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Sam Copeland is a Mancunian who started his agent career at Curtis Brown in 2001.  He moved on in 2006 to help Peter Robinson launch his eponymous agency which merged with RCW in 2009.  Our researchers have uncovered the following nuggets of information:

He handles literary and commercial fiction, science fiction, children’s (11+), and a smaller list of non-fiction 

Sam only publishes a select author list on the RCW site, but known clients include: Graphic novelist and cartoonist Stephen Collins (‘The Gigantic Beard that was Evil’); children’s and young adult author Laure Eve; novelist John Harding (‘One Big Damn Puzzler’); radio presenter and children’s writer, Simon Mayo (Sunday Times bestseller ‘Itch’); rising literary star Rob Doyle (‘Here are the Young Men’); psychological thriller writer Mark Edwards (‘Catch Your Death’); and memoirist Selina Guinness (‘The Crocodile by the Door’)

His writers aren’t short on critical acclaim – collectively they have been linked to over 20 major prizes including the Costa, National Book Awards, Carnegie, Waterstones Book of the Year, Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year, Irish Book Awards, CWA Dagger, Dylan Thomas award, Wales Book of the Year, Branford Boase award, Eisner and the Arthur C Clarke award

  • Don’t send him self-help, mind body and spirit or business books.
  • He is an active and amusing twitter user – his feed is definitely worth a look @stubbleagent
  • Fun fact:  if he wasn’t an agent, astronaut would be his job of choice.
  • Sam teaches on the Faber Academy course and has been a judge for the Telegraph Harvill Crime Competition.
  • If you haven’t heard back from Sam after 6 weeks, you should assume that you haven’t been successful

We have been in touch with Sam to ask for more data on his current literary tastes and preferences and will add this information as soon as we have it.

Detailed data

Rogers Coleridge and White
Agent since:
Short biography:

Sam Copeland grew up in Manchester, and his first job was running a market stall with his brother, selling flat caps to Lancastrians. His first job in publishing was at Curtis Brown, where he started in 2001. He left in 2006 to help create the Robinson Literary Agency, and joined Rogers, Coleridge and White in 2009 when the two companies merged. He represents writers such as John Harding, author of ONE BIG DAMN PUZZLER (Transworld) and FLORENCE AND GILES (Blue Door, Harper Collins), Simon Mayo, radio presenter and author of the top ten bestselling children's book ITCH (Random House) and Nick Hayes, author of RIME OF THE MODERN MARINER ( Jonathan Cape). Sam also has a great twitter presence and is worth a follow.

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, Other non-fiction, History, Science, Women's fiction, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Fantasy, Historical fiction, Horror, Paranormal romance, Science fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Florence and Giles by John Harding. Sam is building an extremely diverse list, representing writers of both literary and commercial fiction, science fiction, children's (11+), serious and not-so-serious non-fiction. In fact, he is happy to look at anything but self-help and business books.

Other loves & passions:

If he weren't an agent, he may have been an astronaut. Sam teaches on the Faber Academy writing course.

How to make a submission:
Email submissions are fine with Sam - or by post. The choice is yours.
Other advice and background:

Pet peeve on covering letters? All the usual. To be honest, there's a lot of focus placed on covering letters by writers (and agents) But really, it's not rocket science. Couple of lines on who you are, a few lines about the book. Don't fret about it too much, don't try too much (the more you try the more you're likely to mess up..). And pick the right agent. It's all in the writing of the book at the end of the day.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
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Interesting links:
Tom Becker, Tom Benn, Hannah Berry, Tony Black, Emma Campbell Webster, Anthony Cartwright, Stephen Collins, Kim Curran, Amber Dermont, Jason Donald, Laure Eve, Christopher Fowler, Mark Gartside, Sue Gerhardt, Selina Guiness, John Harding, Nick Hayes, Matt Hill, Jonathan L Howard, Andrew Hughes, Stephen Jones, Zoe Lambert, Aubrey Manning, Simon Mayo, Rose & Caplin, Jane Rusbridge, Rupert Shortt, James Smythe, David Towsey, J.B. Turner, Voss & Edwards, Rob Young.
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Email address:

Agents of: Rogers Coleridge and White

Agency details

About the agency:
Deborah Rogers set up Deborah Rogers Ltd. in 1967, and shortly afterwards was joined by Pat White. Rogers, Coleridge and White was founded twenty years later, when Gill Coleridge left Anthony Sheil Associates to join them in 1987. In 2002 the agency was joined by Peter Straus, previously editor-in-chief at Macmillan and Publisher of Picador. The colophon on the company's letterhead, chosen by Deborah Rogers, is the Coptic Tree.
Address for submissions:
20 Powis Mews, London, W11 1JN
Office address:
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Phone number:
020 7221 3717
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Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Submissions should include a covering letter telling us about yourself and the background to the book. In the case of fiction they should consist of the first three chapters or approximately the first fifty pages of the work to a natural break, and a brief synopsis. Non-fiction submissions should take the form of a proposal up to twenty pages in length explaining what the work is about and why you are best placed to write it. Material should be printed out in 12 point font, in double-spacing and on one side only of A4 paper. We cannot acknowledge receipt of material and nor can we accept responsibility for anything you send us, so please retain a copy of material submitted. Material will be returned only if sent with an adequately stamped and sized self-addressed envelope; if return postage is not provided the material will be recycled. YA and Children's fiction should be submitted via email to We regret that this department cannot undertake to read submissions from the US due to the large volume received. We do not accept any other email submissions unless by prior arrangement with individual agents. We will try to respond within six to eight weeks of receipt of your material, but please appreciate that this isn't always possible as we must give priority to the authors we already represent. Please note that we do not represent scripts for theatre, film or television
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Average response time:
8 days
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More about the agency:
Deborah Rogers set up Deborah Rogers Ltd. in 1967, and shortly afterwards was joined by Pat White. Rogers, Coleridge and White was founded twenty years later, when Gill Coleridge left Anthony Sheil Associates to join them in 1987. In 2002 the agency was joined by Peter Straus, previously editor-in-chief at Macmillan and Publisher of Picador. The colophon on the company's letterhead, chosen by Deborah Rogers, is the Coptic Tree.

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