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Profile Summary

Peter Straus is the Managing Director at RCW.  He has been a senior agent at the company since 2002. Over the course of his career, he has worked for Hodder & Stoughton, Hamish Hamilton and Macmillan (where he was the Editor in Chief of all the adult trade imprints).  As a publisher and editor he has worked with a stellar list of literary figures including, Don De Lillo, Helen Fielding, Cormac McCarthy, V.S.Naipaul, and Michael Ondaatje. 

His current client list at RCW tends towards the literary and features a raft of best-selling novelists including Booker Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro (‘Remains of the Day’, ‘Never Let me Go’); Colm Toibin; Kate Atkinson (‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’); Adam Thirlwell (The Escape) and Rupert Thomsom (The Book of Revelation).  Humour (Alexei Sayle & the estate of P G Wodehouse), history (Orlando Figes), memoir (Alexander Masters ‘Stuart: A Life Backwards); commercial fiction (Jenny Pitman) and crime also feature on Peter’s list.  

Peter has a clear interest in poetry and has built a list of critically acclaimed poets which includes Carol Ann Duffy (The World’s Wife); Don Paterson (Landing Light); Sean Borodale (‘Bee Journal’); and Helen Mort (‘Division Street’)

He is also the Man Booker Prize’s honorary archivist and keeps copies of books, posters and proofs. In 2010, he was behind the ‘Lost Booker Prize’ award (a one-off prize to honour the books that missed their chance to win the Booker Prize in 1970 - the winner was ‘Troubles’ by J G Farrell). 

Peter doesn’t engage with social media and most of the online references and interviews that our researchers have found are quite dated now.  However, the RCW website has a full client list for Peter and the company has an active twitter feed which gives details of all their current publications.  We have asked Peter to provide more details about his literary preferences but in the meantime, if any subscribers are able to offer more information, please do get in touch with us.



Detailed data

Agency:
Rogers Coleridge and White
Agent since:
2002
Short biography:

Peter Straus joined Rogers, Coleridge and White in 2002. He has been involved in the book world for over twenty years and has worked at Hodder & Stoughton, Hamish Hamilton and Macmillan. He was a publisher at Picador for twelve years and latterly the Editor in Chief of all the adult trade imprints at Macmillan. During his time at Macmillan he worked with authors like Don De Lillo, Helen Fielding, Cormac McCarthy, V.S.Naipaul, and Michael Ondaatje. He lives in London.

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's current client list includes high profile authors like Kate Atkinson, Carol Ann Duffy, Mariella Frostrup, Rachel Johnson, Kate Long, Alexander Masters, Don Paterson, Jenny Pitman, Adam Thirlwell, Rupert Thomson and Colm Toibin. Peter is known for his support of serious literary fiction and would probably not be a natural target for more downmarket genre material.

Other loves & passions:

Peter Strauss is archivist of the Man Booker Prize. He collects books that were short-listed, their posters, proof jackets and marketing material. Peter also came up with the idea of the Lost Booker Prize. He claims to know every ISBN prefix by heart.

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:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/sep/20/publishing
Clients:
Rebecca Abrams, Paddy Agnew, Kate Atkinson, Laura Barton, Simon Bradley, Jerry Brotton, Sam Byers, Lucy Caldwell, Amit Chaudhun, Chris Cleave, Rachel Cooke, Christopher De Bellaigue, James Delingpole, Brian Dillon, Jenny Diski, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Nick Drake, Carol Ann Duffy, Eamon Dunphy, Paul Durcan, Esi Edugyan, Lizzie Enfield, Paul Farley, Jane Feaver, Diarmaid Ferriter, Jean Findlay, Mariella Fostrup, Lisa Fugard, Daisy Garnett, Rick Gekoski, Lorna Gibb, Simon Goldhill, Heloise Goodley, Edmund Gordon, Hattie Gordon, Lucretia Grindle, Richard Hamblyn, Hugo Hamilton, Sophie Hannah, Rachel Heath, Arash Hejazi, Charlotte Higgins, Henry Hitchings, Christopher Hope, David Horspool, Kevin Jackson, Kathleen Jamie, Rachel Johnson, Anjali Joseph, Gene Kerrigan, Afsaneh Knight, Marius Kociejowski, Phil LaMarche, Tom Lee, Marti Leimbach, Kate Long, Rory Maclean, Kenneth Macleod, Gautam Malkani, Alexander Masters, Julie Maxwell, Annalena McAfee, Darran McCann, Patrick McGuiness, Matt McGuire, Belinda McKeon, Philipp Meyer, Ilona Van Mil, Chris Morgan Jones, Kate Morris, Neel Mukherjee, Jane Mulvagh, Ed O'Loughlin, Philip Oltermann, Don Paterson, Jenny Pitman, Jacob Polley, Kevin Powers, Antonia Quirke, Ross Raisin, Matthew Reynolds, Deborah Robertson, Robin Robertson, David Runciman, Sarah Sands, Alexei Sayle, Ruth Scurr, Henry Shukman, Nicola Shulman, Philip Sington, Martin Sixsmith, Joseph Smith, Daniel Soar, Louise Stern, Miguel Syjuco, Chris Tayler, Adam Thirlwell, Sam Thompson, Rupert Thomson, Matt Thorne, Colm Toibin, David Vann, Brenda Walker, Frances Welch, Mary Kay Wilmer, Estate of P.G.Wodehouse.
Full client list:
http://www.rcwlitagency.com/literary-agents/authors-for-peter-straus/
Email address:
peterstraus@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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