Submission Guidelines


JULA accepts email submissions: they should be addressed to Please indicate whether your submission is for Jo or Ella.

Please note that Ella will start reading submissions from when she starts at JULA on 24th April. If you have sent Ella a submission, please expect a reply six to eight weeks from then. If you have offers of representation elsewhere or your circumstances change do let us know.

Guidelines for what to send, and how, below:


  • Please put your name and the title of your manuscript in the subject line of the email, followed by, in brackets, the type of book it is, for example Tom Jones,  THE DOGS (YA fiction).
  • Please send a personal but formal email ‘cover letter’ introducing yourself and work. Use this to give as much sense as possible of who you are and what and why you’re writing. Include an email address even if you submit by post.
  • Please attach a one or two page synopsis and the first three chapters ONLY of the manuscript. PLEASE IDENTIFY EVERY ATTACHMENT WITH YOUR NAME AND THE TITLE OF THE BOOK, FOLLOWED BY (SYNOPSIS) OR (CHAPTERS). Please don’t send lots of emails, or more than two attachments (ie synopsis and sample). If you’ve written lots of books, just choose one for us to focus on for the time being.
  • We can’t acknowledge receipt of submissions – it’s just too time-consuming.
  • The manuscript and synopsis should either be in Word or PDF format and should be 1.5 or double spaced, and pages should be numbered.
  • Please don’t send an email asking if we’d like to see your work. If there’s nothing attached, we’ll just press delete (I know – but got to be cruel to be kind).

We will get back within 6-8 weeks.  Please only ‘prod’ us if you haven’t heard after six weeks, though do let us know if you have interest elsewhere. We’re afraid we can only give you feedback if either of us is considering representation.

Jo and Ella are looking for authors from the UK and Ireland, and sometimes Australia and New Zealand. Please note that we will only take on authors from the USA in VERY exceptional circumstances.

Please also note that Jo does not represent works in translation, though Ella will consider them.

Please do remember that the relationship between an author and agent is very personal, so you may write something fantastic that just isn’t for JULA. There are so many brilliant books that we’ll never read, bookshops are heaving with books that someone loves, but we’ll never get round to. So be as professional as you can, and try not to take rejection personally.