SDS is the only literary agency in the Swindon area of England, and one of very few west of London. The agency was established in April 2010. Our most regular Email contacts are direct with commissioning editors and film producers, of multiple genres and imprints at;
Orion (London) Mainstream Publishing (Edinburgh) St. Martins Press (New York)
Simon & Schuster (New York) Grove/Atlantic (London and New York) Fizz & Ginger Films (London)
Random House (New York and London) Beaufort Books (New York) LA Productions (Liverpool)
Bloomsbury (New York) Kensington Books (New York) Sterling Pictures (London)
Faber & Faber (London) The Overlook Press (New York) Woodfield Publishing (Bognor Regis)
Source Books (Illinois) Pan Macmillan (London) Antix Productions (Salford)
Sunstone Press (New Mexico) Scholastic Professional Books (New York) Film & Music Entertainment (London)
Hachette (New York and London) Rogue Arts (Hermosa Beach) Alcove Entertainment (London)
Henry Holt (New York) Cowboy Films (London) Bedlam Productions (London)
Chronicle Books (San Francisco) Tailor Made Productions (London) Silver Light Productions (Oxford)
Highland Press Publishing (Florida) Focus Films (London) Sly Fox Films (Cranbrook)
Disney (New York) Picture Palace (London) Farnham Film Company (Farnham)
Carnival Films (London) Dan Films (London) Ipso Facto Films (London)
After Dark Films (Los Angeles) Lakeshore Entertainment (Los Angeles) Screen Gems (Culver City)
Platinum Dunes (Santa Monica) Roberts/Davis Films (Los Angeles) Bleiburg Films (Los Angeles)
Arclight Films (Los Angeles) Silverline Entertainment (Los Angeles) Code Entertainment (Los Angeles)
Sommers Company (Los Angeles) Mills and Boon (Richmond) Titletown Publishing (Green Bay)
Black & White Publishing (Edinburgh) Old St Publishing (Brecon) Transworld Publishers (London)
Souvenir Press (London) Michael O'Mara Books (London) Little, Brown Book Group (London)
Octopus Publishing Ltd (London) Child's Play International (Swindon) Hodder & Stoughton (London)
Guillane Children's Books (London) Little Tiger Press (London) Piccadilly Press (London)
Templar Publishing (Dorking) Walker Books (London) Cloiar-Connacht (Co. Galway)
Merlin Publishing (Dublin) Morgan Creek Productions (Los Angeles) Focus Features (Los Angeles)
Working Title Films (London) Dark Horse Entertainment (Los Angeles) Roberts/Davis Films (Los Angeles)
Bubble Factory (Los Angeles) Seven Arts Entertainment (Los Angeles) Playboy Entertainment Group (Chicago)
Gold Circle Films (Los Angeles) The Kaufman Company (Los Angeles) Ambush Entertainment (Los Angeles)
Mainline Releasing (Santa Monica) MakeMagicProductions (Los Angeles) Nasser Entertainment Group (Studio City)
Walden Media (Los Angeles) Mosaic Media Group (Los Angeles) Lightning Entertainment Group (Los Angeles)
Femme Productions (New York) Pink Visual (Van Nuys) Vivid Entertainment (Los Angeles)
Wicked Pictures (Canona Park) Transax Productions (Tel Aviv) Imagine Entertainment (Los Angeles)
Double Feature Films (Los Angeles) Hyde Park Entertainment (Santa Monica) Matador Pictures (London)
Bedford Falls Company (Santa Monica) Dimension Films (New York) Stanley Kimmel Entertainment (Los Angeles)
Cherry Road Films (Santa Monica) Weinstein Company (New York) World of Wonder Productions (Los Angeles)
Fast Carrier Pictures (Los Angeles) Beacon Pictures (Santa Monica) Flux (Woodbury)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Boston) Holiday House (New York) Egmont (New York)
Bancroft Press (New York) Candlewick Press (Somerville) Macmillan (New York)
The agency employs three staff as a trading division of SDS Finance, and was originally sponsored with a British Government grant. Banking is with Barclays PLC. The agency operates according to the following business model;
1. No frills, just solid representation, which will never cost our clients a penny. Under our standard contract, we will only take 15% of proceeds from advance payments, royalties, options and sales if we are successful in placing our clients' work. We combine generic PRINCE2 Project Management with a wealth of IT experience to produce deliverables that will give clients' work the best chance of success, in terms of paper and electronic publishing.
'Wow, you really do know the publishing industry. Very, very impressive.' CLIVE RADFORD
'Your IT skills are fabulous.' MARIE JENSEN
2. Novels are sold by auction. We submit work to a number of publishing houses of various sizes, in the UK and/or US. Publishing houses and their imprints are chosen to best serve client interests, given genre. We initially ask the houses to express an interest in client work by a stated deadline. Those who express an interest then bid against each other in rounds, the publishing house offering the best combined deal in terms of advance payment, royalties and contract conditions being declared the winner. A publishing contract is then negotiated and closed.
3. Screenplays are similarly sold by auction. We submit work to a number of film production companies, chosen to best serve client interests, given genre. We initially ask the production companies to express an interest in client work by a stated deadline. Those who express an interest then bid against each other in rounds, the company offering the best combined deal in terms of option payment and contract conditions being declared the winner. A contract is then negotiated and closed.
4. We recognise the explosion of electronic publishing and communication. In general, the agency will only accept email submissions. In general, the agency will only submit electronically to publishing houses and film production companies. Costs of paper submissions have risen very substantially, and we feel it's not reasonable to expect clients or the agency to spend £25 to £60 per submission on printing, paper, stationery and postage. Just imagine the cost of paper submission to most or all of the organisations listed above. In general, the agency prefers email contact to telephone discussions.
5. We will always conduct ourselves in a friendly and business-like way. Conditions are currently difficult in the publishing and film industries. But whilst constructive discussion is always welcome with clients and vendors alike, arrogance and pomposity are never acceptable, and will lead to the managed termination of business with us.
The agency is proud to have OneTravel, CheapOair USA, CheapOair Canada and Home Removals Surrey as business partners.