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Piers has been an agent at Sheil Land since 2009.  He was previously senior commissioning editor at Headline where he was responsible for creating both an adult fiction list and a new YA list as well as exploring new areas of business relating to games, online publishing and graphic novels.  

Piers will consider quality, commercial and literary fiction and non-fiction including: crime & thrillers, reading group fiction, popular science and psychology, politics, gardening, cookery, biography/memoir, travel, humour, all types of contemporary and literary women's fiction, self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, lifestyle, children's, young adult.

Fiction clients include Nadine Dorries, (whose The Four Streets trilogy has sold over 1,000,000 copies since it was published in 2014); Su Quinn (‘The Thief Taker’), NJ Fountain (‘Painkiller’) and Jamie Thomson (‘The Wrong Side of the Galaxy’). Non-fiction authors include Dr Claire Guest (‘Daisy’s Gift’) and Louise Hide (‘The Strange case of Dr Margaret Orange’).  He represents a broad range of non-fiction topics and will consider anything from biograpy to trivia.

Unlike some of his more publicity shy colleagues, Piers has a strong online profile.  He is on twitter @pblofeld and unusually, has also published a series of YouTube videos in which he discusses some of the thorny issues around getting an agent.  The videos are well worth a look as Piers made them to ‘help writers navigate the sometimes tricky waters of their writing careers’. 

 



Detailed data

Agency:
Sheil Land Associates
Agent since:
2008
Short biography:

Prior to becoming a Literary Agent, Piers Blofeld was senior commissioning editor at Headline Publishing Group. He is a graduate of the University of East Anglia.

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

Piers is looking for clients who write quality, literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction including: thrillers, crime/mystery, politics, political and military history, gardening, cookery, romance, drama, biography/memoir, travel, humour, all types of contemporary and literary women's fiction, self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, lifestyle, popular science and psychology, children's, young adult, science fiction and fantasy. He is creating a new list and exploring areas of business relating to games, online publishing and graphic novels. "I represent a wide range of clients across fiction and non-fiction. On the fiction side I represent bestsellers and prize winners on both sides of the Atlantic. A recent highlight is Nadine Dorries' number one bestseller The Four Streets which has sold over 250,000 copies since it was published in May. Forthcoming titles include CS Quinn's The Thief Taker a lead title for Thomas and Mercer this Autumn and The Wrong Side of the Galaxy by Roald Dahl Prize winner Jamie Thomson. My clients' non-fiction ranges from Roger Clarke's A Natural History of Ghosts to Sarah Beeson's The New Arrival, a lead title for Harper Non-fiction this spring, to books on Lulz Sec and Democracy in the UK, through Biography to trivia. "

Other loves & passions:

Cricket.

How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.Fiction requirements:Query letter plus first thirty pages.Non-Fiction - Submission Requirements:Query letter plus proposal.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@pblofeld
Interesting links:
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/piers-blofeld/5/90a/5b
Clients:
The agency do not publish a full client list. The following names and categories are given as examples of subject matter and authors. Literary Fiction: Diane Setterfield, Steven Carroll, Andrew Taylor, Susan Hill, Rose Tremain, Melvyn Bragg, Peter Ackroyd, Barry Unsworth, Jean Rhys. Literary Non-Fiction: Charles Allen, John Lahr, Christopher Bigsby. History and Military: Richard Holmes, Alexander Scrimgeour, Hugh Bicheno, Peter Wright, Gavin Menzies. Food, Garden and Lifestyle: Anna Del Conte, Christopher Lloyd, Graham Rice, Sue Clifford and Angela King, Josephine Scorer, Glynn Christian. Biography and Memoir: Kathryn Apanowicz, Xiaomei Martell, David Cohen, Kevin Wells, Martin Stephen, Robert Green. Travel and Adventure: Jeffrey Taylor, Benedict Allen, Charles Allen, Christopher Somerville, Mark Smith, Jeffrey Taylor. General Non-Fiction: Richard Mabey, Anthony Seldon, Hazhir Teimourian, Sue Clifford, Angela King. Fiction: Tom Sharpe, Neil White, Andrew Taylor, Steven Carroll, Angus Donald, Elizabeth Corley. Women's Fiction and Non-Fiction: Rosie Goodwin, Evelyn Hood, Hilary Green, Catherine Cookson, Jean Goodhind, Pam Hobbs.
Full client list:
http://www.sheilland.com/#!authors/cee5
Email address:
info@sheilland.co.uk

