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There is little information in the public domain on this agent, with the only online references to him being almost ten years old. As far as our researchers can establish, he does still work for Mic Cheetham Associates. However, the Mic Cheetham website has been 'coming soon' for quite some time now, with no hint at a timely update. As such, it is difficult to ascertain how active Simon still is as an agent. He does not blog or tweet.

Simon specialises in science fiction and fantasy books, having worked with some of the biggest names in the industry over the years, including Iain M Banks, Paul Cornell and China Miville. According to Writers Services, the agency does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Authors should approach the agency in writing first. Given the agency's lack of online presence, it is difficult to confirm this.

An old interview with Simon from 2008 includes a discussion of his preferences and what makes a book catch his eye. He argues that plot is far more important than characters. You can have the most interesting and well-rounded characters in the world, but if nothing happens to them, you don't have a story. Simon also encourages authors to spend time finding their own voice and writing what they write best rather than following sales trends. If you are better at writing in a genre or style that isn't currently in the zeitgeist, don't try to force yourself into an unnatural style.

We will continue to pursue more up to date information on Simon, but if any users can shed light on this agent, pease let us know!



Detailed data

Agency:
Mic Cheetham Associates
Agent since:
1993
Short biography:
Simon has a BA in American Literature from the University of Illinois, a BA in English and American Literature at the University of Warwick and an MA in Medieval European Literature at the University of York.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Science fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Iain Banks' The Crow Road begins with, 'It was the day my grandmother exploded' and so tells the reader that the narrator has a family, has had a death in the family, establishes a tragicomic tone with a hint of the darkness to come and snares the reader into wondering how the grandmother came to explode and so gets them to keep reading. Not bad work for seven words.
Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:
The biggest mistake is trying to be someone else. Don't try to be Tolkien. Don't try to be Neal Asher, JK Rowling or Ken MacLeod. All writers steal ideas, scenarios, inspiration, characters from each other and how could they not? But they have to find their own voice in which to tell their story.
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.gamesradar.com/literary_agent_interview_simon_kavanagh/
Clients:
The following names represent the agency's full client list: Iain Banks, Simon Beckett, Mark Behr, John Binias, Carol Birch, NM Browne, Stuart Browne, Anita Burgh, Alan Campbell, Paul Cornell, Barbara Ewing, Laurie Graham, David Gunn, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, M. John Harrison, Toby Litt, Ken MacLeod, Graham McCann, China Mieville, Sharon Penman, Antony Sher, Harry Shapiro, Peter Smalley, Veronica Stallwood, Tricia Sullivan, Steph Swainston.
Full client list:
http://www.miccheetham.com/
Email address:
info@miccheetham.com

Agents of: Mic Cheetham Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.miccheetham.com/
About the agency:
The agency's main interest is in fiction writers, who should combine good writing, great storytelling, real intelligence, a massive imagination, and as a bonus, an archaic wit. The agency is not elitist about either literary or genre fiction and provided work conforms to the above criteria, it is happy to consider edgy literary fiction, crime fiction, thrillers, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy.
Address for submissions:
Mic Cheetham Associates, 50 Albermale Streeet, London W1S 4BD
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@miccheetham.com
Phone number:
020 7495 2002
Number of agents:
2
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
The agency deliberately keeps its list compact, but stellar, and will only take on two or three new writers each year. New writers approach the agency in writing (no e-mail manuscripts accepted) outlining their novel on one page and including the first three chapters of the novel for consideration. They should accompany these chpaters with biographical informaton about themselves, and a stamped addressed envelope for reply/return of material. New writers are advised to acquaint themselves with the work of the writers currently represented by the agency before sunbmitting their own work.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
28/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.miccheetham.com/
More about the agency:
The agency's main interest is in fiction writers, who should combine good writing, great storytelling, real intelligence, a massive imagination, and as a bonus, an archaic wit. The agency is not elitist about either literary or genre fiction and provided work conforms to the above criteria, it is happy to consider edgy literary fiction, crime fiction, thrillers, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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