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Simon Trewin leads the London Literary arm of this worldwide talent agency and is also a senior partner.  He has been an agent for over twenty years and is a three time nominee for the Bookseller Industry Awards Literary Agent of the Year.  As a former Secretary of the Association of Authors’ Agents his knowledge of the book world is assured.

Trewin began his career in the theatre and he continues to represent a number of playwrights including West End and television favourite, Jeremy Dyson.  In 2007, he was one of a group of agents who broke away from super agency, Peters, Fraser and Dunlop to set up United Agents.  After a spell as a Director at UA, he made the move to William Morris Endeavor in search of a more global stage, ‘I wanted my clients to play on the biggest possible canvas they could. Simple as that”. 
WME’s American ownership and Trewin’s stable of high profile US and UK authors make him something of a literary powerhouse on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Agency doesn’t publish full client lists for individual agents but Trewin represents a number of award winning writers including: national treasure and former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion; John Boyne, author of the phenomenally successful book turned film, ‘The Boy In Striped Pajamas’,  and Andrew Miller, winner of the 2012 Costa Book Of the Year.  His literary tastes are diverse, taking in literary and historical fiction, dystopian fantasies (Lalline Paul); children’s books (Mackenzie Crook); thrillers (Robert Goddard); historical non-fiction (Keith Lowe); graphic novels (Isabel Greenberg); and popular science (David McCandless). 

The global nature of WME, combined with Trewin’s interest in music, stage, screen and new technology, means that he is extremely well connected to different creative industries and would be a great agent for someone who wants to work across different mediums.  His support for new writing is highlighted by his role as a trustee for the Arvon Foundation.



Detailed data

Agency:
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
Agent since:
1993
Short biography:

Simon is a Partner and Head of the London Literary Department. A literary agent since 1993, Simon was most recently a director at United Agents and an agent at Peters, Fraser and Dunlop Ltd. He is a former Secretary of the Association of Authors Agents, a three-time nominee for the Bookseller Industry Awards Literary Agent of the Year, and a Trustee of The Arvon Foundation and of The Salisbury Playhouse. He has also worked extensively with media and music clients including Boy George, Cliff Richard, Goldie, Bob Geldof and Richard Curtis's Live 8 event.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's picture books, 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:

Simon has worked with a diverse list of multi award-winning clients including 2012 Costa Book Of the Year winner Andrew Miller (Pure), Danny Wallace (Yes Man), John Boyne (The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas), Scarlett Thomas (The End Of Mr Y), Boy George (Straight), Robert Goddard (Long Time Coming) and former British Poet Laureate Andrew Motion (Silver).

Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
Agency standard.
Other advice and background:

"In these times of economic uncertainty, readers are retreating into fictional worlds that give them comfort. I think we'll see a resurgence of feel-good fiction that inspires conversations and fosters relationships."

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@simontrewin
Interesting links:
http://www.thebookseller.com/profile/simon-trewin
Clients:
Catherine Banner, Jonathan Beckman, Mark Bostridge, John Boyne, Tom Bromley, Robin Brooks, Henry Chancellor, Beatrice Colin, Mary, Costello, Mackenzie Crook, Julia Crouch, Sophie Dahl, Luke Delaney, Elanor Dymott, Jeremy Dyson, Massimo Fenati, Victoria Finlay, Robert Goddard, Isabel Greenberg, Steven Hall, Simon J.R. Holmes, C.C. Humphreys, Brian David Johnson, Claire Kilroy, Keith Lowe, David McCandless, Kseniya Melnik, Andrew Miller, Sam Mills, Gary Moffat, Andrew Motion, Fiona Neill, Agnes Poirier, Sarah Quigley, Jessica Ruston, Matthew Sweet, Preti Taneja, Scarlett Thomas, Damian Thompson, Venetia Thompson, J.C. Trewin, Lauren Trimble, Philip Viner, Danny Wallace, Mark Watson, Ellie Watts-Russell, Anna Whitwham, Kate Williams.
Full client list:
http://www.wmeauthors.co.uk/
Email address:
sct@wmeentertainment.com

Agents of: William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Agency details

Website:
http://wmeentertainment.com/
About the agency:
WME is a worldwide talent and literary agency with offices in London, New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville and Miami. Our Literary Department boasts a talented client list of bestselling and award-winning authors in all areas of fiction and non-fiction, among them winners of such awards as the Orange Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Edgar Award, the Giller Prize, the National Medal of Literature and more. Our London team is led by Simon Trewin, and by the end of 2012 we will represent more than 100 British authors, many of whom dominate UK bestseller lists. In the US, the department headed by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, Suzanne Gluck and Eric Simonoff continues to have the largest presence of any literary agency on the New York Times Best Seller List. The WME Literary Department is the largest single provider of authors to the major US publishing houses. Headed by Tracy Fisher, our dedicated Foreign Rights department consists of eight people working across the London and New York offices. In 2011 they completed over 1000 foreign language deals for our clients. The LA Book Department is led by Alicia Gordon, and she and her team successfully transition an extraordinary number of clients from print to film and television each year.
Address for submissions:
Centre Point, 103 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DD
Office address:
No data
Email address:
SCT@wmeentertainment.com
Phone number:
020 7534 6800
Number of agents:
2
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
This agency represents established talent across books, speaking engagements, film/television, and more.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
46/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
Y New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville, Miami and Shanghai.
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@wmefoundation
Latest news:
None
More about the agency:
WME is a worldwide talent and literary agency with offices in London, New York, Beverly Hills, Nashville and Miami. Our Literary Department boasts a talented client list of bestselling and award-winning authors in all areas of fiction and non-fiction, among them winners of such awards as the Orange Prize, the Man Booker Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Edgar Award, the Giller Prize, the National Medal of Literature and more. Our London team is led by Simon Trewin, and by the end of 2012 we will represent more than 100 British authors, many of whom dominate UK bestseller lists. In the US, the department headed by Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, Suzanne Gluck and Eric Simonoff continues to have the largest presence of any literary agency on the New York Times Best Seller List. The WME Literary Department is the largest single provider of authors to the major US publishing houses. Headed by Tracy Fisher, our dedicated Foreign Rights department consists of eight people working across the London and New York offices. In 2011 they completed over 1000 foreign language deals for our clients. The LA Book Department is led by Alicia Gordon, and she and her team successfully transition an extraordinary number of clients from print to film and television each year.

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