Agents of: Sheil Land Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.sheilland.co.uk
About the agency:
Sheil Land Associates is a long established literary, theatrical and film agency dating back to 1962. We have fourteen staff including eight agents and their assistants, all of whom are strongly supported by friendly and experienced finance and administrative staff, making us one of the top five literary agencies in the UK. Despite the great list of clients that we have and the large deals that we negotiate, we believe in being a relatively low-profile agency. Our clients are the stars, and we are the advisors, quietly and proficiently guiding, negotiating and managing their interests. Our clients write quality, literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction including thrillers, crime/mystery, politics, political and military history, gardening, cookery, romance, drama, biography/memoir, travel, humour, all types of contemporary and literary women's fiction, self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, lifestyle, popular science and psychology, children's, young adult, science fiction, fantasy and paranormal, and we also represent celebrities and journalists with a story to tell. We represent playwrights, film and TV (including animation and children's) writers, documentary makers and directors, radio and TV presenters. A number of them also write successful books. We welcome approaches from new clients who have already published works as well as first time writers. The quality of submissions that we receive is tremendously high but it may be useful to point out that, however much we might wish to take on a new client, we have to bear in mind the very tough market conditions. Sadly we will have to make the difficult decision to turn down some exceedingly good writing. Should this happen to your submission, we hope you will not be discouraged as resourcefulness and perseverance has much to do with skill and talent to succeed. We are sometimes prepared to reconsider your revised work or your next work.
Address for submissions:
52 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@sheilland.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7405 9351
Number of agents:
4
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard + CV (as above, but with CV)
Further submission info:
Send a covering letter that is typed, properly constructed and checked for errors in spelling. The letter should be concise and you should be able to tell us your story/plot in a paragraph. For non-fiction, tell us why you have chosen this subject. Send a Synopsis of your work. This may be a page or more. Send a short Curriculum Vitae. We also want to know something about you: why you write; how long you have been writing for; whether you write in one genre/category or more. Choose the genre/category you hope to be first published in and send us material for the chosen area. Send the first three chapters of your manuscript. Double space your document with decent margins on either side. Pages must be numbered. Start each chapter on a new page. Do not print on both sides of the paper. Do not landscape your writing. Do not bind your work in a folder. A good paper clip/elastic band for all the papers is perfectly acceptable. Use a sensible font size. All submissions should be sent by post addressed to The Submissions Dept. We are sorry but we are unable to accept electronic submissions. If you are sending us a self-published work, please mention where your book is available to purchase, how many copies have been sold and what rights/territories are still available. Please do not send in any original artwork or photographs. Please send us your email address. All rejections and requests for full manuscripts will be made by email. If you are not contactable by email, please include a small stamped addressed envelope for our reply.
More info on this agency:
Sheil Land Associates is a long established literary, theatrical and film agency dating back to 1962. We have fourteen staff including eight agents [four of these being book agents] and their assistants, all of whom are strongly supported by friendly and experienced finance and administrative staff, making us one of the top five literary agencies in the UK. Despite the great list of clients that we have and the large deals that we negotiate, we believe in being a relatively low-profile agency. Our clients are the stars, and we are the advisors, quietly and proficiently guiding, negotiating and managing their interests. Our clients write quality, literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction including thrillers, crime/mystery, politics, political and military history, gardening, cookery, romance, drama, biography/memoir, travel, humour, all types of contemporary and literary womenâ s fiction, self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, lifestyle, popular science and psychology, childrenâ s, young adult, science fiction, fantasy and paranormal, and we also represent celebrities and journalists with a story to tell.
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
34/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@sheilland
Latest news:
http://www.sheilland.co.uk/Sheil_Land_Associates/News/News.html
More about the agency:
Sheil Land Associates is a long established literary, theatrical and film agency dating back to 1962. We have fourteen staff including eight agents and their assistants, all of whom are strongly supported by friendly and experienced finance and administrative staff, making us one of the top five literary agencies in the UK. Despite the great list of clients that we have and the large deals that we negotiate, we believe in being a relatively low-profile agency. Our clients are the stars, and we are the advisors, quietly and proficiently guiding, negotiating and managing their interests. Our clients write quality, literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction including thrillers, crime/mystery, politics, political and military history, gardening, cookery, romance, drama, biography/memoir, travel, humour, all types of contemporary and literary women's fiction, self-improvement, mind-body-spirit, lifestyle, popular science and psychology, children's, young adult, science fiction, fantasy and paranormal, and we also represent celebrities and journalists with a story to tell. We represent playwrights, film and TV (including animation and children's) writers, documentary makers and directors, radio and TV presenters. A number of them also write successful books. We welcome approaches from new clients who have already published works as well as first time writers. The quality of submissions that we receive is tremendously high but it may be useful to point out that, however much we might wish to take on a new client, we have to bear in mind the very tough market conditions. Sadly we will have to make the difficult decision to turn down some exceedingly good writing. Should this happen to your submission, we hope you will not be discouraged as resourcefulness and perseverance has much to do with skill and talent to succeed. We are sometimes prepared to reconsider your revised work or your next work.

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