Transatlantic Agency represents adult and children’s authors of all genres, including illustrators.
Transatlantic agents work within their own defined areas of interest, but they jointly share a commitment to excellence in the craft of writing and professionalism in the business of publishing.
Transatlantic agents do not charge reading fees and its US agents are active members of the AAR.
Transatlantic agents do not handle stage plays, musicals or screenplays (except those related to the book-to-tv/film projects of their clients) and submissions in those fields will not be considered. Our preference is that you submit to one agent at a time, but if you plan to submit your material to more than one agent then we ask you to declare that overlap in your covering letter.
Listed below are the Transatlantic agents who are currently accepting submissions. Please review the individual mandates and guidelines carefully before making any enquiries.
- Marilyn Biderman
- Sandra Bishop
- Shaun Bradley
- Andrea Cascardi
- Jesse Finkelstein
- Samantha Haywood
- Stephanie Sinclair
- Amy Tompkins
- Léonicka Valcius
- Trena White
Children’s authors and/or illustrators
Areas of Interest: Literary fiction; sweet-spot fiction, that is, accessible but literary in intent (often found at book clubs); literary crime fiction; and women’s commercial and historical fiction. I love memoir with an utterly unique story and brilliant writing; narrative non-fiction on compelling and newsworthy topics that anticipate trends; expert non-fiction of wide appeal from authors with established social media platforms; and biographies of fascinating lives. I don’t handle children’s books, except for young adult novels with cross-over appeal (very selectively, and only by referral); or poetry, screenplays, science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy for adult readers.
Please send a brief query by email with a concise description of the manuscript, along with a small sample of it (up to 1500 words) attached as a plain Word document or pdf, and a short biography. I respond within a week when I am interested in seeing complete manuscripts or additional material. I welcome début and established authors, and diverse voices.
Sandra Bishop – representing adult authors
Sandra is currently interested in considering commercially viable non-fiction submissions on pop-culture, celebrity memoir, cooking, hobbies, travel, lifestyle, parenting, and relationships from authors with an established platform, online or media presence, or recognized expertise.
Sandra is not currently taking on new fiction authors, but she will consider representation of established romance authors seeking new representation. She will also consider complete manuscripts from writers she meets at conferences, or via referral from current clients or industry associates.
No children’s books, erotica, academic, or textbooks, please.
If you believe you have something I’d like to consider, please send a query to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not hear from me within eight weeks, please assume I am not able to consider your project.
Twitter link: Twitter.com/bishopspdx
Shaun Bradley – representing 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.
Marie Campbell – representing 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.
Andrea Cascardi – representing children’s and adult authors
Fiction: I have eclectic taste, so my submissions wish-list is broad-ranging, but any fiction submission must, first and foremost, have a compelling voice driving the story. Beyond that, I look for smart writing, and amped-up emotions: for example, if you’re writing a warm, heartfelt story, I want it to leave me emotionally spent at the end. Ditto for romance: I want to feel the heat! I’m hoping to discover funny books that literally make me snort with laughter throughout. And books that take unexpected turns that surprise or shock me in a good way. I look for unique yet relatable characters, and I want those characters to come from a full range of diverse backgrounds and time periods. More specifically, I’d love to see boundary-pushing stories, dark humor, literary, and clever commercial fiction.
I am open to nonfiction for young readers of all ages, and I’m keen to find innovative presentations and compelling, creative nonfiction that illuminates a broader topic by viewing it through a smaller lens. I’d like to see some “out there” nonfiction ideas that dazzle with their brilliance yet connect immediately with kids.
Author-illustrators: I’m excited to bring new storytelling talent into the field, as well as to work with artists who have experience in other fields such as animation or editorial work and are ready to send their own projects into the world.
Adult fiction: I’m a voracious reader, and I’m looking to represent what I’d love to read, which for lack of a better term I will call commercial books that beg to be discussed. As with children’s fiction, it must be superlative in one or more ways: smart, fierce, commercial, emotionally-hooking, clever, heart-pounding, diverse…the bar is high but I’m eager to discover exciting new voices.
