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Sheila Ableman handles popular history; science; commercial, quirky non-fiction; and biography and autobiography.  She also has a specific interest in ghost writers and TV ties-ins.  Sheila has been running her own agency since 1999 and takes on debut and established authors.  Prior to setting up on her own, she spent twenty years working in publishing, starting out as a junior designer at Weidenfield and Nicholson and rising to become Editorial Director of BBC Books.

•TV spin offs include Charlotte Uhlenbroek's 'Animal Life, Walking with Animals and Jungle', Alastair Fothergill's 'Planet Earth; The Photographs', and 'Frozen Planet', Bruce Parry's 'Tribe', Iain Stewart's 'Earth: The Power of the Planet', and the BBC's 'The Weakest Link'.  

•In biography and autobiography, she has handled TV presenter Gail Porter’s ‘Laid Bare’; ‘Sold’, the story of how Tess Stephens was sold into prostitution by her own mother; and Jacky Trevane’s ‘Fatwa: Living with a Death Threat’.  

•Examples of the kind of quirky non-fiction she represents include: Hubert van den Burgh ‘How to Sound Clever’ which explains how to use 1000 everyday words more confidently; and Caroline Cox’s 'How to be Adored: A guide to Modern Glamour’.

•It is not clear whether Sheila works alone or heads up a team (we suspect the latter as she has a well-established list of successful clients).  We think she would be a good agent for writers of commercial non-fiction with a populist angle and authors who have an out of the ordinary personal story to tell.



Detailed data

Agency:
Sheila Ableman Literary Agency
Agent since:
1999
Short biography:

I founded the Sheila Ableman Literary Agency because I am passionate about books, and love working with people. I have always worked in the book trade. After art school and university I worked in bookshops around London (including the famous High Hill bookshop in Hampstead), before joining Weidenfeld and Nicolson as a junior designer. Quite quickly I moved into editorial at Victor Gollancz before becoming a commissioning editor (important experience! It is commissioning editors who select which books their firms will publish) for BBC Books. By the time I decided to cross the fence and become an agent, I had been Editorial Director for many years but never lost the thrill of signing a great author for a great project.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Authors & books liked:

History, science, biography and autobiography, with a particular interest in ghost-writing and TV tie-ins.

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/sheila-ableman/11/977/572
Clients:
Danny Allan, James Ashcroft, Louise Badger and Lawrence Kershaw, Dr Jonathan Balcombe, Amanda Barrett, Vanessa Berlowitz, Simon Brighton, Dr Nigel P Brown, Dr Alixe Bovey, Dr Clive Bromhall, Jim Burge, Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi, Helen Chandler, Professor Caroline Cox, Professor Robin Dunbar, Tadg Farrington, Peter Firstbrook, Alastair Fothergill, Caro Handley, Ken Howard, Paul Kieve, Christine King, David Manners, Fiona Rule, Keith Scholey, Dave Sharp, Professor Iain Stewart, Peter Taylor, Ingrid Thomas, Jacky Trevane, Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Hubert van den Burgh, Catharine Von Bredow, Michael Williams, The Estate of Paul Ableman.
Full client list:
http://www.sheilaableman.com/Sheila%20Ableman%20Client%20List%202012.pdf
Email address:
sheila@sheilaableman.co.uk

Agents of: Sheila Ableman Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.sheilaableman.com
About the agency:
The Sheila Ableman Literary Agency is a friendly and successful agency representing writers of history, science, biography and autobiography, with a particular interest in ghost-writing and TV tie-ins.
Address for submissions:
No data
Office address:
36 Duncan House, Fellows Road, London NW3 3LZ.
Email address:
sheila@sheilaableman.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7493 4361
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
Please include a one page synopsis of your work (which explains why you think your books should be published) two sample chapters and a brief biography. Please also a standard stamped addressed envelope for reply or a large stamped address envelope if you would like the manuscript returned to you.
More info on this agency:
No data
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:
None
Latest news:
None
More about the agency:
The Sheila Ableman Literary Agency is a friendly and successful agency representing writers of history, science, biography and autobiography, with a particular interest in ghost-writing and TV tie-ins.

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