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October 20, 2014

Ginny Good is an okay book. It's easily as good or better than any narrative nonfiction book published anywhere in the world so far this century, but that's not saying much. The Multimedia Audio Book of GINNY GOOD is the most beautiful work of literary art anyone's ever imagined. That's saying a lot. Click a link or two and see for yourself. Here are five short chapters, pick one and listen to it: Chapter 7 (North Beach), New Year's Eve, 1962, Chapter 18 (Ocean Beach), Winter 1965, Chapter 23 (Golden Gate Park), Fall, 1967, Chapter 27 (Sutro Heights), Summer, 1969 and Chapter 35 (I-5), Spring, 2004:

If you're up to having the doors of your perception opened a crack, try Chapter 19 (La Honda), May, 1965, aka "the acid chapter." If you want them closed again, listen to Chapter 31 (Sacramento), August, 1973, aka "the heroin chapter." Nobody's ever done anything like either of them:

You can read and/or listen to Ginny Good (ISBN: 0972635750) in its entirety on any newfangled gadget for free:

The link includes the index to The Multimedia Audio Book of GINNY GOOD, which is free, too—everything I do is free. Click the "Listen (Multimedia)" links to hear more chapters. If you want the whole fifteen-hour extravaganza on .mp3 CDs, give me a mailing address and I'll send you a copy. "...and before I'll be a slave I'll be buried in my grave...come home to my Lord and be free..." Tee-hee. G.

Gerard Jones

United Agents
12 - 26 Lexington Street
London, W1F 0LE
(0) 20 3214 0800


Caroline Dawnay

Sarah Ballard

James Gill

Robert Kirby

Rosemary Scoular

Dear Gerard: I have read and thoroughly enjoyed your book. It is well written, original and very entertaining, and I would be really keen to have a go at placing it with a publisher on your behalf. In the meantime, I'd love to learn a bit more about you! Who you are and where you live for a start. Do give me a ring or email me more details. I can also tell you a bit more about me and how I work so you can decide if you would like me to represent you. I look forward to hearing from you soon. All best Rosemary

...The other reservation I have is if you spend all kinds of money on copies and ancilliary services and don't sell the book, am I supposed to pay for all that? Which I'm telling you right now I can't because I don't have any money. Lastly, I didn't see a long list of successful placements of this kind of book below your name in the PFD website but I think this would be new enough to both of us that it might just work out astonishingly well. I hope these questions aren't too unreasonable. I would very much like to trust that I could just sign the thing and let you take care of everything to our eternal mutual satisfaction. Let me know what to do next. Thanks. G.

Dear Gerry Your comments and questions seem eminently reasonable. Yes, I am enthusiastic, and that is (I think) the single most important quality you need in an agent. And although as you rightly say I do not represent a long list of quirky American novelists, there is a lot to be said from your point of view for not being simply one of a big pack. As you can see, I am backed up by the expertise, experience and reputation of the biggest UK agency and we have extremely good relationships with all the UK publishers. I agree that the big question mark is how best to represent you in the States, and I don't think there is an easy answer. All I can really do from here is - either recommend you to one of the NY agents we work with from here - at which point their decision will still be a personal one based on how they feel about your work. Or submit direct from here to US publishers - a time-consuming business with no guarantee of success.

Alternatively, you could continue to work direct in the US - find yourself a New York agent who will champion you there. The final option - and possibly the best - is to sell World English language rights to the UK publisher who will then take a (small) percentage and sell the US rights themselves. Most UK publishers have energetic rights departments who would love to get their hands on a book like this for the American market. On to the commission question. As I said, the 10% UK and 20% US figures are for UK residents (usually). Perhaps you and I could agree a compromise - say 15% on both? As you probably know, most New York agents charge 15% for US rights and 20% for UK so on 15% for both you would be getting a bargain! Let me know what you think.

And finally - if I fail to sell the book you don't have to pay a penny - it is our job to take that risk! Give me a ring if you want to talk about any of this - I can always ring you back! I look forward to hearing from you soon. All best Rosemary

Quirky? Yeah, well, okay. I like the part about a thoroughly, uniquely and truly totally American book slipping into US markets through the UK while all the US houses are scouring the streets of Calcutta to find things to translate from Hindi. What's that quote about a prophet in his own country? Being despised? Ignored? I forget. But wouldn't that be slick? Okay, I say let's do it. Thanks. G.

