Kingsford Campbell combines traditional author representation with marketing expertise.
Founded in 2014 by Julia Kingsford and Charlie Campbell, the agency represents a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. In addition we work independently consulting with clients including publishers, authors and charities on their consumer marketing strategies.
CHARLIE CAMPBELL represents literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction and a select number of children’s authors. Before agenting, he spent three years at Literary Review, where he became Deputy Editor. He joined Ed Victor Ltd in 2005, where he handled film, TV and serial rights for the agency, before leaving after ten years to set up Kingsford Campbell. His clients include Edward Brooke-Hitching, Jen Campbell, Rebecca Front, Julian Gough, Will Hill, Simon Jones and Anthony McGowan.
He is the author of two books – Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Other People (Duckworth) and Herding Cats: The Art of Amateur Cricket Captaincy (Wisden). In 2012, he revived the Authors XI, a cricket team that used to star PG Wodehouse and Arthur Conan Doyle, which now plays at literary festivals around the world.
He is primarily looking for literary novels, crime, thrillers and historical fiction. In non-fiction, his interests include sport, popular science, history, humour and business.
JULIA KINGSFORD is a creative strategist in consumer focused book marketing as well as looking after her author clients. She began her career in marketing at Random House before working at the BBC and the Barbican before returning to the book trade to manage Foyles’ events, becoming Head of Marketing, Communications and Publisher Relations. In 2010, Julia helped found World Book Night, a national reading for pleasure and literacy charity and subsequently became CEO in 2011. After integrating it into The Reading Agency she left in 2014 and set up Kingsford Campbell. Julia is an advocate for equality and represenation in publishing.
In 2017 Julia co-founded The Good Literary Agency with Nikesh Shukla. A social enterprise, funded by Arts Council England, its purpose is to increase opportunities for writers from groups under-represented in UK publishing. Julia is a director of the agency and is taking responsibility for its set up and management, though she won’t be personally representing clients. Julia and Nikesh also co-founded The Good Journal and in 2017 they were named Disruptors of the Year at the Futurebook Awards as well as being on the Bookseller’s list of 100 most influential people in publishing.
Julia’s submissions are temporarily closed whilst she sets up The Good Literary Agency.
PATRICK JANSON-SMITH is Chairman of Kingsford Campbell. Patrick has been one of the most successful publishers of his generation as well as a literary agent. He is the son of the great literary agent Peter Janson-Smith who represented, among others, Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler, Gavin Maxwell, C. Northcote Parkinson and the biographer, Richard Holmes. Patrick started his publishing career as a publicity assistant at the University of London Press (Hodder & Stoughton) before joining Granada Publishing to work for one of the industry’s legendary figures, Carmen Callil. After an all-too-brief spell as Publicity Manager of a fledgling Octopus Books, he returned to Granada as an editor at the Mayflower paperback imprint. Before too long, he was poached by Transworld (then Corgi & Bantam Books) where he worked as an editor, rising to the position of Associate Editorial Director before being headhunted for a start-up book club, The Nationwide Book Service (jointly owned by Heinemann, Collins and Bonnier). It was in 1981 that Patrick feels he found his true calling, having been invited back to Transworld as Publisher. He served in that role from 1981-2005 and founded the imprint Black Swan which was launched in 1983. During his time at Transworld, he was responsible for the careers of such authors as Jilly Cooper, Armistead Maupin, Howard Jacobson, Robert Goddard, Terry Pratchett, Joanna Trollope, John McCarthy & Jill Morrell, Andy McNab, Sophie Kinsella, Lee Child and Joanne Harris.
In 2005, Patrick joined the Christopher Little Agency, before returning to publishing in 2008 as Publisher of his own imprint, Blue Door, at Harper Collins. He retired from Harper Collins in 2014 but was very excited to be drawn straight back out of it to join Kingsford Campbell as Chairman. He does not accept open submissions.