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06-05-2004, 02:57 AM
The Rupert Heath Agency has been recommended as an agent willing to consider new writers. I've reviewed the web page. Looks impressive enough. However, I'd like to chat with someone who has experienced working with the agency.

08-19-2004, 09:52 AM

I just signed with Rupert Heath. Have you queried or just looking for info? I am from the US, so I all the books on agents I had didn't include the UK. I would suggest doing what I didn't--email some of his clients.


08-19-2004, 09:56 AM
Earlier this year we corresponded and then, blip, he was gone. So I was wondering if anyone else had experience with him. He made an interesting suggestion, having read some of my work. I was inclined to agree with him. But then the disconnect.

08-20-2004, 11:18 AM

01-21-2005, 02:01 PM
I got a form rejection via email which simply read "Thanks but can't take on any new projects now"

It was timely though...

01-23-2005, 10:35 AM
I received a rejection from him recently, but it was personalised and quite helpful. He seemed genuinely interested in helping me improve my manuscript, and I was touched that he'd taken the time to email me himself. I have heard nothing but good things about him, but like any agent with a good/excellent reputation, he's unbelievably busy.
Good luck.

08-04-2005, 12:49 AM

02-20-2008, 07:22 PM
Rupert Heath handled the publication of my first novel and he was marvelous -- attentive, helpful, a great editor. He sold the book to Scribner, which was quite a coup, and traveled to the U.S. for the release. I can't say enough about him.

I left the agency only because he and I disagreed on the direction my second book should take. I've no doubt the idea he had would have been successful -- perhaps even more successful than the manuscript I wrote -- it was simply a difference in expectation.

A Bauer

03-08-2009, 10:57 PM
I sent a query on the 6th and receieved a very timely request for a partial this morning. We'll see how it goes. :Shrug:

03-12-2009, 09:35 PM
Congrats Chrisrose!

03-13-2009, 02:46 AM
I can't find Rupert's email address for submitting an equery. Could anyone help me out?

Giant Baby
03-13-2009, 02:54 AM

Good luck!

03-13-2009, 02:55 AM
Thanks Giant Baby!!

*off to send query*

03-13-2009, 04:47 PM
I received a rejection this morning (6:30am) it was nice yet confusing haha,
all in all he has a very good response time.

I liked this. I wouldn’t be able to represent you myself, but I wish you good luck elsewhere.



03-13-2009, 08:18 PM
I received a rejection this morning (6:30am) it was nice yet confusing haha,
all in all he has a very good response time.

Ha! I had pretty much the same this morning, except he said "I like the sound of this but ..." etc.

Quick turn around though.

Giant Baby
03-13-2009, 08:22 PM
He's busy this morning! Request for 50 pages from a query sent 3/8.

Saundra Julian
03-13-2009, 11:41 PM
I also sent 50 pages today. He's gonna have a lot to read over the week-end.

Saundra Julian
03-16-2009, 12:40 AM
I got a rather strange rejection today from Mr. Heath....

Thank you. I read this with great interest and, while I wouldn’t be able to represent you myself for this project, I wish you good luck elsewhere. If you don’t get anywhere in a year’s time, please get back in touch.

Best wishes


03-16-2009, 01:23 AM
Sounds like his std near miss rejection but the 'try me next year' is interesting
Perhaps what you are offering is something he doesn't feel he can sell at the moment, but if the market moves......

Giant Baby
03-16-2009, 02:01 AM
Rejection. Too quirky for the current market (it's a broken record with this book). Doesn't think he can sell it.

Damn it all to hell.

03-16-2009, 11:41 PM
I was invited to send my first fifty as well, and met with the same result.

The actual words of the email:

"This is an impressive, singular work. I don't think I could find a major publisher for this, so I wouldn't be able to represent you..."

So there's hope for the story, or he was trying to soften the blow of rejection...either way, back to the waiting game.


David McAfee
03-17-2009, 12:46 AM
What the hey...tossed a query his way. I'll lyk what happens...

03-17-2009, 03:58 AM
Also got a rejection on my partial today, along the same lines. Guess this agency requests a lot of stuff

David McAfee
03-17-2009, 07:23 PM
Alas, t'was not meant to be. Very fast, very brief rejection:

Thank you, but this isn’t going to be one for me. I am sure another agent will be interested in this.


05-13-2009, 01:30 AM
E-Query: 05/10/09 to Ms. Beaumont
Received e-jection on 05/12/09 from Mr. Rupert himself:

Diana is on maternity leave so I am answering on her behalf. This sounds like an interesting idea, but not a novel we could handle ourselves unfortunately. I do wish you the very best of luck elsewhere.

