Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams - Editor

London, UK

Experienced literary agent editing and selling bestselling memoir, crime & thrillers, self-help, nature and travel writing.

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Overview

I have over a decade of experience as a literary agent looking to spot incredible talent in my submissions and then working with my authors to create and sell their books to publishers. While my client list is pretty full, I absolutely love working with new and emerging writers to help them craft the best possible opening to their book that is going to get the attention of the right agent for their work.

If you are thinking of submitting your work to an agent and want an editorial assessment or to craft a knockout submission package (query letter, synopsis, first 50 pages) that will get the attention of the right agent for your work, I can help.

I know what makes a query letter stand out (and what gets a submission rejected) and have weekly conversations with editors so I have a good sense of their acquisition meetings and how to get the pitch just right. The first few chapters are the pages that I spend the most time editing with my authors - they have to be unputdownable and I love working to get them just right. Above all, I hope my strength lies in finding the balance between creating a book that will find success in the current market as well as ensuring that the work remains true to the writer.

My areas of speciality are memoir, crime & thriller, contemporary fiction, self-help & development and travel & nature writing. My authors have been bestsellers or shortlisted/won awards in all of these genres and many of them have had their books optioned for film and television.

My authors would probably say that I pay incredible attention to the text, am really approachable and understand that good humour is just as essential as thoughtful consideration of their work.
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Nature
Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Travel
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Psychological Thriller

Work experience

Director & Agent

Sophie Hicks Agency
July, 2014 – Present (over 8 years)

I represent a wide range of internationally bestselling authors in both fiction and non-fiction. My authors work in the areas of memoir, reading group fiction, crime and thrillers, literary fiction, self-help and development, travel and nature writing. I run the film and television side of the agency and work with production companies and studios to sell the dramatic rights to our authors' written work.

Agent

Ed Victor Ltd
October, 2010 – June, 2014 (over 3 years)

I Am An Island

Tamsin Calidas

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'Memoir of the year' - Vogue'A wondrous, sensuous memoir of salt-stung survival . . . clear-eyed and poetic prose' Sunday Times'A fascinating memoir' - Daily MailWhen Tamsin Calidas first arrives on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, it feels like coming home. Disenchanted by London, she and her husband left the city and high-flying careers to move the 500 mil... read more

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER'Memoir of the year' - Vogue'A wondrous, sensuous memoir of salt-stung survival . . . clear-eyed and poetic prose' Sunday Times'A fascinating memoir' - Daily MailWhen Tamsin Calidas first arrives on a remote island in the Scottish Hebrides, it feels like coming home. Disenchanted by London, she and her husband left the city and high-flying careers to move the 500 mil... read more

Close To Me

Amanda Reynolds

*** NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES, STARRING CONNIE NIELSEN AND CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON *** She can't remember the last year. Her husband wants to keep it that way.Dramatic psychological suspense for fans of Liane Moriarty's Apples Never Fall, Gillian McAllister's That Night and Claire Douglas's The Couple at No. 9.When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnes... read more

*** NOW A MAJOR TV SERIES, STARRING CONNIE NIELSEN AND CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON *** She can't remember the last year. Her husband wants to keep it that way.Dramatic psychological suspense for fans of Liane Moriarty's Apples Never Fall, Gillian McAllister's That Night and Claire Douglas's The Couple at No. 9.When Jo Harding falls down the stairs at home, she wakes up in hospital with partial amnes... read more

Weightless

Sarah Bannan

Adamsville wasn't a place that people came to. It was a place you were from, where you were born, where you were raised, where you stayed...Before Carolyn Lessing arrived, nothing much had ever happened in Adamsville, Alabama. Each week, at dinner tables and in the high school assembly, everyone would pray for the football team to win. Each year, the Adams High hotlist would be updated, and gi... read more

Adamsville wasn't a place that people came to. It was a place you were from, where you were born, where you were raised, where you stayed...Before Carolyn Lessing arrived, nothing much had ever happened in Adamsville, Alabama. Each week, at dinner tables and in the high school assembly, everyone would pray for the football team to win. Each year, the Adams High hotlist would be updated, and gi... read more

I Found My Tribe

Ruth Fitzmaurice

‘I Found My Tribe is inspiring, humbling and a picture of what love really looks like’ Marian KeyesAn invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life.Ruth’s tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker husband, Simon, who has Motor Neurone D... read more

