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More than just a literary agent, Antony Topping argues that agents are advisors for multiple aspects of a clients' career. Beyond getting their authors publishing deals, agents also provide editorial advice, selling rights to worldwide markets as well as for other media (film, TV, radio, etc), and help with branding. After all, they are there to help with the business side of a writer's life so that the writer can focus on the actual writing!

A self-confessed foodie, Antony represents several high-profile chefs and restaurant brands, including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Dan Lepard, Thomasina Miers, Leon, and itsu. This is where the full-service agenting really comes into play. Chefs need to be more than just cooks and writers to really succeed in today's market. They must further their brand into not only a social media presence, but are best served by a media presence as well, be it a regular interviewee on TV and radio, or having their own shows.

Outside of his more traditional fiction-writing clients, such as Curtis Brown Creative's director Anna Davis, Antony also has a significant funny bone. This love of humour has Antony representing straight parody writing like Bridget and Joan's Diary: Mad About the Toy Boy as well as the witty non-fiction work of Stuart Heritage, whose debut work, Don't be a Dick, Pete, is a biography of his brother.

While Antony's interests are broad, we recommend you familiarise yourself with his current client list before submitting. This is the best way to gauge whether your work fits into an agent's particular taste.



Detailed data

Agency:
Greene and Heaton
Agent since:
1995
Short biography:

Antony Toppingjoined the agency in 1995, having begun his professional career working as a fiction buyer for one of the major chain bookstores. He studied English at St Anne's College, Oxford. Antony's interests span the full breadth of the agency's activities, from literary representation to TV to brand consultation. His list of writing clients includes historical thriller writers, contemporary and historical literary novelists, science writers, food writers, and humorists.

His clients include Suzannah Dunn, Jeremy Duns, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (and River Cottage), Andrew Holmes, William Leith, Leon Restaurants, James McGee, Thomasina Miers (Wahaca Restaurants),the Royal Society, CJ Sansom, Marcus du Sautoy and many others. Antony is the first point of contact for inquiries about TV representation. He has a particular interest in translating ideas/people/books/brands from one medium into another.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Antony's clients include historical thriller writers, contemporary and historical literary novelists, science writers, food writers and humorists.
Other loves & passions:
Antony is a real foodie. He is interested in taking things from one medium and transporting it into another.
How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLbRYYhnd-I&noredirect=1
Clients:
Ben and Jack, KEO Films, Leon Restaurants, Mark Palmer and Scott Solder, River Cottage HQ, Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Helen Ashley, Helena Attlee, Nicola Bunting, Ken Burnett, Tom Campbell, Jessica Cargill-Thompson, Fizz Carr, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Russell Davies, Anna Davis, Christopher Dawes, Henry Dimbleby, John Drake, Roger Drew, Nikki Duffy, Suzannah Dunn, Jeremy Duns, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall, Nick Fisher, Christopher Fitz-Simon, Alex Games, Bill Granger, Bill Granger, Blaine Harden, Paul Heathorn, Beatrice Hitchman, Andrew Holmes, Dr Tony Hughes, Laura James, Martin Jarvis, Max Kinnings, David Kirk, William Leith, Dan Lepard, Robert Lewis, Fraser Lewry, Kieran Long, Tim Maddams and Gill Meller, James McGee, Thomasina Miers, Lottie Moggach, A. E. Moorat, John O'Connell, Stuart Payne, Claire Ptak, Mark Roland, Alan Rosenthal, The Royal Society, Tom Ryan, C. J. Sansom, Marcus du Sautoy, Rebecca Seal, Rebecca Seal, Diane Seed, Diane Seed, Ariane Sherine, Will Smith, Nick Tomlinson, Jennie Walker, Andrew Webb, Mark Wernham, Will Wiles, Hugh Williams, Sarah Woodward, Joanna Yarrow.
Full client list:
http://greeneheaton.co.uk/agents/antony-topping/
Email address:
atopping@greeneheaton.co.uk

Agents of: Greene and Heaton

Agency details

Website:
http://www.greeneheaton.co.uk/
About the agency:
Founded in 1963, Greene & Heaton Ltd is a literary and media agency with a diverse range of clients. These include novelists, travel writers, scientists, biographers, historians, ghost writers and children's writers and illustrators, each of them prominent in their field, and also TV presenters, production companies, and food/restaurant and other brands.
Address for submissions:
37 Goldhawk Road, London W12 8QQ
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@greeneheaton.co.uk
Phone number:
020 8749 0315
Number of agents:
4
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
All submissions should be single sided, at least 1.5 line spaced, page numbered and clearly marked with your name and contact details. Postal submissions: If you would like to send in your work to be read by Greene & Heaton, please include the following: a covering letter, a synopsis, and three chapters (or about fifty pages). Please make sure that you give us your email address, or include a return envelope and sufficient postage if you want the material back. We try to respond within six weeks of receipt of your material, but please appreciate that this isn't always possible. You won�t receive feedback on your work unless we are interested in representing it, but it will be read, and we always aim to give you a response � provided you have sent an SAE. Email submissions: We do accept submissions by email but you will only receive a reply if we are interested in discussing representation. Please attach a synopsis and the first three chapters (or about fifty pages) to a covering email sent to submissions@greeneheaton.co.uk, ensuring that attachments are in Microsoft Word or PDF format. If possible, do mention the name of your preferred agent in the subject line of your email. Children�s or YA submissions should also be clearly marked in the subject line.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
6 days
Agency Transparency Index:
36/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@GreeneandHeaton
Latest news:
http://www.greeneheaton.co.uk/news.asp
More about the agency:
Founded in 1963, Greene & Heaton Ltd is a literary and media agency with a diverse range of clients. These include novelists, travel writers, scientists, biographers, historians, ghost writers and children's writers and illustrators, each of them prominent in their field, and also TV presenters, production companies, and food/restaurant and other brands.

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