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Caradoc King is the chairman and managing director of the prestigious agency, A P Watt (which joined the United Agents’ Partnership in 2012).  He is a renowned literary agent and represents a stellar list of award winning authors including Quentin Blake, Graham Swift and Nicholas Evans.

He is a tough negotiator and has a reputation for brokering lucrative financial deals for his clients, particularly with film rights.  Notably, ‘The Horse Whisperer’ was optioned by Robert Redford for $3 million dollars whilst Nicholas Evans was still writing it.

King joined A. P Watt in 1976 via a fairly traditional publishing career path; a degree at Oxford and a stint at Penguin books.  He has a well-established list of clients who write across a range of fiction and non-fiction genres including literary and commercial fiction (crime is a particular interest), history, biography, science and psychology.  

He also has a small coterie of highly successful children’s authors including Philip Ridley; Philip Pullman (his oldest friend and first client); and the estate of Dick King Smith. Given the calibre of his list and his experience, King is unlikely to be searching for new authors.  However, if you want to contact him you must do it via an associate agent or his assistant at United Agents.

In an interview, King once described himself as ‘the archetypal self-made man’ and subscribers looking for further biographical information would do well to read his 2011 memoir ‘Problem Child’ which details his difficult upbringing and early career history. The book was critically well received and Orange prize winner Helen Dunmore (another high profile client) describes it as 'a fascinating memoir which balances devastating honesty, warmth and irony. It is a very strong and courageous piece of writing and it tells an extraordinary story'.



Detailed data

Agency:
United Agents
Agent since:
1976
Short biography:

Caradoc King joined A P Watt in 1976 after working for five years at Penguin as a senior editor. He became a director of A P Watt in 1981 and chairman and joint managing director in 1992. He was with the firm when it was acquired by United Agents. He represents a wide range of novelists, among them literary prize-winners and best-selling commercial authors. His non-fiction list of clients includes historians and biographers and leading writers on an extensive range of subjects from physics to wine and gardening to psychoanalysis. He also represents a small list of top children's authors. In 2011, his memoir 'Problem Child' was published - and we strongly recommend that the links below are studied as these interviews give a good feel of the man.

Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's picture books, 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, Paranormal romance, Horror, Genre romance, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Top Childhood Memoirs: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie, Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Brooke Hayward's Haywire, Roald Dahl's Boy, Donna Williams's Nobody Nowhere, Blake Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Lorna Sage's Bad Blood, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Nigel Slater's Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger, Janice Galloway's This Is Not About Me

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/feb/27/caradoc-king-interview-problem-child
Clients:
Neil Astley, Angela Barrett, Daniel Blake, Quentin Blake, Jane Brown, Louise Brown, Linda Buckley-Archer, Melvin Burgess, Georgia Byng, Anthony Capella, Patrick Cave, Sally Clarke, Carol Clewlow, Morton, Cohen, Peter Collett, Michael Coveney, Alan Davidson, Peter Dickinson, Helen Dunmore, Nicholas Evans, Sue Frost, Patrick Gale, Martin Gilbert, Matt Haig, Charlotte Haptie, Reginald Hill, Michael Holroyd, Derek Johns, P. B. Kerr, Philip Kerr, Dick King-Smith, Nick Lake, Angela Lambert, John Lanchester, Nicholas Lander, Antonia Logue, Brenda Maddox, Robin McKie, Jan Page, Anna Pavord, Philip Pullman, Philip Ridley, Jancis Robinson, Jack Ross, Kate Saunders, Sita Schutt, Christopher Silvester, Boris Starling, Tony Strong, Graham Swift, Jane Thynne, Alison Waines, John Yeoman.
Full client list:
http://unitedagents.co.uk/user/160?dept=3
Email address:
myuan@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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