Calidris Literary Agency

Guidelines for Authors

NOTE: Calidris Literary Agency does not charge a reading fee.

Submission Guidelines

A point on the etiquette of multiple submissions

Please note that while it is acceptable to make multiple submissions to agents and publishers, you must state at the outset if you have submitted your work elsewhere. Also please understand that I am a sole agent and if I undertake to consider your work it means I may spend several days reading it and sometimes making notes of queries and suggestions. If I then make an offer of representation and find that the author has accepted the same from another agent I have completely wasted my time and I am extremely upset and unhappy.
A recent example: an interesting (and publishable) non-fiction manuscript came to me with an ‘urgent’ note from the author. When I asked if he’d submitted to other agents he said yes but we then agreed (at least I thought we agreed) that in exchange for a quick response by a mutually agreed deadline, I would have first option. Two days before that deadline he emailed to say he’d accepted an offer from another agent. Well, it’s a small world. I know that agent so I contacted her to tell her what had happened. The author had not told her that he’d sent his work to other agents so she was furious and so was I – not a promising start and certainly not a good look.


Please send a preliminary email or phone before submitting work to ensure that it will be of interest to the agency.
Calidris does not accept speculative fiction, fantasy, children’s books or poetry.
Submissions by email please should include the following:

• First three chapters only and a one-page synopsis (MS Word doc, not PDF)
• A Table of Contents (for non-fiction)
• Market analysis including target readership and list of competing or comparable titles if applicable
• Relevant biographical details including any previous publications
• The work should be typed double-spaced and all pages should be numbered
• N.B. Please state whether your manuscript has been submitted to other agents or is currently under consideration by a publisher.
• If the manuscript has been professionally assessed please include a copy of the report. (See above note on multiple submissions).

All submissions are acknowledged via email on receipt with an estimate of time needed to read and respond.