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. Until very recently she was a governor at the BFI and is now Chairman of the BFI Trust. She is a Trustee of the Hay Literary Festival, a Trustee of Somerset House, a Fellow of the RSA and sits on the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award Committee.
Robert Caskie is a Senior Agent at PFD and was appointed COO in December 2012, four years after he joined the company. Previously, he was an agent at Macfarlane Chard Associates and Capel & Land Ltd.
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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 latterly as deputy MD of Cassell and Co. She has also compiled and co-edited several books including The Explorer’s Eye, which is published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 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.
Rachel Mills heads Peters, Fraser & Dunlop’s Foreign Rights Department, securing publishing contracts for PFD’s clients worldwide.
She also represents her own list of clients and in particular is looking for non-fiction on topics with international appeal.
Prior to joining PFD, Rachel was Foreign Rights Manager for Penguin Books, where she worked for five years and before that she worked in the rights team at Ebury Publishing at Random House
Rachel handles rights in the United States, Canada, Australia, India (English language), Germany, The Netherlands, France, Brazil and Latin America.
Alexandra Cliff joined Peters, Fraser & Dunlop in 2010, working as Rights Assistant, and was promoted to International Rights Agent in 2012. Alongside Rachel Mills, 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 Italy, Scandinavia, Finland, Iceland, Spain & Latin America, Turkey, Japan, the Middle East, Israel, Poland and India (Indian languages).
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.
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.
Before joining PFD Camilla worked for Random House, Chorion PLC and Classic Media where she sold publishing, TV and licensing rights.
Nelle Andrew is an agent at PFD predominantly looking for exciting, original debut fiction. She has been at PFD since 2009 and before then Pan Macmillan and is a published novelist herself. Before then she studied at the University of Warwick and then Trinity College, Dublin.
Her list spans Sunday Times bestsellers in non-fiction and acclaimed debut novels. She represents a variety of authors across many genres but what they all have in common is an original story and a strong narrative voice.
This year she is especially looking for well written, crime/thriller and psychological suspense – books which have strong characters and page turning premises, as well as literary commercial fiction.
Above all she is drawn to unique storytelling and compelling prose regardless of the genre the novel is written for, and 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.
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 ‘reading group’ fiction, crime and psychological thrillers, horror, speculative fiction, intelligent young adult fiction, narrative non-fiction, true crime, memoir, popular science/psychology and serious history.
Genres aside, Adam is drawn to coming-of-age tales, road narratives, strong female leads and well-executed plot twists. He is looking for unique voices, and for writers with challenging, singular experiences.
Please do 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.
Laura Williams has been working at Peters Fraser and Dunlop since May 2011, first as an assistant and then as an Associate Agent.
She is building a fiction list, and is currently looking for edgy literary and commercial fiction, psychological thrillers and high-concept young adult. Please send submissions via email.
Silvia Molteni is the dedicated children’s books Agent at PFD. She is building a list of clients and is looking for children’s fiction – from picture books to middle-grade novels – and young adults and crossover fiction (literary/commercial, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, psychological thrillers) and non-fiction. She accepts submissions via email.
Silvia also handles all audio rights for the agency and sells foreign rights in our children’s and YA titles worldwide as well as backlist titles to Italy.
James Carroll is an Agent in the Broadcast department of PFD. He represents writers and broadcasters for non-scripted programming. He also looks after public speaking and live events across the agency.
James joined the agency in 2013 as a Television and Public Speaking Executive after interning at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation in New York and Chicago, returning as Broadcast Room Manager for the 2013 and 2014 Annual Meetings of the Clinton Global Initiative.
James is looking for young, fresh, diverse and inspiring presenters with well-developed ideas, and established experts/professionals at the top of their fields. Please email email@example.com with a biography and footage.
Marilia Savvides joined Peters, Fraser & Dunlop in 2012, following a six-month position at a literary scout. She is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course in New York.
She is currently an Associate Agent and works alongside Rachel Mills and Alexandra Cliff promoting PFD’s clients around the world and securing foreign language sales. She handles rights in Portugal, Greece, Eastern Europe (excluding Poland), Russia, China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.
Marilia is also currently building her own list of authors. In particular, she is looking for high concept crime, thrillers, horror, science fiction, speculative fiction and YA novels. On the non-fiction side she is especially interested in popular science / psychology, narrative history and investigative journalism.
Please send all submissions via email.