Thursday, February 9, 2012

Bob McDevitt joins Jenny Brown Associates

Jenny Brown Associates
33 Argyle Place
Edinburgh, UK  EH9 1JT

Bob McDevitt, previously publisher of Hachette Scotland, has joined leading Scottish literary agency Jenny Brown Associates. McDevitt is based in the agency's primary office in Edinburgh, though the company has also established a second office in Corbridge, Northumberland, where fiction and sports writing specialist Mark Stanton is now based, as the agency develops "new opportunities in the north of England".

Bob McDevitt is looking for clients. His areas of interest are popular commercial fiction, crime writing, and non-fiction. Submit to:

Mark Stanton (Stan) is also open to submissions – both novels and non-fiction. (Please, no children’s and no poetry or short stories.) Submit to:

"We read all submissions made to us in order of receipt. Please note that we will only respond to submissions if we wish to read more. If you have not heard back from us within eight weeks then you can assume that we do not feel that the work is right for our agency."

For fiction: send the first 50 pages (no more) and a synopsis in a single document, with a covering letter (see below).

For non-fiction: email a proposal and short example of the proposed work—a sample chapter, for instance. Please include a short note on the competing or comparable literature stating, where possible, author, title, publisher and publication date. It would be helpful to have an overview of possible marketing outlets and a biographical note outlining your background, training and experience.

All submissions: Please write a covering letter in the body of the email giving an account of the background of the book and your writing career to date. If you have been referred to the agency by a publishing or personal contact then make this clear. If you have had previous correspondence with an agent at Jenny Brown Associates, mention this. The agency would appreciate knowing if your project has been sent to or is being considered by other agents or publishers.

Attach your work to the email in a document saved according to the following naming convention:
date of submission as of book.doc
For example: 02.04.09_MacKenzie_Jules_mynovel.doc

Full submission guidelines here.

Brian Henry will lead "How to Get Published" workshops on Saturday, May 12, in Newmarket with Meghan Macdonald of Transatlantic Literary Agency (see here), Saturday, June 9, in Brampton with Monica Pacheco of The Anne McDermid literary agency (see here), and Saturday, June 16 in Hamilton with Carly Watters of the P.S. Literary Agency (see here).

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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