AW Amazon Store

If this site is helpful to you,
Please consider a voluntary subscription to defray ongoing expenses.


 

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 59

Thread: United Agents

  1. #1
    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    A Small Town in Germany
    Posts
    12,704

    United Agents

    Look out for them; they'll be looking for new UK clients soon.
    They consist of top agents who walked out of the major UK agency PFD recently, mostly taking their clients with them. Apparently they had to leave their backlists behind. I posted about this earlier this year.

    http://www.unitedagents.co.uk/
    (The website is not live yet but has a very telling home page!)

    Here's some nice juicy publishing gossip on this story:
    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/revie...190468,00.html
    Last edited by aruna; 12-13-2007 at 09:15 PM.
    OUT NOW!
    The Lost Daughter of India
    Amazon UK:

    Amazon US:

    Sons of Gods -- the Mahabharata

    Website
    Facebook


    Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that ...
    ~ Rumi

  2. #2
    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    A Small Town in Germany
    Posts
    12,704
    More news:
    http://www.publishingnews.co.uk/pn/p...3&TAG=&CUnited
    Agents gears up
    UNITED AGENTS, THE literary and talent agency comprised of some PFD refuseniks, has demonstrated the benefits of mobile technology by opening for business even though, as yet, they have no office. Maureen Vincent, St John Donald, Tim Corrie, Charles Walker and Caroline Dawnay are among the agents working either from home or in borrowed office space. "All those who resigned and who have now been fired are free to start over, as per the terms of the service contract," one told PN this week. Pat Kavanagh, Anthony Jones and Simon Trewin remain at PFD, working out their notice periods, though MD Caroline Michel apparently still hopes to persuade them to stay.
    ID=&PGE=&sg9t=.
    I have sent them an email asking when they will be open for submissions. I'll keep you updated.
    OUT NOW!
    The Lost Daughter of India
    Amazon UK:

    Amazon US:

    Sons of Gods -- the Mahabharata

    Website
    Facebook


    Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that ...
    ~ Rumi

  3. #3
    Writer Beware Goddess Absolute Sage victoriastrauss's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Far from the madding crowd
    Posts
    6,670
    Thanks for the info, Aruna.

    - Victoria

  4. #4
    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    A Small Town in Germany
    Posts
    12,704
    The story is really quite intriguing.
    Here's a succint rundown of what happened:
    http://www.publishingnews.co.uk/pn/p...b4ba3059f44481

    Agenting is a personal business. It depends wholly on trust. Most important, of course, is the author's trust, but publishers matter too, and it is all about the relationships. Trust goes with the individual, not with the agency, let alone its corporate owners. The only things that matter are the agents and their relationships. So if a big corporation wants to buy and run a successful agency it has to keep the agents content, and that may be more difficult than simply ensuring that they are well fed and watered. This is the root of all the problems at PFD.
    The latest financial statement from CSS Stellar, issued on 28 September, says it better than anything else. On the opening page the Chairman, David Buchler, says: “The board is determined that all our businesses are operated in a way that will deliver maximum benefit to all Shareholders”. There is the problem - no mention of any benefit to agents, let alone authors, or God forbid, ordinary staff.
    No wonder the agents left! Sounds like a very cynical operation.
    OUT NOW!
    The Lost Daughter of India
    Amazon UK:

    Amazon US:

    Sons of Gods -- the Mahabharata

    Website
    Facebook


    Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that ...
    ~ Rumi

  5. #5
    Such a nasty woman SuperModerator Old Hack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    In chaos
    Posts
    21,579
    Any reply from United Agents yet, Sharon? I'm considering querying them, as one of their agents asked to see my next novel a little while ago, and it's ready now.

  6. #6
    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    A Small Town in Germany
    Posts
    12,704
    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hack View Post
    Any reply from United Agents yet, Sharon? I'm considering querying them, as one of their agents asked to see my next novel a little while ago, and it's ready now.

