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Philip has been an agent for 20 years, with seven years at Curtis Brown as a film and television agent before joining Marjacq Scripts in 2003, heading up their books division. During his time as an agent, he has seen the rise of ebooks from the front lines and likes to remind authors of the service agents provide. After all, authors want to spend their time writing, so leave the deals and contracts to the agents who will make sure your work earns you as much as it can. 

Both fiction and non-fiction are welcome on Philip's slushpile. He enjoys most fiction genres, especially crime and thrillers. However, YA, children's fiction, epic science fiction and paranormal romance novels are best sent elsewhere. At the moment, he is on the lookout for psychological thrillers, literary, historical, and commercial women's fiction. Like most agents, his criteria for loving a book is both vague and rather obvious: it needs to be a good story, written well.

For non-fiction, he likes books with a strong narrative thread rather than being too dry. Topics he is actively looking for new books in include history, politics, military, and humour. Definitely steer clear of Philip if you are writing a moribund memoir or something with new age mind, body, and spirit themes. 

When submitting to Philip, he stressed the importance of following the submission guidelines. Authors who ignore these guidelines will not do themselves any favours. Philip receives between 100 to 150 submissions a week, so it is important to put your best foot forward. And remember, with several thousand submissions heading his way each year, he can only take on a handful of new clients at any time. There are lots of agents out there, so don't get too disheartened!


Detailed data

Agency:
Marjacq Scripts
Agent since:
1996
Short biography:

Philip heads up the book department at Marjacq. He joined the agency in 2003 from Curtis Brown where he was a film, television and theatre agent for seven years. Before that he worked for HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Food and Cookery, History, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Crime and thrillers

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
We are always happy to review new work. Please follow these guidelines: http://www.marjacq.com/submissions/books-guidelines.Marjacq Scripts Ltd. Box 412, 19/21 Crawford St., LONDON W1H 1PJ
Other advice and background:

He is on the look out for thrillers, commercial fiction, historical and literary fiction, and narrative non-fiction on history, natural history, politics and military.  He likes good stories and writers who know how to tell them.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@TheAgentPhil
Interesting links:
http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/yourebooked/2010/11/phillip-patterson-q-a/
Clients:
Richard Asplin, Susanna Beard, Louisa Bennet, Nancy Carson, Catrin Collier, John Connor, Eva Dolan, Fern Elsdon-Baker, Helen FitzGerald, James Follett, Christopher Goffard, Ben Hatch, S. J. I. Holliday, Roni Jay, Katherine John, Doug Johnstone, L. A. Larkin, Howard Linskey, Stuart MacBride, George Markstein (Estate), Graham Oakley, Jack Sheffield, Brian Sibley, William Sutton, Richard Templar, Stuart Tootal, M. Joseph Valler, Tom Vater, Luca Veste, R.D. Wingfield (Estate), Tom Winship, Tom Wood, M.P. Wright
Full client list:
http://www.marjacq.com/philip-patterson.html
Email address:
philip@marjacq.com

Agents of: Marjacq Scripts

Agency details

Website:
http://www.marjacq.com
About the agency:
Marjacq Scripts, the literary side of the Marjacq agency, has been developed by Philip Patterson (with the recent addition of Isabella Floris) and Luke Speed, responsible for film and TV. Marjacq Scripts is now a growing book, film and television rights agency, representing a range of established and 'up and coming' authors, screenwriters, directors and graphic novelists. We also represent the publication, film, television and ancillary rights to some of the interactive titles handled by Marjacq Micro.
Address for submissions:
Marjacq Micro Ltd., Marjacq Scripts Ltd, Box 412, 19/21 Crawford St, LONDON? W1H 1PJ
Office address:
No data
Email address:
subs@marjacq.com
Phone number:
020 7935 9499
Number of agents:
7
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We are always happy to review new work. Please send a covering letter, a synopsis showing the structure of the completed work, the first three chapters, page numbers, double-spaced, single side of A4, typed (marked for the attention of Philip Patterson), a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want to have your material back.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
38/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@MarjacqScripts
Latest news:
None
More about the agency:
Marjacq Scripts, the literary side of the Marjacq agency, has been developed by Philip Patterson (with the recent addition of Isabella Floris) and Luke Speed, responsible for film and TV. Marjacq Scripts is now a growing book, film and television rights agency, representing a range of established and 'up and coming' authors, screenwriters, directors and graphic novelists. We also represent the publication, film, television and ancillary rights to some of the interactive titles handled by Marjacq Micro.

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