about the ampersand agency

Peter Buckman was the youngest member of the editorial board of Penguin Books before moving to New York to be a commissioning editor with the New American Library. He then became a full-time writer, producing books, films, plays, journalism, and many scripts for television and radio.

In 2003 he set up The Ampersand Agency with the family support of The Buckman Agency and the guidance of Peter Janson-Smith, the veteran agent who counted Ian Fleming among his clients. The first writer taken on by Ampersand was Vikas Swarup, whose book turned into Slumdog Millionaire, and among Peter’s other clients are crime writers Quentin Bates and Helen Black, historical novelists J D Davies and Cora Harrison, thriller writers Jamie Doward and Mark Roberts, and non-fiction writers Aris Roussinos and Alex Rogers. Peter also looks after the Estates of Georgette Heyer, Angela Thirkell, John James, and Winifred Foley. He loves a good story, whether fiction or non-fiction, that is peopled by credible characters and told in a distinctive voice, and he’s soppy about happy endings.

Email: peter@theampersandagency.co.uk

Jamie Cowen has worked in publishing for 14 years. Before joining Ampersand in 2013 he was a commissioning editor at HarperCollins, and prior to that he worked in legal and contracts departments at HC and the Hachette Group.

Jamie is looking for writers of high-end genre fiction, including crime, thrillers, SF, fantasy and horror. His taste within these areas is broad, but he is specifically on the lookout for science fiction/thriller crossovers. Jamie is also looking for sport-related non-fiction, and commercial narrative non-fiction, and is keen to see submissions of all kinds from BAME and LGBTQ writers.

Jamie’s clients at Ampersand include Mark A. Latham (The Lazarus Gate , The Iscariot Sanction and The Legion Prophecy; Titan, 2015, ‘16 and ‘17), Adrian Selby (Snakewood; Orbit, 2016), Mark Hill (Two O’Clock Boy; Sphere, 2016), Nate Crowley (100 Best Video Games and The Death and Life of Schneider Wrack; Solaris, 2017) and Joel Bird (The Book of Shed; Bonnier, 2017).

Email: jamie@theampersandagency.co.uk

Anne-Marie Doulton has been an agent for over 10 years, and is based in London. Before joining Ampersand she worked as a commissioning editor for various general publishers and as a literary scout.

Her clients at Ampersand include Philip Barclay, Sharon Bolton, Annie Caulfield, Kate London and Stephen Williams.

Anne-Marie’s particular interests include literary fiction, narrative non-fiction (current affairs, biography etc) and high-quality thrillers and mysteries. Submissions for Anne-Marie may be sent direct to:

Email: amd@theampersandagency.co.uk

The Buckman Agency was set up in 2001 as a partnership between mother-and-daughter team Rosie and Jessica Buckman who, between them, have over 50 years of foreign rights sales experience, and who work directly with publishers all over the world, from Rome to Rio, Berlin to Beijing. They represent a growing number of well-established literary agencies in the US and UK, handling literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Their authors include Muhammad Ali, Sharon Bolton, Georgette Heyer, Tom Holt, Sara Paretsky, Peter Robinson, Chris Ryan, Vikas Swarup, and John Travolta – and over the years they have helped bestselling writers like Hilary Boyd, Jung Chang, Bernard Cornwell, Ian Fleming, David Gemmell, P D James, Michael Frayn and Sarah Waters to become worldwide successes.

Phone: 01608 683898
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