About the agency
I, Jonathan, collaborate closely with writers to launch and advance their careers. This includes paying careful attention to their respective priorities, communicating my strategies and any concerns straightforwardly, and negotiating fair terms from third parties with a resolve acquired through long experience of the business.
On first becoming an agent in 2002, at Curtis Brown, I was immediately responsible for an extensive and very diverse list of inherited clients.
My plan when founding JPLA in 2008 was to draw upon the breadth of that prior experience, and of my own enthusiasms, to establish a rounded portfolio and commensurately robust independent agency. By 2012 this first stage of the mission had been accomplished, with some notable successes along the way.
Among my reasons for leaving Curtis Brown had been desire to give a bit more than my spare time to an existing client’s ambitious digital publishing venture, one which might lead to a new source of income for one or two categories of author. From the outset I informed my authors of this peripheral interest, making promises which I kept by taking on very few new clients while completing a finite task for said venture in 2013-16/17.
Now I am back in expansion mode and looking for suitable writers with long-term potential who may feel at home with a down-to-earth independent agency.
My enthusiasms and track record belong in joined-up pockets across literary and quality commercial fiction and non-fiction.
In fiction: literary and well-written novels including pacey thrillers.
In non-fiction: accessible estimable writing with commercial potential by journalists, experts, scholars, figures who stand for something in the public eye and anyone with a fascinating, well-written story. (Subject areas have been further outlined under ‘Representation’).
Translation rights are handled by an international network of respected co-agents, some of whom I’ve worked with forever. All other rights management is bespoke, depending on the nature of each client’s output. (Slightly more detail can be found under ‘Associates’).
JPLA is based in Clapham, London, which is handy for my ever-productive commute from Winchester and just fifteen minutes from my club in Soho.