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Stephanie describes herself as an agent and editor and has an unusual agent backstory as she began her career as a show jumper.  However, she has always been interested in children’s literature and is currently writing her own children’s book.  In 2010, she founded a school reading and writing scheme called kidsreadwritereview.  Stephanie still runs the scheme and credits it with giving her unique ‘first-hand knowledge as to what children read and what they are looking for next’.

In 2013, Stephanie moved into publishing as an editorial assistant at Myrmidon Books in Newcastle (where she still works).  She launched her own agency in 2014 and enjoys working with Blackwell's Books, New Writing North, Cornerstones, Stockton Borough Libraries and the National Literacy Trust. Steph also works as an editorial consultant. She is on the lookout for debut authors and is actively building her list.

Children’s literature is Stephanie’s passion but she will consider fiction and non-fiction in any genre if the MS is highly original.  She is a fantasy fan and primarily represents Children's fiction and non-fiction for five to twelve year olds. However, she will also consider picture books.  Her list of authors includes Sara Fellows (The Nine Lives of Oscar the Cat), Garth Edwards (Titch and Mhe currently itch books) and Paul Adshead (Justin Thyme)

This is an agent with eclectic reading tastes who enjoys fantastical stories and a good dollop of humour and mystery.  Favourite authors include C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia), Tolkien (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series), Roald Dahl, Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes novels), Anthony Horowitz (House of Silk), Val McDermid (Tony Hill series) Harry Bingham (The Sons of Adam), Gavin Extence (The Universe versus Alex Woods), Ian Fleming (Casino Royale), Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

She is a big fan of literary events and festivals and you may bump into her if you attend the Hay Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, the Festival of Writing (organized by the Writers’ Workshop) or Frankfurt Book Fair.

Be warned, Stephanie will only consider representing manuscripts that have been finished so please don’t ask her for feedback on half a book!  If you want to find out more about Steph check out our interview with her in the ‘other advice and background’ section below.



Detailed data

Agency:
Stephanie Roundsmith Literary Agency
Agent since:
2014
Short biography:

In 1999 I began my career as a junior show jumper. I had a successful start to my adult show jumping career and went on to be trained by Olympian Tim Stockdale. After an unfortunate illness my career was cut short and a new path into the wonderful word of literature was carved. In 2009 I began to write my first children's novel, which sparked off my interest into children's books and the publishing world. In 2010, I launched a school scheme called kidsreadwritereview that helped children develop their reading and writing skills. In 2013 I became editorial assistant at Myrmidon Books in Newcastle and after four years of working with publishers, agents, schools and authors I decided to plunge into the world of agents and became a literary agent in January 2014. As a keen supporter of the publishing industry I also work with Blackwell's Books, New Writing North, Cornerstones, Stockton Borough Libraries and the National Literacy Trust.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Fantasy
Authors & books liked:

C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia), Tolkien (Lord of the Rings Trilogy), J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series), Roald Dahl, Jonathan Stroud (Lockwood and Co), Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes novels), Anthony Horowitz (House of Silk), Val McDermid (Tony Hill series), John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Harry Bingham (The Sons of Adam), Gavin Extence (The Universe versus Alex Woods), Ian Fleming (Casino Royale), Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird).

Other loves & passions:

Editing, reading, writing, horseback archery, jousting and stunt riding, but running my reading and writing scheme is probably my biggest love. It's an enormous privilege to help children with their reading and writing skills, and help promote literacy throughout schools.

How to make a submission:
Please send a synopsis (including word count and age range), one or two paragraphs about yourself and your first three chapters to submissions@stephroundsmith.co.uk
Other advice and background:

Personally, I'm looking for stories that are well written, humorous and different from the current market. Engaging stories and memorable characters need to be strong features in your writing, and creativity is a must. Fantasy is my main passion but I can be excited by any story in any genre so long as it meets the above criteria. Write what you want to write. If it's good enough it will stand a good chance of publication. Don't write for the market. Do write what you would enjoy reading yourself. Make sure your manuscript is as polished as it can be before submitting. Attend festivals, book fairs and conferences when and wherever possible. Being surrounded by like-minded people is inspirational in itself. Read, read and read some more.

Finally, here is a Q&A that Stephanie did for us. Thanks to her for that! 

