Submissions

We look at everything we are sent and do not charge a reading fee. We represent fiction, non-fiction and children’s fiction. We do not represent children’s picture books, poetry or scripts for film, TV, radio or theatre.

Submissions are accepted by post and e-mail (email preferred). Please see below for what to include. If you would like to send your submission to a specific agent, please make this clear in the subject line of your email. Please address all foreign language queries to the agent in the relevant territory.

Due to the great volume of submissions we receive, if you have not heard from us after 3 months please assume your submission has been unsuccessful. We regret that we cannot enter into correspondence about your submission.

E-mail

  • Covering letter (in the body of the email)
  • 1-page synopsis (attached)
  • First three chapters (double or 1.5 spaced, attached)

Send to: submissions@nurnberg.co.uk

Postal

  • Covering letter
  • 1-page synopsis
  • First three chapters (double or 1.5 spaced)
  • Self-addressed envelope with postage

Send to:

Submissions
Andrew Nurnberg Associates
20-23 Greville Street
London EC1N 8SS

Submission Tips

  • Do some research on the agents you think would be most suitable to represent your work (see Writers & Artists, agency websites, acknowledgements sections in books in a similar vein). Submitting to an agent is not unlike applying for a job: you are much more likely to have success if you put the time in and make a few personalised submissions at a time, respond to any feedback and keep trying, than if you send out a blanket letter.
  • Pay attention to the submission guidelines of each agency and only send them exactly what they ask for. Double check for any errors in spelling, grammar or formatting.
  • Keep your covering letter short and to the point. Use the first line to introduce what kind of book you are submitting, e.g. a YA thriller/romance/contemporary novel. Then go straight into a paragraph which tells the agent what the book is about. You don’t need to detail the whole plot, that’s what the synopsis is for. Nor do you need to tell us why you wrote it, or what the themes it tackles are – first and foremost we need to know if it sounds like an interesting, original story. The pitch should be designed to make us want to read more. Finish with a short paragraph about yourself. If you have relevant writing experience, great! If not, just tell us who you are and a little bit about you.
  • Be patient when waiting for a response – reading unsolicited manuscripts is an important part of an agent’s job, but most of our time has to be dedicated to existing clients. It may take weeks or months for an agent to get around to reading your submission, so make sure it grabs their attention when the time comes.
  • Be willing to revise your manuscript. Publishing is a collaborative process and many agents will work very hard editorially to get a manuscript into shape before submitting to publishers. Be open to constructive criticism, both from your agent and, if your book is sold, from your editor.

Contact

Andrew Nurnberg Associates
20-23 Greville Street, London EC1N 8SS, United Kingdom

Telephone:

+44 (020) 3327 0400

Fax:

+44 (020) 7430 0801