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Portobello Literary

Portobello Literary are a literary agency based in Edinburgh, representing excellent writing from Scotland and beyond in adult fiction and non-fiction. We handle UK and international rights for our clients and regularly attend international book fairs. Our clients include Polly Atkin, Fiona Black, Gill Booles, Russell Jones, Andrés N. Ordorica, Wendy Pratt and Christina Riley. Our website includes resources for aspiring writers seeking publication.

Portobello Literary was founded by Caro Clarke who has over ten years’ experience in publishing – at Transworld (PRH) and most recently at Canongate Books as a Senior Rights Manager. They were named Rights Professional of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2021. In 2019, they co-founded the Nan Shepherd Prize for underrepresented nature writers, which kickstarted a passion to demystify the publishing industry and help emerging writers to develop their craft and build their writing careers. Portobello Literary was established in 2022 to build on that work.

Association of Scottish Literary Agents

The Association of Scottish Literary Agents (ASLA) is the representative body of  literary agents based in Scotland.

ASLA was formed in 2009 in order for Scottish literary agents to share resources and ideas, and to liaise with other organisations in the publishing industry.

Between us, we represent a wide variety of authors and illustrators, mostly from Scotland – in both adult and children’s literature.

For unsolicited submissions from authors and illustrators, please check the submission guidelines on individual agents’ websites or, if an agency does not provide a website, please submit a brief letter of enquiry or a brief email without any attachments.

  • Chair: Caro Clarke
  • Secretary: Louise Lamont
  • Treasurer: Lindsey Fraser


Our members include:

John Beaton Writers’ Agency


Jenny Brown Associates

31 Marchmont Road, Edinburgh EH9 1HU
T: 0131 229 5334
Twitter:  @agentjenny


Brownlee Donald Associates Ltd
Sub agent only. Do not send submissions.


Portobello Literary

Contact: Caro Clarke


Fraser Ross Associates
Contact: Lindsey Fraser
T: 0131 553 2759
Contact: Kathryn Ross
T: 0131 657 4412


Judy Moir Literary Agency


Robbie Guillory

The Underline Literary Agency
Robbie Guillory
Twitter: @robbieguillory


Julie Fergusson

The North Literary Agency


Lina Langlee

The North Literary Agency
Twitter: @LinaLanglee


Amy Mitchell

United Agents


The Literary Office

Contact: Jenny Todd


Donald Winchester

Watson Little Literary Agency
Twitter: @DonaldWin_



Joyce Literary Rights Agency

Andrea Joyce is a freelance rights agent, working as the Rights Director for Jenny Brown Associates, handling international rights for a number of independent publishers including Luath, Saraband and Sandstone (full list of clients below) and co agenting on selected titles.

She has over 20 years international experience in publishing. She started in New York in the contracts team at Bantam Doubleday Dell before becoming rights manager for Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York) for two years, senior rights manager in London for Harper Collins for three years and Rights Director in Edinburgh for Canongate for thirteen years. She has just completed a ten-month sabbatical cover as a rights agent for Curtis Brown, won the “Nibbie” Bookseller Rights Professional of the Year in 2014 and was nominated and shortlisted in 2010 and 2017.

Highlights of her career include licensing a poem by Adam Zagajewski  – Try to Praise the Mutilated World – to the New Yorker the week after 9/11, launching Stuart McBride internationally, achieving record rights sales for Matt Haig, working with Fran Lebowitz, Elif Shafak and Anthony Doerr, and currently handling rights for the Scottish Makar, Kathleen Jamie.

For her clients she handles translation and North American rights submissions and sales, working with scouts, sub agents and direct with editors. She can be involved at acquisition stage, and can advise on rights guides, attend bookfairs, pitch and submit titles, handle negotiations, draft and advise on contracts.





Joyce to handle rights for Jenny Brown Associates (The Bookseller, 5 June 2020)

Joyce joins Duckworth for North American rights (The Bookseller, 4 September 2020)

Joyce and Brownlee attach to Muswell Press (The Bookseller, 7 October 2020)