Louise is currently CLOSED for Submissions.
I have been an agent since 2016, but prior to this I was an editor at Pan Macmillan and Dorling Kindersley. I am actively building my list of authors and read across most genres, but I am particularly keen to see submissions in the following areas:
Women’s Fiction – I enjoy anything that asks important questions, tugs on my heartstrings or transports me to exotic locations. My favourite women’s fiction authors include Jodi Picoult, Julie Cohen and Lucinda Riley. But I’d also love to find something that feels fresh and original like The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. I am not looking for erotica.
Crime Fiction – I love a good whodunnit or even a whydunnit. I am especially keen to see well-written crime fiction with a strong sense of place, for example something like The Dry by Jane Harper, or a tight concept such as The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley.
Thrillers and Psychological Suspense (though I am less keen on the male-oriented action adventure stories). Recently enjoyed reads in this category include Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney and Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough.
Literary/Book Club Fiction – I love authors that question what it means to be human, whilst tackling big themes and big emotions. My favourite reads of recent years have included: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce, The Cactus by Sarah Haywood and The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne.
Historical Fiction – I enjoy reading stories that focus on a little-known but fascinating person’s life, e.g. something like Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. My favourite periods of history represented in fiction are the Tudor/Elizabethan periods, the Victorian period and the first half of the Twentieth Century.
Science Fiction – particularly dystopian fiction/anything with time-travel/high-concept twists/SF in a real-world setting. Some of my favourite reads in there areas are The Giver by Lois Lowry, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.
Fantasy – I enjoy fantasy in a real-world setting and books that have a hint of magic. For example, books like The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern or The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. I am not currently looking for YA or epic fantasy.
I am also curating a small, bespoke Non-Fiction list. I am particularly keen to see authors writing in the following areas: cookery and food; health & lifestyle; popular history – particularly social history; popular psychology and sociology; biography/memoir; nature writing; true crime; parenthood.