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Ms. Christabel McKinley

David Higham Associates Ltd

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Christabel McKinley

David Higham Associates Ltd

6th Floor, Waverley House, 7–12 Noel Street
London W1F 8GQ
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This agent is seeking the following genres:


Middle Grade
Picture Book
Science Fiction
Young Adult


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Known Clients (current & past)
Kate J. Armstrong
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Author Comments
Comments by authors about this agent.
03/14/2023 12:05 PM
EQ: 2/16/23
ER: 3/14/23
Form letter
02/22/2023 03:24 PM
I queried Veronique on the 28th Oct and was passed on to Christabel, who requested a full on the 17th of Nov. Fingers crossed!

Nudge regarding slight revision sent on the 27th of January, then again on the 3rd of February (I was worried that it hadn't gotten through). She responded on the 11th with a few notes to include in the revision if I was willing to incorporate them. Updated revision sent February 17th.

YA Fantasy 112000 words
02/11/2023 03:04 PM
Query sent 30/09
Full request 03/11
Personal rejection received 10/02 after a nudge (very nice and detailed, encouraged me to resubmit even if she didn't wanted to take on this specific project). Very nice experience on the whole.
01/20/2023 09:41 AM
Query Sent 12/12/2022
Rejection 20/01/2023 - Supportive rejection, doesn't seem to be a form rejection based on the comments below. States "...didn't feel it was quite the right match for us..." and goes on to wish me luck with other submissions and hopes I find an agent.
Children's PB Manuscripts x2
01/13/2023 02:56 AM
EQ: 07/12/22
ER: 12/1/23
Fantasy 120k

'Much to admire here, not the right match, etc.'
01/11/2023 09:34 AM
EQ: 15/12/2022
ER: 11/01/2023

Potentially a form rejection but did say ' There is much to admire here but ultimately I’m afraid I don’t think I’m the right match for this story.', which I don't think you can reply to every EQ!
01/05/2023 10:21 AM
EQ: 2nd Dec 2022
ER: 5th Jan 2023
Form rejection
MG Mystery 46k
11/25/2022 09:28 AM
EQ: October 3rd
Full Request: October 10
R&R: November 25

Christabel requested my full in October and wrote me back today with a long message full of well thought-out feedback. She told me she does not usually give thorough feedback at this stage, but that it means the book has potential and she'd be happy to take a look at the revision if her feedback clicks enough for a rewrite. Her email was truly lovely, and it's clear she gave the book a lot of thought, and she seems like a very sweet person. I can only recommend querying her!
11/15/2022 08:48 AM
EQ: 11/9/22
Notice of offer 11/15/22
Stood aside as didn't have time to read.

NA historical fantasy 110k
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