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Simon Benham and Jo Mayer founded Mayer Benham Ltd in 2002.  The Company was set up to offer agent representation and publishing and consulting services.  However, the website was unavailable when we last checked it.  Without a client list it is difficult to analyse Simon’s literary tastes.  It is also unclear if Jo Mayer still works at the agency.  Our researchers have only been able to find online references for Simon, and the company domain name is solely in his name.  We think that the agency is still open for business but the paucity of information is a bit off-putting.

Mayer Benham say that they will take on anything from ‘Humour to Interior Design’ and even the occasional fiction submission. However, Simon’s biography for the 2012 Self Publishing Summit suggests he is primarily interested in representing non-fiction and has a specific interest in popular culture, and music as a sub-genre within that.  The biography also provides a brief client list which includes Michael Holding, Will Hodgkinson, Gary Kemp, Edwyn Collins, Tim Burgess, and Barafina, We have been unable to confirm if these authors are still represented by Mayer Benham.   Simon is clearly passionate about music though as he is also Co-Director of the Free University of Glastonbury at The Glastonbury Festival

Prior to setting up his own agency, Simon worked in the sales department at Faber and Faber, from there he went onto become Sales and Marketing Director at Capstone Wiley.   Marketing seems to be a major part of Simon’s consultancy work as MBL offers advice on how companies can use publishing to ‘add value to their business’ and previous clients have included Universal Music, CIM, London Business Forum, Vice Magazine

We have written to Simon to ask for more information about the agency’s client base and look forward to updating this page in the near future.  If any subscribers have any other useful nuggets of information we would be pleased to hear from you.

 



Detailed data

Agency:
Mayer Benham Ltd
Agent since:
2002
Short biography:

Simon Benham had run his own literary agency since 2002. Simon's career started in Sales at Faber and Faber, then handling Central London for the Reed conglomerate finishing up as Sales and Marekting Director at Capstone/Wiley with a brief hiatus at Polygram Music in between.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Memoir and autobiography, History, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Simon specialises in non fiction about popular culture.

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Standard agency submission.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No Data
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.alancross.ca/a-journal-of-musical-things/2012/4/27/charlatans-uk-frontman-writes-a-book.html
Clients:
His clients include, Michael Holding, Will Hodgkinson, Gary Kemp, Edwyn Collins, Tim Burgess, Barafina, Chris Yates.
Full client list:
No Data
Email address:
simon@mayerbenham.co.uk

Agents of: Mayer Benham Ltd

Agency details

Website:
http://www.simonbenham.co.uk/
About the agency:
Founded in 2002 by Simon Benham and Jo Mayer, MBL offers publishing, agenting and consulting services. MBL agency deals in non fiction across a broad spectrum of subjects ranging from Humour to Interior Design; we dip our toes into the murky waters of fiction - but only on special occasions.
Address for submissions:
MayerBenham Ltd, 55 Athenlay Road, London SE15 3EN
Office address:
No data
Email address:
simon@mayerbenham.co.uk
Phone number:
07801 627903
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Other - see details
Further submission info:
No unsolicited MS; email in first instance.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
29/100
Member of the AAA:
No
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://simonbenham.co.uk/page.asp?webarea=News
More about the agency:
Founded in 2002 by Simon Benham and Jo Mayer, MBL offers publishing, agenting and consulting services. MBL agency deals in non fiction across a broad spectrum of subjects ranging from Humour to Interior Design; we dip our toes into the murky waters of fiction - but only on special occasions.

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