Jesse Finkelstein – representing 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.
Samantha Haywood – representing adult authors
Samantha Haywood is only receiving submissions on referral for her author client list. And she is also co-representing select author clients with various Transatlantic agents such as Stephanie Sinclair, Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White.
Plurality of voices, stories and authors of all backgrounds are encouraged! Originality and diversity in my client list is the objective.
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 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/gender, 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 sample/excerpt of the book in question. Please submit a maximum of 20 pages. Do not submit as an attachment. Embed the sample/excerpt into the email after the cover letter. Graphic novel submissions may include an attachment. Please submit an author bio/publishing history and a synopsis. Please note if other agents are also considering the project.
Due to the volume of submissions received, replies will be sent on behalf of Samantha Haywood for only those submissions being actively considered.
Fiona Kenshole – representing children’s authors
Fiona is currently closed to queries EXCEPT if you attended a conference where she was a speaker in the last three months or by referral. If you have attended a conference, please indicate which one in the subject line of your query email. These are her guidelines: for novels, please send a query letter, synopsis and bio plus the first three chapters (novels) or the full text (picture books) pasted into the body of the email to email@example.com. Please do not send attachments, they will not be opened. If you do not hear from me within eight weeks, please assume I am not able to represent your project.
Her current wish list is quirky contemporary, humor, unreliable narrators, immigrant stories, stories by diverse writers, sister stories, real children in magical worlds, thrillers, mysteries and ghost stories. Fiona has a soft spot for a great detective story. Her dream is a submission so compelling she’d rather read it than engage with real life! She is not taking on rhyming picture books, poetry, screenplays or faith-based stories.
Stephanie Sinclair – representing adult authors
Fiction Mandates: Literary fiction, upmarket women’s and commercial fiction. Will consider literary thriller and suspense, and YA crossover. No historical or romance fiction will be considered.
Nonfiction Mandates: Narrative nonfiction, memoir, 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. Replies will be sent only for submissions being actively considered.
Amy Tompkins – representing adult authors and children’s authors
Areas of interest: I am an omnivorous reader with eclectic tastes. On the children’s side, I am looking for middle-grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction, including fiction in all genres. I am not currently looking for picture book manuscripts. On the adult side, I am interested in non-fiction, and literary and commercial fiction in all genres except horror, science fiction, and fantasy.
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. Due to the volume of submissions received, replies will be sent only for submissions being actively considered.
Léonicka Valcius – representing adult authors and children’s authors
Areas of interest:
Léonicka is closed to submissions until April 2, 2018.
As I build my client list, I will be co-agenting with senior literary agents at Transatlantic.
I am eager to work with people of color, including (but not limited to) trans people, disabled people, religious minorities, and queer folks.
In Adult and Young Adult fiction, I like fun commercial fiction, romance that ranges from sweet to steamy, otherworldly fantasy, and sweeping historical fiction. I do not represent mysteries or thrillers.
In Adult non-fiction, I like narrative non-fiction that explains complex issues through the lens of a personal story. I am also seeking books that straddle the self-help/lifestyle line (#selfcare #liveyourbestlife) and the self-help/business line (#productivityhack #riseandgrind).
For Middle Grade and younger, I love humour, adventure, and make believe. I also enjoy stories about children navigating their changing relationships with family and friends. I strongly prefer books with at least 1 human character.
Please send your query by email only. Include a query letter, bio, synopsis, and a 20 page excerpt.
If you are comfortable, please include your social and cultural identities in your bio, especially if you self-identify as a person of color and/or part of another underrepresented group.
If you are are submitting a non-fiction proposal, please include information about your expertise and platform, as well as a detailed table of contents.
If you are submitting a picture book, please send the complete manuscript.
If I do not reply in eight weeks, please assume I am not able to represent your project.
Trena White – representing 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, and the environment. Fascinating, exceptionally well written life stories, usually with a current affairs hook. 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 maximum 20-page writing sample/excerpt embedded in the body of the email, along with a publishing history and synopsis. Please don’t send attachments. 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.