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Profile Summary

Jane Willis is a founder partner at United Agents and has over twenty years’ experience in publishing.  She previously worked for a host of prestigious publishing houses and magazines including, Puffin, The Economist, Kingfisher and Michael O’Mara Books.  She has experience of handling commercial and literary work and all types of licence from translation rights to syndication rights and film rights.  

At UA, Jane currently handles translation rights for children’s and teenage titles in all languages.  She has recently begun to build her own list of children’s authors, in particular representing young fiction, young adult and crossover and also represents a small number of fantasy (George Mann), sci-fi and crime writers 

Unlike many UA agents, Jane gives a real sense of what she is looking for on her UA client page.  Our team have compiled the most salient points from their research:

  • She describes her taste as ‘broad and eclectic’ 
  • She is interested in developing a children’s non-fiction list
  • If you are writing with a young adult audience in mind (particularly readers in their 20s and 30s) get in touch with Jane as this is another area she is keen to explore.
  • Children’s stories must have strong openings
  • Favourite books include Harry Potter, The Famous Five, Carrie’s War, How I Live Now and The Wind Singer
  • She tweets irregularly @janewillis9

In summary, Jane would be an excellent choice of agent for an up-and-coming children’s writer specialising in young fiction and non-fiction, teenage and young adult.



Detailed data

Agency:
United Agents
Agent since:
2006
Short biography:

Jane Willis handles translation rights for children’s and teenage titles in all languages.  She is also building a list of children’s authors from young fiction and middle-grade through to teenage and crossover, plus a small list of adult authors specialising particularly in fantasy, sci-fi and crime.

Jane is a founding partner and agent at United Agents LLP. She previously worked at Puffin for 8 years.

 

 

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Science fiction, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

I have a very broad and eclectic taste.  On the children’s side a story has to grab me from the very first page.  A random sample of my favourite children’s books include the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling, the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton, CARRIE’S WAR by Nina Bawden, THE WIND SINGER by William Nicholson, and HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff.  On the adult side I’m mainly focusing on fantasy, sci-fi and crime. I’d also love to find some outstanding author-led non-fiction for children in all genres and am interested to explore writing for readers in their twenties and early thirties.

Other loves & passions:


How to make a submission:
Agency Standard
Other advice and background:


Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@Janewillis9
Interesting links:
No Data
Clients:
Rebecca Alexander, Stephen Bywater, Kerry Drewery, Rowena House, Helen Howe, Paul Magrs, George Mann, Cavan Scott
Full client list:
http://unitedagents.co.uk/jane-willis?dept=3
Email address:
JWillis@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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