The Kate Nash Literary Agency Ltd. is open to approaches from both new and established authors.
We are always on the lookout for new writing talent and great stories to share with the world. We do, however, receive a large number of submissions every week. This means that for the vast majority of submissions we receive, we will not offer representation. There is a lot of great writing out there, but only so many clients we can represent and provide the attention they deserve. We want to represent the authors whose writing we find it impossible to say ‘no’ to.
To be in with the best possible chance to be offered representation, we suggest that you study our submissions policy carefully, as well as ask yourself the following questions:
Is the Kate Nash Literary Agency Ltd. right for me? This is the most crucial question. There are many literary agents out there and agents are not all looking to represent the same kind of writing. Take some time to familiarise yourself with our client list and recent publications. Do we seem to enjoy the kind of book you have written? Do we seem like someone you’d like to have a professional relationship with? You can read more about the agency and our agents under the ‘People‘ section, or even check the individual agents out on Twitter (@katenashagent & @LinaLanglee).
Am I ready to submit? Have you finished your story? Are you happy with the edits, pacing, plot development, characterisation and general formatting of your work?
Have I taken appropriate care in writing my submissions email? We ask for some information about yourself in a covering letter, the first 10-15 pages of your work, as well as a brief synopsis (maximum one A4 page, preferably more succinct). We want all of this in the body of an email, rather than as separate attachments. Do make sure that this is what you send us, and take care with your email as this will be our first impression of you.
Where would my book be in a bookshop? Some find the idea of genres limiting, but it is very useful to know where in a bookshop you think your book belongs. If you are writing historical crime or a funny contemporary romance, do tell us this in your covering letter.
We ask for submissions via email.
To submit to the Kate Nash Literary Agency Ltd., please email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- a brief cover letter with a bit of information about yourself and how you came to write your book
- the first 10-15 pages of your work
- a brief synopsis (maximum the length of one A4 page, preferably more succinct)
Please note that we want all the above in the body of the email, rather than as separate attachments. Remember to include your name, address and telephone number.
The Agency represents general and genre fiction, popular non-fiction, Young Adult fiction and some Middle Grade. We do not represent poetry, drama or children’s picture books. We are also unlikely to take on fantasy and science fiction.
If you are based overseas please tell us why you are looking for UK based representation. We work principally with publishers based in the UK and Ireland and like to meet our authors regularly and get to know you in person.
We aim to respond to submissions within 12 weeks but due to the high volume of submissions received each week, we do not always manage this.
Here is a collection of useful resources you might want to check out:
- The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook: updated yearly, this is a book of industry advice for writers and artists. It contains contact details for publishers and agents, written pieces by published writers various relevant subjects, and much more. There are also online resources.
- The Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook: a companion publication/resource to the Writers’ & Artist’s Yearbook, containing the same sort of information but focusing on writers and illustrators for children.
- The Society of Authors: a trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators, at all stages of their careers.
- The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain: the WGGB is a trade union representing professional writers in TV, film, theatre, radio, books, comedy, poetry, animation and videogames, as well as emerging and aspiring writers.
- The Crime Writers’ Association: The CWA support, promote and celebrate great crime writing. They publish a monthly magazine called Red Herrings packed with crime-related articles, a digital monthly newsletter, and they also run the prestigious CWA Dagger Awards.
- The Historical Novels ‘ Society: The HNS provide useful guides, features and reviews of historical fiction. They also run the Historical Novels Awards, as well as a yearly conference.
- The Romantic Novelists’ Association: RNA is a professional body primarily for writers of romantic fiction. They exist to raise the prestige of romantic fiction, and to encourage romantic authorship, championing the quality and diversity of romantic fiction.
- Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – British Isles: SCWBI is non-profit organisation created specifically for individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults.
- The Bookseller: a print and online publication reporting industry news within the book sector. It includes reviews, previews, opinion, news coverage so can be a great source for market research.
- House of Illustration: the UK’s only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration and graphic art. A registered charity, House of Illustration supports and promotes new talent, commissions new work and has a pioneering learning programme delivered by professional illustrators. It was founded by Sir Quentin Blake.
- Google: most agents and publishers have helpful websites of their submissions policy and what they are looking for. Do do your research before submitting anything, anywhere.
- Your local library: your local library might well have copies of some of these resources. They will also have books on writing, provide a quiet place for writing, and have computers.