Anna Webber

Jon Elek

Natasha Fairweather

Ariella Feiner

Margaret Halton

Jodie Hodges

Caradoc King

Charlotte Robertson

Zoe Ross

Linda Shaughnessy

Charles Walker

Jane Willis

Mildred Yuan

Jessica Craig (Adult Foreign Rights)

Assistant, Lettie Ransley

Jane Willis (Children's Foreign Rights).

Other Stuff

(See site for more specifics)

St John Donald, Film-TV

Associate Agent, Georgina Lewis

Natasha Galloway, Film-TV

Assistant: Lydia Lewis

Duncan Hayes, TV/Comedy

Assistant, Ruth Larkin

Sean Gascoine, Film-TV

Associate Agent, Hania Elkington

Hannah Begbie, Film-TV

Rose Cobbe, Film-TV

Assistant, Camille McCurry

Ruth Cooper, Voice Over

Tim Corrie

Assistant, Hannah Thornton

Alice Dunne, Film-TV

Assstant, Julia Malewski

Olivia Homan, Actors

Anthony Jones, Film-TV

Associate Agent, Katharine Vile

Assistant, Danielle Walker

Lindy King, Actors

Assistant, Lucia Pallaris

Julia Charteris

Silvia Llaguno, Film-TV

Robyn Jankel

Lynda Mamy, Film-TV

Assistant, Madeleine Pudney

Joanna Scarratt, Commercial & Voiceover

Assistant, Ross Ferguson

Andrew Naylor, Online Reels

Daniela Manunza

Giles Smart

Charles Walker, Film-TV

Assistant, Katy Jones

Dallas Smith, Actors

Assistant, Charlotte Davies

Assistant Agent, Kirk Whelan-Foran

Lisa Toogood, Actors/Comedy

Arthur Carrington

Assistant, Kitty Laing

Maureen Vincent

Assistant, Chris Keen

Ruth Young

Assistant, Jess Alford

Nicki Stoddart, Plays

Drury House
34-43 Russell Street
London WC2B 5HA
020 7344 1000


Michael Sissons

Assistant, Fiona Petheram

Annabel Merullo

Assistant, Tom WIlliams

Rowan Lawton

Caroline Michel

Robert Caskie

Louisa Pritchard, Foreign Rights

Alexandra Cliff

Camilla Shestopal

Alexander Cochran

Suzy Jenvey, Kid Stuff

Other Stuff

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Gemma Hirst, Head of Literary Media and Senior Film & TV Agent

Jessica Cooper

Assistant, Holly Hawkins

Lesley Davey

Terence Wong-Lane, Rights Assistant

Rogers, Coleridge & White
20 Powis Mews
London, W11 1JN
020 7221 3717

Peter Straus

Jenny Hewson, Assistant

Deborah Rogers

Mohsen Shah, Assistant

Gill Coleridge

Cara Jones

Pat White

Peter Robinson

Sam Copeland

Catherine Pellegrino

Claire Wilson, Assistant

Hannah Westland

Stephen Edwards

Eleanor Simpson, Assistant

Zoë Waldie

David Miller

Alex Goodwin, Assistant

Hannah Westland

Curtis Brown Group, Ltd.
Haymarket House
28/29 Haymarket
London SW1Y 4SP
(0)20 7393 4400

Jonathan Lloyd, Group Managing Director


Jonny Geller

Gordon Wise

Vivienne Schuster

Elizabeth Sheinkman (@)

I tracked you down! And put a link to the press release. Hey, did anyone ever send you my beautiful book? Did you ever read it? Here's a chapter of the audio book you'd like. It's all girlie. Here's the index to the audio book:

I've also added about a billion media guys:

Thanks. G.

