Amanda Preston

Literary Agent
Amanda Preston

I co-founded LBA in 2005, having been at Sheil Land Associates previously. I have been a literary agent for over 20 years and work with a network of publishers based all over the world.

In 2018 I won the RNA Literary Agent of the Year award.

I represent a wide range of best-selling and award-winning authors across fiction and non-fiction. I love working with authors and their publishing teams to build them into brand names and award winning and bestselling authors. I work closely with authors, championing them every step of the way whether they are debut authors or already established, and getting them into the bestseller lists in the UK and internationally.

What I’m looking for:


I’m on the hunt for a high-concept thriller which is character and plot driven, but also has a discussable issue at its heart i.e Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey and Girl A by Abigail Dean. I love thrillers where the location is as integral to the plot as the crime i.e The Dry by Jane Harper and The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse, and love a good locked-room thriller but am only looking for fresh and unique ideas in this area.

I would love a new crime series and I’m particularly looking for voices that have been underrepresented in mainstream publishing.

I’m on the hunt for a glorious book club love story that is doing something a bit different and special i.e Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus or anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid! Or smart, contemporary, observant romcoms with a very strong emphasis on diverse / own voices.

I would love a beautiful book-club historical that sweeps me away in its character, period and location.

In children's fiction - I'm looking for smart, observant YA whether contemporary, historical or speculative.

Whether commercial or reading-group, I love innovative and well-written stories that hook me in from the start and whose voice stays with me. I’m looking for novels that demand to be talked about and shared, whatever their genre, and that I’m still thinking about days after finishing.

I’m not looking for poetry or young children’s fiction.


I’m a huge crime podcast fan so would love to have more true crime on my list. I’m looking for the ultimate whodunnit where I can get lost in the real-life twists and turns of the crime or con and it can be contemporary or historical, an unsolved case or a different perspective on a well known case. I’m not looking for any child-related crime stories.

I’m looking for narrative non-fiction predominately in science, the environment, psychology, nature writing, well-being and memoir.

I’m interested in seeing proposals on self-development for women and for voices that have been underrepresented in mainstream publishing that empower them at whatever stage of life they are at, and that bring something new to the discussion.