Christabel McKinley

Christabel joined David Higham Associates in July 2018. Previously, she worked in Rights at Macmillan Children’s Books and at a scouting agency. She graduated with a degree in Russian and English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, after which she spent a year teaching English in South Korea.

She assists Caroline Walsh and is also open to adult sci-fi and fantasy submissions. For the latter, she is particularly interested in space operas (ranging from light-hearted adventures a la Firefly, to world-altering explorations of humanity like Ancillary Justice, to weighty political sagas like The Expanse), urban SFF set in a near future (something in the vein of the TV show Dark Angel would be right on brand, and fantastical versions of London like A Darker Shade of Magic are always appreciated) and paranormal crime (particularly welcome if it has a humorous approach, like the Lockwood & Co series for children or Rivers of London). Novels with non-European settings, protagonists or themes are always very welcome.

If you would like to submit your adult SFF work to Christabel, please email You should include a covering letter, a synopsis and the first three chapters of your book. Children’s manuscripts should be sent to as per directions here.

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