Eli Keren

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Eli Keren


I started my publishing career at Curtis Brown before joining United Agents as Sarah Ballard's assistant in 2016. Now an associate literary agent, I continue to work on Sarah's list while actively building my own. Before I started working in books, I was a research scientist designing and synthesising novel drugs (white coat and everything), and science books remain a particular passion of mine. I'm also looking for LGBT-themed books in both fiction and non-fiction.

In non-fiction, I am particularly interested in smart and engaging popular science. My own background is in chemistry, but I'm fairly omnivorous and happy to look at any non-fiction that grips me, be that science, history or something else. I enjoy books by writers completely obsessed with a niche subject who are skilled enough communicators to make the rest of the world fall in love with their passion too, whatever that passion might be. I am interested in any book that will change the world for the better.

In fiction, I'm happy to look at commercial, literary and anything in between across genres. I don't tend to work with science-fiction or high fantasy, but am open to grounded speculative fiction and magical realism.

I do not represent authors for children's and YA literature.

To submit to me, please follow our submission guidelines, which can be found here. For fiction, I'd like to see a cover letter letting me know who you are any why you're the person to tell this story, a full synopsis of the plot and the first three chapters (or equivalent). For non-fiction, I'd like to see a cover letter and a proposal including at least one sample chapter.