Literary Agency Reviews

What our authors say

It’s a real pleasure to work with the talented, dedicated team at MM Agency. As for Maddy, she is, quite simply, exceptional, and I feel very lucky indeed to have her as my agent.

Gail Honeyman
Gail Honeyman

Madeleine Milburn is the best agent in the country. No one works as tirelessly for their clients as she does. She makes writing dreams come true.

C.J. Daugherty
C.J. Daugherty

MM Agency is the best agency any illustrator or author could ask for. They are a dedicated and hugely supportive team that ensures the best service and advice for all their clients. It has been the best decision in my illustration career to be represented by them. I can’t thank Alice enough for the incredible opportunities that have come my way because of her tireless work and belief and confidence in my artwork.

Poonam Mistry
Poonam Mistry

Hayley Steed is more than an agent – she’s a mentor, a counsellor, a friend and an all round superstar. And MM Agency is more than an agency – it’s a family. There’s no better or more lovely place to call your home.

Clare Pooley
Clare Pooley

I started 2016 as a dog-walker. I ended it with a major publishing deal and rights to my debut novel – THE CHALK MAN – sold in 38 territories around the world. That’s the difference Madeleine made to my life. It is not every agent who can pluck a manuscript from the slush pile and turn it into a worldwide success. Madeleine is quite simply phenomenal – the whole team are – and bloomin’ lovely too. I can’t think of any agent I would rather have representing me, and every day I get to write for a living instead of traipsing through muddy fields in the rain, I remember how lucky I am!

C.J. Tudor
C.J. Tudor

Five years ago Madeleine Milburn was on my vision board as my dream agency. Two years later, I signed with Alice. Since then, she has negotiated the biggest book deal I could ever dream of, as well as multiple other deals, and now writing is my full time career. I get chills when I think about that. I could not ask for a better person to have my back in this publishing world, or a better team to champion my writing career.

Kereen Getten
Kereen Getten

It is an extremely rare thing for anyone to work as tirelessly as Maddy does for her clients (when does she sleep?!), and to do it with such good grace, fun and enthusiasm. I am so grateful to have her on my side. It is a very special thing to make an author feel like they are her only client – and speaking to her other authors, I know that they all feel the same. On top of all this, it has been a joy to get to know her.

Elizabeth Macneal
Elizabeth Macneal

Signing with Alice Sutherland-Hawes and the team at Madeleine Milburn, for they are truly a team, is the best decision I have ever made in my publishing career. Their reputation within the industry is second to none and is well earned through their consummate professionalism, dedication and insight into one of the toughest fields in the world. I wake up every morning at ease, knowing that my career is in the best possible hands.

Jennifer Iacopelli
Jennifer Iacopelli

Maddy has, quite literally, changed my life – and she continues to change my life every day. I just feel like I’m in such safe hands with her – whether it comes to selling my books all over the world, or negotiating a tricky contract. It frees my time (and mind) up to focus on writing my novels.

Holly Bourne
Holly Bourne

A writing career isn’t just book deals, parties and signings. There are lows too – self-doubt, breaks between contracts, harsh reviews and tough edits – and a good agency will be there for you during the lows as well as the highs. The whole team work seamlessly to let me concentrate on the thing I do best – writing my novels. I like to think of the MM Agency as my literary cheerleaders. They’re the first to applaud if I achieve a new success but they’ll pick me up if I fall too. For a career to have longevity an agency has to be there for you every step of the way. Four books in and the MM Literary Agency is still right beside me.

C.L. Taylor
C.L. Taylor

It’s hard to imagine an agent who can steer her author from a commercial to literary career as seamlessly and brilliantly as Madeleine did for me. When I first met Maddy ten years ago, I told her about a book I wanted to write about a lighthouse. She never forgot it. And when, in 2018, I was faced with a crossroads – should I stick with my pseudonym, or twist and follow my dream? – she didn’t miss a beat in advising me the latter. I trusted her completely and this trust is the basis for our relationship. I’m continually amazed by her heartfelt passion and ambition for every one of her authors. She cares for us and our books deeply, values us both personally and professionally, celebrates our highs and guides us through our lows. Now The Lamplighters is being published by my dream imprint Picador – and it’s Maddy, with her extraordinary knack for pitch and exceptional negotiating ability, who made this possible. In my book, she is the best literary agent in the world.

Emma Stonex
Emma Stonex

Hayley is the kind of agent every author needs: enthusiastic, ambitious, supportive and imaginative. She has a keen understanding of the market and an unstinting commitment to advocating for her clients at every level. I’m incredibly lucky to have such a talented and insightful agent on my side.

Leah Hazard
Leah Hazard

As an emerging author, navigating the world of publishing can be a daunting task. I feel incredibly lucky to have found representation with Alice and the team at MM Agency. Their support and mentorship has given me the strongest possible foundation for establishing a literary career, and I can’t recommend their services highly enough. If you want to engage the most talented and hardworking team in the industry, there is no better place to start than the MM Agency.

Jess McGeachin
Jess McGeachin

Maddy is, to borrow some words from Tina Turner, ‘Simply The Best.’ I really believe my career is in safe hands with her and her team, which means that I have the freedom to pursue what I love doing – writing stories.

Fionnuala Kearney
Fionnuala Kearney