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Like all agents, Antony wears many hats. He is a mediator, champion, mentor, consoling shoulder, marketer, negotiator, tough guy, and diplomat. If his clients need it, he will be there holding their hand and giving them all the help and advice he can. He will be a writer's biggest cheerleader and avid defender of their rights. 

Harwood worked his way up through the publishing industry ranks from a young age, starting out at Chatto & Windus in 1978. When Gillon Aitken started a literary agency, Antony was one of the first agents hired. Then, in 2000, Antony started an agency of his own with colleague James Macdonald Lockhart. Three years later, the business moved from the hub of the literary world in England - London - to Oxford. 

Antony is keen to receive submissions in almost all areas of fiction and non-fiction, only specifically barring poetry and scripts. Writers already on his client list reflect his varied taste, ranging from science fiction author Peter F. Hamilton, to Costa award-winner AL Kennedy, to non-fiction writer Bess Lovejoy. Where many agents might say that they look for what sells well, Antony is against making commercially-led decisions. He sticks to his gut - if he likes it, it will sell. That's the kind of confidence that can only be achieved with a proven track record, something Antony has in spades.

With all the hundreds of submissions Antony receives, he can't stress enough how important the covering letter and submissions pages really are. With time pressures, an agent must love the covering letter enough to want to read at least the first page of the submission, and so on. If an agent isn't gripped from the get-go, they might not read more than half a page of your submission. So make sure you submission is the best it possibly can be before submitting.



Detailed data

Agency:
Antony Harwood
Agent since:
2000
Short biography:
Antony Harwood started out in publishing at Chatto & Windus in 1978, working as a Production assistant, head of the Publicity Department and Commissioning Editor. After six years at Chatto (during which time he had the privilege of working with authors such as Angela Carter, Toni Morrisson and Iris Murdoch), he moved over to agenting with Gillon Aitken. Having established his own list of authors and worked closely with Andrew Wylie, Aitken's then associate in America, and having become a Director of the agency, Antony joined the board of the Curtis Brown Group in 1990. In 1995, he returned to work with Gillon Aitken and in 2000 decided that it was time to become an independent agent.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Science fiction, Horror, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:


Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
We are happy to consider submissions of fiction and non-fiction in every genre and category except for screenwriting and poetry. If you wish to submit your work to us for consideration, please send a brief outline by email. If you want to post your material to us, please be sure to enclose an SAE or the cost of return postage.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.antonyharwood.com/index.php/latest-news-from-antony-harwood
Clients:
This agency do not produce an individual agent client list. The following names represent the agency's full client list: Alastair Bonnett, Michael Bracewell, Clare Chambers, Nora Chassler, Ethan Coen, Amanda Craig, Candida Crewe, David Dabydeen, Olivia Darling, James Dawson, Danny Dorling, Louise Doughty, Robert Edric, Carlo Gebler, Alan Glynn, Alison Goodman, Jennifer Gray, Neil Griffiths, Peter F. Hamilton, Emma Haughton, Caspar Henderson, Alan Hollinghurst, Stewart Home, Dan Hooper, Tom Huddleston, Roland Huntford, David Keen, A. L. Kennedy, Douglas Kennedy, Dorothy Koomson, C. B. Lindsay, Mark Lynas, Chris Manby, Glyn Maxwell, Leo Mellor, Claire Merle, Barry Miles, George Monbiot, Peter Moore, Simone Morden, Tamsyn Murray, Kim Newman, Ruaridh Nicoll, Garth Nix, Glenn Patterson, Alison Rattle, Geoff Ryman, Linda Sarah, Rose Shapiro, Erica Wagner, Tony White, Stuart Walton, Darren Williams, Robert Williams, Julia Wills, Robert McLiam Wilson, Ronald Wright.
Full client list:
http://www.antonyharwood.com/index.php/ourauthors
Email address:
mail@antonyharwood.com

Agents of: Antony Harwood

Agency details

Website:
http://www.antonyharwood.com/
About the agency:
The Antony Harwood Ltd literary agency was set up in London in 2000 by Antony Harwood and James Macdonald Lockhart and moved to Oxford in 2003. The agency has brokered book and film deals for a Booker winner (Alan Hollinghurst), a Costa winner (AL Kennedy), Louise Doughty, Peter Hamilton, Dorothy Koomson, Tim Parks and many others.
Address for submissions:
103 Walton Street Oxford OX2 6EB
Office address:
No data
Email address:
mail@antonyharwood.com
Phone number:
01865 559 615
Number of agents:
3
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We are happy to consider submissions of fiction and non-fiction in every genre and category except for screenwriting and poetry. If you wish to submit your work to us for consideration, please send a brief outline by email. If you want to post your material to us, please be sure to enclose an SAE or the cost of return postage. Make sure that you keep a copy of all material you send to us. We accept no liability for the loss or damage of any material received. We receive a huge number of submissions every week and regretfully cannot reply to each one.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
29/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
None
Latest news:
http://www.antonyharwood.com/latest-news-from-antony-harwood
More about the agency:
The Antony Harwood Ltd literary agency was set up in London in 2000 by Antony Harwood and James Macdonald Lockhart and moved to Oxford in 2003. The agency has brokered book and film deals for a Booker winner (Alan Hollinghurst), a Costa winner (AL Kennedy), Louise Doughty, Peter Hamilton, Dorothy Koomson, Tim Parks and many others.

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