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Savvy Check

Savvy Check gives authors honest insights into what it's like to work with a particular publisher or literary agent. Though these comments are published anonymously, all author experiences have been sent in via Savvy Writers from registered members. They have also been pre-moderated to ensure they adhere to the Savvy Check guidelines.  

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Hardman & Swainson

Publishers

Agents

Hardman & Swainson

Literary Agency

Founded in 2012, Hardman & Swainson is a dynamic London-based literary agency, based in Somerset House, with a diverse range of clients.

Author Experiences

11 January 2023

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"Brilliant agency who are loyal to their authors, respond and read super quick and are really great on the translation and film / TV rights side of things too."
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Avon (HarperCollins)

Publisher

Set up in 2007, Avon is the commercial fiction division of HarperCollins and publish predominantly crime, thrillers, suspense, feel-good general fiction, and historical fiction.

Author Experiences

9 January 2023

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"A really dedicated and kind team. At the time I was there, I think they worried too much about what the buyers at high street booksellers thought though, which was frustrating as my digital sales were so much better than my high street PB sales. But overall, a good, positive experience with a lovely team."
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Lake Union (Amazon Publishing)

Publisher

Lake Union Publishing offers absorbing works of contemporary and historical fiction for voracious readers.


Author Experiences

8 January 2023

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"Excellent editing and useful to have an author relations manager. Big bonus is being on First Reads program. But I felt like they were a bit too big and corporate (being part of Amazon, no surprise) and weren't overly transparent or flexible."
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Bookouture (Hachette)

Publisher

A digital imprint of Hachette which describes itself as "offering BIG-publisher expertise, small-publisher flexibility and high royalties."

Author Experiences

11 January 2023

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"Totally love being published by this imprint! I like the fact they're willing to change things around like covers and blurbs if sales are low. Would really recommend them."
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Avon
Lake Union
Bookouture
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