The Team

Susan Mears

Founder

Susan studied English and French literature at Southampton University and the Sorbonne University Paris and after graduating with a 2:1 BA Hons trained in publishing at Random House with Oliver Caldecott on the Rider (non-fiction) division and was subsequently appointed editor of the Hutchinson division.

She then became Managing Editor at Piatkus books (part of the Little Brown group) and left to become Senior Editor of the Health and Non Fiction list at Element Books. She was also Publishing Director for NDS Limited for three years and started up SUSAN MEARS LITERARY AGENCY in 1993.

The agency has a tremendous reputation for discovering new talent and has taken a number of authors from start up author to international bestseller status.

In her spare time Susan breeds Arabian and sports horses and competes in endurance racing.

Wendy Yorke

Literary Agent, Book Editor and Author Coach

Wendy has worked in major cities across Europe, Asia and Australia. She is now bringing together her international life experiences with her executive management and corporate communications skills, to help improve other people’s lives by providing author and book coaching; editing and publishing services.

She has more than 20 years experience of: writing and editing content, preparing Reader Reports and Publishing Proposals; executive and individual performance coaching; project management, corporate affairs, public relations, strategic communications and stakeholder engagement, across government and commercial business sectors.

Her professional qualifications include: DISC Personality Profiling; Diplomas in Corporate and Executive Coaching and Personal Performance Coaching from The Coaching Academy of London; a Graduate Certificate in Management from Curtin University Perth, Western Australia; and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Philosophy from the University of Exeter, England. She speaks English and French and maintains professional networks around the globe.

Clare G Harvey

PR, customer relations, people management, negotiation and product development

Clare is a talented author, entrepreneur and expert. Her expertise and experience lies in PR, customer relations, people management, negotiation and product development.

In 1995 Clare wrote an Encyclopaedia of Flowers Remedies drawing together and incorporating the healing qualities of over two thousand Flower Remedies from around the world. This has been widely recognized as the authoritative work on the subject and translated and published worldwide. She then went on to write the Principles of Vibrational Healing and The Healing Spirit of Plants.

Clare is internationally recognised as a world authority on Flower Essences, and was originally trained by her grandmother, being taught herself by Dr Edward Bach and Nora Weeks. Clare has been a Flower Essence Consultant at The Hale Clinic in London , since 1990. A teacher and lecturer, Clare started the first International Flower Essence School for Practitioners, The International Federation for Vibrational Medicine in 1988 which runs Introductory and Professional Training courses. Clare originally started The International Flower Essence Repertoire and was instrumental in establishing it as the major UK distributor of Flower Essences in the UK before resigning her Directorship in 2004.

Mike French

Submissions Editor

Mike began his career in the academic world. He studied history at Durham University and went on to do a masters and PhD at the University of St Andrews. He has taught extensively there and has given a number of papers at international history conferences. He is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Mike has moved from academia to the Susan Mears Literary Agency, but still keeps up his contacts with the academic world and is on the lookout for excellent new books that bridge the gap between the academic and popular world. He is also in charge of children’s fiction and loves reading submissions aimed at young adults. 

Wafa Tarnowska

Expert translator

Fluent in Arabic, French and English, with conversational Polish and Italian.  Author of Araibian Nights and passionate story teller.  Specialising in travel, art, beauty and stories within stories.

Wafa Tarnowska is a Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant with international business experience in the Middle East, Europe, UK and Australia, specialising in the strategic planning and implementation of CSR programmes.

In 2011, she was nominated one of 100 top leaders in Trustworthy Business Behaviour in Europe and the Middle East by “Trust Across America” and has won several CSR awards for her work in the Middle East.

David Palin

Expert Consultant on fiction and screenwriting

David Palin BA Combined Honours is a published novelist – a writer of dark, psychological thrillers. His first book containing two short novels, For Art’s Sake and In The Laptops Of The Gods, was published in 2006 and he was interviewed on BBC Radio about them at that time. HIS NEW THRILLER, THE PRYING GAME, COMES OUT WITH BENE FACTUM PUBLISHING IN 2016.

David is also now involved in screenwriting. His feature-length adaptation of For Art’s Sake is under development with the Raindance Raw Talent division, having passed the initial stages of the process, and another screenplay is under consideration with the division.

Additionally, David was one of only four writers worldwide approached by Raindance to be involved at the outset of a brand new development company intended to work in collaboration with Raindance and others to create an open dialogue with producers, directors and development executives in need of new screenplays and/or writers for spec scripts.

David has collaborated as editor and co-writer for various authors during his time with the Agency, also producing screen treatments and screenplays for writers whose novels have sparked potential interest from film producers.

David has over thirty years of experience in business development and account management, and is widely-travelled, including some years living in Germany.

Julian Robbins B.A. Hons, Cert. Ed.

Expert Consultant on mind body spirit and children’s titles

Julian is our expert on Children’s publishing and for many years was Deputy Editor of YOUNG WRITER MAGAZINE where he interviewed editors and authors of popular Children’s fiction and also helped encourage competitions and reader feedback on this publication aimed at the children and young adult market. The magazine has now been sold to a USA company and no longer operates in the UK.

Julian has various talents and abilities, including musician and composer, teacher, writer and linguist. He graduated in 1969 with a good honours degree in Linguistics, having studied under Professor David Crystal, amongst others. The course included six months in Denmark researching his chosen thesis on The Morphophonemics of the Verb in Danish. Having an interest in and natural facility for language and literature, his fluency in French is such that he can be taken for a native speaker. He also has qualifications in German, Spanish and Latin.

He pursued a successful teaching career at every level for many years in both independent and state sectors and to adult classes and individuals. Recognised by Ofsted as ‘a teacher of great maturity’, he initially taught French, German and EFL, later developing wider interests – creating his own structured and imaginative teaching materials, and compiling and editing a Teachers’ Local Studies Resource Manual for Herefordshire LEA, for example, alongside his roles as Teacher and Senior Manager.

Vivian Mainwaring

Founder/ Director

Educated at Leeds College of Art, United Kingdom, Viv is currently a senior lecturer in film at the University of South Wales in Newport, in their Faculty of Creative Industries.

For thirty years, Viv has been involved in the film industry. For sixteen years he owned and operated a Chicago-based film production company in which, as the principle film director, he was responsible for all aspects of production and post-production work. Widely recognised in the American film industry for his talent, Viv has won many top awards as Editor, Cameraman, and Director, including the prestigious New York International Film Festival Gold Medal.

Viv and his colleague, Nigel Orrillard, became disheartened with the sad, unimaginative ideas and approaches of current schools of film around the world. “The opportunity is there for exciting innovation in the way students are taught and what they are taught and now is the time to strike.” Together with Susan Mears, they came up with the concept of a hands on, practical approach to teaching the experts of the future.