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Veronique Baxter joined David Higham in 1999 and was appointed director some eight years later. She has a lengthy client list, and she describes herself as “particularly interested in literary fiction, children's writing and thought-provoking non-fiction of all kinds.”

Her client list is lengthy, but our own analysis of it suggests that she has an interest in:

•    Debut and more experienced literary authors (eg: Leo Benedictus, Marisa de los Santos, Fred D’Aguiar, Emma Henderson, Tristan Hughes). Her literary authors include a number of poets, who are probably however not mostly represented for their poetry.
•    More serious women’s fiction (eg: Marika Cobbold, Marianne Kavanagh)
•    More serious crime fiction, such as the work of senior Italian police officer, Michele Giuttari
•    Children’s fiction (eg: Michael Morpurgo, Nicola Davies, Berlie Doherty, Michael Fowkes)
•    Serious work by intelligent celebs (eg: work by Jonathan Dimbleby on a range of topics)
•    Hard to categorise non-fiction, such as John Eidinow’s work on a famous chess match, and another on a ten-minute argument between two philosophers
•    Military history (eg: Niall Barr on 20th century wars)
•    Cookery (eg: Sally Butcher’s collection of salads)
•    She also represents Richard Adams, best known for Watership Down, and the much-honoured Jill Paton Walsh.

In short, Veronique’s tastes run generally to the more serious side of things in adult fiction and non-fiction, but she has an ample children’s list too – and she is still clearly interested in launching new authors, which means that the length and stature of her existing client list should not necessarily be a deterrent.



Detailed data

Agency:
David Higham Associates
Agent since:
1999
Short biography:

Veronique joined David Higham in 1999 after studying Law at Bristol University. She was made a director of the company in 2007. She represents a wide range of authors, including many award-winners, but is particularly interested in literary fiction, children's writing and thought-provoking non-fiction of all kinds.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Science fiction, Paranormal romance, Horror, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Fantasy, Erotica, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

A Mslexia piece quotes Veronique as saying, "Everyone is looking for paranormal romance! A colleague in New York contacted me recently and said, 'Harper Collins really urgently need a paranormal romance to publish next year, have you got anything?' Stephenie Meyer's books have been so successful, publishers are desperate for something in the same genre. But it's really tricky to think what it might be because vampires and werewolves have been done to death. And the book needs to be really long, so it can't be manufactured overnight.". The article, however, is undated and we would warn that the vampire wave has now passed its peak, so don't rely on her comment as being still valid.

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Children's submissions should be e-mailed to: childrenssubmissions@davidhigham.co.uk. No adult submissions by email, only by post to: David Higham Associates, 5-8 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London W1F 9HA.
Other advice and background:

We see lots of really old-fashioned writing: submissions from retired schoolteachers, who have lost touch with what children are interested in. I am not saying an author has to be young, but they do need to know what is going on with young people.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://talltalesandshortstories.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/interview-with-author-william-hussey.html
Clients:
Richard Adams, Naomi Alderman, Anita Amirrezvani, Niall Barr, Andrea Barrett, Leo Benedictus, Amy Bratley, Kevin Brockmeier, Stacia Brown, Sally Butcher, Donato Carrisi, Mark Curtis, Fred D'Aguiar, Nicola Davies, Marisa de los Santos, Jonathan Dimbleby, Anthony Doerr, Berlie Doherty, David Edmonds, John Eidinow, Ellen Feldman, Michael Fowkes, Aldo Galli, Jamila Gavin, Olivia Lomenech Gill, Michele Giuttari, Sally Grindley, Candy Guard, Suzie Hayman, Emma Henderson, Edward Hogan, Ian Holding, Eva Hornung, Tristan Hughes, William Hussey, Cassandra Jardine, Michael Kimball, Saci Lloyd, Geraldine McCaughrean, Kirsty McKay, Danny Miller, Sarah Mlynowski, Michael Morpurgo, Tiffany Murray, John Naughton, Kate O'Hearn, Kachi Ozumba, Jill Paton Walsh, Timothy Phillips, Ellie Phillips, Sarah Pinborough, Mary Pols, Sarah Ridgard, Jane Robinson, Philip Short, Shelley Silas, Sarah Silverwood, Nicola Upson, Jenny Valentine, Harry Wallop, Philip Webb, Tim Winton, Kate Worsley, Jane Yardley.
Full client list:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/agents-dh/veronique-baxter/
Email address:
veroniquebaxter@davidhigham.co.uk

Agents of: David Higham Associates

Agency details

Website:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/
About the agency:
David Higham Associates today operates in a world unrecognisable from that of 1935, the year the agency began. But many of our core values were laid down at the beginning, and remain the cornerstone of how we do business: honesty and integrity; efficiency and expertise; creativity and vision. Whatever the medium - whether book, stage, film, television, e-book or technologies yet to be invented - David Higham Associates' clients will continue to deliver the best message.
Address for submissions:
David Higham Associates, 58 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London W1F 9HA
Office address:
No data
Email address:
submissions@davidhigham.co.uk
Phone number:
020 7437 1072
Number of agents:
11
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard + CV (as above, but with CV)
Further submission info:
No adult submissions by email or fax, only by post. Children's submissions should be e-mailed to: childrenssubmissions@davidhigham.co.uk. Please see website for full details of submission requirements.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
33/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@DHAMedia
Latest news:
http://www.davidhigham.co.uk/whatsonarchive.htm
More about the agency:
David Higham Associates today operates in a world unrecognisable from that of 1935, the year the agency began. But many of our core values were laid down at the beginning, and remain the cornerstone of how we do business: honesty and integrity; efficiency and expertise; creativity and vision. Whatever the medium - whether book, stage, film, television, e-book or technologies yet to be invented - David Higham Associates' clients will continue to deliver the best message.

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