    No reply. I also soon want to query one of their agents with my almost-finished ms. That agent's name is still on the pfd website with an email address for her PA, so I am mailing that PA asking how and when to query. I'll let you know the results, if any!
    0
    OUT NOW!
    The Lost Daughter of India
    Amazon UK:

    Amazon US:

    Sons of Gods -- the Mahabharata

    Website
    Facebook


    Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that ...
    ~ Rumi

  7. #7
    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    A Small Town in Germany
    Posts
    12,704
    They now have a snail mail address.
    http://www.unitedagents.co.uk/
    OUT NOW!
    The Lost Daughter of India
    Amazon UK:

    Amazon US:

    Sons of Gods -- the Mahabharata

    Website
    Facebook


    Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that ...
    ~ Rumi

  8. #8
    Such a nasty woman SuperModerator Old Hack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    In chaos
    Posts
    21,579
    That new phone number works, and they're very helpful.

    Thanks for the update, Sharon.

  9. #9
    Such a nasty woman SuperModerator Old Hack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    In chaos
    Posts
    21,579
    Whhooo hooo, they're quick.

    I phoned up this afternoon to ask how to contact Charles Walker, the agent who had expressed an interest in seeing my next novel years ago while he was still at PFD. I was straight away given his email address, and I sent him a brief email query at 2.19PM; he replied at 3.29PM, asking to see the whole novel. I'm thrilled. It's gone off all ready!

  10. #10
    practical experience, FTW Dollywagon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    1,028
    But ... but ... how do we know who is there and who represents what?
    (Dolly - jigging up and down in anticipation)

  11. #11
    practical experience, FTW Robyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Texas (for now)
    Posts
    260
    Do we know if they take only UK clients? Inquiring minds want to know!

  12. #12
    Mostly Harmless SuperModerator CaoPaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Coastal Desert
    Posts
    13,108
    Until UA gets their website up, Googling individual agents finds the most info. Example: http://simontrewin.com/

    I also wanted to note that United Agents, Ltd. is not to be confused with United Agents Group, recently founded by...well, the story's here.
    ICAO
    ---------

    Censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates in the end the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion. -- Henry Steele Commager
    Achievers strive for excellence. Perfectionists drive themselves to extinction. -- A Grapple A Day
    I've never known any trouble that an hour's reading didn't assuage. -- Charles DeSecondat

    II 2016: 2017:

  13. #13
    Such a nasty woman SuperModerator Old Hack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    In chaos
    Posts
    21,579
    United Agents is made up of all the agents who recently left PFD after an argument with the management (who were not agents, but accountants). If you do a bit of Googling you should come up with the list.

    I suspect they'll only take UK clients, as I think that's all PFD did. Sorry!

  14. #14
    Such a nasty woman SuperModerator Old Hack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    In chaos
    Posts
    21,579
    The United Agents website has gone almost live: there are still some gaps to be filled, but there's a full list of agents now, a list of their clients, and submission guidelines.

    Oh, and a note congratulating Ricky Gervais for winning his Golden Globe. Well done, Ricky, from me too.

  15. #15
    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    A Small Town in Germany
    Posts
    12,704
    http://unitedagents.co.uk/representation/
    We ONLY consider submissions sent to looking(at)unitedagents.co.uk
    and meeting the following the criteria:

    In the Subject box please write in BLOCK CAPITALS the area you are seeking representation in, eg, ACTORS or BOOKS… etc followed by your name and title of work if appropriate.
    Books
    Please send a full outline for non-fiction projects, or a short synopsis for fiction, and two or three sample chapters (the first two or three chapters are preferable) together with a covering letter giving an account of the background of the book and an account of the writer’s career to date.
    They ask for email submissions with partial and synopsis. Can I assume that these should be attachments? I once had an agent ask for a partial sent in the body of the mail.
    OUT NOW!
    The Lost Daughter of India
    Amazon UK:

    Amazon US:

    Sons of Gods -- the Mahabharata

    Website
    Facebook


    Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that ...
    ~ Rumi

  16. #16
    Who's going for a beer? waylander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    6,681
    Quote Originally Posted by aruna View Post
    http://unitedagents.co.uk/representation/


    They ask for email submissions with partial and synopsis. Can I assume that these should be attachments? I once had an agent ask for a partial sent in the body of the mail.
    I phoned and asked them - attachments are OK

  17. #17
    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    A Small Town in Germany
    Posts
    12,704
    Thanks. Looks like a battery of AWers are going to be submitting to them--good luck to all!
    OUT NOW!
    The Lost Daughter of India
    Amazon UK:

    Amazon US:

    Sons of Gods -- the Mahabharata

    Website
    Facebook


    Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that ...
    ~ Rumi

  18. #18
    Such a nasty woman SuperModerator Old Hack's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    In chaos
    Posts
    21,579
    They're quick. I received a very encouraging rejection today, a week after I sent in my mss.

