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Teresa Chris founded her agency in the nineties and has recently been focusing more on fiction. The agency describes itself as committed to working closely with their authors and being a strong editorial support. They love to find debut authors as well as established ones, from the slushpile or personal recommendations.

Teresa’s website provides limited information about her agency and it is not clear whether she works alone or manages a team of agents or readers; we suspect the latter given the number of clients she represents.  

  • The agency represents commercial and literary fiction and has a strong list of crime and commercial women’s fiction, particularly in the genres of history and romance.  The agency currently represents significantly more female authors than male
  • On the non-fiction side, the agency handles cookery, history, gardening, arts and crafts, biography and lifestyle
  • Teresa is open to submissions from debut authors and established writers looking for a mid-career change
  • The agency represents a number of crime series.  Authors on the crime list include Victoria Blake (creator of private investigator, Sam Falconer – ‘Bloodless Shadow’, ‘Cutting Blades’, ‘Jumping the Cracks’); Best-seller and CWA award nominee Stephen Booth (‘The Murder Road’, ‘The Corpse Bride’); and Kate Rhodes (‘Crossbones Yard’ which introduce series’ characters psychologist Alice Quentin and DCI Don Burns).
  • Romantic novelists include Kate Furnivall (‘The White Pearl’ was shortlisted for the RoNA Award for Historical Novel of the Year in 2013); Tamara McKinley ‘Ocean Child’; and Kate Tremayne, creator of ‘The Loveday’ novel series.
  • Unless you are based overseas, the agency prefer to receive hard-copy submissions over emailed documents.  
  • Please note, the agency does not represent poetry, short stories, fantasy, science fiction or horror. 
  • Teresa has a limited online presence.  She rarely gives interviews and doesn’t seem to use social media.  We are keen to add to her profile and have contacted her to ask for some more details about her literary tastes and preferences – watch this space!


Detailed data

Agency:
Teresa Chris Literary Agency
Agent since:
1990
Short biography:

Teresa Chris established her eponymous agency in London in the early nineties. She had previously been a partner in the Thompson and Chris Literary Agency based in the United States in San Francisco.

Client list status:
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
Authors & books liked:

Commercial and literary fiction, specializing in crime and women's commercial fiction. On the non-fiction side - history, biography, cookery, lifestyle, gardening and crafts.

Other loves & passions:

No Data.

How to make a submission:
You must include a SAE for a response. We try and respond to all submissions within three weeks. Send submissions to Charles Brudenell-Bruce: Teresa Chris Literary Agency, 43 Musard Road, London W6 8NR.
Other advice and background:

Please ensure that your manuscript is professionally presented. The Teresa welcomes submissions, commenting: 'In fact, some of our most successful authors were discovered in our slush pile'.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://quick-brown-fox-canada.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/teresa-chris-seeks-authrors-specializes.html
Clients:
Rosemary Baird, Lily Baxter, Victoria Blake, Stephen Booth, Benita Brown, Cassandra Clark, Rory Clements, Julie Cohen, Jane Corry, Dilly Court, Martin Davies, Ellie Dean, Claire Dyer, Marina Fiorato, Janey Fraser, Kate Furnivall, Tom Gamble, V.M.Giambanco, Kitty Glanville, Annie Groves, Juliet Hall, Lucie Hart, Debby Holt, Lesley Horton, Sarah Jackman, Penny Jordan, Sophie King, Rosanna Ley, Tamara McKinley, Jane McMorland Hunter, Stuart Pawson, Caro Peacock/Gillian, Linscott Louise Penny, Eileen Ramsay, Kate Rhodes, Claire Seeber, Allie Spencer, Aline Templeton, Kate Tremayne, Sue Walker, Jane Wenham-Jones, Muriel Zagha.
Full client list:
http://www.teresachrisliteraryagency.co.uk/authors.html
Email address:
teresachris@litagency.co.uk

Agents of: Teresa Chris Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.teresachrisliteraryagency.co.uk/
About the agency:
The agency is famed for discovering new talent - either through the slush pile or recommendation and working editorially with authors. The agency is also well known for helping authors who have hit a mid career slump and taking them on to a new level of success.
Address for submissions:
Teresa Chris Literary Agency, 43 Musard Road, London W6 8NR
Office address:
No data
Email address:
teresachris@litagency.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7386 0633
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
If you are resident overseas you may contact us by email. Otherwise we prefer to receive hard copy submissions in the post. If you are not sure whether we are the right agency for your work please do telephone first before sending in anything. For all fiction we like to see the first three chapters of your novel together with a synopsis of about a page and a cover letter including your contact details - please make sure you give a phone number - and any relevant information about you personally. Please note that we do not represent children's fiction. Please ensure that your manuscript is professionally presented. For non-fiction an overview will suffice together with a couple of sample chapters. You must include a SASE for a response. We try and respond to all submissions within three weeks. Send submissions to Charles Brudenell-Bruce.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
3 days
Agency Transparency Index:
32/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
Yes
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.teresachrisliteraryagency.co.uk/about.html
More about the agency:
The agency is famed for discovering new talent - either through the slush pile or recommendation and working editorially with authors. The agency is also well known for helping authors who have hit a mid career slump and taking them on to a new level of success.

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