Federica Leonardis

Federico 150 x 187***Currently working with a mentee***

Born and bred in Rome, I came to London on holiday in 2003, fell in love with it and never looked back. My experience in publishing is broad-ranging: it includes four years in the Foreign Rights department at Ed Victor Ltd, three years in the contracts department at the Orion Publishing Group and two and a half years at Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency. In July 2016 I quit my job and set up Martin Leonardis Literary Management. I represent commercial, cross-over and reading-group fiction. I love stories that tell us something about what it means to be human and stories that can keep me reading through the night, and those can be in different genres: commercial or literary, a love story or a murder mystery, a cosy crime or an international thriller, a romantic comedy or a story of loss and grief, a speculative and dystopian novel, or a psychological or domestic suspense. Books I love include Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go Bernadette and Colm Toíbín’s Brooklyn and more recently Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing and Ruth Hogan’s The Keeper of Lost Things. I also represent non-fiction. Cookery and food writing but also smart thinking, lifestyle, life stories and self-help. I’m looking for books that can make a positive difference to our everyday life, so anything on psychology, business, health, smart thinking, positive thinking, inspirational memoirs and personal development.



  • Literary fiction
  • Book club fiction
  • Narrative non-fiction
  • Popular science
  • Big ideas
  • History
  • Nature writing.


I’m flexible on this, but I would be happy to meet up for a mentoring session with follow-up by email or phone if the logistics work.


  • In person
  • By email
  • By skype/telephone.