Laura Macdougall

Laura Macdougall

I graduated from university with a degree in Classics and a Masters in Latin but with absolutely no idea what I wanted to do in terms of work. So I ran away to Italy. I lived there for two years, working as an English teacher and freelance translator. I knew I wanted to continue working with language in some way, so when I returned to London I completed various internships in publishing houses and with literary agents, before getting my first job at Hodder & Stoughton in 2010. While there I built my own list of authors, which included debut novelists Julie Sarkissian and Martine Bailey and bestselling crime writers such as Mons Kallentoft.

After five years I had realised that being an editor wasn’t quite right for me. I loved the editorial side of my job, but wanted to be more closely involved in shaping an author’s career, so I left to become an agent. I spent two years in Brixton, at Tibor Jones & Associates, where I worked closely with the MD on the management of Wilbur Smith’s co-authored projects while also building my own list of authors. I now represent about twenty writers of fiction and non-fiction, including Ruth Hogan, author of the international bestseller THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS, the Labour MP Jess Phillips and the actor Jim Broadbent.

In August 2017 I moved to United Agents where I am an agent in the Book department, and where I’m continuing to build my list of authors.

I’m particularly keen to work with debut writers of both fiction and non-fiction, and will consider anything that isn’t children’s, fantasy, or science-fiction.

If fiction, please send the following:

  • A one-page synopsis (no longer)
  • The first three chapters or fifty pages of your novel

If non-fiction, please send the following:

  • A one-page synopsis (no longer)
  • An extract from the book of around 5,000 words

Specialism

  • Commercial fiction
  • Literary fiction
  • Narrative non-fiction.

Offer

I’m prepared to offer three sessions of one to two hours each. The mentee can choose whether these sessions take place in person, over the phone or via email.

Method

  • In person
  • By email
  • By telephone.

Location

London

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