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. I'm probably not the right agent for books with aspects of religion or spirituality.

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

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.