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Like many of her industry peers, Rebecca noticed a trend for editorial work with an author shifting from the publishing editor to the agent. When books come to publishers, they have already been shaped and reworked so that the author and agent may put their best foot forward. Missing that close relationship with her authors, Rebecca decided to move on from 15 years as an editor at Chatto & Windus and Harvill Secker, imprints of Random House, and joined Janklow & Nesbit in 2012 as an agent.

Rebecca is interested in both fiction and non-fiction. She has two main criteria that she is interested in, quality writing and exceptional storytelling. Rebecca takes her cues from the ever important cover letter as to whether she will read the sample chapters, so be sure to get that cover letter just right before submitting. Reading all submissions addressed to her, it can sometimes take Rebecca a while to get through her slushpile. She represents a mix of established and first-time authors.

Her preferences for fiction include a wide variety of styles and subject matter. She loves literary fiction, what she describes as 'upmarket' crime and thrillers, as well as children's and YA novels. On her wishlist would be novels that tackle ground-breaking issues and family drama. Rebecca will enjoy darker narratives with sparse prose or more light-hearted stories with playful language. Both contemporary and historical settings are welcomed.

In non-fiction, Rebecca is particularly on the lookout for history, politics, social and cultural commentary, design and technology, the environment and travel. Many of the non-fiction works she loves tackle a subject while mixing the accounts with memoir. Some of her 2016 non-fiction titles include Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi & Stefanie Posavec and The Language of Cities by Deyan Sudjic.


Detailed data

Agency:
Janklow and Nesbit
Agent since:
2012
Short biography:
Rebecca Carter has recently joined Janklow & Nesbit after fifteen years as an editor at Random House UK. As a publisher, her acquisitions were wide-ranging, from literary to more genre-led fiction. She has represented novels both light and dark, for old and young, set everywhere from Afghanistan to Acton, and non-fiction in the areas of history, memoir, travel, food and nature-writing, political and cultural polemic, often mixed together and with a strong emphasis on story. As an agent she is building a list that reflects and broadens these preoccupations.
Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Young adult fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Other non-fiction, History, Politics, society & current affairs, Science, Travel, Religion, Women's fiction, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Historical fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Enjoys literary and genre-led fiction for both adults and children Likes non-fiction, specifically history, memoir, travel, food and nature-writing, political and cultural polemic. She has a very strong record for publishing fiction in translation
Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
Standard agency submission.
Other advice and background:
A useful article in Publishing Perspectives discusses Rebecca's motivations for leaving the world of publishing, where she was very well established. She says: "I've always been interested in chipping away at a text and finding the sculpture within. To bring in authors who come with a book in an embryonic form and to be able to help them is very exciting! As publishing companies become more risk adverse, as an agent I can do that legwork, you can experiment rather than having to be so sure." We strongly recommend that you read the PP article and also the Words Without Borders essay, which is a key text in terms of tracking the role of the modern day editor.
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@RebeccasBooks
Interesting links:
http://publishingperspectives.com/2012/01/why-a-book-editor-becomes-a-literary-agent/
Clients:
The following names represent the agency's full client list: H-57, Fran Abrams, Alec Ash, Tilly Bagshawe, Tom Bale, Kat Banyard, Mallika Basu, John Bauer, Alex Bellos, David Bellos, Joshua Blackburn, Sacha Bonsor, Paul Broks, Libby Brooks, Oliver Burkeman, Louise Candlish, Oliver Chittenden, Philip Collins, Sir Sean Connery, Shirley Conran, Gavin Corbett, Charles Cumming, Ashley Dartnell, Lewis Dartnell, Rosemary Davidson, Ewan Davis, Domenica De Rosa, Gideon Defoe, Mark Douglas Hill, Tom Dyckhoff, Dylan Evans, Jasper Fforde, Kevin Fong, Petina Gappah, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Jordan Goodman, Lucie Green, Elly Griffiths, Xiaolu Guo, Claudia Hammond, Duff Hart-Davis, Lucy Hawking, Jason Hewitt, Jilliane Hoffman, Matthew Hooton, Alok Jha, Jonathan Jones, Julie Kavanagh, Elisabeth Kehoe, Richard Kerridge, Brian Kimberling, Gavin Knight, Manjit Kumar, Olivia Laing, James Landale, Ben Lewis, Emily Mackie, Adam Marek, Paul Meyer Gregor Muir, The Mumsnet Guides, Matt Parker, Michael Peel, Robert Penn, Frank Pope, Henry Porter, Tim Radford, Eva Rice, Tim Richardson, Hallie Rubenhold, Alan Rusbridger, Adam Rutherford, Sunjeev Sahota , Richard Sennett, William Shawcross, Jon Stock, Deyan Sudjic, Charlie Taylor, Roberta Taylor, Tom Templeton, James Treadwell, Annabel Venning, Guy Walters, Camilla Way, Gabriel Weston, Lucie Whitehouse, Jack Wolf, Patrick Woodhead, Emily Woof, Farahad Zama.
Full client list:
http://www.janklowandnesbit.co.uk/authors
Email address:
queries@janklow.co.uk

