Madeleine formed the agency at the beginning of 2012 and it has quickly become one of the top literary agencies in the UK. Madeleine represents a wide range of bestselling authors writing literary and popular fiction including crime and thrillers, psychological suspense, women’s fiction, comedy, romance, high-concept, children’s, Young Adult and crossover fiction. She represent authors based all around the world and has a reputation for growing writing careers internationally. She has recently expanded into non-fiction and also teams up with successful self-published authors to take them to the next level.
Madeleine has a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of St Andrews and started her career at a small independent publisher based in Berlin. She then established herself in foreign rights at the oldest Literary Agency in the UK. She later became the Head of Rights and Deputy MD of Children’s Books at the most commercial agency in the UK, handling the rights to three No.1 bestselling authors, and building a strong list of clients.
Cara Lee Simpson
Cara assists Madeleine Milburn. She works across all foreign rights territories, works editorially with clients and also scouts for talent. She loves Richard and Judy selections.
After graduating from King’s College London with a first-class honours degree in English Language and Literature, she worked as a reader for a top literary scout. She has also worked briefly at Penguin, Bloomsbury, Hodder & Stoughton and several other literary agencies in London.
Ellen is the agency reader and editor. Originally from Canada, she obtained her M.A. degree from York University in Toronto. She is meticulous in her editorial work and loves devouring a good story. Ellen is drawn to stories with strong characters, and loves well-researched historical fiction with an unusual premise. She also enjoys a good murder mystery.
Her articles have appeared in the online publications La Folia and Music & Vision, and she has published short fiction and poetry in the online journals FringeLit and The Maynard.
Davinia is the agency’s children’s book editor.
Since graduating from King’s College, London, she has developed a freelance editing career whilst working as an associate film/tv agent. During this time she has read and edited for various publishers, including Egmont and Oxford University Press and was also elected Co-Chair of the Children’s Book Circle.
Davinia loves to encourage writers’ talent and nurture their authorial voices. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and writes The Nocturnal Reader blog which provides news, reviews and the occasional points of view.
With over 20 years experience in publishing contracts, Kevin handles all contracts negotiated at the Madeleine Milburn Agency.
Until 2008, Kevin Stewart was Director of Group Contracts for Hodder Headline (part of Hachette UK). He has provided training on courses at Publishing Training Centre and is a member of Publishers Association Rights Group and contributor to Clark’s Publishing Agreements.
Lani is the agency accountant and financial controller.