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Susan (née Dalzell) Feldstein runs the Feldstein agency alongside her husband, Paul Feldstein.  She has over 25 years’ experience in publishing and specialises in commissioning, editorial and rights.  She began her career as a bookseller and worked her way up to become commissioning Editor for Blackstaff Press, and latterly, Commissioning Editor for Northern Ireland, for Dublin publishers Gill & Macmillan.

  • Susan is interested in representing literary and historical fiction.  In non-fiction genres she takes on history, memoir, and mind body and spirit.   Commercial fiction submissions should be directed to her partner, Paul Feldstein.
  • Current clients include young adult romantic novelist, Tara West; mindfulness practitioner, Padraig O’Morain; Broadcaster Mark Carruthers (Alternative Ulsters); fantasy novelist Rebecca Reid (Lamplighters); James Bowen (bestselling memoir ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’).
  • The agency doesn’t handle sci-fi, horror, fantasy, paranormal, Young Adult, and dystopian or erotic fiction
  • She has an MA in French and German and a postgraduate diploma in Printing and Publishing Studies
  • The company is based in Northern Ireland and markets itself as an agency and publishing consultancy.  Services offered include: Commissioning, Ghostwriting; Script Development, Copy Editing and Proofreading; Book Packaging and Project Management
  • Up to date information on current clients can be found on the agency’s news page and @feldsteinagency on twitter
  • The agency is still relatively young (established 2007) and Susan is building her list.  It is worth noting that both the fiction and non-fiction lists have a strong Irish flavour in terms of subject matter and settings so if you have an Irish interest manuscript it is worth considering submitting it here.

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Susan Feldstein (nee Dalzell) has worked in book publishing for over 25 years. Her varied experience in the industry covers publicity, sales, rights, editorial and commissioning. She has lived and worked in France, Germany, England and the U.S., as well as her native Northern Ireland. Susan has an MA in French and German from St. Andrew's University and a postgraduate diploma in Printing and Publishing Studies from the London College of Printing. Throughout her publishing career, Susan has particularly enjoyed being involved in the setting up and implementation of new ventures and initiatives. Before founding The Feldstein Agency with her husband Paul, she was most recently Commissioning Editor for Northern Ireland (2003-2006) for Dublin publishers Gill & Macmillan. Susan's brief there was to establish a new non-fiction list by local authors. The list achieved projected income targets by year two, exceeded these in the third year of operation, and indeed, continues to thrive for Gill and Macmillan to this day. Prior to this, Susan worked for Belfast publisher Blackstaff Press (1996-2002), where she set up a rights department which contributed significantly to the company's revenue from a zero base after the first two years. In 1999, she was promoted to Commissioning Editor at Blackstaff, and remained there for the next three years, collaborating with authors such as Michael Longley, Sean MacMahon, David McKittrick, Bernard MacLaverty and Jonathan Bardon. Susan's early experience in publishing included working in the rights department at A. and C. Black in London and in sales and promotions for Longman France in Paris. Prior to this, she spent several years in bookselling, managing the children's department of an English language bookshop in Paris.

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Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
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
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The following list represents the agency's full client list: James Bowen, Marcia Butler, Mark Carruthers, Helen Marie, Clarke Gayle Curtis, Dr. Liam Farrell, David Hare, Felicity Heathcote, Deric Henderson, Lee Henry, Sophia Hillan, Carsten Krieger, Alain le Garsmeur, Tony Macaulay, George Matteson, Darrach McDonald, Darragh McIntyre, Brian McNeice, Danny Morrison, Maria-Christina Necula, Padraig O'Morain, Duncan Pow, Anthony J. Quinn, Tanya Ravenswater, Rebecca Reid, John Richardson, Lesley Richardson, Joanna Ross, Pippa Shaper, Michael Sheehan, William Sheehan, Edmond Sheehy, William "Plum" Smith, Ray Strobel, Paul Tweed, Melanie Verwoerd, Tara West
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The Feldstein Agency 54 Abbey Street Bangor BT20 4JB N. Ireland, U.K.
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+ 44 (0) 2891 472823
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Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
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Please email a 1-2 page synopsis of your work and a brief biography and we will advise whether we want to see more material. We will respond to all enquiries as quickly as possible. Please note that we are currently only accepting submissions of adult fiction (excluding romance, science fiction and fantasy) and adult non-fiction, so no children's or young adult books please. No poetry or short stories either.
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The Feldstein Agency, formed in 2007, is a diverse literary agency and publishing consultancy. We offer a range of services to Irish, U.K., U.S. and international book publishers and authors, including the following: Literary Agenting and Scouting Publishing Consulting for industry colleagues and individuals Editorial Services: Commissioning, Script Development, Ghostwriting, Copy Editing and Proofreading Book Packaging and Project Management Our mission is to provide a flexible, reliable service with an exceptional degree of client responsiveness. We combine attention to fine detail with the ability to think laterally and come up with creative solutions. Authors will appreciate our personal approach and our emphasis on quality relationships. Publishers will value our speed of response, our market knowledge and professional know-how, and our commitment to meeting the tightest of deadlines.
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