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Ms. Joanna Swainson

Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency

S86 Somerset House, Strand

London WC2R 1LA



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Website: www.hardmanswainson.com/

Twitter: JoannaSwainson

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: Yes

Online Form: No

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from JoeyIdeaJones
Sep 29, 2022 1:06 pm


Women's Fiction, 97k, form letter rejection.
from Patrick (admin)
Feb 12, 2022 9:42 am


Profile Update: Genres updated.

Thanks RMN_Writer
from RMN_Writer
Jan 30, 2022 8:25 pm


I don't believe that there's any indication on the agency website that Joanna Swainson represents Middle Grade. (As listed in the genres here on QT.) The agency asks YA and middle grade submissions to be directed to, 'THÉRÈSE'.
from Patrick (admin)
Jan 05, 2022 10:10 am


Profile Update: Open to queries.
from Patrick (admin)
Dec 20, 2021 2:14 pm


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

Thanks wirdschonklappen
from wirdschonklappen
Dec 20, 2021 7:58 am


The agency is closed to queries until January 5th :)
from davegoodman
Nov 19, 2021 1:34 am


Email query - 14/10/2021 - SF, 105k
Withdrawn due to offer of rep 19/11/2021
from arthur0207
Sep 23, 2021 11:12 am


Was about to send in a query and I am located in the US - found this on their website.Sharing in hopes it is of help to others:
"...We are interested in international fiction, but US authors may be better served with an agent in the US in the first instance unless there is a compelling reason to have a UK agent."
from LarkMarie
Apr 15, 2021 10:26 am


Query, proposal, full manuscript submitted on 3/28/21, 135k true crime/me too memoir
from imthedecoy
Feb 24, 2021 8:39 am


Submitted fantasy/crime June 2020. Never heard back. Agency connected with terf tweets - I didn't realise this until after I had submitted. Since both I and MC are enby, I didn't expect to hear back.
from M_Heck
Dec 12, 2020 11:55 am


47 day nudge
53 days bubble popped
from TinaHendricks
Oct 12, 2020 1:28 pm


Adult commercial fantasy, 87k 10/12/20, not likely to request as their website indicated that if writer is from the USA she should seek USA agents
from banaesma
Sep 10, 2020 11:34 am


EQ: 17/07/20 LitFic 83k
Send full manuscript per request on page, here's hoping!
Nudged 9 September, 2020
Form rejection 10 September, 2020
At least now I know lol
from javalon14
May 13, 2020 10:20 am


EQ 5/13/2020

Lit Fic 113k
from Panotti
Jan 21, 2020 2:49 am


Don't panic if you're seeing lots of "requests for fulls" after your submission to this agent: it doesnt mean the agent has shown interest in someone who submitted after you, it's because she asks you to submit your full straight away - so technically we should all be changing our status for this agent to "full"

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