‘I Found My Tribe is inspiring, humbling and a picture of what love really looks like’ Marian KeyesAn invocation to all of us to love as hard as we can, and live even harder, I Found My Tribe is an urgent and uplifting letter to a husband, family, friends, the natural world and the brightness of life.Ruth’s tribe are her lively children and her filmmaker husband, Simon, who has Motor Neurone D... read more

The Hidden Wife

Amanda Reynolds

'Tremendous. Tight plotting and strong writing carries the narrative along to a chilling conclusion' HARRIET TYCE, AUTHOR OF BLOOD ORANGEA STUNNING NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER, FROM THE AUTHOR OF CLOSE TO ME AND LYING TO YOUEvery marriage has its problems. But would Julia Blake really have just walked out of hers, leaving no trace?Max Blake knows more about his wife's disappearance than he's le... read more

'Tremendous. Tight plotting and strong writing carries the narrative along to a chilling conclusion' HARRIET TYCE, AUTHOR OF BLOOD ORANGEA STUNNING NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER, FROM THE AUTHOR OF CLOSE TO ME AND LYING TO YOUEvery marriage has its problems. But would Julia Blake really have just walked out of hers, leaving no trace?Max Blake knows more about his wife's disappearance than he's le... read more

The Last Diet

Shahroo Izadi

'No banned foods, no recipes, no fads – psychologist and addiction expert Shahroo Izadi’s weight-loss book is all about changing the way you relate to what you eat.' – The TimesThis is the last diet you'll ever need. Transform your relationship with food and your body for good with The Last Diet from Behavioural Change Specialist, Shahroo Izadi. Shahroo Izadi presents the best approach to losi... read more

'No banned foods, no recipes, no fads – psychologist and addiction expert Shahroo Izadi’s weight-loss book is all about changing the way you relate to what you eat.' – The TimesThis is the last diet you'll ever need. Transform your relationship with food and your body for good with The Last Diet from Behavioural Change Specialist, Shahroo Izadi. Shahroo Izadi presents the best approach to losi... read more

The Mystery of Love

Andrew Meehan

CONSTANCE WILDE'S MARRIAGE HAS ENDED. Making a new life in Europe, she reflects on her marriage with Oscar Wilde. Despite her family's warnings, his affairs and his spending, she knows they loved each other in their own way.In this witty and unsentimental reimagining, Andrew Meehan gives a voice to a woman often relegated to the footnotes of her husband's history, and gives new life to a marri... read more

CONSTANCE WILDE'S MARRIAGE HAS ENDED. Making a new life in Europe, she reflects on her marriage with Oscar Wilde. Despite her family's warnings, his affairs and his spending, she knows they loved each other in their own way.In this witty and unsentimental reimagining, Andrew Meehan gives a voice to a woman often relegated to the footnotes of her husband's history, and gives new life to a marri... read more

Sarah has 6 reviews

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Shigeko Ito
I'd highly recommend Sarah. She provided me with very detailed notes for how to improve my memoir manuscript. Her support and encouragement mean a lot to me. Thanks much, Sarah!

Shigeko Ito, November 2022


Rose Hurst
I have been very impressed with Sarah's comments and her overview of the project as it currently stands. She has been encouraging and insightful, and wonderfully generous in answering all my questions (of which there were many!) It has been a pleasure to work with her.

Rose Hurst, September 2022


Trenton Hughes
Sarah was amazing to work with! She has a keen eye for how to get the most out of a story. Her insights and suggestions for my story are sure to make it shine in ways I couldn't see myself. I definitely plan to work with Sarah again!

Trenton Hughes, August 2022


Patricia Schmaltz
Sarah had some helpful suggestions. Her notes made me think she hadn't read through the entire sample (or maybe my writing was not clear enough). I had hoped for more robust direction.

Patricia Schmaltz, August 2022


Dr Simon Perry
Sarah's light touch has had a major impact on my MS, and helped to sharpen the tone and clarify the shape of the entire project. The post-report interaction is far more helpful for me than the one-shot-deal. All good stuff.

Dr Simon Perry, August 2022

Sarah Williams
Thank you very much, Simon!

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