Agent Hunter gets even betterHarry Bingham
Folks, you wanted it, we’re delivering it.
Our agent profiles are already good – of course – but they’ve lacked a bite-size summary up top where you can get a quick one-minute feel for each agent in our database. We’re now in process of changing all that. We’re writing up full profiles of every agent and will post these in chunks directly on the site.
Where we don’t yet have an enhanced profile, yo
u’ll go on seeing the old style profiles that you know and love. Where we do have an enhanced profile, we’ve uploaded it. All the old data is still there, you just get a quick summary of all we’ve found. Agencies that have enhanced profiles uploaded so far comprise the following.
In the meantime, we’re compiling further profiles as fast as our profile-gnomes can be whipped. Watch out for more soon.
A small agency, with a primarily screen/stage focus. We don’t want to be rude, but we don’t think this agency would be a first port of call for an ambitious writer of fiction or non-fiction. Agent profiles comprise:
PFD (formerly Peters Fraser Dunlop)
A big agency, rebuilding after the trauma that led to the United Agents walkout. We’re soliciting further data from the good people at PFD, but for now our agent profiles are as follows:
Conville & Walsh
Now a high profile with a strong record with debut authors. We still want to build out our profiles here, but the following agents now have good summaries:
Leo Media & Entertainment
More of a consultancy / law firm than a true agency, and in any case one that is mostly focused with screen drama – but for what it’s worth, here’s our profile of its principal:
Curtis Brown was one of the biggest firms in the industry even before it bought a 50% share of Conville & Walsh. Here are our snapshots of the good people who make the firm what it is:
Lucas Alexander Whitley
LAW is an example of a firm right in the middle of change. Whilst their pages on Agent Hunter have previously been a bit sparse, the lovely Philippa Milnes-Smith has got on board and provided some brilliant content. We’re hoping to do the same for the rest of the agency but for now Philippa’s leading the way on the transparency stakes.
David Higham is an old and well-established literary agency with a superb back list that includes the great & good of British fiction, but with many newer names too, an a particular interest in fiction for children.
Jenny Brown Associates
JBA is Scotland’s biggest & best known agency, set up by its eponymous founder who has long been a major part of the Scottish literary establishment. Another agency where we’d like more data than we have, but we’ve done what we can:
Luigi Bonomi Associates
The eponymous Luigi Bonomi is probably best known for his very strong list of celebrity clients, but the agency as a whole has a reasonably balanced – if very commercially focused – list and will be of interest to most writers who are writing genre fiction of any sort and want an agency with a strong editorial and sales focus. Our roll-call of agents there includes:
Felicity Bryan Associates
Like Jenny Brown Associates, FBA is a mid-sized non-London agency with real heft and quality. The founder, Felicity Bryan, had a long prehistory as a journalist and agent at Curtis Brown before setting up on her own, and her agency now maintains its traditional strength in intelligent non-fiction of every sort, but combines that with a newer interest in children’s and YA fiction as well as upmarket adult fiction. The agency is not, however, a go-to place for more obviously commercial work. Our agent profiles include:
The AL agency is a remarkable outfit: strongly focused on non-fiction – Andrew Lownie himself handles nothing else – it can go an entire year with one of its authors featuring somewhere in the non-fiction bestseller lists. The recent addition of David Haviland gave the agency an interest in fiction for the first time. Our profiles of the agency’s mighty duo can be found here:
Once, this was an agency that might not even have been covered by a database like ours. It handled foreign rights on behalf of other agencies and publishers but did essentially no business direct with authors. That’s changed, however, and the agency now has a strong and vibrant list. Our profiles of the people who matter are:
A & B Personal Management
We don’t think this agency is defunct, but we also don’t think it’s doing a roaring trade in establishing new, young debut authors on the bestseller lists across the globe. What we know about the principal – not much! – is shown below. If anyone can tell us more, we’re all ears:
A for Authors
We’ve also covered another small agency, this one very newly created and certainly an ongoing business. The firm lists a number of authors who have yet to make their first sale, and in our view the agency still has something to prove. Our profiles of the firm’s two founders can be found here:
What’s the most impressive agency you’ve never heard of? We think the answer just might be Abner Stein: a firm which, almost exclusively, acts as UK sub-agent for US agents and publishers.
Because it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever be represented by this firm (unless you’re Dan Brown or John Grisham, in which case don’t you have better things to do than read this post?), we’ve kept our coverage of the firm and its agents pretty minimal. Here’s what you need to know:
Aitken Alexander Associates
Aitken Alexander has grown into one of London’s leading literary agencies, notable, not least, for its entrepreneurial attitude in founding offices in New York and Delhi. Not all agents in the firm are likely to be actively recruiting new clients which makes it all the more important you know who’s who. And here’s what you need to know:
Now the oldest remaining independent agency in London, AM Heath has a remarkable backlist that encompasses authors from George Orwell to Winston ‘Poldark’ Graham, but it’s notable also for its fine roster of contemporary authors who range from the current monarch of the literary world, Hilary Mantel, to such commercial superstars as Katie Fforde, RJ Ellory, Conn Iggulden, Maggie O’Farrell and others. Here are the profiles you need:
WME London (William Morris Endeavour)
This is the UK arm of a massive New York and Hollywood literary and talent agency. The London literary department is now under the wing of the very well-known and well-connected agent, Simon Trewin, who has put together a group of similarly able agents. All the info you need here:
Marianne Gunn O’Connor
A one woman Irish super-agency, with a very small online presence but with some clients of the very top quality. Here’s the stuff you need to know:
Is this the most secretive agency in London? Answer: no – we can think of some where the information is even more limited – but we’ve done what we can to lay out the limited material that exists:
The Zeno Agency
The coolest name in agenting? Definitely yes if you happen to be writing SFF fiction and are struggling to find agents who actually, genuinely, really want the stuff. Here are the profiles of the folk who matter:
We don’t know much about this agency, because the firm’s website is notably bare of information and there just isn’t much data in the public domain. We’ve done all we can and have assembled the following profiles: