Submissions – Adult Fiction & Non-fiction

Many of our first-time authors come through our submission process. We have no preconceptions about the types of authors we wish to represent, or the range of books that might interest us. Please send us your best work and a strong pitch letter about your book. Every manuscript sent to us is given proper consideration.

Most of our agents prefer to read on paper, though some accept email submissions. Please check the individual agents’ pages for further guidance. We ask for physical submissions to be posted to our offices and these should be double-spaced and with numbered pages.

Every agent has different interests and areas of expertise and you can find out more about what each of our agents is looking for here. To give your submission the greatest possible chance of being read by the right agent, please address it specifically to the agent you feel is the best fit for your work. Please do not submit to more than one agent at the agency.

If you are unsure which agent to submit to, address your submission to ‘Adult Submissions Department’. You are not disadvantaged by doing so, and we aim to pass work between us if we read a good book which we think is better suited to a colleague’s list than to our own.

If you are submitting from outside the UK, you can submit via email to the specific agent you would like your manuscript to be read by. If you’re not sure which agent would be right for your work, please send your submission to submissions@davidhigham.co.uk and it will be directed to the appropriate agent.

All submissions should include a covering letter which pitches your book in no more than a paragraph or two, tells us where it fits in the market, and gives us a little more information about you, the inspiration behind your book and any relevant writing experience you might have.

  • For adult fiction, we require a one- to two-page synopsis and the first three chapters of the book
  • For adult non-fiction, we require a proposal for the book, including an overview of its themes and story and your sources, and a CV if relevant

For all submissions, please include a stamped addressed envelope so that we may respond and return your material to you. Please note we can only return material with a response if postage has been included.

We aim to respond to all submissions within twelve weeks, though please be advised this may not be possible at busy times of the year. During that time do please let us know if another agent has requested your complete manuscript or offered you representation. Please note that unless we feel we may be able to offer you help or representation, a form rejection letter or email will be sent. This time-saving measure was introduced to allow more time for proper reading and consideration of all submissions.

Please have a look at our top tips for a successful submission. We look forward to hearing from you.