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Peter launched The Science Factory in 2008.  The agency specialises in serious non-fiction and popular science.  Peter has a strong background publishing.  He was formerly an agent and director at prestigious literary agency, Conville and Walsh and prior to that, publishing director of Weidenfield and Nicolson.  He is a published author (In the Womb) and editor of 'The Science Book'.

• Interested in representing journalists, public figures and academics.  

• This is a young and growing agency and Peter welcomes submissions from both established and debut authors.  

• Prospective clients should be ‘authoritative authors who have outstanding credentials, a recognized voice or a high profile and who can write with flair and passion’.  

• You will need to demonstrate ‘original, important or influential ideas; topical or provocative arguments; and good stories – all backed up with solid analysis and research’.

• The range of interests represented by Peter is diverse.  Recent publications have addressed a host of different subjects including: Urban life; a cultural history of the Poppy; the interne; the ancient world; genetics; space; and psychology.

• There are a number of prize winning authors on the list.  Mark Miodownik’s ‘Stuff Matters’ won the 2014 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books  and Lee Billings’ ‘Five Billion Years of Solitude’ won  the American Institute of Physics 2013 Science Writing Award for Books 

• The Science Factory has an agent based in New York (Tisse Takagi) and all books need to have international appeal.  You should be able to explain where your book fits in the market

• The agency doesn’t accept fiction submissions unless it’s a ‘novel of ideas’ or a book with a strong science theme. 



Detailed data

Agency:
The Science Factory Ltd
Agent since:
2001
Short biography:

Peter studied genetics at University College London before beginning a ten-year stint on the editorial staff of Nature where he ran the commentary and book-review sections. In 1998, he was appointed publishing director of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and commissioned many acclaimed titles for its popular science list. Some three years later he joined Conville & Walsh as an agent and director. The Science Factory, founded in February 2008 by Peter Tallack, is a leading UK literary agency specializing in stimulating non-fiction written by public intellectuals, academics and journalists. Authors are individually handled by Peter, and most have been represented by him since their first book. He also takes on established authors as well as new writers, liaising closely with them all to give inspiration, advice and support from pitch to publication and beyond. An author himself, he has written 'In the Womb' and is editor of 'The Science Book'.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Science fiction
Authors & books liked:

Stimulating non-fiction written by public intellectuals, academics and journalists. The Science Factory's main aim is to popularise fresh ideas and arguments. So it is selective in the authors it takes on, concentrating on top authorities who have something original and important to share with a broader audience, and creative writers who can open up new worlds for general readers. Science is important because it's an intrinsic part of culture that gives meaning to people's lives. Everyone is, at root, interested in here they came from and where they are going - and science has more to say about these questions (or, rather, a better track record of saying something meaningful about these questions) than any other mode of enquiry. It is, to boot, stimulating, inclusive and fun: science itself is constantly evolving in response to the latest findings; has ramifications for every aspect of the world around us; and is always throwing up social issues that we can all enjoy thinking about and debating. It's like Mark Twain said: "There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact."

Other loves & passions:

The news section of the website offers a full and easily accessed overview of the firm's activities. The Science Factory now has its own agent, (Ms) Tisse Takagi, in the US.

How to make a submission:
Read submission guidelines on FAQ page at http://www.sciencefactory.co.uk/faq.php?fid=62 Submission by email is preferred.
Other advice and background:

The FAQs section of the agency website offers a detailed and helpful account of the firm's submissions procedure and other issues of relevance to potential authors.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@petertallack
Interesting links:
http://www.sciencefactory.co.uk/
Clients:
The following names represent the agency's full client list: Anjana Ahuja, Anil Ananthaswamy, Jim Baggott, David Bainbridge, Vaughan Bell, Jesse Bering, Lee Billings, Piers Bizony, Daniel Bor, Dennis Bray, Dean Buonomano, Stuart Clark, Daniel Clery, Matthew Cobb, Enrico Coen, Michael Corballis, Trevor Cox, Nicholas Dunbar, John Duncan, Richard Elwes, Georgina Ferry, Lone Frank, Christine Garwood, Simon Ings, Harris Irfan, Stephen Joseph, Jay Kennedy, Peter Lamont, Ehsan Masood, Arthur I. Miller, Mark Miodownik, Ted Nield, Michael Nielsen, Paul Parsons, Aarathi Prasad, Angela Saini, Ian Sample, Nicholas Saunders, Menno Schilthuizen, P. D. Smith, Tom Stafford, Ian Stewart, Thomas Suddendorf, Frank Swain, Brian Switek, Jeremy Taylor, Mark Van Vugt, Geerat J. Vermeij, Adam Zeman.
Full client list:
http://www.sciencefactory.co.uk/authors.php
Email address:
info@sciencefactory.co.uk

Agents of: The Science Factory Ltd

Agency details

Website:
http://www.sciencefactory.co.uk
About the agency:
Peter Tallack was a director of Conville & Walsh before quitting to set up his own specialist agency (based in Germany but handling plenty of UK clients). Before C&W, Tallack was science publishing director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, commissioning numerous popular science titles. He also had ten years working in the editorial department of Nature, the science journal. The agency also represents a small number of authors of other general non-fiction including history and current affairs. Novels may also be handled, but only very occasionally.
Address for submissions:
Scheideweg 34c, 20253 Hamburg, Germany
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@sciencefactory.co.uk
Phone number:
0207 193 7296
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We prefer to work using email. It is best to start by sending us a message briefly describing your project. Tell us what your book is about, what's new, topical or unusual about it, why you decided to write the book, what's special about you as the author, and why your book will stand out once published. Include anything else about yourself or your project that will allow us to make a better decision about your project's publication prospects. You may also email us a proposal and sample chapter if you think these will give us a better feel for your work à ¿½Ã¯à ¿½Ã¿à ¿½Ã½ for further information please see 'How do I put together a proposal?' But please do not submit a completed manuscript or original artwork at this stage. If you must send your materials by post and would like your material returned, then you will need to enclose the relevant postage in the form of either a self-addressed stamped envelope or an international reply coupon along with a suitable envelope. Please do not send cash or blank cheques. If return postage and suitable envelope (preferably self-sealing and padded) are not provided, then the material will be recycled. It is not necessary to send your material by recorded or registered delivery: to do so can cause delay. Email your initial query to our info email. In the subject line please include the word 'query' and the name of your project or your name. If you are attaching a file, please name the file with your name (not ours). If you can't send by email, then please post the material to the address given on our Contact page. There's no need to phone first. While every care will be taken of your work, we cannot be held responsible for the loss of or damage to any typescripts, artwork or electronic media submitted to us. You should therefore keep the original and send a copy. Owing to the large amount of submissions that we receive, we regret that we are unable to log or acknowledge receipt of submissions that arrive at our office.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
2 days
Agency Transparency Index:
71/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
Y: Germany
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
none
Latest news:
http://www.sciencefactory.co.uk/news.php
More about the agency:
Peter Tallack was a director of Conville & Walsh before quitting to set up his own specialist agency (based in Germany but handling plenty of UK clients). Before C&W, Tallack was science publishing director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, commissioning numerous popular science titles. He also had ten years working in the editorial department of Nature, the science journal. The agency also represents a small number of authors of other general non-fiction including history and current affairs. Novels may also be handled, but only very occasionally.

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