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.
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.
Please email book submissions for Caroline to email@example.com
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.
Tim Bates is a Senior Agent in the Books Division. He 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 and fiction of all forms.
Please do send any submissions via email.
A native New Yorker whose publishing career has spanned both sides of the Atlantic, Elizabeth Sheinkman worked within the US editorial department of Oxford University Press and Alfred A. Knopf before joining the Elaine Markson Literary Agency in 1996. In 2004, she moved to London to set up and run their UK office before joining Curtis Brown in 2006 as a Senior Agent and Director, where she continued to represent the Markson Agency in the UK and further develop her own list. In 2012, she moved to WME where she represented a broad range of award-winning and best-selling authors, including works of literary fiction, biography, journalism and cultural history.
Elizabeth is on the Creative Council of the Aspen Institute’s Summer Words Festival; has served on the faculty of the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference in Middlebury, Vermont; and has been a featured speaker at the University of East Anglia MFA writing program, the Oxford Summer Books Program, and Trinity College Dublin.
Elizabeth is looking for fresh talent in literary fiction, voice-driven memoir, and narrative non-fiction that is topical and asks challenging questions about the current state of the world, but is currently not accepting unsolicited submissions.
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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.
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 was also on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University, Exeter College in September of 2016 and 2017.
She is currently building her own list of authors and in particular is looking for high concept crime, thrillers, psychological suspense, 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.
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Kate Evans is an agent representing journalism and serial rights as well as running Ipso Books, the agency’s digital publishing arm. She joined PFD in 2014 from Hachette Australia and is a graduate of the University of Queensland and The Columbia Publishing Course.
She is interested in commercial women’s fiction, challenging ideas, and a broad range of non-fiction.
Jonathan Sissons handles film and TV rights for books at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop. Jonathan is also accepting proposals for fiction and non-fiction books, and screenplay submissions. Prior to joining the company, he was Rights Director at Cornerstone, and brings with him over 20 years’ experience selling rights at Random House.
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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.
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.
The Bookseller named Adam 2017’s Shooting Star.
He 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 and C. S. Forester, among others.
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, as well as narrative non-fiction of all types. Her taste is quite dark, and she loves gothic, ghost stories, horror and anything sinister. She also loves books that make her cry, like a big love story or intense family drama. More information on what she’s looking for can be found in the links below:
Please send submissions via email. She’s also open for applications at The Womentoring Project.
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 LGBTQI 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 and YA – from memoirs to manuals, popular science and humorous books.
Please send all submissions via email.
PLEASE NOTE NELLE ANDREW IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR HER LIST AT THIS TIME.
Nelle Andrew is a Bookseller Rising Star (2016) whose career includes discovering and agenting Sunday Times, and New York Times bestsellers; award winning novelists as well as several Richard and Judy Book Club Picks. She is a primary agent with her own list, and also co-handles North American rights with the International Rights Director on behalf of the agency.
She loves literary fiction with great writing and a strong plot, historical, crime, suspense, thriller, speculative and clever women’s fiction as well Book Club/Reading Group. Above all she loves resonant novels with strong narratives that have something to say.
She does do some narrative non fiction – mainly moving memoirs, clever ideas books and hidden histories that chime with contemporary themes. She also loves clever true crime ala Serial or In Cold Blood.
Nelle has a particular affinity for debuts of any age as she is a published novelist in her own right and personally knows the struggle to get published and she is keen to find those voices who she can champion into long and productive careers. As such as she also sits on the board of both the Lucy Cavendish Prize for unpublished writers and the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer’s Award.
Please do NOT send: erotica, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, short stories, children’s or YA, straight romance (I.e. Mills and Boon) or illustrative, graphic novels.
Please note: Nelle is no longer accepting paper submissions or any query emails. Due to time factors, submissions done in this way will not receive a response. If you are sending a submission to her, please follow the guidelines on our website and send it by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tessa David joined PFD in 2014 as a graduate in English Literature from Edinburgh University. She is Senior Assistant to Caroline Michel and as an Associate Agent is actively building her client list. She loves fiction for its freedom to question, provoke and alter the reader’s understanding of life. She is interested in psychological thrillers, literary, historical, and commercial crossover fiction and particularly loves dual time narratives. She is also looking for quirky children’s books, non-illustrated and illustrated (adores, for example, The Sheep Who Hatched An Egg) and clever and thought provoking YA. In terms of non-fiction she is interested in cookery and any and all types of narrative non-fiction – two of her favourite books are When Breath Becomes Air and The Shepherd’s Life. She is also keen to champion the growing talent drawn from youtube and other social media platforms.
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Laura McNeill is an Associate Agent in the Books Department at Peters Fraser and Dunlop. After completing a degree in Classics at Oxford University, she worked with pre-1650’s books and manuscripts in the antiquarian book trade, and briefly as a magician’s assistant, before joining PFD in 2015. She works closely with Tim Bates and Annabel Merullo across all their titles, and looks after the UK & Commonwealth rights for New Directions, the New York based independent publishing house, on behalf of Tim.
She is currently building her own list and is on the look out for new voices and ideas. She is particularly interested in non-fiction, but encourages submissions of all types and genres.
Please send all submissions via email preferably in Word Doc format.
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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.
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Dan Herron joined PFD in 2016, having worked previously at Curtis Brown and Bloomsbury Publishing. Dan cut his teeth in agenting in America during an internship with Folio Literary Management, after deciding to step aside from doctoral studies in English literature at New York University. Dan has wide experience working across talent management, publishing, and media rights on both sides of the Atlantic, and currently supports PFD’s clients in our Broadcast and Live Events department as Associate Agent, working alongside Jon Fowler.
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