Sarah Lewis

Stephanie Thwaites

Sheila Crowley

Camilla Hornby

Helen Manders

Katie McGowan

Daisy Meyrick

Betsy Robbins

Karolina Sutton


Melissa Pimentel

Vanessa Bloor

Kate Cooper


Grace Clissold

Mary FitzGerald

Lucy Johnson

Sarah MacCormick

Sarah Spear

Kate Staddon

Olivia Woodward

Maxine Hoffman

Theater, Film, TV

Nick Marston, Managing Director

Ben Hall, Director

Amanda Davis

Tally Garner

Joe Phillips


Claire Cosgrove


Jacquie Drewe


Frances Williams

Felicity Blunt

Sarah McWhinney

AP Watt Ltd
20 John Street
London WC1N 2DR
020 7405 6774

Caradoc King, Chairman


Derek Johns

Georgia Garrett

Natasha Fairweather

Philippa Donovan

Jon Elek

Juliet Pickering

Louise Lamont

Elinor Cooper

Juliet Pickering

Film & Television

Rob Kraitt

Christine Glover

Yasmin McDonald

Beatrice Corlett

Foreign Rights

Linda Shaughnessy, Director

Valentina Zanca (Asst.)

Amy Mitchell

Homa Rastegar

Lucy Flynn

A.M.Heath & Co. Ltd.
6 Warwick Court
London WC1R 5DJ

William Hamilton

Sarah Molloy

Victoria Hobbs

Euan Thorneycroft

Jennifer Custer

Vickie Dillon

Blake Friedmann Agency Ltd.
122 Arlington Road
London NW1 7HP


Carole Blake

Oli Munson

Isobel Dixon

Turid Weingartz

Ah, perfection itself! All fixed. Here's a slick audio book chapter for you for your trouble. Thanks! G.

Film & TV

Julian Friedmann

Conrad Williams

Katie Williams

Casarotto, Ramsay & Associates
Casarotto, Marsh, Ltd.
National House, 60-66 Wardour Street
London W1V 4ND

Jenne Casarotto

Mark Casarotto

Elinor Burns

Tom Erhardt

Charlotte Kelly

Mel Kenyon

Miriam James

Jodi Shields

Rachel Holroyd

Ruth Arnaud

Sara Pritchard

Emma Trounson

Lucie Llewellyn

Kate Bloxham

Abby Singer

Christopher Little Literary Agency
10 Eel Brook Studios
125 Moore Park Road
London SW6 4PS

