The Team

Paul Moreton
Paul is the Managing Director of Bell Lomax Moreton.  He joined the agency in 2000 from Penguin Books, where he was Head of Children’s Book Sales.  He’s interested in children’s books across all age ranges and narrative non-fiction, biography, sport, music and autobiography.  He’s also interested in crime fiction and anything a bit weird and wonderful.
@PaulMore
 
Lauren Gardner
Lauren joined the team in April 2014 as literary assistant and has been agenting full time since October 2015.  She graduated in 2009 with a degree in English Literature and Drama from the University of Manchester, and has a background in lifestyle journalism and PR.  She is currently building her own list and is looking for non-fiction projects ranging from people undertaking extraordinary challenges and having amazing adventures, to celebrities, aspiring foodies and lifestyle brands.  She has a passion for children’s literature and is also looking for YA and middle grade debuts with heart, humour and maybe a supernatural twist or two.
 
Lauren is judging the 2019 BATH CHILDREN’S NOVEL AWARD, and was interviewed about what she would love to be submitted.
@LaurieEmTweets
 
Jo Bell
Jo began merchandising books on family holidays at the age of 6, showing that publishing runs in the family!  Now with nearly 18 years of working in the industry, Jo joins the team with a wealth of experience. She has worked for HarperCollins as Children’s Sales Director and also Parragon Books as the UK Sales Director dealing with editorial teams, licensors and major retailers across the UK. Jo is building her list and really enjoys reading a strong voice in a story packed with passion & intrigue. Currently Jo is seeking crime, thrillers & suspense, contemporary romance, women’s fiction spanning commercial, literary & historical, and humour.
@Jobbiebell
 
John Baker 

John joined in February 2019, after previously working for Stripes Publishing, Usborne Publishing and the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, whilst completing the Kingston University Publishing MA. As the agency assistant, John provides administrative and editorial support across all the agents’ lists, and he is beginning to cultivate his own list, built around his passion for Science Fiction and Fantasy.  Alongside reading every book to contain a jaded space captain, an in-over-his-head supernatural detective, or a past-their-prime mercenary crew on one last mission and all possible adventures in between, John was lucky enough to start his own publishing adventure in the hallowed halls of Gollancz and since then has been beta-reading for such celebrated authors as Bradley Beaulieu and Brian McClellan.

John is not open to submissions at this time. @JJBker

Sarah McDonnell
Sarah joined Bell Lomax Moreton in 2014 to provide administrative support for the team and to assist with reading for the agency. She has a background in recruitment and is enjoying being back in the office after a career break to raise her young family. She enjoys reading psychological thrillers with unexpected twists and is an expert in children’s fiction thanks to her three lovely kids.
 
Eddie Bell
Eddie has vast experience in publishing. Before setting up Bell Lomax Moreton, Eddie was Executive Chairman and Publisher at HarperCollins.
 
Pat Lomax
Pat was one of the founders of Bell Lomax Moreton. Previously, Pat had worked in senior editorial roles at Simon & Schuster, Wiley and Kogan Page.
 
June Bell
June was instrumental in founding the agency, bringing a sense of calm and organisation to the office. June has developed her own list of clients as well as supporting the other agents with their work.