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Samuel Hodder 10

An agent with Blake Friedmann Literary Agency (see other agents at this agency).

About

Samuel graduated in Psychology from University of Warwick, and completed a Masters in Publishing, before working for several years as an editor for psychology research. In 2015 he joined Blake Friedmann in the Contracts and Finance departments and is building his own list of authors. Samuel is looking for a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction.

Country, Year Established, and Professional Associations

United Kingdom Agent since 2015 Member of AAA

Fiction Open

I am keen to see a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. In literary and contemporary fiction, I love distinctive voices, dark themes, and complex characters (e.g. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh, Adele by Leila Slimani, Kevin Barry’s Dark Lies the Island), coming-of-age novels, and novels that explore the loss of innocence, desire, deceit, class, or the world of work. I am passionate about LGBTQIA+ stories, in all their glorious diversity, and enjoy a pitch-black or offbeat sense of humour. In historical fiction, I love novels so immersive they can show readers a different way of thinking and being. My favourite historical novels include The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller and The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower, and all the novels of Mary Renault! In crime and thrillers, I love an unusual, evocative setting (e.g. The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin) but would like to read anything from psychological suspense to the truly macabre. I enjoy thriller writing that explores contemporary society and its tensions – such as the novels of Liane Moriarty and Sabine Durrant – but please send me your unsettling, gothic and uncanny stories too. I’m a huge fan of Shirley Jackson’s novels and Andrew Michael Hurley’s. I also welcome speculative fiction, including fantasy, science-fiction, and the supernatural, where I would like to see novels centred on the characters’ psychological journeys e.g. the Earthsea novels by Ursula K Le Guin, and The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience. Excluding: Children.
Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Historical.
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Supernatural.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres, including: Supernatural.
Mystery/Crime Mystery/CrimeOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Suspense/Thriller Suspense/ThrillerOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
Novel Novel
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalSimultaneous
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Nonfiction Open

In non-fiction I would like to see: narrative history (political and social), especially British, classical, and ancient history (I love Tom Holland’s books); true historical crime that reads like fiction (e.g. The Suspicions of Dr Whicher by Kate Summerscale); politics, current affairs, and economics; books that make big ideas accessible (e.g. Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall); books on LGBTQIA+ subjects; nature writing; visual culture; pop culture; popular science; and psychology and personal development. I don’t represent children’s books, sports books, or food and cookery titles, so please don’t send these to me.

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience. Excluding: Children.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream, Personal.
Topics:
Economics, History (General, Biographies), Lifestyle (Mind-body-spirit, excluding Cooking, Food and Drink), Nature/Environment (Environmental issues, Nature), Politics/Political Science, Psychology, Sexuality/Gender (LGBTQ issues), Society/Culture (General, Crime, Current events, Pop culture), Travel.
Types/Lengths:
Book Book
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalSimultaneous
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Dates

Last Updated: 13 Aug 2022
Last Checked: 24 Nov 2022 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 15 Jul 2022 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 13 Feb 2018

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