandagency.co.uk/
About the agency:
Ampersand have built a reputation for discovering new talent and matching our authors with the right publisher. We represent our writers with enthusiasm and sound business sense, and we offer them candour, encouragement, detailed editorial advice, and a rapid response to queries. We have excellent relationships with publishers large and small, and defend our clients' interests with vigour and professionalism. And we have extensive experience of negotiating contracts for theatre, film, tv, radio, and digital media, so our authors can be confident of receiving the best advice on all multi-media sales. Translation rights form an important part of a writer's income, and these are handled by The Buckman Agency, a long-established company that is respected by foreign publishers all over the world. We represent literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Contemporary and historical novels, crime, thrillers, women's fiction, memoirs, history, biography, current affairs - anything that's well written except poetry, illustrated children's books, fantasy, horror, or science fiction. We only handle play, film and TV scripts by our established clients.
Address for submissions:
Ryman's Cottages, Little Tew, Oxfordshire OX7 4JJ
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@theampersandagency.co.uk
Phone number:
01608 683 677
Number of agents:
4
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Send a letter and the first couple of chapters so we can see how you write, plus a brief outline and biographical details. We will accept submissions via email, send them as Word documents and address them to amd@theampersandagency.co.uk or ordinary mail. All submissions should have a minimum font size of 11 point with 1.5 line spacing. Hard copies should be printed on one side of the paper only, and all pages should be numbered. We don't normally acknowledge receipt or offer advice on rejected material, nor will we respond unless you include an email address or an envelope with stamps that can be used in the UK.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
32/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@ampersandagency
Latest news:
http://www.theampersandagency.co.uk/news.htm
More about the agency:
Ampersand have built a reputation for discovering new talent and matching our authors with the right publisher. We represent our writers with enthusiasm and sound business sense, and we offer them candour, encouragement, detailed editorial advice, and a rapid response to queries. We have excellent relationships with publishers large and small, and defend our clients' interests with vigour and professionalism. And we have extensive experience of negotiating contracts for theatre, film, tv, radio, and digital media, so our authors can be confident of receiving the best advice on all multi-media sales. Translation rights form an important part of a writer's income, and these are handled by The Buckman Agency, a long-established company that is respected by foreign publishers all over the world. We represent literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Contemporary and historical novels, crime, thrillers, women's fiction, memoirs, history, biography, current affairs - anything that's well written except poetry, illustrated children's books, fantasy, horror, or science fiction. We only handle play, film and TV scripts by our established clients.

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