Linda Shaughnessy is stepping down from her role as joint head of the Foreign Rights department at United Agents.
Shaughnessy was head of Foreign Rights at AP Watt for 34 years before it was bought by United Agents. She will continue to act as a primary agent for her own clients, who include Rudyard Kipling, Richmal Crompton and Robert Graves, on a part-time basis.
Natasha Fairweather, joint head of United Agents’ Literary Department, said: “We are immensely grateful to Linda for the energy, passion and commitment she has always shown. She’s one a kind. Thankfully, since she will continue as a primary agent, it is not a complete goodbye.“
Margaret Halton now heads up the new Foreign Rights department at United Agents. Amy Mitchell, who is currently Foreign Rights manager at David Godwin Associates, will join the company as her deputy.
Halton said: “I couldn’t be happier that Amy is joining the team. She has a natural affinity for the list having previously worked with Linda at A P Watt and brings a lively, energising force to the department. With Jane Willis handling Children’s rights, we’ll be the new dream team.”
Mitchell added: “I am incredibly excited to be joining United Agents and to work with both Margaret and Jane. They have a list that I greatly admire and, of course, many authors who I loved working with in the past. This is a wonderful opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”