Helping people tell their stories


At The Accidental Agency, we nurture and support non-fiction authors from concept to commissioning – and beyond.


From commissioning to author coaching or full-scale developmental editing, plus project management.


Non-executive, training, coaching and mentoring support for companies and individuals.

Clare has ‘done’ books for ever, and it shows in the professional way she works with growing authors. But she also has buckets of self-awareness and respect. She has been a really positive influence not just on positioning me with the right publisher, but also what I write in the first place.

Roger Morgan-Grenville,
Author, Liquid Gold and Shearwater

Clare is a brilliant combination of insight, inspiration and delivery. She is supportive and a source of great perspective, always able to improve an idea or project. Working alongside her is a joy.

Kathryn Jacob, OBE
Author, The Glass Wall and Belonging

I’ve been working with Clare in two ways, first as editor, and subsequently as my agent. She really is excellent in every respect. She has a thorough and impressive understanding of writing and her passion makes her outstanding to work with. Anyone is lucky to work with her.

Sue Unerman,
Author, The Glass Wall and Belonging

I could not have worked with anyone better or more sympathetic to the process and her invaluable advice was always carefully considered, clearly presented and immensely helpful.

Adrian Dangar,
Author, Life on the Edge

Clare Grist Taylor

Agent – Editor – Leader – Writer