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Jon is a relatively young agent with a growing list.  In 2012, The Bookseller named him as one of the ‘rising stars’ in publishing.  He has a background in journalism and academia and holds a PhD in twentieth century literature.  Jon served his publishing apprenticeship at Penguin, as an assistant editor, and went on to become an agent at A P Watt in 2009.

He welcomes non-fiction submissions on a wide range of topics but recommends that they appeal to a general audience.  Topics covered by current authors include digital culture (Tom Chatfield’s, ‘How to Thrive in the Digital Age’; parenthood (Rachel Bowlby ‘A Child of One’s Own’); cookery (Mina Holland ‘The Edible Atlas’); and memoir (Megan Rix ‘The Puppy that Came for Christmas).  

He has been particularly successful in representing twentieth century history with a populist edge.  Isobel Charman’s book ‘The Great War: The People’s Story’ was serialised by ITV, and Nuala Calvi and Duncan Barrat’s story of Tate and Lyle's, ‘Sugar Girls’ went on to become a Sunday Times best seller.

He is open to all genres of fiction and his list features an increasing number of debut authors. Best-selling clients include romantic comedy writer, Nick Spalding (‘Love…Under Different Skies’ and ‘Love and Sleepless Nights’).  

We think that Jon would be an excellent choice of agent for a new writer, particularly if you are writing commercial fiction (crime, thrillers and romantic comedies are particular favourites).  He asks would-be-clients to ‘keep it brief and simple’ when submitting.  

 



Detailed data

Agency:
United Agents
Agent since:
2009
Short biography:

Jon Elek joined A P Watt as an agent in 2009 and has quickly built up a wide-ranging list including several bestselling and prize-winning authors. Following the completion of a PhD in twentieth century literature, he taught in the English department at UCL and worked as a journalist. He then spent two and a half years at Penguin as assistant editor, publishing both literary and commercial authors.

From the Bookseller (Rising Stars, 2012): "Elek came to publishing fresh out of academia. After a PhD in Literature, he held a teaching post in the English department at UCL. His heart, however, was set on agenting, but he first took some good advice and went into publishing, joining Viking as an assistant editor. He has built up an impressive stable of around 60 clients. Bestsellers have included Megan Rix's The Puppy that Came for Christmas (Penguin) and Will and Kate's Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (S&S). A 2012 highlight has been the release of rapper Mike Skinner's The Story of The Streets (Transworld)."

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:

Jon is interested in general non-fiction, particularly by specialists and enthusiasts writing for a broad audience. More specifically, he is interested in sport, cookery, music, memoir (all kinds), true crime, health, business, medicine, biography, history and popular science. His fiction tastes include anything with a strong story and well-developed characters, from crime and thrillers to romantic comedies and almost everything in between.

Other loves & passions:
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How to make a submission:
Agency standard submission.
Other advice and background:
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Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
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Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://singlemotherontheverge.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/how-to-write-perfect-synopsis.html
Clients:
Shahidha Bari, Lu Barnham, Duncan Barrett, Justin Basini, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Sally Bayley, James Benmore, Rachel Bowlby, Ben Brooks, Oli Broom, Barnabas Calder, Nuala Calvi, Ashley Capps, Tom Chatfield, Ben Cheetham, Tony Collins, Ed Cooke, Caroline Craig, Nemonie Craven, Janan Ganesh, Susie Hogarth, Mina Holland, Graham Johnson, Andy Jones, Max Leonard, Russ Litten, Andrew Lloyd-Jones, Magnus Macintrye, John McDonald, Alana McGee, Jamie-James Medina, Harry Mulligan, Joel Negin, Phil Ormrod, Nick Papadimitriou, Megan Rix, Maria Roberts, Alex Scarfe, Rory Scarfe, Richard Scholar, Mike Skinner, Chris Smyth, Nick Spalding, Jan Sramek, Ellin Stein, Matthew Todd, VICE, Calder Walton, Dean Williams.
Full client list:
http://www.apwatt.co.uk/agents_frame.asp?left=agents_left.asp?agent_id=22&right=agents2.asp?agent_id=22
Email address:
aelliott@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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