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Rupert Heath set up his eponymous London agency in 2001.  Rupert’s main business is book representation but he also handles new media, film and TV and public speaking engagements for existing clients. 

As a former student of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Rupert has a strong background in Art History.  Prior to becoming an agent, he worked in the art and fashion industries so this might be a good area to target.  He began his publishing career as an editor at Usborne and has also worked as a commissioning editor at Pan MacMillan.  

Rupert is interested in handling commercial fiction (in particular history, crime, thrillers and sci-fi) and literary fiction. In non-fiction he represents history, biography and autobiography, and popular science.  He will also consider books on the natural world, humour, politics, current affairs, cookery, popular culture and the arts. 

He represents a diverse range of clients including debut children’s author Claire Harcup (‘Kiss’); children’s author and illustrator Jo Litchfield (‘Bit, Bot and the Blob’); journalist Lorna Martin (‘Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’); Pulp Guitarist, Russell Senior; historian Christopher Moore (‘Trench Fever’); crime writer A.K. Benedict (‘The Beauty of Murder’ - shortlisted for the 2015 Crimefest Edunnit Award); and best-selling historical novelist, Robyn Young (‘Brethren’ and ‘The Insurrection Trilogy’).  Would be clients can get a good sense of Rupert’s literary interests by perusing his twitter feed @rupertheathlit.

It is unclear whether Rupert is a sole operator or manages a team of agents. No other agents are mentioned on the website and there is only one client list.  We have contacted Rupert to enquire about the size of his agency and the genre of books he is currently on the look-out for.

 



Detailed data

Agency:
Rupert Heath Literary Agency
Agent since:
2001
Short biography:

Rupert studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and worked in the art and fashion industries before joining the publishing world as a commissioning editor, most recently at Pan Macmillan. He founded the Rupert Heath Literary Agency in 2001.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
Genres this agent is interested in:
Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, Other non-fiction, History, Politics, society & current affairs, Science, Travel, Women's fiction, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Erotica, Fantasy, Genre romance, Historical fiction, Horror, Paranormal romance, Science fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Rupert is interested in writers of commercial fiction, including historical, crime, thrillers and sci-fi, plus cutting edge literary fiction. On the non-fiction side he is looking for works of history, biography and autobiography, and popular science, as well as books about nature, politics and current affairs, humour, popular culture, and the arts. There's not a large amount of further information online, so we are not able to report any more specific literary loves and passions

Other loves & passions:

Rupert studied the history of art, and worked in art and fashion, so any writer with manuscripts in those areas should regard Rupert as an obvious qualified agent.

How to make a submission:
Query letter only. Queries will be responded to only if the agency has an interest in seeing more. PLease view the full submission advice on the agency page.
Other advice and background:

None reported.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@rupertheathlit
Interesting links:
http://www.rupertheath.com/
Clients:
Clients include Robyn Young, Claire Harcup, Jo Litchfield and Lorna Martin
Full client list:
http://www.rupertheath.com/main/authors
Email address:
emailagency@rupertheath.com

Agents of: Rupert Heath Literary Agency

Agency details

Website:
http://www.rupertheath.com
About the agency:
See this link for the ebook referred to in the text: http://www.rupertheath.com/main/guide At the time of writing this entry, the book was available free on Amazon. The book describes itself as an insider's guide to the whole game of writing & publishing and includes a number of tips on how to make your submissions successful. The book is authored by Rupert Heath, the agency principal.
Address for submissions:
50 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BD
Office address:
50 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BD
Email address:
emailagency@rupertheath.com
Phone number:
none given
Number of agents:
1
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Query letter (ie: send query before sending anything else)
Further submission info:
By email for preference - but query letter only in the first instance, and don't expect a response if the reply is not positive. Full info here: "We accept submissions from new writers, and we prefer to receive them via email. We do read the many letters and manuscripts we receive. Eventually. Sadly, there just aren't enough hours in the day to respond to everything that comes in. We'll only get in touch if we really like something. You will greatly increase your chances of receiving a reply to your submission or enquiry if you first read *Sex, Lies and Book Publishing*, an ebook we have produced which describes our view of the publishing trade, and the right way to get an agent and publisher. [see link below for Amazon ebook page] Once youâ re ready, please send us an introductory message, telling us a little about yourself and the work you'd like to submit.
More info on this agency:
The Agency was founded in 2001and occupies the building which was formerly the home of John Murray Publishers (who originally published Jane Austen, along with a vast roster of other well-known authors.) The firm represents authors of both fiction and non-fiction. Unlike most agencies, the firm calls attention to its ancillary support activities, saying, "In addition to over a decade [now more like a decade and half, in fact] ]of negotiating deals for our authors with the most successful publishers worldwide, we believe we offer an unrivalled level of editoral and promotional support to our clients." The firm also comments, "we are also active in handling film and TV rights, public speaking engagements and all kinds of new media on behalf of our clients."
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:
@RupertHeathLit
Latest news:
http://www.rupertheath.com/main/home
More about the agency:
See this link for the ebook referred to in the text: http://www.rupertheath.com/main/guide At the time of writing this entry, the book was available free on Amazon. The book describes itself as an insider's guide to the whole game of writing & publishing and includes a number of tips on how to make your submissions successful. The book is authored by Rupert Heath, the agency principal.

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