Founded in 1965, ILA is a specialist literary agency which handles translation rights in general fiction, non-fiction and children's books, selling in all languages throughout the world except English. Our clients include literary agencies and publishing houses in the UK, the USA and Canada.

ILA started out as a partnership between Anthony Gornall and a select few literary agencies in London and New York, for whom ILA provided translation rights representation. The business has evolved over the years, with our client base expanding significantly in the early 2000s, and ILA is now established as London’s leading independent rights team. The agency is a member of the Association of Authors' Agents.

Who we are

Nicki Kennedy

Nicki Kennedy

Nicki joined ILA in 1989 having previously been a Rights Manager at Hodder & Stoughton and then Hamish Hamilton. She is Managing Director of the agency, and sells rights in France, Germany and Spain, working with our co-agents in Tokyo to negotiate Japanese rights.

Sam Edenborough

Sam Edenborough

Sam began his career at A M Heath, then moved to Andrew Nurnberg Associates where he started selling rights. He joined ILA in 2001. Sam is a director of the agency, and handles rights for our clients in Brazil, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden. He served as President of the Association of Authors’ Agents from  2014 to 2016.

Jenny Robson

Jenny Robson

Jenny began her career at ILA in 2006 and is now a director of the agency. She handles rights in the Arabic-speaking countries, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Thailand and Vietnam. She works with our co-agents selling rights in Bulgaria, China, Korea, Romania, Serbia and Taiwan.

Katherine West

Katherine West

Katherine started her career at David Bennett Books, and worked at The British Museum Press and the Orion Publishing Group before joining ILA in 2007. She handles rights in Georgia, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine and works with our co-agents selling rights in The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Clementine Gaisman

Clementine Gaisman

Clementine Gaisman joined ILA in 2013, after working in the Rights teams at Puffin and Walker Books. She handles rights for our children’s and young adult titles in Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. She works with our co-agents selling rights in China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

Alice Natali

Alice Natali

Alice joined ILA in 2014 as Rights Assistant. In May 2018 she became Children’s and YA Rights Executive, assisting Clementine Gaisman and handling rights in the Arabic-speaking countries, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. She works with our co-agents selling rights in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia.

May Wall

May Wall

May joined the ILA team as the Translation Rights Assistant in July 2018 after graduating from Durham University with a degree in Modern Languages. During her year abroad, she completed an internship with a French literary agency.

Please do not send us unsolicited submissions

Because we’re a specialist translation rights team, we cannot offer representation to authors directly. If you are seeking an agent for your book, please visit our clients’ websites, where you can find out more about what they are looking for, and how to submit to them. Also please note: we do not offer rights to any English-language publishers. Please do not send us submission queries, or any writing samples. We will not acknowledge receipt of any such messages, attachments, or physical materials sent via the post which we will immediately delete or dispose of securely, as a matter of policy.

Co-Agents

ALBANIA, BULGARIA, SERBIA & ROMANIA
Andrew Nurnberg Assoc. (SOFIA)
CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA & SLOVENIA
Andrew Nurnberg Assoc. (PRAGUE)
MAINLAND CHINA & TAIWAN
Big Apple Agency (TAIPEI & SHANGHAI)
Grayhawk Agency (TAIPEI & SHANGHAI)
JAPAN
English Agency (TOKYO)
Japan Uni Agency (TOKYO)
Tuttle-Mori Agency (TOKYO)
KOREA
Eric Yang Agency (SEOUL)
Shinwon Agency (SEOUL)

Contact Us

5 New Concordia Wharf
Mill Street
London
SE1 2BB

ila@ila-agency.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7379 6611