Submissions


The Transatlantic Agency represents adult and children’s authors of all genres, including illustrators. We do not charge reading fees. We also do not handle stage plays, musicals or screenplays. Each of our agents has different interests, but we all share a commitment to excellence in the craft of writing and the professionalism of the writing endeavour. Listed below are the Transatlantic agents who are currently accepting submissions. Please review their mandates and guidelines carefully before making any enquiries.

Adult authors

Children’s authors and/or illustrators



Sandra Bishoprepresenting adult authors

Areas of Interest: I am a curious person with a wide range of interests. I want to be swept away or learn something when I read. Preferably both.

In fiction, I am easily drawn in by a distinct narrative voice, and stories that evoke an emotive response. I am primarily interested in historical fiction, women’s fiction, some suspense, and single title or series romance. I will consider YA and middle grade if stories also hold appeal to adult market (i.e. books that families might share). I do not handle picture books, poetry, short stories, erotica, or horror.

The non-fiction projects that intrigue me are those which offer new thought on topics of broad conversation; personal narratives that address universal themes from an intimate perspective; and books that look at history from a new angle; profile historical or modern-day heroes, or which offer practical advice to help readers feel successful at home, at work, in their personal relationships, spiritual lives, and creative or leisure pursuits — except golf. No books about golf, please.
A growing area of expertise for me is in helping bloggers understand how to manage and control rights to their original material.

Guidelines: I accept queries anytime, and usually respond only if I’m interested. A good query leads with a well-crafted hook, a short biography including past publishing credits, and a brief description of the manuscript. If I request additional materials sent by email, please type REQUESTED MATERIAL along with the title and your name in the subject line. I will not open unrequested attachments.

Helpful Hints:

  • I take on debut fiction authors very infrequently, so if you’re a brand new author, you’ll need to build a compelling case as to why I should be the agent to consider your work.
  • Do not send “Dear Agent” queries please. They will be deleted.
  • I read requested submissions in batches. If I’ve asked for more, but not gotten back to you, keep an eye on my Twitter feed for indications that I am in reading mode, then follow up with me via email within a week.
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    Shaun Bradleyrepresenting adult authors

    Areas of Interest: Adult literary fiction and narrative non-fiction (primarily science and investigative journalism). I do not accept poetry, science fiction or fantasy, romances, cookbooks, self-help, education or scholarly works, travel guides, poetry, children’s literature or art books.

    Guidelines: Accepting new clients by referral only. Submissions queries via email only, preferably with a reference from a published writer. Authors are asked to email a cover letter with an attachment of maximum 20-page writing sample/excerpt (Microsoft Word document), along with a story synopsis and CV. Please note if other agents are also considering the project (including other Transatlantic agents). Due to the volume of submissions received, replies will be sent only for submissions being actively considered.
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    Marie Campbellrepresenting children’s authors

    Areas of Interest: Marie specializes in children’s writers, with a particular interest in middle-grade fiction. No picture books, please. She is not actively acquiring new clients at this time but is open to concise query letters via email.

    Guidelines: Please send, by email only, a query letter highlighting past publishing credits and/or referral from published authors/TLA clients. Do not submit further writing samples, either by post or email, until contacted.

    Due to the volume of submissions received, unsolicited manuscripts will not be returned. Replies will be sent only for submissions being actively considered.
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    Jesse Finkelsteinrepresenting adult authors

    Mandates: I specialize in upmarket, accessible non-fiction that challenges current conceptions, whether through a “big ideas” book or narrative. I am drawn to entrepreneurs and people who are innovators in their fields and writing about current affairs, business, culture, politics, technology, religion, and the environment. I am most interested in authors who have an existing platform.

    Guidelines: Submissions queries via email only. Authors are encouraged to email a cover letter with an attachment of maximum 20-page writing sample/excerpt (Microsoft Word document), along with a publishing history and synopsis. Please note if other agents are also considering the project. Due to the volume of submissions received, replies will be sent only for submissions being actively considered.

