Madeleine Milburn UK literary agentThe Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency is a leading London Literary Agency based in the heart of Shepherd Market.  The Literary Agency has a reputation for launching new authors, specialising in all types of literary and popular fiction including crime, thrillers, mystery, horror, psychological suspense, women’s, romantic comedy, general, narrative non-fiction, children’s books, teen, young adult, New Adult and cross-over.

The Agency has a long-term vision and an international plan for each author, negotiating significant deals in the UK, the US and foreign markets, liaising with publishers around the world.  The Agency works in partnership with film agents, and directly, to option Film & TV rights to leading production companies and film studios in the UK and US.

Madeleine Milburn is one of the top literary agents in the UK.  Since graduating from the University of St Andrews with a degree in English Literature and Language in 2004, Madeleine has worked for the independent publishing company Trojan Books in Berlin and the oldest literary agency in the UK where she specialised in foreign rights.  Prior to having her own Agency, Madeleine was the Head of Rights and a Literary Agent at the most commercial agency in the UK, with three No.1 bestsellers.


We like to take care of all business matters so that our authors can concentrate on writing.  Here are some of the key areas handled by our literary agency:

  • Talent Spotting – seeking new talent by new writers and launching writing careers. We create a huge amount of hype and convince publishers that they simply have to publish our books.
  • Editorial – we always edit our writers’ work before we submit to publishers so that we can get the very best deal for them in all markets.
  • Pitching – placing our books with the most passionate publishers and editors, thereby creating a platform for long-lasting and successful relationships.
  • Negotiating – assessing offers in terms of financial, marketing and editorial commitment. Holding auctions in all countries. Negotiating advances on signature, delivery and publication with UK, US and foreign publishers.
  • Royalties – negotiating strong royalties with escalators, and ensuring the best terms on key details such as high discount royalty rates and ebook royalty rates.
  • Digital – with the rise of the ereader, it is so important to give each writer a platform to sell digital copies of their books. We ensure the best digital royalty rates with publishers, together with a review clause, so that we can review terms as technology evolves.  We also work with carefully selected bespoke digital publishers.
  • Self-Published authors – we represent carefully selected self-published authors for their translation, US, merchandising and Film & TV rights.  We also take self-published authors to the next level in their writing careers by negotiating new contracts with traditional and new publishers including Amazon Publishing.
  • Author Care – ensuring that our authors stay on their career path, writing top quality manuscripts and delivering according to their contracts. We are here to bounce ideas and suggest new directions according to market trends where necessary.
  • Rights – exploiting rights in all media including film, television, theatre, and merchandising rights.
  • Translation Rights – attending all the major book fairs including the London Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Selling the translation rights to our writers’ books to as many foreign publishers as possible.
  • US Rights – selling American rights to US publishers and regularly visiting the United States of America.
  • Payments – chasing payments, chasing royalties, chasing contracts.

Rising Star feature, The Bookseller 2011

“A graduate of St Andrews University, Milburn (nee Buston) worked for Trojan Books in Berlin and A P Watt before joining Darley Anderson in February 2007. Handling all types of fiction and children’s authors, and overseeing all foreign rights, Buston is the primary agent for 24 authors and represents Lee Child for his foreign rights. She has seen success recently with Carolyn Jess-Cooke’s début The Guardian Angel’s Journal, which has been sold in 20 different languages, and is looking forward to Macmillan’s publication of author J J Salem’s The Strip and HarperCollins’ launch of Carrie Duffy’s Idol.”