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.
- Sandra Bishop
- Shaun Bradley
- Andrea Cascardi
- Jesse Finkelstein
- Samantha Haywood
- Stephanie Sinclair
- Amy Tompkins
- Trena White
Children’s authors and/or illustrators
Sandra Bishop – representing adult authors
A literary agent since 2008, Sandra Bishop represents non-fiction and established fiction authors who write across a variety of categories – from serious narrative to inspirational romance. Her notable books and authors include ONLY LOVE TODAY by beloved blogger Rachel Macy Stafford of handsfreemama.com; THE THINGS WE NEVER KNEW by 5 time Emmy winning reporter, Oregon Book Award winner, and morning radio host of the US’s top adult rock station, Sheila Hamilton; POSITIVE PARENTING by Rebecca Eanes of positiveparenting.org; Jill Savage of heartsathome.org; HOMESTEAD KITCHEN by Eve and Eivin Kilcher of Discovery’s ALASKA: The Last Frontier; GUNNY’S RULES by Oscar Award winning actor, R. Lee. Ermey; and Jessica Long, the top Paralympic medalist of all time.
Sandra is proud to represent a select list of fiction authors including 5-Star Romantic Times author Joanne Bishof, YA historical novelist and founder of goteenwriters.com, Stephanie Morrill; two time RITA winning romance author Wendy Warren, Pushcart prize winner, Karen Schreck; and is most proud to still represent her very first client, women’s fiction/romance author Hillary Manton Lodge.
Sandra is known for helping writers craft winning proposals which serve as a business plan for their books. She is passionate about representing titles that will succeed commercially, supporting her clients closely from idea through negotiation – and beyond, and working alongside an author’s editor, publicist, and marketing team to help create opportunities for the success of every release.
Sandra is a former Marine who values excellence, courage, commitment, and integrity – virtues she continues to strive for in her personal and work life. She is a Portland, Oregon native who doesn’t like ale, drive a Subaru, sport a beard, ride a bike everywhere, wait two hours in line for brunch, or live in a tiny home. She does but enjoy hiking, live music, sunshine, star gazing, and working out of her home office located 15 minutes west of the Willamette (pronounced Will-ah-Met) River, and halfway between the scenic Columbia River Gorge and the rugged Oregon coast.
Sandra is currently interested in non-fiction submissions on pop-culture, celebrity memoir, business and productivity, cooking, hobbies, travel, lifestyle, parenting, and relationships from authors with an established platform, online or media presence, or recognized expertise. She will consider complete manuscripts from fiction authors she meets at conferences, or via referral from current clients, editors, or well-established authors.
No children’s books, erotica, academic, or textbooks, please.
If you believe you have something I’d like to consider, please email me and write QUALIFIED QUERY in subject line so I will know you’ve read my guidelines. If (and only if) I request a proposal or manuscript, include REQUESTED PROPOSAL or REQUESTED MANUSCRIPT in subject line.
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
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; 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.
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 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.
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. 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 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.