Agents of: Janklow and Nesbit

Agency details

Website:
http://www.janklowandnesbit.co.uk/
About the agency:
Janklow & Nesbit has been in business since 1973, and is one of the largest and most powerful literary agencies in the world, with offices in New York, London and LA. Since its inception the company has prided itself on the diversity of its clients, who are defined by their quality rather than any over-riding editorial ethos, and who range from the literary (Tom Wolfe, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joan Didion) to the commercial (Thomas Harris, Danielle Steel, Anne Rice, the estates of Sidney Sheldon and Michael Crichton). As well as novelists, the agency represents non-fiction authors of every stripe (Gore Vidal, David McCullough) and is known in the US for the politicians on its roster, including Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Senator John Kerry. The London office opened in 2000, tasked with building a first-class list of UK-based writers for whom the agency provides co-ordinated representation across all formats and territories. Over the last decade, the agency has grown to represent a broad range of international authors, who are regularly nominated for and awarded major literary prizes, and feature in best-seller lists around the world. Our small, highly-focused office provides a unique service to its clients - a boutique agency with a global perspective.
Address for submissions:
13a Hillgate Street, London, W8 7SP
Office address:
No data
Email address:
queries@janklow.co.uk
Phone number:
0207 243 2975
Number of agents:
5
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
For fiction submissions, please send an informative covering letter, the first three chapters (or around fifty pages) and a brief synopsis. For non-fiction submissions, please send a full outline and covering letter. Please put your email address on your covering letter, or include a return envelope and sufficient postage if you would like your material sent back to you.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
Refer to Agency Website days
Agency Transparency Index:
46/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
Y - New York, London and LA
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.janklowandnesbit.co.uk/news
More about the agency:
Janklow & Nesbit has been in business since 1973, and is one of the largest and most powerful literary agencies in the world, with offices in New York, London and LA. Since its inception the company has prided itself on the diversity of its clients, who are defined by their quality rather than any over-riding editorial ethos, and who range from the literary (Tom Wolfe, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joan Didion) to the commercial (Thomas Harris, Danielle Steel, Anne Rice, the estates of Sidney Sheldon and Michael Crichton). As well as novelists, the agency represents non-fiction authors of every stripe (Gore Vidal, David McCullough) and is known in the US for the politicians on its roster, including Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Senator John Kerry. The London office opened in 2000, tasked with building a first-class list of UK-based writers for whom the agency provides co-ordinated representation across all formats and territories. Over the last decade, the agency has grown to represent a broad range of international authors, who are regularly nominated for and awarded major literary prizes, and feature in best-seller lists around the world. Our small, highly-focused office provides a unique service to its clients - a boutique agency with a global perspective.

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