Jane Turnbull’s literary agency was set up in 1987 and offers authors friendly, supportive and professional representation. Jane was rights director of two major publishing houses – Hamish Hamilton and Heinemann – before setting up her agency and has a distinguished list of authors. The agency specialises in high quality non-fiction and fiction that covers a very broad spectrum – from biography, history, memoir, current affairs and natural history to TV tie-ins, humour, lifestyle and gardening. Very occasionally fiction for older children is taken on, but no science fiction/fantasy or 'misery memoirs'. Journalism is represented for existing clients only.
There is more to the work of a literary agency than simply selling book rights to publishers. Jane works assiduously with clients editing, creating proposals and generally helping to give their work the best possible chance of publication. The agency works in association with Aitken Alexander Associates for the sale of translation rights (www.aitkenalexander.co.uk) and with a number of specialist sub-agents for the sale of US rights, of TV and film rights and merchandising. The agency moved its headquarters to Cornwall in 2002 and has a London office in Notting Hill. We are a member of the Association of Authors' Agents.
Commission terms are: 15% for sales to UK publishers, 20% for sales to US publishers and in translation, 15% for film and TV rights.
New clients are always welcome and a few are taken on every year. Due to the high number of e-mails received daily, we prefer initial overtures by letter. Write to the agency's Cornwall address with a short description of your book or idea.