Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 24, 2019

Agent Building Her List: Alice Sutherland-Hawes at Madeleine Milburn Literary

Alice Sutherland-Hawes is the Rights Agent at Madeleine Milburn Ltd and is also growing the children’s & YA list at the agency, including illustrators.

She began her career as a bookseller before working at The Agency for three years, where she gained an invaluable insight into the publishing industry. Whilst at The Agency she negotiated multiple UK deals and helped sell rights across the world in titles including A Kestrel For A Knave, the Paddington books and Malorie Blackman’s books. Along with books, she has a passion for films and spent some time as a film critic.

Alice edits an online magazine dedicated to Young Adult literature, part of her mission to help people of all ages discover the joys of reading.

Actively looking for: BAME and #ownvoices authors across all ages and genres; tween stories to fit between MG and YA; graphic and quirky picture book illustrators; non-rhyming picture book texts; brilliant world-building.

Also would like to see:

Alongside my role as Rights Agent, I am also growing a Children’s, YA and picture book list. I’m looking for talent across all ages, from picture books to Young Adult, and am particularly keen to find new voices for readers aged 10-13.

There is definitely less choice for that age group now, which is a huge shame, and I’d love to have some talented writers to fill the gap. In particular, I’m looking for funny books along the lines of Karen McCombie and Louise Rennison, but fantasy such as Artemis Fowl will also go down very well.

For illustrations, I’d love to see something a little different. My favourite styles are usually graphic and quirky, but I’m always on the lookout for interesting faces, backgrounds and stories. I’m not necessarily looking for author/illustrators, so don’t worry if you’re not a writer. I’m not looking for rhyming picture book texts so I would love to find a writer who uses engaging prose to tell an exciting story in 1000 words or less.

I’m not actively seeking YA but if I see something exceptional I’ll seriously consider it.

Across all ages, I’m very keen to find diverse storytellers and #ownvoices, and am particularly interested in books from diverse authors which aren’t about diversity issues. I’d love to see diverse stories across all genres including romance, fantasy and dystopia.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to


Please do alert us via the submissions email address if other agents have requested your complete manuscript or you have an offer of representation.

Address your submission to the specific agent you feel most suits your work, you can read about what each agent is looking for on the right.

Put your name and the title of your manuscript in the subject line of the email, for example Abigail Bond THE FLIGHT

The manuscript and synopsis should be in Word format and 1.5 or double spaced.  Please check the spelling before sending.


We would love to see your one-line elevator pitch at the top of your email and up to three comparable books or authors you’d place your book alongside.

Please send a professional email introducing your work in the same way that you would write a formal covering letter.  Pitch your book in your email – write a compelling blurb to get us interested in the story and do include information about yourself that is relevant to the work you are submitting.

Attach a one or two page synopsis and the first three chapters ONLY of the manuscript.  There should only be two attachments. Please do not send multiple emails. Do not pitch your work in the synopsis as this should ‘tell’ the story, with spoilers, rather than ‘sell’ the story.

To submit illustrations please send a little information about yourself along with a sample of your portfolio, but note we will only accept either a link to your website or attached illustrations as PDFs or jpegs. We will not accept download links or zip files.

The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency is a leading literary agency based in the UK. The agency represents award-winning and bestselling authors of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction who consistently feature on The Sunday Times, New York Times and international bestseller lists. The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is renowned for talent spotting new writers, negotiating major deals across all media including print, digital, translation and Film & TV, and turning books into bestsellers.

In 2018, Madeleine won Literary Agent of the Year at the British Book Awards. She was praised for her ‘prolific deal-making‘ and ‘long-term vision for her authors‘. She is known by editors as a ‘tenacious negotiator and an excellent collaborator with a nose for commercial success‘.

The agency, now in its seventh year and with three other full-time agents, a foreign rights agent and an in-house editor, has been described by The Bookseller as ‘a major force in publishing’.

As a member of the Association of Authors’ Agents (AAA), the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is committed to giving the highest possible level of service to authors.

Talk tomorrow,


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