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Margaret Halton runs the Foreign Rights Department of United Agents.  She is also the primary agent for a small group of authors writing women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction.  Clients include historical novelist, Henrietta McKervey (What becomes of Us) and best-selling romantic novelists Bernadette Strachan (The Valentine’s Card) and Kate Thompson (who also writes as Kate Beaufoy and Pixie Pirelli).  

Margaret has worked in publishing on both sides of the Atlantic.  She became an agent in 2009 at Rogers Coleridge White and has worked in Foreign rights for many years; at one time running the Foreign Rights Department at ICM.  

In general, we don’t advise budding authors to submit to Margaret as she mainly deals with foreign rights.  However, if you are writing chick lit or commercial women’s fiction (in particular romance) it may be worth contacting Margaret as she seems to be building a successful, albeit highly selective, list in these genres.  

We have asked Margaret to supply more information about her work as a primary agent and our researchers will update the submission information as and when we have new details.  If anyone reading this entry has more information about Margaret's tastes and preferences please do get in touch.



Detailed data

Agency:
United Agents
Agent since:
2009
Short biography:

Margaret heads up the Foreign Rights department at United Agents and represents adult translation rights for the following languages Arabic (direct); Chinese (via ANA Beijing/Taipei); Croatian (via Katai & Bolza); Dutch (direct); Estonian (via ANA Baltic); French (direct); German (direct); Hungarian (via Katai & Bolza); Italian (direct); Korean (via Milkwood); Latvian (via ANA Baltic); Lithuanian (via ANA Baltic); Russian & Ukrainian, Georgian (via Liz Van Lear)

In addition to her work in foreign rights Margaret also handles a number of UK Authors as a primary agent.

 

Client list status:
List largely complete
Genres this agent is interested in:
Women's fiction, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
No Data
Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
Margaret is represented as an agent on the UA website, but her role is primarily in supporting other agents in the sale of foreign rights. Her client list is very small and specific. See above information.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
Does not Tweet
Interesting links:
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/margaret-halton-join-rogers-coleridge-and-white.html
Clients:
Clare Calman, Henrietta McKervey, Bernadette Strachan (The Valentine’s Card), Kate Thompson (who also writes as Kate Beaufoy and Pixie Pirelli).  
Full client list:
http://unitedagents.co.uk/user/176
Email address:
mhalton@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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