    Better luck to the rest of you, I hope!

  19. #19
    practical experience, FTW
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    292
    their website seems to have gone down. is this agency still in existence? Anyone have their telephone number etc?

  20. #20
    . JJ Cooper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    On a big Island
    Posts
    2,511
    I was on their website yesterday (maybe I crashed it). I didn't get their phone number but their submission email is looking@unitedagents.co.uk. Their address is United Agents, 130 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5EU.

    See post 15 for submission details.

    Old Hack or Waylander may still have their phone number.

    JJ
    My first thriller, The Interrogator, was published by Random House Australia in August 2009.

    My second, Deadly Trust, was published by Random House Australia in August 2010.

    Random House Page - 'White knuckle writing from Australia's answer to Andy McNab'



    www.jjcooperauthor.com

    'Raw, tough, and uncompromising - exactly what a great thriller needs to be.'
    Lee Child, International bestselling author

    'A rip-roaring plot that bursts from the gate and never lets up.'
    Lisa Unger, International bestselling author

    'Packed with intrigue and authentic detail, full of twists, THE INTERROGATOR is a memorable debut.'
    Jeff Abbott, International bestselling author

  21. #21
    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    A Small Town in Germany
    Posts
    12,704
    It was up about 10 days ago. I sent an email according to the guidelines, but addressed to a specific agent. Within the hour I got a reply from the assistant, saying that I had forgotten to attach the partial and synopsis (I don't know what happened, as I know I had done so, but the somehow dropped off before mailing!) and asking a few questions about the situation: how many submissions etc. I resent the attachments and the assistant said she'd pass them on to agent.
    That was a Thursday. The following Monday I got a rejection. Assistant said both she and agent had read it but though it was publishable it was not what they were looking for.
    I also spoke to an author yesterday who was with one of their top agents before they made the move. As she wasn't happy with him she changed agents after the move.
    OUT NOW!
    The Lost Daughter of India
    Amazon UK:

    Amazon US:

    Sons of Gods -- the Mahabharata

    Website
    Facebook


    Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that ...
    ~ Rumi

  22. #22
    Who's going for a beer? waylander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    6,681
    Quote Originally Posted by JJ Cooper View Post
    I was on their website yesterday (maybe I crashed it). I didn't get their phone number but their submission email is looking@unitedagents.co.uk. Their address is United Agents, 130 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5EU.

    See post 15 for submission details.

    Old Hack or Waylander may still have their phone number.

    JJ

    Website is back up
    tel: +44 (0) 20 7166 5266

  23. #23
    practical experience, FTW
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    292
    Thanks, I've e-mail subbed this morning. But I went down the general "Books: name and author," Dear Sir/Madam route, as I couldn't decide on which agent best suited my work.

    I didn't really recognise the names of their authors. Hopefully they will decide themselves which agent might best suit my work (if they are interested), and hopefully my "general" submission won't annoy them.

  24. #24
    practical experience, FTW
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Finesville, New Jersey
    Posts
    449
    Quote Originally Posted by Robyn View Post
    Do we know if they take only UK clients? Inquiring minds want to know!
    I queried them last month and just got a lovely reply from Anna Webber asking for the ms. and promising she would get back to me very soon because they were so long in replying. God I love these Brits! Anyway, I guess they will consider U.S. authors.

  25. #25
    practical experience, FTW firedrake's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    9,252

    A logistical question - United Agents UK

    Given the subject matter of my Historical Fiction (WW1), I am concentrating on UK agents and am about to query United Agents, a relatively new agency in London. They ask for a letter, synopsis and the first three chapters of the book. What they don't specify is whether the three chapters should be sent as an attachment or in the main body of the email. How should I do this? Do you think three chapters is too much to include in the main body of an email?

    All opinions gratefully received.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search