I began working in the book industry in 1989, as a bookseller, and joined Curtis Brown in 2005 after nearly 15 years as an editor and, later, publishing director. A recent Guardian interview with me, 'How do I become a ... literary agent', explains how I got from there to here, and the way in which I approach my work.
I was honoured to be named Agent of the Year at the Bookseller British Book Industry Awards 2015, and was President of the Association of Authors' Agents from 2016 to 2018.
While some editors know me for the broad non-fiction side of my client list, which includes entertainment, history and lifestyle, I'm passionate about my select fiction list, which features both literary and commercial writing but always with a strong sense of personality to it, and great storytellers.
My profile page features clients representing something of the range of my list with projects under way this year. Click on the Clients button see a full list. Our submissions portal tells you more about the kind of new work I am looking for. I am assisted by Niall Harman.
Thanks @TommyARowlands. Slightly puzzled at the panel being bemused by the idea that fair pay for writers can’t als… https://t.co/PbtEKjobWm
RT @TommyARowlands: Thanks to @gordonwise for raising the issue of pay for writers. Publishing would not exist without us. #bytethebook
Just settling in for this. Some great points already #bytethebook https://t.co/cZfE8e6GQb
Prize success for Sarah Schmidt’s See What I Have Done
Egan, Hermes Gowar and Schmidt longlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction
Film Option for Eric Dezenhall and Gus Russo's Best of Enemies
Beautiful boy by David Sheff to be adapted for film
Jennifer Lawrence set to star in the film adaptation of Burial Rites