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2017 has been a big year for Pike, making the Bookseller's Rising Stars list and moving from Curtis Brown to their sister agency C+W. While he may be new to C+W, Pike is experienced in the industry, with four years as a literary agent at his previous agency and five years on the other side of the fence, at Hodder & Stoughton, before then. 

Pike is looking to build his current client list in both fiction and non-fiction. His fiction tastes are fairly broad, from traditional thrillers to original stories involving science fiction or fantasy. Describing his wishlist as including 'plot-driven novels,' Pike is not one to send your meandering tales to. Think more about commercial fiction that high literary. He has also called out an interest in psychological thrillers with a historical setting as well as 'heartwarming' stories. 

For non-fiction, Pike has a real passion for sports. He also loves to find fun and funny stories for the gift book market. Interestingly, he is also on the lookout for people with successful creative endeavours in the world outside publishing – bloggers, podcasters, etc. Pike is keen to help those already working in non-fiction arenas to channel their work into a marketable book. Other areas he is interested in include science and nature, lifestyle, and more generally, narrative non-fiction.

Richard is active out and about in the literary community, speaking at and attending festivals and workshops, as well as judging writing competitions. While still at Curtis Brown, he co-founded the monthly twitter pitch event #CBPitch. If you're looking for representation, whether through normal routes or events like #CBPitch, Richard recommends you work hard on your social media presence to represent you in the best light if/when anyone looks you up!



Detailed data

Agency:
C+W Agency
Agent since:
2013
Short biography:

Richard joined C+W as Literary Agent in 2017, following four years at Curtis Brown and five years at Hodder & Stoughton publishers. He is actively building a list of fiction and non-fiction projects and wants to work with writers with unique voices, diverse experiences and a story they have a keen passion to tell.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Science, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Science fiction, Historical fiction, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction
Authors & books liked:


Other loves & passions:

Richard co-hosts Curtis Brown and C+W's regular Twitter pitch event, #PitchCB with Jessica Whitlum-Cooper.

How to make a submission:
Agency standard – synopsis and sample chapters via email.
Other advice and background:

For my non-fiction list, I'm looking for smart thinking, big ideas, lifestyle, sports writing, memoir, accessible science writing, narrative non-fiction, gift and humour and nature writing. I also have experience of working with creative storytellers with existing platforms, whether that be a vlog, a podcast, or live events, and helping to channel that creativity into book form.

In fiction, I'm primarily looking for plot-driven novels with a strong hook. Currently, I'd particularly like to find a psychological thriller with a historical setting, original crime (not narrated by a DCI), speculative fiction, a novel with an element of magic or the unexplained, a love story, and a heartwarming novel such as A Boy Made of Blocks or The Rosie Project. I love to read work by authors such as Margaret Atwood, Sarah Waters, Claire Fuller, Erin Morgenstern, Jessie Burton, David Mitchell and Emma Donoghue.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@LondonBookBoy
Interesting links:
http://londonwritersclub.com/2015/07/notes-from-an-evening-with-agents-richard-pike-and-emma-herdman-of-curtis-brown-literary-agency/
Clients:
Nigel Akehurst, Ollie Aplin, Vanessa Black, Emma Blackery, The Wild Swimming Brothers, Savannah Brown, Muireann Carey-Campbell, Clean Beauty Co, Michael Crawley, Luke Cutforth, John Dennen, Dodie, Amber Doig-Thorne, Claire Eastham, Alex Evans, Cassie Fairy, Billy Gallagher, Paul Gibson, Connie Glynn, Dottie James, Jamie Jo, Amit Katwala, Anna Kessel, Jake Mitchell, Bethan Moore, Movember, Cameron Norsworthy, Karen Onojaife, Richard MacLean Smith, Laura Smy, Joe Tasker, Laura Thomas, Ann Tornkvist, Liam Vaughan, Hannah Witton
Full client list:
http://cwagency.co.uk/agent/richard-pike/clients
Email address:
richard@cwagency.co.uk

Agents of: C+W Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.convilleandwalsh.com/
About the agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, we are a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning commercial and literary authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors. We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing directly - in all media, markets and languages across the world. Jo Unwin and Claire Conville were shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year in the 2010 and 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards respectively. Jake Smith-Bosanquet won Rights Professional of the Year in the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.
Address for submissions:
5th Floor, Haymarket House, 28-9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP, United Kingdom
Office address:
5th Floor, Haymarket House, 28-9 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4SP
Email address:
Look at Website for agent email
Phone number:
44 20 7393 4200
Number of agents:
9
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
You should send your submission (in Word.doc format) via email directly to the agent you would like to consider your work following the guidelines below. Contact details are listed under our agent profiles. Please don’t write to more than one of us. If we think a book is promising, we’ll make sure it gets to the person most likely to want to represent it. Please note, we no longer accept postal submissions. To read our individual profiles and wish lists, please take a look at the Staff page. Have a look here for more information: http://cwagency.co.uk/page/submissions
More info on this agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, C&W describes itself as "a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors." In 2013, C&W announced the sale of a 50% share in the agency to industry giant, Curtis Brown. Representatives of Curtis Brown will sit on the C&W board. Conville and Walsh will also move into CB's offices in London's Haymarket. Curtis Brown will make use of C&W's excellent agency services for speakers and the two companies will share various other operations. Nevertheless, C&W will retain its operating indepedence, so we continue to list the company separately on this site. C&W's write up of themselves continues thus: "We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing direct - in all media, markets and languages across the world. As a small group of agents, we have decades of experience in both literary and commercial publishing. We are proud of our reputation for the happy enduring relationships we have built up with our clients, and of our dynamic team of staff."
Average response time:
9 days
Agency Transparency Index:
33/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@CWAgencyUK
Latest news:
http://cwagency.co.uk/section/books/news
More about the agency:
Founded by Clare Conville and Patrick Walsh in 2000, we are a leading international literary agency based in the UK, who represent an eclectic range of best-selling and award-winning commercial and literary authors, including novelists, scientists, historians, travel writers, biographers and children's authors. We have a well-established track record nurturing talented newcomers and re-launching established authors; working closely with all our clients to provide solid advice and support from pitch to publication; and offering expert representation - often dealing directly - in all media, markets and languages across the world. Jo Unwin and Claire Conville were shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year in the 2010 and 2012 Bookseller Industry Awards respectively. Jake Smith-Bosanquet won Rights Professional of the Year in the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.

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