Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

As a growing UK literary agency, all of our agents are looking for new writers and are accepting submissions.  We personally read everything that is submitted to the agency if the guidelines are followed below.  We represent authors based all over the world and also review successfully self-published and established authors.

We receive between forty and fifty submissions each day so it is extremely important that you follow our submission guidelines and do give us a nudge if another agency has got there before us and has requested your complete manuscript, as we really want the opportunity to consider your submission. Due to the high volume of submissions, we are not able to offer individual feedback unless we are considering representation.

Why Choose Our Agency? Read what our authors are saying about the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.

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We no longer accept submissions by post - these will not be considered or returned. 
We review all submissions by email and prefer not to receive phone enquiries.
Please send your work addressed to a specific agent to:

For All Submissions

>> Please do alert us via the submissions email address if other agents have requested your complete manuscript or you have an offer of representation.

>> Address your submission to the specific agent you feel most suits your work, you can read about what each agent is looking for on the right.

>> Put your name and the title of your manuscript in the subject line of the email, for example Abigail Bond THE FLIGHT

>> The manuscript and synopsis should be in Word format and 1.5 or double spaced.  Please check the spelling before sending.

For Fiction Submissions

>> We would love to see your one-line elevator pitch at the top of your email and up to three comparable books or authors you'd place your book alongside.

>> Please send a professional email introducing your work in the same way that you would write a formal covering letter.  Pitch your book in your email - write a compelling blurb to get us interested in the story and do include information about yourself that is relevant to the work you are submitting.

>> Attach a one or two page synopsis and the first three chapters ONLY of the manuscript.  There should only be two attachments. Please do not send multiple emails. Do not pitch your work in the synopsis as this should 'tell' the story, with spoilers, rather than 'sell' the story. If your submission is a picture book, please send the full text.

>> To submit illustrations please send a little information about yourself along with a sample of your portfolio, but note we will only accept either a link to your website or attached illustrations as PDFs or jpegs. We will not accept download links or zip files.

For Non-fiction Submissions

Non-fiction titles are often sold on proposal, so your book does not need to be complete at the time of submission to the agency.

When submitting a non-fiction project please write a covering letter introducing yourself and your project.

Please also attach a proposal as well as a 30 page writing sample. There should only be two attachments, do not send multiple emails.

The proposal should include the following information:

>> What your book is about and why it needs to be written.

>> Where it sits in the market, with reference to other similar or competing titles.

>> Why you are well-placed to write the book, with reference to your background and any credentials or professional expertise you may have.

>> A chapter outline, with a paragraph or two explaining what will be addressed in each chapter.

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