Submissions

Submissions Guidelines


Literary Agents like Eve White represent authors after a successful submissions and acceptance process.
This page describes how to submit your manuscript to us.

Interests

We are currently reading literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction for adults, children’s fiction for 7+ and picture books.

We do not accept poetry, short stories, novellas or screenplays. We are not currently reading any science fiction and fantasy for adults. Thank you.

US authors

We are not looking at work by authors from these countries, partly because we think they would be better served by a local agent and partly because we have such a quantity of submission from the UK at present that we cannot cope with the numbers.

Replies

We receive hundreds of submissions each month and request the full manuscript from only a handful of authors.

We do reply to everybody. We will usually be able to make a decision about your work within 3-10 days, but we do occasionally get an influx, so bear with us if you are waiting slightly longer. An automatic email will be sent to you, acknowledging receipt of your message. If you don’t receive this, it means that your email has not arrived and you should send it again. Once you have received it, there is never any need to ask us whether we have received your manuscript. Please be patient and we will get to it as soon as we can, but we are normally working six weeks behind.

Phone calls

Like most literary agents, we prefer not to receive enquiries by telephone. This enables us to keep the administration down, giving us time to look at everything that is sent to us. Please read this page and the FAQs carefully before asking us any questions.

Emails

As a twenty-first century literary agency, we insist on being ‘green’ (and saving authors’ money) by asking for email submission. The section below outlines our process.

Please remember that all samples of writing should be sent as attachments, either as a word document or PDF. We will not read work sent in on Sky drive or anything else using cloud storage.

Submitting work for Adults

(By email only)

Send submissions to:

fiction@evewhite.co.uk
nonfiction@evewhite.co.uk

Please don’t send any general correspondence or questions about submissions to either address, only adult fiction samples or adult non-fiction proposals or samples. Read this page thoroughly and see our FAQs before making any enquiries.

If you have a query about submitting, send it to the address on our contacts page. However, it is much better just to send a sample.

Please send one email with just one attachment:

For fiction: the three opening chapters (double line spaced) and a very brief synopsis of the whole plot (with a word-count of the complete book) together in one WORD DOCUMENT. Please do a title page and number the pages in case we decide to print it.

For non-fiction: together in one WORD DOCUMENT: a proposal which tells us the date you could complete the book, the full word-count, a detailed outline of the story (synopsis) and three chapters (double line spaced) if you’ve written them. Please do a title page and number the pages in case we decide to print it and could you let us know how much of the book is available should we want to read on.
Please make sure the manuscript attachment is a word document or PDF and not Sky drive or anything else using cloud storage.

Please do not send the full manuscript until we invite you to and do not send photographs or any scanned material; such submissions have to be deleted immediately as they overload, and can shut down, our system.

The email: in both cases your covering letter should be in the body of the email and be as short as possible. It should include a little about the book and a little about yourself. Please make the subject heading of your email your book title and your name.

Submitting work for Children and Young Adults

(By email only)

Please send submissions to childrens@evewhite.co.uk

Please don’t send any general correspondence or questions about submissions to this address: only children’s fiction samples. Read this page thoroughly and see our FAQs before making any enquiries.

If you have a query about submitting, send it to the address on our contacts page. However, it is much better just to send a sample.

Please send one email with just one attachment:

The three opening chapters (double line spaced) and a very brief synopsis of the whole plot (with a word-count of the complete book) together in one WORD DOCUMENT. Please do a title page and number the pages in case we decide to print it.
FURTHER SUBMISSIONS ADVICE

Additional Information

For useful hints and tips on submissions take a look at The Eve White Blog.

It is helpful to join a writers’ group in your area. Writers meet to read and discuss each other’s work.

Another useful organization to join is The Brit Writers’ Association. “The BWA is an exciting initiative with two overarching objectives; to encourage and inspire budding writers of all ages and to work with the publishing industry to make it more accessible to writers from all walks of life. The Brit Writers are delighted to have the extraordinary Eve White as a referral agent.”

For advice about making a living from all areas of writing, you could visit the Start a Writing Business website .

For further advice see Advice for Authors or read our FAQs. Please do not phone us with a question without checking FAQs first. Thank you.