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Sophie does not have much of an online presence outside of a small official bio on the MBA website. She has been an agent there for over twenty years, with experience writing for television and children's books as well as editing. Her core client list is made up of children's writers, though many of her clients have branched out into novels for young adults and adults. Sophie also represents non-fiction writers, as well as theatrical scriptwriters. 

From her list of clients, we have been able to surmise that Sophie focuses on books for younger children, such as Rebecca Promitzer's The Pickle King and Jonathan Kebbe's Noodle Head, and YA. Some of her young adult clients include Sita Brahmachari, Mimi Thebo, and Julian Green. These YA books cross many genres, from fantasy to romance to sports.

While most of Sophie's writers appear to be fiction authors, she does represent a few non-fiction writers as well. In her bio, she claims to have a penchant for what she terms 'lifestyle books', such as cookery, design, MBS and craft. This is evidenced by clients such as craft and cookery writer Vivienne Bolton and lifestyle journalist Henrietta Knight. 

MBA Literary and Script Agents only accepts submissions via email. 

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Detailed data

Agency:
MBA Literary and Script Agents
Agent since:
1993
Short biography:
Sophie studied theatre and television in Winchester and worked as a freelance television researcher for several years on factual programmes. She has also written children's books for Macmillan Education and worked on magazines as a sub editor. She joined MBA at the end of 1993 and moved to agenting original and talented children's writers. Sophie also agents writers for theatre and handles audiobook rights for MBA. .
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's picture books, Children's 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, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Sophie is interested in picture books, early readers, non-fiction and YA fiction. Other interests include adult non-fiction (particularly lifestyle books such as cookery, design, MBS and craft).
Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Sophie prefers to be contacted by phone before being sent a written submission.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@MBAAgents
Interesting links:
http://myglamorousliterarylife.wordpress.com/tag/sophie-gorell-barnes/
Clients:
Vivienne Bolton, Sita Brahmachari, Phoebe Frangoul, Ambreen Hameed, Christopher William Hill, John Hole, Andy Jones, Jonathan Kebbe, Henrietta Knight, Suzi Moore, Rebecca Promitzer, Jan Stradling, Mimi Thebo, Keith Tutt, Sheryl Webster.
Full client list:
http://www.mbalit.co.uk/authors/agent/6
Email address:
sophie@mbalit.co.uk

Agents of: MBA Literary and Script Agents

Agency details

Website:
http://www.mbalit.co.uk
About the agency:
In 1971 Diana Tyler and Michael Bakewell formed MBA Literary Agents Ltd to promote the work of writers for television, radio, film and theatre, the media in which they both worked following a period in BBC drama departments. The agency flourished through their excellent contacts and soon expanded into fiction, non-fiction and children's. MBA's ethos is exemplified by the absolute commitment of all members of the agency to nurturing and building long-term successful careers for each client.
Address for submissions:
MBA Literary Agents Ltd, 62 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DW
Office address:
No data
Email address:
submissions@mbalit.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7387 2076
Number of agents:
6
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
http://www.mbalit.co.uk/content/submissions For books, please send the first three chapters, a synopsis and a covering letter. For scripts, please send a sample script, a synopsis, a CV, and a covering letter. Please send only one manuscript or script. Email is preferable, but we do accept submissions by post. If you are sending by post and would like your manuscript/script returned, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. We aim to reply to all submissions within 6 to 8 weeks. Unfortunately we do not offer feedback on unsuccessful submissions.
More info on this agency:
In 1971 Diana Tyler and Michael Bakewell formed MBA Literary Agents Ltd to promote the work of writers for television, radio, film and theatre, the media in which they both worked following a period in BBC drama departments. The agency flourished through their excellent contacts and soon expanded into fiction, non-fiction and childrenâs. Michael left the firm in 1974 but steady growth under managing director Diana Tyler has enabled a wide range of writers in all fields, more recently including children's books, to work on cross-media projects. MBA's ethos is exemplified by the absolute commitment of all members of the agency to nurturing and building long-term successful careers for each client.
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
28/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@MBAAgents
Latest news:
http://www.mbalit.co.uk/news
More about the agency:
In 1971 Diana Tyler and Michael Bakewell formed MBA Literary Agents Ltd to promote the work of writers for television, radio, film and theatre, the media in which they both worked following a period in BBC drama departments. The agency flourished through their excellent contacts and soon expanded into fiction, non-fiction and children's. MBA's ethos is exemplified by the absolute commitment of all members of the agency to nurturing and building long-term successful careers for each client.

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