Louise is currently OPEN 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. I am not looking for erotica or overly sentimental romance.
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.
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 fiction – I like books that pose bold questions and big themes yet have characters you care about. I also love authors that question what it means to be human.
Historical fiction – I love 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. Recently enjoyed SF reads include 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 also enjoy reading YA fantasy authors such as Sarah J. Maas.
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.