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Profile Summary

Will has worked for some of the biggest literary agencies in the UK, including PFD and Greene & Heaton before settling at Janklow and Nesbitt in 2008. For the last three years, Will has also been director of the UK office. He represents both fiction and non-fiction authors across a range of genres and subject matter.

It is difficult to pin down exactly what Will is looking for in a manuscript. While it is fairly common for agents to say they like a 'wide range' of works, it really is the case with Will. From speculative fiction to literary fiction, popular science to historical non-fiction, as long as he sees commercial potential, he might just be interested! He notes that publishers are continually feeling a squeeze on their assets and need to believe fully in a title and author before taking them on. This is why trends start, when one book does really well, all publishers start looking for the next title just like it.

While Will does tweet regularly, there is little available information regarding his specific tastes. Janklow and Nesbit also do not publish individual client lists, so it is difficult to establish who currently comprises his list. If you have any details on Will's particular interests, do let Agent Hunter know.



Detailed data

Agency:
Janklow and Nesbit
Agent since:
2000
Short biography:
Will Francis joined Janklow&Nesbit in 2008. He represents writers of popular science and narrative history as well as novelists. He has a particular interest in literary fiction, thrillers, speculative fiction, and genre writers with a literary edge, as well as non-fiction rooted in provocative, challenging ideas. Before starting his publishing career at Random House in 2000, he studied at King's College London, and has lived in theUS, India and Australia. Will regularly lectures on publishing and the changing role of the literary agent at conferences and universities across theUK, and can be found on Twitter@zcosini. He became Director of theUKoffice in2013.
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, Science fiction, Horror, Historical fiction, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Will represents non-fiction with an emphasis on popular science and narrative history, and an eclectic range of fiction - literary, crime, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy and graphic novels. His clients include scientists, journalists, historians and biographers, all of them prominent in their fields.
Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
Standard agency submission
Other advice and background:
The Telegraph quotes Francis as sounding a note of caution when it comes to even the most enticing prospect in publishing. He says, "These things tend to follow a pattern," says Will Francis, a literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit. "Right now, everyone is trying to find the next Gone Girl. Publishers get particularly excited about high-concept novels and debut thrillers. But there's always an element of spread-betting in publishing. Even when a book has a high chance of success, it's less than 50 per cent."
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@zcosini
Interesting links:
http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/will-francis/47/9bb/6a7
Clients:
The following names represent the agency's full client list: H-57, Fran Abrams, Alec Ash, Tilly Bagshawe, Tom Bale, Kat Banyard, Mallika Basu, John Bauer, Alex Bellos, David Bellos, Joshua Blackburn, Sacha Bonsor, Paul Broks, Libby Brooks, Oliver Burkeman, Louise Candlish, Oliver Chittenden, Philip Collins, Sir Sean Connery, Shirley Conran, Gavin Corbett, Charles Cumming, Ashley Dartnell, Lewis Dartnell, Rosemary Davidson, Ewan Davis, Domenica De Rosa, Gideon Defoe, Mark Douglas Hill, Tom Dyckhoff, Dylan Evans, Jasper Fforde, Kevin Fong, Petina Gappah, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Jordan Goodman, Lucie Green, Elly Griffiths, Xiaolu Guo, Claudia Hammond, Duff Hart-Davis, Lucy Hawking, Jason Hewitt, Jilliane Hoffman, Matthew Hooton, Alok Jha, Jonathan Jones, Julie Kavanagh, Elisabeth Kehoe, Richard Kerridge, Brian Kimberling, Gavin Knight, Manjit Kumar, Olivia Laing, James Landale, Ben Lewis, Emily Mackie, Adam Marek, Paul Meyer Gregor Muir, The Mumsnet Guides, Matt Parker, Michael Peel, Robert Penn, Frank Pope, Henry Porter, Tim Radford, Eva Rice, Tim Richardson, Hallie Rubenhold, Alan Rusbridger, Adam Rutherford, Sunjeev Sahota , Richard Sennett, William Shawcross, Jon Stock, Deyan Sudjic, Charlie Taylor, Roberta Taylor, Tom Templeton, James Treadwell, Annabel Venning, Guy Walters, Camilla Way, Gabriel Weston, Lucie Whitehouse, Jack Wolf, Patrick Woodhead, Emily Woof, Farahad Zama.
Full client list:
http://www.janklowandnesbit.co.uk/authors
Email address:
queries@janklow.co.uk

Agents of: Janklow and Nesbit

Agency details

Website:
http://www.janklowandnesbit.co.uk/
About the agency:
Janklow & Nesbit has been in business since 1973, and is one of the largest and most powerful literary agencies in the world, with offices in New York, London and LA. Since its inception the company has prided itself on the diversity of its clients, who are defined by their quality rather than any over-riding editorial ethos, and who range from the literary (Tom Wolfe, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joan Didion) to the commercial (Thomas Harris, Danielle Steel, Anne Rice, the estates of Sidney Sheldon and Michael Crichton). As well as novelists, the agency represents non-fiction authors of every stripe (Gore Vidal, David McCullough) and is known in the US for the politicians on its roster, including Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Senator John Kerry. The London office opened in 2000, tasked with building a first-class list of UK-based writers for whom the agency provides co-ordinated representation across all formats and territories. Over the last decade, the agency has grown to represent a broad range of international authors, who are regularly nominated for and awarded major literary prizes, and feature in best-seller lists around the world. Our small, highly-focused office provides a unique service to its clients - a boutique agency with a global perspective.
Address for submissions:
13a Hillgate Street, London, W8 7SP
Office address:
No data
Email address:
queries@janklow.co.uk
Phone number:
0207 243 2975
Number of agents:
5
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
For fiction submissions, please send an informative covering letter, the first three chapters (or around fifty pages) and a brief synopsis. For non-fiction submissions, please send a full outline and covering letter. Please put your email address on your covering letter, or include a return envelope and sufficient postage if you would like your material sent back to you.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
Refer to Agency Website days
Agency Transparency Index:
46/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
Y - New York, London and LA
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.janklowandnesbit.co.uk/news
More about the agency:
Janklow & Nesbit has been in business since 1973, and is one of the largest and most powerful literary agencies in the world, with offices in New York, London and LA. Since its inception the company has prided itself on the diversity of its clients, who are defined by their quality rather than any over-riding editorial ethos, and who range from the literary (Tom Wolfe, Jeffrey Eugenides, Joan Didion) to the commercial (Thomas Harris, Danielle Steel, Anne Rice, the estates of Sidney Sheldon and Michael Crichton). As well as novelists, the agency represents non-fiction authors of every stripe (Gore Vidal, David McCullough) and is known in the US for the politicians on its roster, including Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Senator John Kerry. The London office opened in 2000, tasked with building a first-class list of UK-based writers for whom the agency provides co-ordinated representation across all formats and territories. Over the last decade, the agency has grown to represent a broad range of international authors, who are regularly nominated for and awarded major literary prizes, and feature in best-seller lists around the world. Our small, highly-focused office provides a unique service to its clients - a boutique agency with a global perspective.

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