Anna Hogarty

Anna Hogarty

Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

Anna is a literary agent and editor for the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency. Previously, Anna was an editor at Corvus, the commercial fiction imprint of Atlantic Books, where she acquired and edited mainstream adult fiction across all genres. She has worked within the editorial departments of Headline and Hodder & Stoughton, and in the marketing team at Penguin, as well as spending four years in the advertising industry.

She has a first-class History degree, and has studied Creative Writing at City University, City Lit, and as part of the Faber Academy’s flagship Writing a Novel course. She also teaches yoga, and has an interest in wellness, meditation and mindfulness books.

Actively looking for: historical fiction; upmarket commercial women’s fiction; voice-driven crossover fiction; novels with evocative, unusual settings; narrative non-fiction; illustrated non-fiction with a strong and current hook; projects in the area of mindfulness, meditation and yoga; books with an emphasis on empowerment and self-worth.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to submissions@madeleinemilburn.com

FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS

  • Address your submission to the specific agent you feel most suits your work, you can read about what each agent is looking for here: www.madeleinemilburn.co.uk/contact/submissions
  • Put your name and the title of your manuscript in the subject line of the email, for example Abigail Bond THE FLIGHT
  • The manuscript and synopsis should be in Word format and 1.5 or double spaced.  Please check the spelling before sending
  • Please do alert us via the submissions email address if other agents have requested your complete manuscript or you have an offer of representation

FOR FICTION SUBMISSIONS

  • We would love to see your one-line elevator pitch at the top of your email and up to three comparable books or authors you’d place your book alongside
  • Please send a professional email introducing your work in the same way that you would write a formal covering letter. Pitch your book in your email – write a compelling blurb to get us interested in the story and do include information about yourself that is relevant to the work you are submitting
  • Attach a one- or two-page synopsis and the first three chapters ONLY of the manuscript. There should only be two attachments. Please do not send multiple emails. Do not pitch your work in the synopsis as this should ‘tell’ the story, with spoilers, rather than ‘sell’ the story
  • To submit illustrations please send a little information about yourself along with a sample of your portfolio, but note we will only accept either a link to your website or attached illustrations as PDFs or jpegs. We will not accept download links or zip files

FOR NON-FICTION SUBMISSIONS

  • Non-fiction titles are often sold on proposal, so your book does not need to be complete at the time of submission to the agency
  • When submitting a non-fiction project please write a covering letter introducing yourself and your project
  • Please also attach a proposal as well as a 30 page writing sample. There should only be two attachments, do not send multiple emails
  • The proposal should include the following information:
    • What your book is about and why it needs to be written
    • Where it sits in the market, with reference to other similar or competing titles
    • Why you are well-placed to write the book, with reference to your background and any credentials or professional expertise you may have
    • A chapter outline, with a paragraph or two explaining what will be addressed in each chapter

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: Commercial, Crime, Family Saga, General, Historical, LGBTQ, Literary, Romance, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir, Psychology, Science, Travel

Favorite sub-genres:
I’d like the next…

I studied history at university, and historical fiction remains a big love. I’m looking for strong protagonists in this area who can convincingly take me into the past. One of my all-time favourite books is Paullina Simons’ THE BRONZE HORSEMAN – it sweeps you up with its brutal evocation of Leningrad under siege and the heartbreaking love story that unfolds. As an editor in publishing I acquired Cesca Major’s THE SILENT HOURS, which centres around a true-life tragedy that unfolded in unoccupied France during World War Two. I’d like to see more historical fiction in this vein – accessible and emotionally affecting.

I like novels with a strong sense of place: THE ESSEX SERPENT on the Colchester marshes; MY BRILLIANT FRIEND in tough and vibrant Naples; SHANTARAM in the Mumbai slums; THE PEOPLE’S ACT OF LOVE in unforgiving Siberia; THE TENDERNESS OF WOLVES in frontier Canada. I love visiting new places through the stories I read, and am on the look-out for unusual settings and hooks.

With women’s fiction I’m looking for something that goes over and above – novels that make me laugh, cry or approach the genre in a new and unpredictable way. I was impressed with how THE VERSIONS OF US played with different versions of the same couple’s life, and how LIFE AFTER LIFE saw the same life in differing ways. Surprise me! I’d also love to find a contemporary love story with the emotional power of THE TIME TRAVELLER’S WIFE or ONE DAY.

I’m drawn to magical elements and darker themes. I’m a fan of Sarah Waters’ books, with their sharp protagonists, evocative backdrops and unexpected twists and turns. I also read everything and anything by Haruki Murakami, with the rich, otherworldly atmosphere he creates and his hugely imaginative plots. As well as this I like younger voices who are dealing with contemporary issues – ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES, THE SHOCK OF THE FALL and PAPER BUTTERFLIES were all books I couldn’t put down.

Another great passion of mine is yoga, which I teach, and I’m interested in working with new voices in this area spanning both fiction and non-fiction: quests to find oneself against difficult circumstances, to break away from the everyday, to live more mindfully and to learn from Eastern traditions… If you have the new THE ALCHEMIST or have written a memoir in line with Cheryl Strayed’s WILD, I’d love the opportunity to have a read.


My favorites include…

Ten of my favourite fiction books:

  • THE BRONZE HORSEMAN Paullina Simons
  • NORWEGIAN WOOD Haruki Murakami
  • FINGERSMITH Sarah Waters
  • MY BRILLIANT FRIEND Elena Ferrante
  • ANY HUMAN HEART William Boyd
  • THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE Maggie O’Farrell
  • THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS Isabel Allende
  • HALF OF A YELLOW SUN Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • MY DEAR I WANTED TO TELL YOU Louisa Young
  • THE GOLDFINCH Donna Tartt

Ten of my favourite non-fiction books:

  • WILD Cheryl Strayed
  • WILD SWANS Jung Chang
  • WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING Haruki Murakami
  • INTO THE WILD Jon Krakauer
  • THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING-UP Marie Kondo
  • RISING STRONG Brene Brown
  • THE WISDOM OF YOGA Stephen Cope
  • START WHERE YOU ARE Pema Chödrön
  • THE ARTIST’S WAY Julia Cameron
  • THE RULES DO NOT APPLY Ariel Levy

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