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Jim Gill became an agent in 1996 and is currently a partner at United Agents. He began his career with an editorial role at Bloomsbury in 1994, and then worked his way up the agenting ladder at A.M Heath and PFD.

He has a strong historical non-fiction list and also represents some prizewinning literary names and a small cohort of best-selling commercial fiction writers. 

Unfortunately, Jim has revealed limited public data about his literary tastes and preferences, his appetite for new submissions, or indeed any other data that would be of considerable value to new writers. Nevertheless, we've sourced some relevant webpages and burrowed into his client list to bring you the following information:

  • He attends festivals and events and has previously been a speaker at the Literary Consultancy conference 
  • Margaret Drabble and Joanna Trollope are among his stellar literary clients
  • Open to online and digital media ideas – the quirky historical blog Ask The Past features on his list
  • Interested in a broad range of historical and political non-fiction and represents a cohort of successful historians working across academia, journalism and television (Harry Sidebottom, James Gill, Justin Pollard, Yasmin Khan and Ian Mortimer, author of the bestselling ‘Time Travellers Guide to Elizabethan England’)
  • Commercial success stories include historical fiction writer Robert Low (the Oathsworn series) and the estate of crime writer Michael Dibdin (creator of the Italian Detective Aurelio Zen) 

We believe that Jim would be a good agent for high quality literary fiction and historical non-fiction.  However, due to the number of big names on his list we suspect is not actively searching for a host of new clients.  If any subscribers are able to pass on more information about Jim, we’d love to hear from you.

 



Detailed data

Agency:
United Agents
Agent since:
1996
Short biography:

Jim Gill has been an agent at United Agents since the company's formation at the end of 2007. He spent seven years as a literary agent at PFD and has worked in literary representation since 1996, having begun his career in books with Bloomsbury Publishing in 1994. He represents many established novelists, such as Justin Cartwright, Joanna Trollope and Margaret Drabble, as well as handling debut bestsellers such as Harry Sidebottom's "Warrior of Rome" and Tom Rob Smith's "Child 44".

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
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, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Fantasy, Erotica, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Jim represents a range of novelists across the spectrum.

Other loves & passions:

No Data.

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


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.thebookseller.com/feature/finding-debutantes.html
Clients:
Ishbel Addyman, Joe Bennett, Stewart Binns, Jonathan Blyth, Lawrence Booth, Pete Brown, Christopher Bryant MP, Justin Cartwright MBE, Dr John Henry Clay, Berwick Coates, Michael Dibdin (Estate), Dominick Donald, Dame Margaret Drabble CBE, Captain David Hart Dyke CBE LVO, James Forrester, Hamida Ghafour, Dr Sudhir Hazareesingh, Patrick Hennessey, Mark Keating, Dr Yasmin Khan, Robert Lautner, Thomas Leveritt, Joshua Levine, Rebecca Loncraine, Robert Low, Kevin Maher, Professor Steven Merritt Miner, Dr Ian Mortimer, Dr Tony Pollard, Oliver Poole, Jasper Rees, Lloyd Shepherd, Dr Harry Sidebottom, Michael Simkins, Ian Thomson, Joanna Trollope OBE
Full client list:
http://unitedagents.co.uk/james-gill?dept=3
Email address:
jgill@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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