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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

HOW WE WORK

We ask authors to submit a synopsis and three sample chapters.  After a screening process, selected authors will be asked to submit their full manuscript by email. Those that Coombs Moylett & Maclean believe to show promise will be offered representation, or the option of working with an editor with a view to being taken on by the agency if the novel is brought to its potential.

FICTION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We are one of a few literary agencies which accept unsolicited manuscripts.
If you would like to submit material, please read these guidelines.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

We specialize in well written commercial fiction, particularly in the genres of historical fiction, crime/ mystery/suspense and thrillers, women’s fiction across a spectrum ranging from chick-lit to sagas to contemporary and literary fiction. We are also looking to build a children’s list concentrating on Young Adult fiction. 

We do not handle poetry, plays or scripts for film & TV.

Please note that we cannot accept faxed submission. However, whilst we accept enquiries by email we prefer to receive hard copies.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT:

FIRST STAGE

In the first instance, we prefer authors to submit by post:

  • a covering letter
  • a synopsis
  • the first three chapters

Covering letter

Your covering letter should tell us a bit about you and your career to date, and whether or not you have sent your novel to other agents or publishers.

The synopsis

The synopsis should be about one or two sides long, and be a simplified explanation of the plot, mentioning the setting, the theme and the characters. It should not be a “blurb” or a “teaser”. We would like a brief description of the story from beginning to end.

The first three chapters

Please make sure your manuscript is set out as described below, and print your name, address and a contact number and/or email address on the cover.

SECOND STAGE

After an initial reading, selected authors will be asked to submit their full manuscript by email.

Please make sure that your manuscript:

  • is double or 1.5 line-spaced
  • has nice wide margins
  • is in a type size no smaller than 12-point (preferably Times New Roman)
  • is fully numbered, page by page

Please print your name, address and a contact number and/or email address on the cover of your manuscript.

NON-FICTION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

We consider most non-fiction particularly, history, biography, current affairs and cookery.

Please describe what the book is about and why it needs to be written and published now.

  • Who you are and your credentials for writing the book 
  • Where the book would sit on the shelves, including similar or competing books that have already been published.
  • A chapter of sample text (usually taken from an early part of the book, but not the introduction).
  • An outline of chapters (a page per chapter, written in full prose).

OUR ADDRESS

Coombs Moylett & Maclean Literary Agency
120 New Kings Road
London
SW6 4LZ

We will not be able to acknowledge receipt, and a response (unless we’ve asked for the full mss) and material will be returned only if it is accompanied by an SAE. (Please do not send cash, international postage coupons or blank cheques.) If return postage is not provided the material will be recycled.