Emma Bal

Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency

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Before becoming an agent, Emma spent many years as a book publicist at Penguin Press and then as Head of Publicity at Bloomsbury. From debuts to high-profile, award-winning experts in their fields, she has launched and cultivated the literary careers of historians, activists, polemicists, Nobel prize-winning economists, memoirists and Pulitzer prize-winning journalists. Authors she has worked with include: Peter Frankopan, Rutger Bregman, William Dalrymple, Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, Claudia Rankine, Pankaj Mishra, Lisa Taddeo, Owen Jones, David Kynaston, and Patricia Lockwood. Emma has handled the campaigns for many Sunday Times bestsellers such as Three WomenHumankindThe EstablishmentSomebody I Used to KnowHappiness by DesignMudlarking and The Anarchy. She joined the MM Agency at the start of 2021 and has very quickly built a dynamic non-fiction list. As a Literary Agent, her authors include Corinne Fowler, Maikel Kuijpers, Shalina Patel, C. L. Skach, Miranda Malins, Alexander Hurst, Keshia Sakarah and Dina Macki.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to info@madeleinemilburn.com

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.

When submitting a non-fiction project please start with a covering letter introducing yourself and your project, pasting it into the designated box in the form below.

You must also include one document, which contains a writing sample of c. 5,000 -10,000 words and a proposal.

Your proposal should include:

  • 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.

There should only be one attachment sent via the form.

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