I began my career in publishing in the early ’90s gaining valuable experience at Virago, now part of Little, Brown Book Group and Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Random House).
Susan Yearwood Agency was founded in 2007, starting the successful careers of debut writers Kerry Young, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and Prajwal Parajuly, shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.
I now look for book club fiction, commercial fiction including romance and saga, genre fiction i.e. crime/thriller, children’s aged 9+ and teen/young adult novels as well as non-fiction, particularly business and finance, self-help and well-being, and lifestyle, including cookery. I tend not to read sci-fi/fantasy in adult fiction, short stories or poetry.
Regarding foreign rights, SYA works with AJA – Anna Jarota Agency in France, Michael Meller Literary Agency in Germany, PNLA in Italy, Sebes & Bisseling in The Netherlands, Jill Hughes Foreign Rights covering Eastern Europe including Russia and The Martell Agency in the USA.
Susan’s enthusiasm for my writing and her professional representation led to my first 3-book publishing contract and it continues to be a pleasure to work with her. Susan’s insight and guidance has been invaluable, and I very much appreciate the support she has given me as I progress through the publication of my books.
I was represented by Susan Yearwood Agency between 2009 – 2014. My debut novel ‘Pao’, sold to Bloomsbury in 2010, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize.
Thanks to SYA for providing me with an important start in the industry.
I shall forever be grateful to Susan Yearwood for having taken a chance on me based on one short story I thrust in her hands at the London Book Fair. Being represented by her was a pleasure from the get go. Susan was my first reader for every draft of both my books. She’s an extraordinarily insightful editor – one whose feedback I value tremendously. When an agent ensures that every email from you gets a reply within three hours of your sending it, you know you’ve lucked out. Is she super selective? Yes. Will she sign more than ten people on at a given time? No. But if you do make the cut, you will be in very good, very patient hands.
I accept emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the book type in the extract and synopsis title e.g. Joe Bloggs, The Book (+9 years).
Also, send a cover email briefly describing yourself and why you have written your book. The attached extract should be the first 30 pages from your novel/non-fiction title and be sent with a synopsis, sent separately, indicating the attachment in the title i.e. (synopsis) (chapters).
The Word or pdf attachment should be 1.5 or double spaced with pages numbered.
Please let me know if you are submitting to other agents. I aim to get back to all writers within two months. However, due to the high volume of emails received, I am unable to provide individual feedback unless I would like to represent you.
At Susan Yearwood Agency I negotiate contracts with publishers on the authors’ behalf once they have signed with this agency. I look after the authors’ interests where their relationship with the publisher is concerned.
On signing, the author may have one script completed with an idea for a second book, which is encouraging for the agent and publisher.
I do not offer publishing services to authors.
I am looking for book club fiction (accessible literary), commercial fiction including romance and saga, crime/thriller as well as mystery and suspense. I am also interested in children’s +9 years and teen/YA fiction and non-fiction. If you are writing fiction and non-fiction or adult and children’s fiction, please do let me know on submission.