AN INTERVIEW WITH STEPH ROUNDSMITH

A showjumper-turned-agent, who’s looking for children’s fiction, especially in the age 5-12 range. 

Q: What made you decide to become a children’s literary agent?

I’ve always loved children’s literature but it wasn’t until I launched my reading and writing scheme for children (www.kidsreadwritereview.co.uk) that I began to think of agency work. The scheme has given me a huge amount of first-hand knowledge as to what children read and what they are looking for next so I started to think how I could use this knowledge for the benefit of the children. Editing and proofreading is also a passion of mine and I have supported many children’s authors over the past few years, so an agency role seemed to tick all the boxes for my dream job. Working with authors, improving manuscripts and getting great books into the hands of children: the perfect job!

Q: What books do you enjoy reading?

I have a very eclectic taste and read anything that’s well written. In terms of children’s books I grew up with the classics: Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl but I also love many of our modern authors such as Jonathan Stroud, Anthony Horowitz, Guy Bass, Michelle Harrison, Cat Weatherill, Steve Cole, Jeremy Strong and Matt Haig, to name but a few.

Q: How much of a writer’s three chapters do you read before deciding if you want to see more?

I’ll always give the first three chapters a chance, but if you haven’t grabbed me by then I’m afraid I won’t be requesting the full manuscript.

Q: Are you currently looking for clients?

Absolutely! I’m building my client list and welcome as many submissions as I can read.

Q: What are you looking for at the moment?

Humour always does very well with children of all ages so if you’re writing the next Jeremy Strong novel I’ll gladly take a look! I’m looking for originality and style. Something that’s fresh and exciting that can fit in either the fiction, non-fiction or fantasy market. Whether it’s about flying underpants, a dragon university or a cat detective – I really don’t mind – so long as it’s well written. I’ll consider picture books but my main area of expertise is the market for 5 to 12 year olds. I’m very keen to work with new, unpublished writers but I also welcome published authors too.

Q: Where can writers meet you?

I attend the Hay Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Getting Published event and Festival of Writing (both organized by the Writers’ Workshop) and Frankfurt Book Fair.

Q: Do you have any tips for writers looking to submit to you?

Firstly, don’t panic! I’m very approachable and although I expect writers to send in work that is well proofed and well presented I won’t be rejecting work for things like typos. It’s not a job interview so I’m happy for you to send in a punchy, personal email. I don’t request a covering letter for the very reason that I like to keep things informal. However, please don’t send in your work unless it’s finished. I do get a lot of requests to ‘please read and then give me your opinion on whether I should continue’. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do this.

Q: How can writers submit to you?

Please send a synopsis, one or two paragraphs about yourself and your first three chapters to agent@kidsreadwritereview.co.uk. Please note that I only accept email submissions.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@stephroundsmith
Interesting links:
http://www.societyofauthors.org
Clients:
Sara Fellows, Garth Edwards, Diana Shaw, Jen Dodds, Greg Dobbins and Paul Adshead.
Full client list:
http://www.stephroundsmith.co.uk/Agency-Work.html
Email address:
submissions@stephroundsmith.co.uk

Agents of: Stephanie Roundsmith Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
www.stephroundsmith.co.uk
About the agency:
Steph also offers editorial services.
Address for submissions:
Email submissions only please
Office address:
Please send a one page synopsis (including age range and word count), a paragraph or two about yourself, and your first three chapters. Please send everything to: submissions@stephroundsmith.co.uk and Stephanie will endeavour to get back to you within two weeks.
Email address:
submissions@stephroundsmith.co.uk
Phone number:
No data
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Please send a one page synopsis (including age range and word count), a paragraph or two about yourself, and your first three chapters. Please send everything to: submissions@stephroundsmith.co.uk and Stephanie will endeavour to get back to you within two weeks.
More info on this agency:
Created in January 2014 this is a new and fresh agency that I run myself. As the sole agent I offer a very personal service for my clients, and will also help edit your work before submitting to publishers.
Average response time:
2 days
Agency Transparency Index:
70/100
Member of the AAA:
No
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@stephroundsmith
Latest news:
http://www.stephroundsmith.co.uk/default.html
More about the agency:
Steph also offers editorial services.

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