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Sarah Williams has been an agent since 2010.  Her publishing career began publicity and editorial in Canada (she is from Vancouver).  She moved from Ed Victor with Sophie Hicks, when the latter set up her eponymous agency in 2014. Sarah took her clients with her and SHA client base doubled in size when she joined the agency.   

She is interested in all genres of fiction but is particularly on the look-out for thrillers and older Young Adult fiction ('We Were Liars' is an example of the kind of YA book that would bowl her over).  She is open to non-fiction submissions (in particular food, memoir, travel, current affairs and narrative). 

Sophie has an eclectic client list which includes The Times science correspondent Tom Whipple; Twitter phenomenon @Queen_UK; and chef Maunika Gowardhan.  

SHA publish a generic client list so we haven’t been able to delve too deeply into her literary leanings.  However, we do know that she likes literary fiction and commercial page turners.  Michael Ondaatje is one of her favourite authors and we think anything visual or concept driven with a postmodern feel is likely to be of interest as she has a PhD in postmodern literature

Outside of the agency, she supports new female writers by working as a mentor for the WoMentoring charity.  Sophie also tweets regularly about life and literature @last_worder  From her feed we gather that she is a fan of theatre going, tennis, and TV series Mad Men. 

We are keen to build on our profile of Sophie and have been in touch with her to ask for more details about her clients.  In the meantime, if any of our subscribers are able to fill in some more details we would love to hear from you.

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Sophie Hicks Agency
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Short biography:

Sarah Williams hails from Vancouver, Canada and began her publishing career first in publicity and then editorial in the world of Canadian publishing. She joined Ed Victor Ltd in 2010 where she began building her diverse list. Some of her clients include the satirical Twitter phenomenon @Queen_UK, debut novelist Sarah Bannan, chef Maunika Gowardhan, and The Times science correspondent Tom Whipple. She is a graduate of the publishing program at Columbia University in New York and prepared for a life of reading mountains of manuscripts by completing a PhD in postmodern literature.

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

Michael Ondaatje

Other loves & passions:

Tennis, Mad Men (TV series)

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@Queen_UK, Sarah Bannan, Maunika Gowardhan, Tom Whipple.
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Agents of: Sophie Hicks Agency

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Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Submission Guidelines We welcome submissions for readers 9+ and they must be sent electronically with a covering letter and sample pages attached as a Word or PDF document to: Fiction submissions should include the first three chapters, or approximately 50 pages, and non-fiction submissions should provide a detailed outline and at least one sample chapter of material. Due to the high volume of submissions we receive, we cannot acknowledge receipt of material and, unfortunately, cannot provide editorial feedback. You will hear back from us within 6 weeks, so please be patient! Please note that we do not represent poetry or scripts for theatre, film and television.
More info on this agency:
Sophie Hicks started her own agency in 2014 after 25 years at Ed Victor Ltd where she worked first in foreign rights before starting her list and becoming Managing Director in 1999. Her clients include the Natural Navigator; Tristan Gooley, Ireland's Children's Laureate; Eoin Colfer (author of the international bestselling series Artemis Fowl), Emerald Fennell; who was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, fantasy writer Benedict Jacka, celebrated Australian author Paddy O'Reilly and the award winning Anne Cassidy. See the Clients Page for more details of her list. Sophie is a member of The Book Society and Women in Publishing. She is looking for new voices in adult, teen and children's fiction as well as accessible and original non-fiction ideas.
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