Submit your work

Please ensure you have read our submission guidelines and FAQ before completing this form. We do not accept sci-fi or fantasy of any kind, and only take on authors from outside the UK/Ireland in exceptional circumstances. If, after you’ve submitted, you receive a full MS request or offer of representation from another agency, please do let us know by emailing us here.

Also, please take a final moment to make sure your book is the sort of thing our agents are looking for. This Twitter thread is a good start, and we also have agent interviews on our YouTube channel. Blanket submissions may seem like a good idea, but they simply waste your time and ours.

The most important thing about submitting your work – after making sure it’s ready (and for novels this means multiple drafts, including a period of distancing to give yourself perspective) – is doing your research, and selecting the right agent(s) for your work. This is not only practical (you need an agent who¬†loves your work, not just your “money-making opportunity”) but essential. Agents may take on two or three new clients (on a good year) through the submissions process (from a pool of thousands). If they don’t absolutely fall in love, they’ll pass, even if your writing is good, even if your idea is marketable.

This may be a good time to reflect on whether your novel is ready. A lot of people think that if their “idea” is good enough, or that enough of their friends/teachers/writing circle have praised their work, an agency will take on the novel regardless. Many decades ago, this may have been true. Now, however, there are simply so many novels submitted that agents can freely choose between ten or twenty great ideas with great writing… and of course they are going to choose the one that’s been polished the most, the one that’s been given the most attention… and the one that aligns most with their own tastes.

Thank you for reading this – and if you are about to submit – good luck. Many people dream of being a writer, and we would love to be the people that make that dream a reality.

Very best of wishes,

FBA

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