Thérèse Coen

Thérèse Coen

Hardman and Swainson

My Manuscript Wish List

I am an agent at the Hardman and Swainson Literary Agency. Alongside handling all the agency’s translation rights, I am building a fiction and non-fiction list for both children and adult titles. I am interested in and looking for books across all genres; books with a strong hook, original concepts, captivating worlds and kick-ass protagonists.

Middle Grade: Classic, quirky, funny and just a great voice!

Young Adult: Fantasy, contemporary, science fiction, dystopian, mysteries, historical, crossover

Adult: Literary, upmarket, historical, fantasy, science fiction

Non-fiction: Sport, cookery and history

Fun facts about me:

When not reading, I will be riding my bike and plotting to win the women’s Tour de France!

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

For All Submissions

  • Please 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 NOT send an introductory email asking if we would like to see your work as we review everything that comes in.
  • Please do alert us if other agents have requested your complete manuscript or you have an offer of representation.

For Fiction Submissions

  • Please send a professional email introducing your work in the same way that you would write a formal covering letter.  Do include information about yourself that is relevant to the work you are submitting but make sure you pitch your work first.
  • 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.
  • Pitch your book in your email i.e. write a compelling blurb to get us interested in the story.  Read the back cover of books in the same area that you are writing in for ideas.  Do not pitch your work in the synopsis as this should ‘tell’ the story rather than ‘sell’ the story.

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. Please do not send multiple emails.

The proposal should include the following information:

  • What your book is about.
  • 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

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Crime, Family Saga, Fantasy, General, Historical, Horror, Humor, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, New Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, Cookbooks, History, Humor, Journalism, Memoir, Psychology, Science, Sports

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

best debut!

My favorites include…

MG: Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Being Billy by Phil Earle, The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

YA: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Monsters by Emerald Fennell, If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Fiction: All Margaret Atwood, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Stoner by John Williams, Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

Non-Fiction: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, A Spy Among Friends by Ben Macintyre, The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor, Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace, The Racer by David Millar

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