Who we are
We are literary agents, focusing exclusively on the growing market for non-fiction works. Our philosophy is clear: to connect works of non-fiction to publishing houses looking to sell those works to the widest possible readership. We encourage and seek to develop any writer, whether they have an academic or non-academic background, who has the literary potential to produce non-fiction content that would attract a broad public audience.
Dr Stewart Tolley
Stewart holds a first class degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Ph.D. from University College London. Stewart is a full-time historian of the ‘long eighteenth century’ and has published articles and reviews in the British Journal for Military History, Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies, History Today, The Past and The English Historical Review. He is currently a visiting lecturer and tutor at the University of Oxford and runs workshops for academics looking to broaden their readership.
George is a former City of London Solicitor and investment banker. George holds History degrees from Jesus College, University of Oxford and the University of London, along with a postgraduate law degree from BPP Law School, London. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.
What makes us different
The non-fiction market is a tale of two halves: the first consists of works that appeal to a narrow readership of academics, professionals or those seeking a reference point; and the second consists of works that appeal more widely to the general public. Here at Non-Fiction Works we focus exclusively on that ‘second half’. It is a half that is no less academic than the first, but which affords writers from all backgrounds (academic and non-academic) an opportunity to use their unique skill sets, knowledge, and experience to produce readable, stimulating and sellable content.
We work with writers to develop their content into a vibrant form that is capable of gaining traction with a reading public drawn to its subject matter for reasons that are not necessarily academic or professional. We proactively source and secure writing talent by operating through our extensive network of contacts, and our writers are typically either existing subject specialists or enthusiasts who can bring a fresh and exciting perspective to their chosen fields. We also operate reactively via our online submission process, as an opportunity for aspiring writers to get in touch with us more directly. We describe this overall approach in more detail in the section entitled ‘Our Writers’.