Author Andrew Lownie

Andrew Lownie, the bestselling literary agent in the world according to Publishers Marketplace, was short-listed for The Bookseller UK literary agent of the year in 2014 and 2015. He has run his own agency, the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency, since 1988 having previously been a director of Curtis Brown and worked as a bookseller, journalist and publisher. He has served on the committee of EnglishPen and in 1997 founded the Biographers Club, a networking organisation for biographers of which he is now President. He is also the author himself of several books, including Stalin's Englishman: The Lives of Guy Burgess.

Ask an Agent 7 ways to increase your chances of being taken on by a literary agent - by Andrew Lownie
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How does a literary agency sell its authors? Bestselling agent Andrew Lownie says there are three elements to selling books to publishers: 1) an agency needs to have saleable books in the first place; 2) the proposals need to be the best they can be; and 3) one needs to know the right editors to approach and not give up too easily.