Monday, June 17, 2024

Andrew Nurnberg Associates has eight agents, all looking for authors ~ both children's books & adult

Thorn in My Side by C.J Skuse
represented by ANA

Andrew Nurnberg Associates 

43 Great Russell Street
, UK

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Andrew Nurnberg Associates was founded in London in 1977. They represent authors from around the world in the fields of literary and commercial fiction and general nonfiction, as well as children’s authors.  Several have received major prizes, ranging from the International Prize for Arabic Fiction to the French Goncourt.

There are eight agents on the team, all of whom are accepting queries, but for new authors, your best bets tend to be agents who are actively building their lists:  

Gyamfia Osei is the newest member of the team. She joined ANA in 2023 as a Literary Agent in the UK department. She was previously an agent at The Good Literary Agency, where she began building her list of authors. 

Recent successes include a “significant” 6-figure pre-empt for Busayo Matuluko’s YA debut ‘Til Death, a 5-way auction for Quiet Storm by Kimberly Whittam and the shortlisting of Ebinehita Iyere’s Girlhood, Unfiltered at the 2023 British Book Awards.

At ANA, Gyamfia will focus on developing the agency’s list of children’s authors, including the representation of ANA’s international children’s authors into the English language, while also representing a bespoke list of commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction.

In the Children’s space, Gyamfia would love to find contemporary stories that are full of heart and joy-driven books that celebrate kids from underrepresented backgrounds (think Clare Weze, Kimberly Whittam and Elle McNicoll).

Funny middle-grade and YA horror are currently at the top of her list, and she is keen to read more teen projects (think Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and Glow Up Lara Bloom). She’s also very interested in finding a graphic novel or illustrated project for either MG or YA readers.

She is very open when it comes to Children’s nonfiction but would be particularly interested to consider unique cookbooks aimed at young chefs, books exploring mental health/wellness and projects that bring the experiences of marginalised children to the forefront.

In the adult fiction space, Gyamfia enjoys well-plotted, fast-paced narratives with authentic characters who lodge themselves in her mind long after she’s finished reading (think Big Little LiesVerity and Girl A). She’s open to a broad range of genres, but would be particularly keen to see cosy crime, contemporary romance and tightly plotted domestic noir.

Note that Gyamfia does not consider literary fiction and, in the commercial space, she is not hugely interested in high fantasy, trauma-focused stories or particularly gruesome horror.

In the adult nonfiction space, she would be happy to consider commercial narrative nonfiction and cultural history projects (think Brit(ish)It’s Not That Radical and Everything I Know About Love).

Twitter: gyamfia_o

Query Gyamfia at:

Make it clear you’re submitting to her in the Subject line of your email. Attach a 1-page synopsis and the first three chapters or 50 pages. For nonfiction proposals, please send an overview, chapter outlines and three sample chapters.


Note: If you’re interested in writing for children, don’t miss our online “Writing Little Kid Lit” course on Wednesday evenings, July 3 – Aug 14 (details here), and our one-day workshop, “Writing for Children and for Young Adults with Nan Froman, Editorial Director of Groundwood Books, Sunday, Sept 22. Details here.


Sara O’Keeffe is an Affiliate Agent. She specialises in fiction, representing literary, reading group and genre fiction authors. She is based in London but hails originally from Waterford, Ireland. Sara has twenty-five years’ experience in the world of publishing, having worked with a host of major brand names in fiction, initially as a publisher and now as an agent.

Sara enjoys the process of working with authors on their ideas, honing their craft and turning their creativity and talent into commercial success. She is passionate about storytelling, with particular interest in upmarket genre (especially thrillers)reading group and accessible literary fiction.

Sara enjoys working closely with writers, helping to shape and develop their work and advocating on their behalf. Sara has a very deep network of contacts in the publishing industry, built over a long career, and seeks to use that knowledge and insight to give her clients the best possible publishing journey.

Sara is excited to hear from fiction authors of all backgrounds. She loves powerful, page-turning stories and she’s drawn to unique voices.

Visit her website:

Query Sara at:

Make it clear you’re submitting to her in the Subject line of your email. Attach a 1-page synopsis and the first three chapters or 50 pages. For nonfiction proposals, please send an overview, chapter outlines and three sample chapters.


Note: If you’re interested in getting an agent and how the how publishing process works, don’t miss our online “How to Get Published” workshop with guest Gordon Warnock of Fuse Literary agency, Sunday, July 21. Details here


Rory Clarke studied English Literature at Birmingham City University before going on to gain his Masters degree in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Warwick. He joined Andrew Nurnberg Associates in 2017 and assisted the Foreign Rights Agents for France, Germany, the Netherlands and Nordic territories.

In 2021, Rory joined the UK department. Now an Agent, Rory is actively building his own list of fiction and nonfiction, which began with the sale of the debut book by Nadeem Perera and Ollie Olanipekun of Flock Together in a pre-empt to Gaia Books (Octopus).

In fiction, he is drawn to voice-driven and story-led literary writing powered by strong ideas, evocative settings and a command of form.

He is interested in a wide range of nonfiction from popular science, history, literary and cultural criticism, current affairs and nature writing. He is primarily looking for compelling, original stories from emerging experts with surprising and new takes on a subject.

Twitter: @_RDClarke 

Query Rory at:

Make it clear you’re submitting to him in the Subject line of your email. Attach a 1-page synopsis and the first three chapters or 50 pages. For nonfiction proposals, please send an overview, chapter outlines and three sample chapters.

Andrew Holgate has joined ANA as an Affiliate Agent. Previously, he was Literary Editor of The Sunday Times for 14 years until his retirement in October 2022, and before that was deputy literary editor for a further nine years. 

He has spent his whole working life in books, either in bookselling, publishing or literary journalism, and will be growing a small list of fiction and literary non-fiction, memoir, biography, nature and history.

Holgate is an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, has co-edited two books (including one, The Cost of Letters, on how authors earn their living) and has judged many literary prizes, most recently the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, which he chaired in 2021. In his time at The Sunday Times he also relaunched the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and ran the Sunday Times Short Story Award.

Find him on twitter: @aholgate

Query Andrew at:

Full submission guidelines here.

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