Introduction: We are happy to read new work from potential clients, but please note that we are only able to open our lists at certain times of the year. Please check below before sending your work. Do browse our list of authors to get a good idea of the kind of writing we handle. In our experience, the most successful unsolicited approaches are those which have been carefully targeted to our agency, rather than a blanket approach to lots of agencies. We don’t represent poetry, light romance, science fiction, thrillers self-help or academic writing. Please note that we don’t represent dramatic works (scripts for screen, radio or stage), but we do handle dramatisation of books by our clients.
Submissions by email: We prefer to receive submissions by email. We read all submissions made to us in order of receipt. Please note that we will only respond to submissions if we wish to read more. If you have not heard back from us within eight weeks then you can assume that we do not feel that the work is right for our agency.
Submissions by post: our strong preference is for submission by email, but if this is not possible, then send a hard copy to your preferred agent at Jenny Brown Associates, 31 Marchmont Road, Edinburgh EH9 1HU. We will only respond if we wish to see more. Unfortunately, we are unable to return material submitted, and our policy is to recycle all materials.
For fiction: send us the first 50 pages (no more) and a synopsis in a single document, with a covering letter. For picture book texts, send three samples of completed stories.
For non-fiction: email a proposal and short example of the proposed work—a sample chapter, for instance. Include a short note on the competing or comparable literature stating, where possible, author, title, publisher and publication date. It would be helpful to have an overview of possible marketing outlets and a biographical note outlining your background, training and experience.
For illustrators: send us samples of your work for children and a link to your website.
All submissions: please write a covering letter in the body of the email giving an account of the background of the book and your writing career to date. If you have been referred to us by a publishing or personal contact then make this clear. If you have had previous correspondence with one of our agents please mention this. We would appreciate knowing if your project has been sent to or is being considered by other agents or publishers.
Presenting your work: Attach your work to the email in a document saved according to the following naming convention:
date of submission as dd-mm-yy_surname_firstname_title of book.doc
For example: 02-04-09_MacKenzie_Jules_mynovel.doc
We can only accept .doc, .docx or .pdf for text submissions and .jpeg, .gif or .pdf for illustrations.
Response and Turnaround: We try to promptly acknowledge receipt of email submissions, but we will only be back in touch with you if we wish to read more of your work. If you have not heard from us within eight weeks then you can assume that we are not the right agency for your project. Due to the number of submissions we receive, we are unable to provide detailed feedback on work which we do not represent.
Jenny is looking for narrative non fiction (nature writing, literary memoir, travel), literary fiction and crime fiction. She likes to meet up regularly with writers and for this reason almost all her writers are based in Scotland.