Wed, 14/08/2013 - 11:37
Derek Johns has announced his retirement from agency AP Watt.
Johns, who will retire at the end of November, began at AP Watt in 1992, after working as an editor at Random House in New York and a publisher at The Bodley Head and Granta.
During his career, he has represented writers including Sebastian Barry, Giles Foden,...
Thu, 08/08/2013 - 08:30
Literary agent Charlotte Robertson is to join United Agents on 4th September, leaving her current role at Aitken Alexander Associates.
Robertson began her career as an editorial assistant to Tom Weldon and Louise Moore in 1994, before moving into sales, becoming UK sales director, first at Penguin, then Pan Macmillan. She then...
Tue, 23/07/2013 - 07:00
Union Books, an imprint of the Aurum Publishing Group, has signed up a non-fiction title from novelist Todd McEwen.
How Not to Be American: Misadventures in the Land of the Free is described as an examination of what America has become that will "annoy and delight".
Editorial director Rosalind Porter...
Fri, 17/05/2013 - 11:18
Pushkin Press' new imprint, ONE, has made its first world English-language acquisition, with editor Elena Lappin buying The Fishermen by 26-year-old Nigerian debut novelist Chigozie Obioma.
Lappin signed the deal with Jessica Craig at United Agents and Peter Steinberg of The Steinberg Agency, New York.
Tue, 14/05/2013 - 09:12
The Ed Victor literary agency has formed a link-up with United Agents for the handling of film, television and theatrical rights.
Charlie Campbell from Ed Victor and Georgina Lewis for United Agents will head up the arrangement under the director of EV Ltd chairman Ed Victor and St John Donald, the managing director of UA.
Thu, 11/04/2013 - 13:04
Independent publisher Linen Press has acquired Maureen Freely's seventh novel, Sailing Through Byzantium.
The publisher acquired world rights in all languages from Derek Johns at A P Watt at United Agents, with plans to publish in October.
Freely is a novelist, translator and activist, and is perhaps best known...
Fri, 07/12/2012 - 09:00
Strong differences have emerged within the trade over the effectiveness of Digital Rights Management (DRM) on e-book files.
The issue came to the fore as divided views were voiced on DRM at this week's FutureBook Conference (3rd December). Little, Brown c.e.o. Ursula Mackenzie, who is also president of the...
Fri, 30/11/2012 - 08:00
A P Watt, the oldest literary agency in the world, has confirmed its sale to one of the newest, United Agents.
The Bookseller first reported in late September that the two were in "exclusive negotiations" —12 of A P Watt's...
Wed, 26/09/2012 - 12:05
United Agents is in the final stages of negotiations to acquire A P Watt.
In a joint statement, UA head of literary Robert Kirby (pictured) and A P Watt chairman and joint managing director Caradoc King said: "In order to quell any rumours we would like to confirm that United Agents and A P Watt are in exclusive negotiations for...
Fri, 21/09/2012 - 15:33
United Agents is restructuring to become a limited liability partnership (LLP), with the original agents who founded the company in 2008 to be paid back their initial investments, with profit, over the next five years.
The agency will be an LLP from 1st October 2012, having been established as a limited company, with the founding...