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Jodie Hodges became an agent in 2010.  She began career as an assistant to Rosemary Canter.  She only represents children’s illustrated books, children’s (7-12 years), and teenage and young adult books.  

Unlike many agents at UA, she tweets regularly and provides some detailed information about her literary leanings on her UA profile page.  We have summarised the most pertinent points below:

•Picture book writers include Marni McGee and Rob Biddulph (Waterstone’s Children’s book prize winner 2015 for ‘Blown Away’). 

•Illustrators need to demonstrate a well rounded portfolio

•In the 7-12 year old category, she likes funny writing.  She represents Ian Whybrow, Michael Broad (The Unbelievable adventures of Jake Cake) and Ann Coburn (The Dream Team series)

•Gritty and humorous accounts of teenage life are welcome. As is epic adventure and fantasy. B. R Collins (The Broken Road) in a current client.

•Her favourite illustration can be found in ‘The Tiger Who Came for Tea’ (Judith Kerr)

•Favourite children’s books include ‘Skellig’ (David Almond) and ‘Junk’ (Melvin Burgess)

•She attends the London book fair

•Follow her tweets @jodiehodges31

Jodie has previously said that her list is always open, which is good news for new writers.  She would be a good target for children and young adult, picture book writers and illustrators who have a modern, unique style.  However, she has already built a very strong list in children’s fiction and you will need to brush up on contemporary children’s books and where your book would sit in the market, before you submit.  

 



Detailed data

Agency:
United Agents
Agent since:
2010
Short biography:

I started working with Rosemary Canter in 2006, assisting her on her list. I was made an agent in 2010 and am looking for new authors and illustrators to add to the lovely bunch of super talented people I represent. (NB: Jodie used to go by her maiden name of Jodie Marsh, and there is still some material on the internet which refers to her by that name.)

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction
Authors & books liked:

In the spirit of adventure and not knowing what I'm looking for until I see it, I don't have a wish-list of new clients. My feelings don't change; I enjoy strong, original storytelling and a unique voice. I have a passion for funny writing for 7-12s and also a penchant for the realisms of teenage life - be that gritty or hilarious - in writing for that age group. That said, I also love classic, epic adventure stories and a sprinkling of the fantastic. Additionally, I'm always searching for children's book illustrators or writer/illustrators with a contemporary, quirky style. A kind word of advice, though, please ensure your portfolio is ready for children's books. Make sure you're showing the best of yourself by showcasing the sort of illustration found in children's picture books in the UK. A quick browse in your local bookshop will work wonders. My favourite book is 'Skellig' by David Almond and my favourite piece of illustration is the night-time spread in 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' by Judith Kerr, just in case you were curious.

Other loves & passions:

Enjoys The Great British Bake-Off.

How to make a submission:
Agency standard.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@jodiehodges31
Interesting links:
http://litblog.co.uk/2010/11/12/literary-agent-jodie-marsh-interview/
Clients:
Giles Andreae, Ros Asquith, Russell Ayto, David Bedford, William Bee, Tiphanie Beeke, Peter Bently, Betty G. Birney, Michael Broad, Elen Caldecott, Emma Carroll, Holly Clifton-Brown, Ann Coburn, B. R. Collins, Andrew Cope Anna Currey, Narinder Dhami, Phil Earle, Elissa Elwick, Jim Field, Adam Frost, Lyn Gardner, Kim Geyer, Harriet Gillian, Julia Green, Gill Harvey, Tim Healey, Kate Hindley, Mary Hooper, Audrey Howard, Jill Hucklesby, Ellie Irving, Marie-Louise Jensen, Gareth Jones, Russell Julian, John Kelly, Ally Kennen, Rebecca King, Timothy Knapman, Jamie Littler, Sam Lloyd, Deric Longden, David Mackintosh, Stella Maidment, Mei Matsuoka, Andrew Matthews, Nigel McDowell, Marni McGee, Sarah McIntyre, Sophie McKenzie, Jess Mikhail, Sue Mongredien, Julie Monks, Sally Nicholls, William Nicholson, Gary Northfield, David O'Connell, Ian Ogilvy, Luisa Plaja, Simon Puttock, Ali Pye, Naomi Rich, Rick Riordan, Sarah Singleton, Jamie Smart, Jenny Smith, Alan Snow, Ali Sparkes, Kristina Stephenson, Manya Stojic, Thomas Taylor, Britta Teckentrup, Emma Thomson, Abbie Todd, James Turner, Melanie Welsh, Ian Whybrow, Benjamin Zephaniah
Full client list:
http://unitedagents.co.uk/jodie-marsh?dept=3
Email address:
jhodges@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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