Caroline Michel has been the CEO of PFD since 2007. Before that she headed up the William Morris Agency in London for three years. She has over 25 years’ worth of experience in the industry and ran both Vintage at Random House and Harper Press at HarperCollins. She is Chair of the Hay Literary Festival, Chair of the BFI Trust and a Trustee of Somerset House. She is a Member of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Committee, a Fellow of the RSA and Vice President London Library.
Caroline loves everything and anything. She is endlessly curious about people’s ideas, what’s going on in the world and how to understand it, whether it’s through history, fiction, biography, science. She is an eternal optimist and loves working with people who believe that everything is possible.
Annabel Merullo is a Senior Agent and Head of the Books Department. She represents literary and commercial writers of fiction and non-fiction. Before joining Peters Fraser and Dunlop, Annabel ran her own literary agency, having also worked as a publisher and television documentary producer. She has also compiled and co-edited several books including The Explorer’s Eye, The Eye of War, The Russian Century, The Chinese Century and The British Century. Annabel represents a list of non-fiction writers and has a growing fiction list.
Michael Sissons is a Senior Consultant at PFD, working in the Books Division and representing novelists, non-fiction writers, and public figures in London and New York. He has worked for the agency virtually all his life, and was for many years both Chairman and Managing Director. He also writes, broadcasts, and consults on media topics.
Fiona Petheram has worked with Michael and his authors for over twenty years.
Tim Bates is an Agent in the Books Division. He has recently joined PFD after being an agent with Pollinger Limited for nearly 10 years. Before becoming an agent, he worked in various positions in publishing, including at Penguin Books, where he was Commissioning Editor for Penguin Classics.
Tim represents a wide range of authors and is particularly interested in pop culture, narrative and serious non-fiction, food-writing, nature and the outdoors, sport and commercial non-fiction of all forms. In fiction, he is currently focussed on developing his list of crime and thriller writers.
Please do send any submissions via email.
Alexandra Cliff is the International Rights Director at Peters, Fraser + Dunlop. Alongside the international rights team, Alexandra works promoting PFD’s clients around the world and securing foreign language sales. In 2014 Alexandra was included on The Bookseller magazine’s list of Rising Stars.
Alexandra handles rights in the United States, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Finland, Iceland, Spain & Latin America, Japan, the Middle East, and India.
She is now actively taking on her own clients, with a specific interest in high-end non-fiction, including science, economics and ‘big ideas’.
Marilia Savvides is an Agent in the Books Division and the International Rights Department. She joined Peters, Fraser + Dunlop in 2012 and is a graduate of UCL and the Columbia Publishing Course in New York. Marilia will be on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University, Exeter College in September 2016.
She is currently building her own list of authors and in particular is looking for high concept crime, thrillers, horror, speculative fiction and YA novels. On the non-fiction side she is especially interested in popular science / psychology, narrative history, true crime and investigative journalism.
She also works alongside Alexandra Cliff, Rebecca Wearmouth and Laura Otal promoting PFD’s clients around the world and securing foreign language sales. She handles rights in The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Russia, China, Taiwan and Korea.
Please send all submissions via email.
Rebecca Wearmouth is an Associate Agent in the International Rights Department. She is a graduate of Queen Mary, University of London and joined Peters, Fraser & Dunlop in 2014, after completing her Masters in English at King’s College, London.
She works alongside Alexandra Cliff, Marilia Savvides and Laura Otal promoting PFD’s clients around the world and securing foreign language sales. She handles rights in Brazil, Poland, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Croatia and Hungary.
+44 (0)20 7344 1048
Jonathan Sissons handles film and TV rights for books at Peters Fraser & Dunlop. Prior to joining the company he was Rights Director at Cornerstone, and brings with him over 20 years experience selling rights at Random House. He is also building his own list of authors.
+44 (0)20 7344 1088
Camilla Shestopal (Agent and Director of Estates) runs the Estates and Backlist titles and represents the wonderful material which our Estates and backlist authors have written. She is involved in selling rights to bring these great classic authors back into the public consciousness. Working closely with print and E publishers alike, and international publishers Camilla is also responsible for making available as both traditional book and E book, classic writers such as Eric Ambler, Margery Allingham, Dennis Wheatley, Georges Simenon and many others. Camilla also works as an agent for authors such as Graham Masterton who not only writes new novels but has an extensive backlist.
