Rebecca Carter

Literary Agent

In the 10 years that Rebecca Carter has been a Literary Agent at Janklow & Nesbit, she has built an excitingly diverse list of fiction and non-fiction. The fiction she represents ranges from bestselling novelists such as crime writer Elly Griffiths to the more experimental work of authors such as Xiaolu Guo, with many tonalities in between. Her clients frequently win prizes, and she is proud to have helped launch the careers of upcoming new writers like Nell Stevens and Gavin Mcrea, both of whom combine fiction writing with creative non-fiction. She relishes the challenge of working with writers who move between genres, e.g. novelist, memoirist and historian Rebecca Stott, or Derek B. Miller whose storytelling likes to defy categorisation while using tropes from crime, thriller and speculative fiction.

In non-fiction her clients include Olivia Laing and Dutch historian Rutger Bregman whose bestselling Humankind is published in 45 languages and is optioned both for feature film and documentary. Her areas of interest include history and the history of ideas, politics, social and cultural commentary, design and technology, the environment and travel, often mixed together with memoir or biography, and with a strong emphasis on the quality of writing and storytelling. She also represents a carefully chosen list of children’s fiction and non-fiction.

Before she became an agent Rebecca was an editor at Random House for 15 years, working across a number of imprints including Chatto & Windus and Harvill Secker. Before that, she worked with the literary scout Anne-Louise Fisher. She brings her varied publishing experience to every aspect of the publishing process from developmental editing and international deal-making to guiding her authors through marketing and PR campaigns. Although she works with many authors who have had long and successful careers, she never stops being interested in representing debut writers.

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