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Profile Summary

Susan Yearwood founded her agency in 2007.  Prior to setting up her own company, she worked at Penguin Books, followed by a stint as an Arts Administrator for the Centerprise Literature Development Project in London.  

Susan is actively building her list and would be a good choice of agent for anyone writing literary and commercial fiction (in particular psychological thrillers), children’s middle grade fiction and young adult.  In non-fiction, she will consider popular psychology, business and lifestyle.

We suspect that Susan is the only agent at her agency as the client list is small and no other agents are listed.  Most of her clients are debut authors and Prajwal Parajuly is perhaps her most notable client to date.  His literary debut, The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and longlisted for The Story Prize in the US.  

She also represented Kerry Young’s debut novel ‘PAO’ which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2011 and the Commonwealth Book Prize 2012 (note - Kerry is no longer listed as a client on the website).  

A new company website was launched in May 2015, and she has a relatively small online presence.  We have asked Susan to provide more information about her literary tastes and preferences and look forward to updating this page in due course.  If any subscribers reading this page can fill in some more details about Susan, we would like to hear from you.



Detailed data

Agency:
Susan Yearwood Literary Agency
Agent since:
2007
Short biography:

Susan Yearwood graduated from Sheffield Hallam University and worked as the Arts Administrator for the Centerprise Literature Development Project in London, after which she set up her literary agency. 

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Other non-fiction, Mind, Body, Spirit, Food and Cookery, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Susan is looking for debut and previously published writers; writers of contemporary literary novels and commercial (crime/thriller, women's and general) fiction are particularly welcome. She is also interested in quality fiction, whether literary or commercial, from around the world.

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/students/studentspotlights/creativewriting.php
Clients:
LE Butler, Jenni Clapham, SJ Dobbs, Prajwal Parajuly, Al Ramsay, Karla St. George, Kirrilly Vort-Ronald, Matt Walker, Patrick Wilmot.
Full client list:
http://www.susanyearwood.com/authors.html
Email address:
submissions@susanyearwood.com

Agents of: Susan Yearwood Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.susanyearwood.com/
About the agency:
Based in London, SYLA was founded in 2007 and represents many talented and exciting writers including Kerry Young, whose debut fiction title Pao, the story of a Chinese Jamaican racketeer, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2011 and the Commonwealth Book Prize 2012.
Address for submissions:
2 Knebworth House, Londesborough Road, Stoke Newington London N16 8RL
Office address:
No data
Email address:
submissions@susanyearwood.com
Phone number:
020 7503 0954
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Please send the first thirty pages and a full synopsis to me in one Word attachment or pdf (see Contact) by email (please do not send submissions by post). There is no need for an initial email enquiring about submissions; we may not respond to such emails therefore please read the submission details carefully. A reader may read your initial extract or full script.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
30/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@Susanyn
Latest news:
http://www.susanyearwood.com/media.html
More about the agency:
Based in London, SYLA was founded in 2007 and represents many talented and exciting writers including Kerry Young, whose debut fiction title Pao, the story of a Chinese Jamaican racketeer, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2011 and the Commonwealth Book Prize 2012.

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