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Judith Murray began her career in publishing in 1988, working as an editor and talent scout for translation publishers. Joining Greene & Heaton in 1995, Judith hasn't looked back since. Developing a good relationship with publishers is an important part of being an agent, something at which Judith excels. Publishers trust her opinion and will eagerly devour her recommendations.

With over twenty years of experience as an agent, Judith has seen the industry change. She acknowledges that editors no longer have the time to do all the editorial work they would have once done, leaving the task to the agent, something Judith thoroughly enjoys about her role. Her previous experience as an editor makes Judith well placed to tackle this shift, providing the best possible advice for any hopeful writers. 

Already looking after an extensive and varied client list, Judith is looking for both fiction and non-fiction works. In regards to fiction, her preferred genre is literary fiction, though she is happy to consider well-written genre fiction, such as crime, thrillers, historical, and women's fiction. Manuscripts with rich and interesting voices that have that magic un-put-downable charm are what excites her. Among her fiction clients are Lucy Clarke, Steven Savile, Kim Barnes, and Sarah Waters.

Describing her taste in non-fiction as 'literary non-fiction', Judith is open to receiving proposals for titles on cooking, history, travel, biography, and memoirs. Similar to her fiction preferences, she loves a strong narrative with an authoritative and original voice. The agency also represents their clients for television and radio appearances as well as other forms of public speaking, making Judith and her colleagues a natural choice if your non-fiction subject is amenable to cross platforms. Jonathan Ray, Sean O'Connor, and Samantha Ellis are just a few of her non-fiction clients.


Detailed data

Agency:
Greene and Heaton
Agent since:
1995
Short biography:
Judith Murray joined Greene & Heaton in 1995. She studied at Wadham College, Oxford and has a First in English Literature. She has worked as an editor at a number of UK publishing houses and as a talent scout for translation publishers.
Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Memoir and autobiography, Mind, Body, Spirit, Food and Cookery, Other non-fiction, History, Politics, society & current affairs, Science, Travel, Religion, Women's fiction, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Erotica, Fantasy, Genre romance, Historical fiction, Horror, Paranormal romance, Science fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Judith loves literary fiction and well-written genre fiction, including thrillers, crime and historical novels; and literary non-fiction including history, biography, memoirs, cookery and travel writing. One of her favourite books is the 'Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa' by Ben Constable. She would love to find a new crime writer who is planning to write a series. Or a witty contemporary literary writer, like Marina Lewycka, who writes about current issues like immigration. She is looking for intelligent fiction for older women, a new Joanna Trollope, perhaps. She's also interested in high-concept novels: clever books based on a single idea.
Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
Agency standard.
Other advice and background:
The first paragraph is enormously important. I usually know instantly whether I like the writing. I don't like it when people pitch their books in their letters. I want a summary of the plot, not a back-cover blurb. Neutral and businesslike is good: anything that distracts me from assessing the manuscript is annoying, from grammatical and spelling errors to photos of the author and fancy fonts. An interview in Mslexia (2010) explains the agency's approach to submissions thus: "I receive between 20 and 25 a day, but that's for the whole agency. Antony Topping and I take it in turns to go through them, a month on and a month off. Of that 25, there are usually two or three that come recommended by a contact and we take them more seriously. Out of between approximately 7,000 to 9,000 submissions last year, I took on 15 authors, and I've succeeded in placing books for five of those so far. 2009 was the worst year for launching the careers of new authors that I can remember in 15 years of being an agent, but this year there are signs editors might be a bit more receptive to a new voice."
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.mslexia.co.uk/getpublished/pub_agent1.php
Clients:
Poppy Adams, Mark Alder, Lucy Atkins, Josie Barnard, Kim Barnes, Mark Barrowcliffe, Sabrina Broadbent, Lynne Bryan, Matthew Carr, Lucy Clarke, Benjamin Constable, Emma Cook, The Estate of Julia Darling, Lydia Davis, Lily Dunn, Sabine Durrant, Samantha Ellis, Mia Farlane, Mina Ford, Susanna Forrest, L. R. Fredericks, The Estate of Sarah Gainham, Andrea Gillies, Helen Giltrow, Maria Goodin, Paula Gosling, Gillian Greenwood, Joanna Hall, Maeve Haran, Belinda Harley, Oliver Harris, Kirstan Hawkins, Thomas Hodgkinson, Miles Hordern, Trilby Kent, Gabrielle Kimm, Aryn Kyle, M.D. Lachlan, Reif Larsen, Shona MacLean, Anna May Mangan, Ben Marcus, Lisa Merrick-Lawless, Jenni Mills, Kamin Mohammadi, Sean O'Connor, James O'Neill, Sally O'Reilly, Jonathan Ray, Karen Russell, Steven Savile, Debbie Taylor, Madeleine Tobert, Patricia Wastvedt, Sarah Waters, Benjamin Wood.
Full client list:
http://www.greeneheaton.co.uk/pages/content/index.asp?PageID=19
Email address:
jmurray@greeneheaton.co.uk

Agents of: Greene and Heaton

Agency details

Website:
http://www.greeneheaton.co.uk/
About the agency:
Founded in 1963, Greene & Heaton Ltd is a literary and media agency with a diverse range of clients. These include novelists, travel writers, scientists, biographers, historians, ghost writers and children's writers and illustrators, each of them prominent in their field, and also TV presenters, production companies, and food/restaurant and other brands.
Address for submissions:
37 Goldhawk Road, London W12 8QQ
Office address:
No data
Email address:
info@greeneheaton.co.uk
Phone number:
020 8749 0315
Number of agents:
4
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
All submissions should be single sided, at least 1.5 line spaced, page numbered and clearly marked with your name and contact details. Postal submissions: If you would like to send in your work to be read by Greene & Heaton, please include the following: a covering letter, a synopsis, and three chapters (or about fifty pages). Please make sure that you give us your email address, or include a return envelope and sufficient postage if you want the material back. We try to respond within six weeks of receipt of your material, but please appreciate that this isn't always possible. You won�t receive feedback on your work unless we are interested in representing it, but it will be read, and we always aim to give you a response � provided you have sent an SAE. Email submissions: We do accept submissions by email but you will only receive a reply if we are interested in discussing representation. Please attach a synopsis and the first three chapters (or about fifty pages) to a covering email sent to submissions@greeneheaton.co.uk, ensuring that attachments are in Microsoft Word or PDF format. If possible, do mention the name of your preferred agent in the subject line of your email. Children�s or YA submissions should also be clearly marked in the subject line.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
6 days
Agency Transparency Index:
36/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
No data
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@GreeneandHeaton
Latest news:
http://www.greeneheaton.co.uk/news.asp
More about the agency:
Founded in 1963, Greene & Heaton Ltd is a literary and media agency with a diverse range of clients. These include novelists, travel writers, scientists, biographers, historians, ghost writers and children's writers and illustrators, each of them prominent in their field, and also TV presenters, production companies, and food/restaurant and other brands.

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