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Ariella Feiner started working at PFD in 2006 before moving to United Agents and is now nurturing her own client list which includes many bestselling, critically acclaimed and award-winning authors across fiction and non-fiction, including million-copy selling authors and groundbreaking non-fiction. In 2017, she was named as a Rising Star in The Bookseller.

She has said: “One of the joys of being a literary agent is the range of books I can work on and I enjoy reading from a wide selection of genres. I want manuscripts which make me sit up and take notice of them, whether it be through beautiful prose, a hugely original idea or, at their best, stories which make me sob.”

In fiction, she is open to crime and psychological thrillers, character-driven stories, reading group books, high-concept tales with a great elevator pitch, novels with magical elements, historical fiction with a twist, and anything, like Room, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time or The Time Traveller's Wife, which breaks the mould. Recent fiction she has loved includes Fierce Kingdom, Black-Eyed Susans, The Roanoke Girls, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Shtum.

On the non-fiction front, she is looking for exciting non-fiction such as topics which feel untouched before now or are inspiring and mouth-watering cook book ideas. In particular, she is looking for moving non-fiction, along the lines of My Promised Land, Do No Harm, Wild and The Shepherd's Life. On the cookery spectrum she is a huge fan of Sabrina Ghayour, Nigella Lawson and Yotam Ottolenghi.



Detailed data

Agency:
United Agents
Agent since:
2014
Short biography:

I started working at PFD in 2006 and am now an agent at United Agents, nurturing my own client list. One of the joys of working in a literary agency is the range of books you can work on and I enjoy reading from a wide selection of genres. I want books that make me sit up and take notice of them, whether it be through beautiful prose, a hugely original idea or, at their best, books which make me sob.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Ariella describes herself as "on the lookout for anything which is extremely well-written, but in particular: reading group books; young adult novels; historical fiction; those in the crime and thriller genre, exciting non-fiction such as beautiful cookery books and biographies about strong women in history, and anything like The Lovely Bones or The Night Circus, which breaks the mould".

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
For submissions please email me the first three chapters of your manuscript together with a synopsis at afeiner@unitedagents.co.uk.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@AriellaFeiner
Interesting links:
https://bookmachine.org/2017/06/24/on-being-a-rising-star-and-literary-agent-ariella-feiner-interview/
Clients:
Francesca Armour-Chelu, Holly Bell, Nargisse Benkabbou, Mark Bostridge, Jane Casey, Alice Clark-Platts, John Coldstream, Elle Croft, Mike Gayle, Niamh Greene, Gunpowder, Olia Hercules, Laura Jarratt, Jim McNeill, Emily Midorikawa, Selina Periampillai, The Dumpling Sisters, Daniela Sacerdoti, Lucy Watson, Kate Williams
Full client list:
http://www.unitedagents.co.uk/afeinerunitedagentscouk
Email address:
afeiner@unitedagents.co.uk

Agency details

Website:
http://unitedagents.co.uk/
About the agency:
United Agents was established in 2007, following the departure of all 75 members of staff from PDF (Peters Dunlop Fraser), in protest against PDF's parent company. UA is owned by its employees. UA represents actors, authors, cinematographers, composers, designers, directors, editors, playwrights, presenters, and voiceover artists. United Agents is currently in the final stage of negotiations to take over A.P. Watt, the world's longest-established literary agency. UA claim to offer its clients "unrivalled service and creative opportunities with a unique understanding of traditional and emerging media platforms".
Address for submissions:
12-26 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LE
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@unitedagents.co.uk
Phone number:
020 3214 0800
Number of agents:
18
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
As an agency, we value and welcome approaches from prospective authors. Instead of writing generally to the Book Department, however, we request that you take a look at our literary agents' pages on our website, and make a specific and informed approach to one agent only. Each agent may have specific requests in terms of how they wish to receive material, and those instructions will be on their individual pages. Generally, we ask you to email a full outline for non-fiction projects, or a synopsis of your novel and the first three chapters, together with covering note telling us about yourself and your writing career to date.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
34/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
None
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@unitedagents
Latest news:
http://unitedagents.co.uk/news_archive
More about the agency:
United Agents was established in 2007, following the departure of all 75 members of staff from PDF (Peters Dunlop Fraser), in protest against PDF's parent company. UA is owned by its employees. UA represents actors, authors, cinematographers, composers, designers, directors, editors, playwrights, presenters, and voiceover artists. United Agents is currently in the final stage of negotiations to take over A.P. Watt, the world's longest-established literary agency. UA claim to offer its clients "unrivalled service and creative opportunities with a unique understanding of traditional and emerging media platforms".

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