Before submitting your manuscript to us do check out the individual agents who work here and where their interests lie – look up the authors they represent, read their biographies and individual comments, and submit your partial accordingly. We are all passionate about finding new authors and we all have our own individual tastes so do take some time before deciding who to submit to. We do not need query letters as to whether the material is right for us – just submit the manuscript and we can take it from there.
When agents come to view your material, they may get back to you with a response within the same day or several weeks later. If within the same day it does not mean it has not been read, rather that an agent has taken a view on the material based on the subject matter and their own list. They may well, for example, have something very similar on their list or have too many authors writing within that area – it is not necessarily a response on your writing.
Unfortunately we cannot get into correspondence over why your material is not right for us. We cannot give editorial tips/advice/guidelines etc. Were we to do that we would not have a moment’s time to look after our own authors. Nor can we point you to other agents who might be more suitable. There are lots of resources online which can help you with this.
Electronic submissions can be sent directly to the agent you wish to submit to. Please include a covering letter, brief synopsis, and the first three chapters of your work as a Word document or PDF attachment.
Please do not send electronic submissions to LBA’s info email address, as they will not be considered by our agents.
Postal submissions should be sent in an envelope addressed to ‘SUBMISSIONS DEPARTMENT’ with the following:
- A covering letter
- A brief synopsis (one A4 page)
- The first three chapters of the work on A4 paper, in double-spaced type on one side of the sheet only (please don’t bind or staple your work and do remember to print your name and contact details on the cover of your manuscript).
- A self-addressed stamped envelope if you want us to return your work otherwise an e-mail address for our response.
Please note that you should not send your only copy as if there is no self-addressed stamped envelope we will automatically dispose of your work.
The submission of material is done so solely at your own risk. We cannot accept any responsibility for material sent to us, and its subsequent loss or damage.
We do not deal with poetry, film scripts and short stories.