The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency is a leading London Literary Agency based in the heart of Mayfair. The Agency has a reputation for launching new authors, specialising in literary and upmarket commercial fiction including crime, thrillers, mystery, horror, psychological suspense, women’s and romantic comedy, as well as children’s books, teen, young adult, New Adult and cross-over fiction. We are also looking for exciting new non-fiction authors with a focus on narrative non-fiction, history, memoir and biography.
The Agency has a long-term vision and an international plan for each author, negotiating significant deals in the UK, the US and foreign markets, liaising with publishers around the world. The Agency works in partnership with film agents in LA, and directly, to option Film & TV rights to leading production companies and film studios in the UK and US.
Madeleine Milburn is one of the top literary agents in the UK. Since graduating from the University of St Andrews with a degree in English Literature and Language in 2004, Madeleine has worked for the independent publishing company Trojan Books in Berlin and the oldest literary agency in the UK where she specialised in foreign rights. Prior to having her own Agency, Madeleine was the Head of Rights and a Literary Agent at the most commercial agency in the UK, handling the rights to three No.1 bestsellers. In 2011, Milburn (née Buston) was chosen as one of the book trade’s Rising Stars in The Bookseller’s first annual feature on the crop of people who will lead bookselling and publishing for decades to come.
“The whole team
to let me
the thing I do best
– writing my novels.”
Madeleine is the Founder and Director of Madeleine Milburn Ltd. She formed the agency at the beginning of 2012 and it is now one of the top literary agencies in the UK. Madeleine represents bestselling authors of literary and commercial fiction. She represents authors from all around the world and has a strong reputation for launching and growing writing careers on a global level.
Madeleine has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of St Andrews and started her career at a small independent publisher based in Berlin. She established herself by selling international rights at the oldest Literary Agency in the UK and later became the Head of Rights and Deputy MD of Children’s Books at the most commercial agency in the UK, handling the rights to three No.1 bestselling authors.
Actively looking for: character-driven debuts, original voices, quirky storytelling, high concepts, fascinating viewpoints, tightly plotted fiction with shocking twists and secrets. Epic stories with universal themes, issue-driven crime, dark thrillers and mysteries, fear-inducing suspense, moral dilemnas, genre fiction, fiction that mixes up the genres. Thought-provoking stories, emotional journeys, inspiring stories, love stories, writing I cannot put down, a literary novel.
Giles is the Managing Director of Madeleine Milburn Ltd.
Since beginning his publishing career at a leading London Literary Agency back in 2006, Giles has been involved in many different aspects of the book trade: as a literary agent’s assistant, a travel writer and now at Madeleine Milburn. He also worked as an English teacher for a number of years, sharing with others his love of literature and passion for writing.
Actively looking for: high concepts; historical fiction; narrative non-fiction; books with series potential; thrillers; literary fiction; original voices; unfamiliar settings; ordinary people in epic times; coffee table books; book club; stark but striking prose; stocking fillers; reimaginings and retellings; undefined structures.
Anna is a literary agent and editor for the agency.
Previously, Anna was an editor at Corvus, the commercial fiction imprint of Atlantic Books, where she acquired and edited mainstream adult fiction across all genres. She has worked within the editorial departments of Headline and Hodder & Stoughton, as well as spending four years working with commercial and not-for-profit brands within the advertising industry.
She has a first-class History degree, and has studied Creative Writing at City University, City Lit, and as part of the Faber Academy’s flagship Writing a Novel course. She also teaches yoga, and has an interest in wellness, meditation and mindfulness.
Actively looking for: historical fiction; upmarket commercial women’s fiction; voice-driven crossover fiction; novels with evocative, unusual settings; narrative non-fiction; illustrated non-fiction with a strong and current hook; projects in the area of mindfulness, meditation and yoga; books with an emphasis on empowerment and self-worth.
Alice is the Rights Agent at Madeleine Milburn Ltd and is also growing the children's & YA list at the agency, including illustrators.
She began her career as a bookseller before working at The Agency for three years, where she gained an invaluable insight into the publishing industry. Whilst at The Agency she negotiated multiple UK deals and helped sell rights across the world in titles including A Kestrel For A Knave, the Paddington books and Malorie Blackman's books. Along with books, she has a passion for films and spent some time as a film critic.
Alice edits an online magazine dedicated to Young Adult literature, part of her mission to help people of all ages discover the joys of reading.
Actively looking for: Middle Grade for 9-12 (standalone and with series potential); tween stories to fit between MG and YA; quirky picture book illustrators; non-rhyming picture book texts; brilliant world-building; diverse and marginalised authors across all ages and genres.
Hayley assists Madeleine Milburn with UK, US and Film & TV rights, and works closely with the agency’s clients.
Previously she was Publicity Assistant at ED Public Relations, specialising in promoting bestselling authors and collaborating with publishers. She was shortlisted for the PPC Children’s Book Award last year for her work on the campaign for Jenny Downham’s Unbecoming.
After graduating from Loughborough University with a First Class Honours in English she spent a year interning at five of the top UK literary agencies. She is also a long suffering West Ham fan and season ticket holder.
Ursula is an agency reader and talent scout. Originally from Ireland, she reads a wealth of fiction from literary masterpieces to upmarket crime, thrillers and popular fiction.
Maria is the bookkeeper for the agency. Since qualifying in 1998 she has gained experience working with a variety of businesses in sectors such as publishing, advertising, fashion, restaurants, housing, construction and insurance.
She is also passionate about home renovation and interiors helping out on projects for friends and family wherever possible.