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Peter joined RCW in 2009. He followed a traditional route into agenting, working his way up the publishing food chain via Waterstones and Penguin. He has been an agent since 1989, and has also worked for the prestigious London agency, Curtis Brown, where he was joint Managing Director of the Books Department. Between 2005 and 2009 he ran his own firm, Robinson Literary Agency Ltd, which subsequently merged with RCW.

Peter handles fiction and non-fiction at RCW. His genre specialisms are crime, historical fiction and thrillers, and in non-fiction, popular science and history. Top fiction clients include: King of Murder Mysteries and CWA dagger winner, Ian Rankin (Creator of Inspector Rebus and Detective Malcolm Fox); and best-selling women's fiction author Joanne Harris ('Blackberry Wine', 'Holy Fools').

He has a high calibre non-fiction list which includes popular science writer Steve Jones ('Language of the Genes', 'Darwin's Island'); critically acclaimed War historian Saul David ('Zulu: The heroism and tragedy of the Zulu war of 1879'); best-selling Tudor historian and TV personality David Starkey ('Magna Carta'); and Daily Telegraph Foreign Editor and New York Times bestseller, Con Coughlin ('Saddam: The Secret Life'). We think Peter would be an excellent agent for historical material as his list reflects a diverse range of interests and covers subjects ranging from modern German history to ancient Egypt and seventeenth century Britain.

Beyond the client list on the agency website, Peter has a limited online profile -- we have not been able to source any interviews and he doesn't seem to use social media. However, given the strength of his author list we believe that Peter would only take on exceptional clients who are writing in the genres he already specialises in. That said, we are always keen to add information to our profiles so if you are able to offer new details on this agent, please drop us an email.



Detailed data

Agency:
Rogers Coleridge and White
Agent since:
1989
Short biography:

After graduating from Cambridge, Peter joined Waterstone's and then became an editor at Michael Joseph (Penguin). In 1989, he joined Curtis Brown where he worked his way up to become Joint MD of the Book Department. In 2005, he left to set up his own agency, Robinson Literary Agency Ltd, before joining RCW in 2009.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Science fiction, Paranormal romance, Horror, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Fantasy, Erotica, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Peter represents both fiction and non-fiction and has a particular interest in crime, thrillers and historical fiction, together with history and popular science. He represents a number of internationally bestselling authors including Ian Rankin and Joanne Harris, alongside prize-winning non-fiction writers including David Starkey, Steve Jones, David Reynolds and Saul David. He also has an interest in historical fiction and non-fiction, and popular science

Other loves & passions:

Peter was a judge for the 2011 CWA Debut Dagger award which was won by Michele Rowe

How to make a submission:
Agency standard. By post to: Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd., 20 Powis Mews, London W11 1JN. No adult submissions by email unless by prior arrangement with individual agents. YA and Children's fiction should be submitted via email to clairewilson@rcwlitagency.com
Other advice and background:

The approach letter must be written well: if someone cannot write an interesting letter, it is unlikely they will be able to sustain interest over a 10,000 word book. Poorly presented material. People who don't seem to have anything interesting to say. And an agent really doesn't need to be told that a manuscript is 165,347 words long...

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
Clients:
John Adamson, Stephen Alford, Thomas Asbridge, Richard Barnett, Charles Beauclerk, Daniel Beer, Peggy Blair, David Cesarini, Elise Childley, Sarah Churchwell, Roger Collins, Con Coughlin, Saul David, James Davidson, Martin Davidson, Nicholas Drayson, Alexander Fiske-Harrison, Julia Fox, Malcolm Gaskill, Sarah Gristwood, Stephen Gundle, John Guy, Janice Hadlow, Joanne Harris, Steve Jones, Roger Knight, Gideon Lichfield, Nicholas Lloyd, Joe Maiolo, Allan Massie, James Mather, Melanie McGath, Ron McKay, Catherine Merridale, Richard Miles, Denise Mina, Roger Moorhouse, Bill Napier, Nicola Phillips, Andrew Pyper, Ceri Radford, Ian Rankin, Anna Reid, David Reynolds, N.A.M. Rodger, Susan Ronald, Mark Roseman, Kevin Sharpe, David Starkey, Carl Watkins, Arne Westad, Katie Whitaker, Will Whitaker, Toby Wilkinson, Glyn Williams.
Full client list:
http://www.rcwlitagency.com/literary-agents/authors-for-peter-robinson/
Email address:
peterrobinson@rcwlitagency.com

Agents of: Rogers Coleridge and White

Agency details

Website:
http://www.rcwlitagency.com/
About the agency:
Deborah Rogers set up Deborah Rogers Ltd. in 1967, and shortly afterwards was joined by Pat White. Rogers, Coleridge and White was founded twenty years later, when Gill Coleridge left Anthony Sheil Associates to join them in 1987. In 2002 the agency was joined by Peter Straus, previously editor-in-chief at Macmillan and Publisher of Picador. The colophon on the company's letterhead, chosen by Deborah Rogers, is the Coptic Tree.
Address for submissions:
20 Powis Mews, London, W11 1JN
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@rcwlitagency.com
Phone number:
020 7221 3717
Number of agents:
12
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Submissions should include a covering letter telling us about yourself and the background to the book. In the case of fiction they should consist of the first three chapters or approximately the first fifty pages of the work to a natural break, and a brief synopsis. Non-fiction submissions should take the form of a proposal up to twenty pages in length explaining what the work is about and why you are best placed to write it. Material should be printed out in 12 point font, in double-spacing and on one side only of A4 paper. We cannot acknowledge receipt of material and nor can we accept responsibility for anything you send us, so please retain a copy of material submitted. Material will be returned only if sent with an adequately stamped and sized self-addressed envelope; if return postage is not provided the material will be recycled. YA and Children's fiction should be submitted via email to clairewilson@rcwlitagency.com. We regret that this department cannot undertake to read submissions from the US due to the large volume received. We do not accept any other email submissions unless by prior arrangement with individual agents. We will try to respond within six to eight weeks of receipt of your material, but please appreciate that this isn't always possible as we must give priority to the authors we already represent. Please note that we do not represent scripts for theatre, film or television
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
32/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@RCWLitAgency
Latest news:
http://www.rcwlitagency.com/news.aspx
More about the agency:
Deborah Rogers set up Deborah Rogers Ltd. in 1967, and shortly afterwards was joined by Pat White. Rogers, Coleridge and White was founded twenty years later, when Gill Coleridge left Anthony Sheil Associates to join them in 1987. In 2002 the agency was joined by Peter Straus, previously editor-in-chief at Macmillan and Publisher of Picador. The colophon on the company's letterhead, chosen by Deborah Rogers, is the Coptic Tree.

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