We receive so much unsolicited material from aspiring writers everywhere. New writers with great ideas are essential to what we do and that is why we read every submission that we receive.
Here's how we accept submissions:
We like to read the first three chapters of your book and we like to read a hard copy so please post these chapters along with a synopsis of the whole and a very brief CV about your writing career.
Make it easy on us! Double spacing please, and one side only.
Please be aware that we don't acknowledge receipt of submissions. We'd rather spend our time reading them.
Also it's important that you include a stamped, self addressed envelope so that we can respond to you. If you want us to return your manuscript, make sure the postage is enough to cover the return.
Our address is The Books Division, Peters Fraser and Dunlop, Drury House, 34 – 43 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HA.
Our books agents are: Robert Caskie, Annabel Merullo, Caroline Michel, Michael Sissons and Nelle Andrew. If you feel that it would particularly suit one of them, please mark it for their attention.
Lastly, it can take around eight weeks to receive a response from us so please don't expect something instantly. And also, because we receive so much material, we are unable to give feedback.
We will read whatever you send in and, if we like it, we will ask for more. More often than not though we do turn things down. Don't be disheartened. If you want to be a writer, you have to keep writing.
Unfortunately we do not currently accept unsolicited material from scriptwriters, playwrights or directors. Any unsolicited pitches, outlines, showreels or scripts will be returned unread if a stamped addressed envelope has been enclosed, otherwise they will be recycled. If you are referred to one of the agents here by a producer, development executive or course tutor then you should email the agent directly, attaching a CV and giving details of who has referred you. Please note that we are not able to offer representation to writers or directors based outside Europe.
We are always on the lookout for inspiring new talent – especially those with fresh, well developed programme ideas in the pipeline. Those interested should contact Vanessa Fogarty (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With over 75 years of backlist titles represented by the agency, PFD receives a great number of requests for permission to reproduce material from the copyright property of our clients and their Estates every day, in books and assorted other media. In this section we hope to answer all of the most frequently asked questions about the process of requesting and being granted permission. Please take time to look it over before you apply – what you will find here may considerably speed up the granting of the permission you require. Whilst we process requests as quickly as we can, we ask that you apply six to eight weeks in advance, in order to ensure a timely response.
You should apply for permission to reproduce copyright material from our authors’ work in writing by post on your company or personal letterhead, or by email, giving your full contact details, to:
Peters Fraser and Dunlop,
34-43 Russell Street,
Requests originating overseas may be sent by fax to +44 20 7836 9539
1. We need to know full publishing details of your book or magazine, newspaper or other periodical in which the copyright material is to appear, which means at least:
Planned editions, i.e. hardback, paperback, book-club, audio book, e-book, or other internet/electronic use. (Do you wish to clear permission for all planned editions at the same time?)
Estimated print-run or initial manufacture quantities
Estimated publication date
2. We’d also like to see the following information about our client:
Title of work, and in what book it appears
Number of words (for prose material)
Number of lines (for verse)*
*Please note that we will not generally grant permission to reproduce some but not all stanzas/verses of a particular poem. Unless there is good reason we may insist on the entire poem being reproduced.
The minimum fee is £75.00 (+VAT if applicable). The appropriate fee in all instances will depend on the commercial particulars suggested by the publishing details for each request. Payment will always be stipulated and must be made in Sterling.
No. Our clients reserve the right to refuse permission to reproduce their copyright material.