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    Samantha Haywoodrepresenting adult authors

    Fiction Mandates: Literary fiction and upmarket commercial fiction.

    Getting more specific, yes to: literary thrillers and upmarket mystery, historical fiction, smart contemporary fiction, upmarket women’s fiction (but no romance writing), and cross-over novels (but no young adult novels unless they have adult trade potential as well).

    Non-fiction Mandates: Narrative non-fiction preferred, especially on culturally relevant topics. Some examples: investigative journalism, politics; women’s issues; memoirs (must be truly original or well known subjects); environmental issues; historical narratives handled in refreshing ways; sexuality; and true crime with societal implications. Essentially I’m looking for a strong narrative drive and distinctive voice at all times.

    Graphic Novels (fiction/non-fiction): Preferably full length graphic novels, although story collections will be considered. Memoirs, biographies, travel narratives and other nonfiction graphica also welcome.

    Guidelines: Submissions queries via email only. Authors are encouraged to email a cover letter with an attachment of maximum 20-page writing sample/excerpt (Microsoft Word document), along with a publishing history and synopsis. Please note if other agents are also considering the project. Due to the volume of submissions received, replies will be sent only for submissions being actively considered.
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    Fiona Kensholerepresenting children’s authors and children’s illustrators

    Areas of Interest: Looking for outstanding literary and commercial fiction for middle grade and YA, (from 6-16 years). Especially keen to find contemporary stories told with humor; animal stories; coming-of-age realistic stories; real children in imaginary worlds. Not currently interested in vampires, fallen angels or zombies. Books that are inspiring me right now are A Wrinkle in Time, The Incredible Journey and Roald Dahl’s work. I also have a small list of illustrators for picture books and graphic novels. Not accepting inspirational texts, rhyming texts, short stories and poems or educational work.

    Guidelines:

    Novels: Please submit a query letter with the first three chapters of your book and a full synopsis plus a short biography, pasted into the body of the email NOT as an attachment.

    Picture books: Please submit a query letter and short biography, with your full text pasted into the body of the email NOT as an attachment. If you are illustrator, you may submit one illustration in a small file. Illustrators – please send me a link to your portfolio/blog/website. If you wish to send more than one illustration, please contact me in advance.

    Snail mail will only be accepted by prior arrangement and will otherwise not be opened.

    I personally read everything that is sent and consider it carefully, so due to the volume of submissions received, replies will be sent only for submissions actively being considered.

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    Stephanie Sinclairrepresenting adult authors

    Areas of interest: Literary fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, narrative nonfiction, investigative journalism and true crime.

    Guidelines: Please send submissions by email only. Submissions should include a short biography, past publishing credits, and a 20-page writing sample in Word or PDF format.

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    Amy Tompkinsrepresenting adult authors and children’s authors

    Areas of interest: I am an omnivorous reader with eclectic tastes. On the adult side, I am interested in literary fiction, historical fiction, women’s fiction including smart romance, narrative non-fiction, and quirky or original how-to books. On the children’s side, I am interested in early readers, middle-grade, young adult, and new adult. No picture books, please.

    Guidelines: Please send submissions by email only. Submissions should include a short biography, past publishing credits, and a 20-page writing sample in Word or PDF format.
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    Trena Whiterepresenting adult authors

    Mandates: I specialize in upmarket, accessible non-fiction that challenges current conceptions, whether through a “big ideas” book or narrative. I am drawn to entrepreneurs and people who are innovators in their fields and writing about current affairs, business, culture, politics, technology, religion, and the environment. I am most interested in authors who have an existing platform.
    No memoirs please.

    Guidelines: Submissions queries via email only. Authors are encouraged to email a cover letter with an attachment of maximum 20-page writing sample/excerpt (Microsoft Word document), along with a publishing history and synopsis. Please note if other agents are also considering the project. Due to the volume of submissions received, replies will be sent only for submissions being actively considered.

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