Agent: Ariella Feiner
I started working at PFD in 2006 before moving to United Agents and I am now nurturing my own client list which includes many bestselling, critically acclaimed and award winning authors across fiction and non-fiction, including Daniela Sacerdoti (the million-copy selling author and one of the top ten bestselling Kindle authors of all time), Olia Hercules (author of Mamushka and Kaukasis and the Observer Rising Star for Food 2016), Jane Casey (the critically acclaimed author of the Maeve Kerrigan series), Lucy Watson (the author of Feed Me Vegan, one of the bestselling cookery books of 2017), and Elle Croft (the top ten ebook bestselling author of The Guilty Wife). In 2017, The Bookseller named me as a Rising Star.
One of the joys of being a literary agent is the range of books I can work on and I love being the first to discover exciting new voices and to work with authors on shaping new careers in the long term. I want manuscripts which make me sit up and take notice of them, whether it be through beautiful prose, a hugely original idea or, at their best, stories which make me sob.
I am always open to submissions. In fiction do send me crime and thrillers, issue-led books, character-driven stories, reading group books, high-concept tales, a great elevator pitch, novels with strong female characters, historical fiction with a twist (such as The Witchfinder's Sister or The Help), and anything like Room, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time or The Time Traveller's Wife, which breaks the mould. Recent fiction I've loved includes Black-Eyed Susans, The Roanoke Girls, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, and Shtum.
On the non-fiction front, do be in touch with exciting non-fiction such as topics which feel untouched before now or are inspiring, expert-led ideas and mouth-watering cook books. Non-fiction which has moved me enormously or made me laugh includes My Promised Land, This is Going to Hurt, Wild and Everything I Know About Love, and on the cookery spectrum I'm a huge fan of Sabrina Ghayour, Nigella Lawson and Yotam Ottolenghi.
For submissions please email a synopsis together with either the first three chapters if it is a novel or a proposal for a non-fiction book directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.