R Heath

12-19-2009, 05:59 PM
I subbed on Thursday and got a request for the first 50 pages yesterday.

Old Hack
12-19-2009, 09:13 PM
Seun, that's excellent news--Rupert Heath is a very well-respected agency, with a good list of clients. My fingers are very tightly crossed for you.

12-20-2009, 07:28 PM
Seun, that's excellent news--Rupert Heath is a very well-respected agency, with a good list of clients. My fingers are very tightly crossed for you.

Cheers. I have to admit to my first reaction on reading his email was complete shock that he replied so quickly and wanted a sample. :)

12-23-2009, 10:49 PM
Rejection today. Sigh.

Anarchic Q
01-04-2010, 04:34 AM
Queried on Dec 20th, got a request for 50 pages on Jan 2nd, got a rejection Jan 3rd.

However, in the email they pitch their e-book...

If you haven’t already, please consider downloading our e-book ‘The Knowledge’ from the agency website for more detailed guidance on getting the right agent and publisher. It represents extremely good value, we think, is packed with essential information hard or impossible to find elsewhere, and will give you a real advantage in your search for representation.

Apparently it costs money. Isn't that a little...skeevy?

Old Hack
01-04-2010, 11:57 AM
Several UK agents now offer an e-book or a PDF on that same subject. I can imagine they're desperate to reduce the number of inappropriate submissions: but I'm not sure how I feel about them charging for it. Hmmm.

01-04-2010, 07:45 PM
IMHO, as long as there's no implied "you must buy this to be considered", it's harmless if a trifle gauche. (You should see Maass's pitch for his books. :cool: His The Career Novelist is now available for free download, though.)

Doobie Cantrip
02-11-2011, 10:05 PM
I e-queried Rupert Heath on Dec 10th. He responded with a request for a full on Jan 7th, then had a very brief (but at least quick) rejection on Jan 10th.

04-04-2011, 12:56 AM
Can anyone post Rupert Heath's email address in order that I could send him a query? My Mac won't let me access link on website

Giant Baby
04-04-2011, 03:15 AM
It's been a couple of years, skywarrior, but in '09 when I queried him it was "emailagency at rupertheath dot com." Very nice man, IMO. Our exchange after he requested my partial remains one of my mostest favorite of my querying experience. Good luck!

ETA: Just checked website. That's still the query addy.

04-04-2011, 01:10 PM
I kept the copy of a response from Rupert Heath, he said:

'You definitely have a narrative voice working here, and it gives the novel a rare power. This in itself is something which incredibly few novelists can hope to achieve.'

The work is now with a publisher - but not through Rupert.

04-05-2011, 02:22 PM
Thanks guys
Will try going to the dark side for 5mins and use a pc to see if I can send on something!

05-04-2011, 11:55 PM
Mr. Heath requested the first 50pp back on 8th April.

Still waiting!

*chews nails*.

(probably jinxed myself now, haven't I?)

05-20-2011, 12:39 AM
I just received a very charming and encouraging rejection from Mr. Heath. He passed the chapters to his colleague and they both decided that it fell between genres and publishers would have a problem with that.

He's encouraged me to submit to him again when I have something else ready.

I emailed him back, thanked him for his response and told him I'd like to send the WW2 novel I'm beating into shape to him when it's done.
He responded that he'd be 'very glad' to look at it.

So yay. :) I'd love to work with him.

01-04-2014, 09:39 PM
However, in the email they pitch their e-book...

I'm interested in approaching this agency (as they represent a favourite HF author) and followed the link to Amazon, where you can buy it as a download for about 1.50:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sex-Lies-Book-Publishing-Author-ebook/dp/B00B9MA0DU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387395382&sr=8-1&keywords=sex+lies+and+book+publishing (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sex-Lies-Book-Publishing-Author-ebook/dp/B00B9MA0DU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387395382&sr=8-1&keywords=sex+lies+and+book+publishing)

I already have copies of Carole Blake's From Pitch to Publication and several of Nicola Morgan's books, so I'll probably buy this too.

Lady MacBeth
03-09-2014, 03:42 AM
Anyone have any recent experience with this agency?

03-09-2014, 02:11 PM
Anyone have any recent experience with this agency?

According to Query Tracker he hasn't responded to anybody for over a year. Possibly dead.

Old Hack
03-09-2014, 02:35 PM
If that's the case, he's tweeting from beyond the grave (https://twitter.com/RupertHeathLit).

03-09-2014, 05:00 PM
If that's the case, he's tweeting from beyond the grave (https://twitter.com/RupertHeathLit).

The Undead! Maybe time moves much slower in the afterlife, he's very non-responsive.

Lady MacBeth
03-09-2014, 11:58 PM
He requested a partial from me in January but I've heard nothing.