Before joining PFD Camilla worked for Random House, Chorion PLC and Classic Media where she sold publishing, TV and licensing rights.
Camilla is also Trustee for the Essex Book Festival.
Nelle Andrew is an agent at PFD, who is actively building her list. She represents a wide range of fiction and non-fiction and is looking for exciting, well-written books with a wide appeal. Her list spans Sunday Times and New York Times bestsellers; and Richard and Judy Book Club picks. In 2016, she was also one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars. A published novelist in her own right, she worked at Pan Macmillan before joining PFD in 2009. She also now handles American rights on behalf of the agency with Alexandra Cliff.
In particular she is looking for compelling suspense, accessible literary fiction with a strong hook, historical and reading group, engrossing crime thrillers and a contemporary love story. A varied and extensive reader, she also loves books that defy genre pigeon holes if they are a great story.
For non-fiction, she loves narrative non-fiction in particular memoir, history, psychology, politics and insightful, edgy stories that make you look at the world in a different way, in the vein of Serial or Making of a Murderer.
Above all she is drawn to unique storytelling and compelling prose and is looking for an author whose writing she can champion in what she hopes will be a long and productive career.
She is no longer looking for YA or children’s novels and does not take on sci-fi or fantasy, erotic novels and short story collections.
+44 (0)20 7344 1069
Adam Gauntlett is an Agent in the Books Division. He joined the company in 2010, after completing his Masters in English Literature at King’s College, London.
Adam is actively building his list of authors and is currently looking for: literary/commercial crossover or book club fiction, domestic noir/suspense and series crime, historical fiction, high-concept and speculative fiction, middle grade and YA, narrative non-fiction, true crime, popular science/psychology and serious history.
Genres aside, Adam is drawn to coming-of-age tales, unreliable narrators, strong female leads and well-executed plot twists.
Please send any submissions via email.
Adam also handles all stage rights for the agency, for and on behalf of such authors as: E. M. Forster, Jeanette Winterson, Georges Simenon, David Sedaris, Robert Bolt, C. S. Forester, John Wyndham, Robert Pirsig, D. H. Lawrence and H. E. Bates, among others.
Silvia Molteni is the dedicated children’s books Agent at PFD. She is building her own list of clients alongside selling foreign rights in our children’s and YA titles worldwide. Silvia also handles all audio rights for the agency.
At the moment, she is actively looking for strong YA voices with brave narratives and contemporary and realistic settings; YA fiction featuring LGBT story-lines and characters; crossover fiction, coming-of-age stories with character-driven narratives and courageous themes; and finally, edgy, funny and moving Middle Grade fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction books aimed at children’s and YA – from memoirs to manuals, popular science and humorous books.
Please send all submissions via email.
Laura Williams is an agent at Peters Fraser and Dunlop, where she has been working since 2011, after completing a degree in Classics at Oxford. She is actively building a fiction list and a small non-fiction list. She is currently looking for literary fiction, edgy commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high-concept contemporary young adult.
Please send submissions via email.
Jon Fowler is a senior consultant at PFD. With over 20 years’ experience in the media spanning the music industry, TV, film and commercial partnerships, most recently his expertise has taken him into the literary space with a 3-year stint at Curtis Brown. A senior executive at Sony Music for 10 years, he was responsible for global marketing campaigns across a roster of high profile recording artists and then joined an independent management company specialising in music talent and broadcasters. He has rich experience in branding and the implementation of brand licensing programmes and seeks to identify assets at the agency that lend themselves to this approach.
His ethos is simple: talent comes first and he cares little for executives who think differently.
Away from the office he is a passionate rugby fan. With a Welsh mother and English father he has learned much about diplomacy and brings that rich experience to talent management.
+44(0)207 344 1011
James Carroll is an Agent in the Broadcast and Live Events department of PFD. He represents clients working for all major broadcasters and digital and international channels. Projects include factual broadcasting, ‘books to broadcast’, presenter-led series, commercial campaigns, brand licensing, and live events from political book tours to arena entertainment. He is particularly focused on arts and current affairs programming.
James joined the agency from the Clinton Foundation in New York and Chicago, returning as Broadcast Manager for the Clinton Global Initiative in sessions with network news partners. He recently travelled to Iowa to assist Hillary for America with the first leg of the 2016 Presidential primary.
He was born in Manchester and raised there and in Perth, Scotland. (He is a Manchester United season ticket holder by birth.)