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Tim is a literary agent at Peters Fraser and Dunlop. He joined them in early 2016 after having spent ten years at Pollinger. Before becoming an agent, Tim worked on the other side of the fence in the publishing industry, including working as a Commissioning Editor at Penguin Books for their Classics list. He is particularly keen to build his crime and thriller fiction list at the moment, while continuing his passion for non-fiction on almost all subjects.

While there is little information available about Tim online, he has been a senior agent at two well-respected literary agencies and has an impressive lists of clients to his name (including Brian Blessed and Torvill and Dean) to recommend him. Before submitting to Tim, it is worth familiarising yourself with his current list of clients. They include fiction writers of heartfelt, domestic novels, cookery and TV personalities, and natural history writers. 

We are following up with Tim to get more details on his particular interests. In the meantime, if you have additional information on Tim, please let us know.

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PFD The Peters Fraser and Dunlop Group
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Short biography:

Tim Bates is an Agent in the Books Division. He has recently joined PFD after being an agent with Pollinger Limited for nearly 10 years. Before becoming an agent, he worked in various positions in publishing, including at Penguin Books, where he was Commissioning Editor for Penguin Classics.

Tim represents a wide range of authors and is particularly interested in pop culture, narrative and serious non-fiction, food-writing, nature and the outdoors, sport and commercial non-fiction of all forms. In fiction, he is currently focussed on developing his list of crime and thriller writers.

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, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Tim has a particular interest in crime thrillers, food-writing, pop culture and quirky and serious narrative non-fiction.
Other loves & passions:

How to make a submission:
Email submissions according to agency guidelines. Tim's assistant is Laura McNeill (
Other advice and background:
Keep your pitch letter short and to the point (under a page), but don't be afraid of letting your personality shine through. Explain precisely what type of book you have written: i.e. is it commercial women's fiction or historical narrative non-fiction, etc. Do not make hyperbolic or outlandish claims about your book being comparable to Ulysses or War and Peace or To Kill a Mockingbird. Especially for non-fiction, explain why there's a need for the work, why you're suited to write it, and why your approach differs from others. Do not say that this is your seventh unpublished novel. Check your spelling and grammar. Yes, I know, but, honestly, I can't tell you how many of the pitch letters and manuscripts we receive are full of errors. It's not fatal, but it doesn't inspire much confidence. Be persistent: agents make decisions about whom to represent for very different, personal and specific reasons. Your manuscript just needs to land on the right agent's desk at the right time. It's alchemy, really, magic but unpredictable. Make absolutely sure that the first few pages of the manuscript or sample chapters are impeccable and brilliant. We read thousands of submissions and we make important judgements (and, yes, decisions) on the first few pages, so they need to be very, very good.
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Interesting links:
Rob Atkinson, Iain Ballantyne, Tom Blass, Brian Blessed, Kevin Brennan, Alexandra Brown, Whitney Brown, Jim Buttress, Michael Caines, Leland Carlson, Kimberley Chambers, Jackie Clune, Revd Richard Coles, Sean Coughlan, Bruce Dessau, Martin Dorey, Jon Dunn, Caroline Fleming, David and Patrick Fraser, Hattie Garlick, Jean Goodhind, Jonathan Gornall, Annie Gray, Tony Hannan, Tim Hayward, Johnny Herbert, James Hogg, Rob Jovanovic, Hayley Long, Kellie Maloney, Rhodri Marsden, Beezy Marsh, Emma McQuiston, Declan Murphy, Chris Paling, David Papineau, Jo Pavey, Mark Pearson, Tommy Penton, Punch, Ami Rao, Hattie Rhodes, Katy Salter, Robbie Savage, Robert Sellers, Rupert Shortt, Colin Taylor, Torvill and Dean, Shelby Tucker, Jacqueline Yallop
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Agents of: PFD The Peters Fraser and Dunlop Group

Agency details

About the agency:
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Office address:
34-43 Russell Street, London, WC2B 5HA
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Phone number:
020 7344 1000
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Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
Please submit the first three chapters of your book in hard copy with a synopsis of the whole and a very brief CV about your writing career. Double spacing and one side only. Please be aware that we don't acknowledge receipt of submissions. We'd rather spend our time reading them. Also it's important that you include a stamped, self addressed envelope so that we can respond to you. If you want us to return your manuscript, make sure the postage is enough to cover the return.
More info on this agency:
Peters Fraser & Dunlop is one of the longest-established literary and talent agencies in London. We are proud to represent authors, journalists, broadcasters, speakers and estates with specialist expertise in the fields of literature, film, television and radio, public speaking, digital platforms and journalism.
Average response time:
8 days
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