ABOUT THE SAYLE LITERARY AGENCY
|The agency has been run by Rachel Calder since1993. A board member of Writers' Centre, Norwich, she is also on the programming committee of the Cambridge Wordfest. The agency is a member of the Society of Authors, English PEN and the Association of Authors' Agents.
The agency was founded in 1896 by one of London's first literary agents, J B Pinker and has a distinguished history. Pinker's speciality was nurturing new literary talent and he looked after the literary affairs of Joseph Conrad, H G Wells and Arnold Bennett. After Pinker's death, the agency was taken over and renamed by the subsequent owners and continued to represent the best British and international writers, including D H Lawrence, James Joyce, Henry James, Robert Graves, Rosamund Lehmann, Irwin Shaw, Dashiell Hammett, William Styron, Shelagh Delaney, Ronald Searle, and Brendan Behan.
In keeping with the original ethos of the agency, the list is still kept deliberately small so we can work closely with our writers, placing them with committed publishers to reach the widest readership. Our current roster have won prizes and accolades, spent weeks on bestseller lists all over the world, broken extraordinary news stories, brought fresh perspective to old conundrums, forged groundbreaking new theories and all are writers who try to make us look at the world in a new light. You can click on the Authors page and marvel at them.
We use specialist co-agents to sell our books in foreign language markets, in the USA and for film and TV.
USA rights: Dunow Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency, New York
Foreign rights: The Marsh Agency, London.
Film and TV rights are usually handled by Sayle Screen.
Our commission rates are:
Home - 15%
US, Canada, Translation, Audio, Film and TV - 20%