This week's Agent Spotlight features Pat White of Rogers, Coleridge, and White Literary Agency.
About: “Pat White was born in the USA and has lived in England since 1968 when she joined Deborah Rogers Ltd., having worked as an editor and rights director of Simon & Schuster US for the previous ten years. She now specializes in illustrated and childrens books, working with Beryl Cook, Mary Hoffman, Michelle Magorian, Richard Platt and a host of new young talent, as well as adult authors eclectically ranging from Bruce Fogle to Emma Blair and Antonio Carluccio. Pat is herself a published author of four cookery books and co-author of an international bestseller on dog training.” (Link)
Status: Accepting submissions.
What She's Looking For:
From her Bio:
“She now specializes in illustrated and childrens books, working with Beryl Cook, Mary Hoffman, Michelle Magorian, Richard Platt and a host of new young talent, as well as adult authors eclectically ranging from Bruce Fogle to Emma Blair and Antonio Carluccio.” (Link)
From an online listing:
“Children's fiction and non-fiction. Handles novelty books, picture books, fiction for 5-8 and 9-12 year-olds, teenage fiction, series fiction, non-fiction and reference.” (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Scripts for theatre, film or television. (Link)
About the Agency:
“Deborah Rogers set up Deborah Rogers Ltd. in 1967, and shortly afterwards was joined by Pat White. Rogers, Coleridge and White was founded twenty years later, when Gill Coleridge left Anthony Sheil Associates to join them in 1987. In 2002 the agency was joined by Peter Straus, previously editor-in-chief at Macmillan and Publisher of Picador.” (Link)
As of this posting, Ms. White does not appear to be a member of Publisher’s Marketplace. However, she has made a great many sales in her 40+ years as an agent.
E-mail: Yes (children’s only).
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Note: “We regret that this department cannot undertake to read submissions from the US due to the large volume received.”
YA and Children's fiction should be submitted via e-mail to Ms. White’s assistant, Claire Wilson. All other submissions should be sent via snail mail.
Fiction: Send a cover letter with a bio and the background of the book. Include the first three chapters or approximately the first fifty pages (to a natural break) and a brief synopsis.
Non-fiction: Send a proposal of up to twenty pages in length about the work and your qualifications.
Materials should be in 12 point font, double spaced, on one side of A4 paper. Snail-mail submissions must have a SASE for response.
Please see the Rogers, Coleridge, and White website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
“We will try to respond within six to eight weeks of receipt of your material, but please appreciate that this isn't always possible as we must give priority to the authors we already represent.” (Link)
What's the Buzz?
Ms. White is the first agent I’ve profiled in the UK, and she seems to be highly respected and accomplished. She’s been an agent in England for over 40 years after ten years as an editor and rights director at Simon and Shuster in NY. Many of her clients have been with her for years and years and seem to adore her.
RCW Literary Agency is a member of the AAA and recommended by P&E.
Worth Your Time:
None that I could find online.
Keep an eye on the agency News page for frequent updates.
Rogers, Coleridge, and White Literary Agency on P&E (AAA, recommended).
You can see a picture of Ms. White on client Mary Lassiter Hoffman’s blog.
Client Inbali Iserles’s agent / publishing story at The Myslexia Blog.
Masterclasses; Dog Training, an article on Ms. White regarding her dog training and related book.
Please see the Rogers, Coleridge, and White Literary Agency website for contact and query information.
Last updated: 10/28/2010
Agent Contacted For Review? Yes – 11/02/2010.
Reviewed By Agent? No response.
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Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.