Christopher Little

Emma Schlesinger

Wylie Agency Ltd.
17 Bedford Square
London WC1B 3JA

Client List, Holy Crap

Sarah Chalfant

Tracy Bohan

Ed Victor, Ltd.
6 Bayley Street
Bedford Square
London WC1B 3HB

Ed Victor, Executive Chairman

Sophie Hicks

Charlie Campbell

Morag O'Brien

Janklow and Nesbit Ltd.
29 Adam and Eve Mews
London W8 6UG

Tif Loehnis

Claire Paterson

Will Francis

Rebecca Folland

David Higham Associates Ltd.
5-8 Lower John Street, Golden Square
London W1F 9HA

Anthony Goff
Fiction, Non-fiction

Bruce Hunter
Fiction, Non-fiction

Andrew Gordon, Fiction, Non-fiction

Georgia Glover, Fiction, Non-fiction

Lizzy Kremer, Fiction, Non-fiction

Veronique Baxter, Fiction, Non-fiction, Children

Alice Williams, Fiction, Non-fiction, Children

Nicky Lund, Script Writing & Drama

Tine Nielsen, Translation

Ania Corless, Translation

Georgina Ruffhead, Script Writing & Drama

Caroline Walsh, Fiction, Children, Illustrators

Laura West

Nann du Sautoy

Independent Talent Group
76 Oxford Street
London W1D 1BS
+44 20 7636 6565


Duncan Heath

Greg Hunt

Cathy King

Michael McCoy

Sue Rodgers

Paul Stevens

Jessica Sykes

Josh Varney

Hugo Young

Laura Burn

Laura Rourke


Jane Brand

Kate Buckley

Sarah Camlett

Samira Higham

Claire Maroussas

Fiona McLoughlin

Tom Weijand

Gemma Cox

Jack Thomas

Jude Millins

Sue Greenleaves

Vanessa Jones

Chris Smith

Rachael Taylor

Deborah Willey

Oliver Slinger

George Monkland

ICM Books
4-6 Soho Square
London W1D 3PZ

Margaret Halton

Karolina Sutton

Aitken Alexander Associates
18-21 Cavaye Place
London SW10 9PT
020 7373 8672

Gillon Aitken

Clare Alexander

Kate Shaw

Lesley Thorne

Ayesha Karim

Anthony Sheil

Mary Pachnos

Sally Riley, Director


Actually I have both an agent and a publisher for Ginny Good, it's been out since April. Now I'm trying to get someone to buy the British rights and make a movie out of it. With my other books, I'm starting from scratch. You should read one or two of them. Maybe you'll want to be my agent. You think? Here's what Nick Clee had to say about GG in his column in the Guardian:,12084,1226356,00.html

I write important, carefully crafted books really, really well. That's a hard commodity to sell, I admit. Agents like to represent unimportant, ill-considered, easy to sell schlock and publishers like to buy unimportant, ill-considered, easy to sell schlock. It's a match made in marketing heaven. I see it as a sign of excellence that not many people have paid much attention to my work. Give it fifty years or so. Thanks. G.

Leah Middleton

Tom Williams

Imogen Pelham

The Marsh Agency
50. Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BD

Susie Nicklin, Chair and acting CEO

Camilla Ferrier, Rights Director

Sarah McFadden, Accounts Director

Stephanie Ebdon, Agent

Jessica Woollard, Agent

Hannah Ferguson, English Rights

Charlotte Bruton, Agent

Jemma McDonagh

Georgine Le Grice

IMG Literary UK
Pier House
Strand on the Green
London W4 3NN

Sarah Wooldridge

William Morris Agency UK Ltd.
52/53 Poland Street
London W1F 7LX

Eugenie Furniss

Unsolicited material welcome. Please send or e-mail 3 chapters and a synopsis of your work. Particular interest in fiction, history, politics and biography. Thanks, Eugenie Furniss

Sheil Land Associates, Ltd.
Literary, Thearer & Film Agents
43 Doughty Street
London WC1N 2LF

Sonia Land

Vivien Green

Lucy Fawcett

Sam Humphrey

Holly Hawkins

Johnson & Alcock, Ltd.
Clerkenwell House
45-47 Clerkenwell Green
London EC1R 0HT
020 7251 0125

Michael Alcock

Anna Power

Edward Wilson

Hi Gerard, Didn't realise Johnson & Alcock had crept onto your slate, delighted you've got us listed. We're a relatively small agency that likes to punch above its weight, with clients including Dick Francis, Dame Beryl Bainbridge, Clare Francis, DM Thomas, Phil Rickman, Jenny Joseph, James Hamilton-Paterson and Lisa Hilton. My role here is to inject a bit of youth into the list, and I'm particularly looking for quirky non-fiction, postmodern fiction, graphic novelists and anything brimming with zeitgeist.

Big fan of the site and have been for a few years – you serve a vital part in connecting talented authors with the people best equipped to deal with them. Please keep up the good work! Perhaps you should write about the process of keeping a site like EVERYONE WHO'S ANYONE going, and your daily combat with the media machine. Please send through anything to me that might be of interest (hardcopy only, we don't accept e-submissions yet), and very best of luck with your writing in the future. Cheerio, E

It's rare that an agent says anything but bitchy things to me. Thanks! If you want a copy of the audio book of Ginny Good on .mp3 CDs, let me know and I'll send you a copy. Here's the index:

Here's a sample chapter. G.

Andrew Hewson

Toby Eady Associates Ltd.
Third Floor, 9 Orme Court
London W2 4RL

Toby Eady, Managing Director

Jamie Coleman, Director

Zaria Rich, Assistant

Rocking Chair Books
2 Rudgwick Terrace
On St. Stephens Close
London NW8 6BR

Samar Hammam, Director @

Rod Hall Agency Ltd.
6th Floor
Fairgate House
78 New Oxford Street
London WC1A 1HB
(0) 20 7079 7987

Martin Knight

Tanya Tillett

Emily Hayward

Charlotte Knight

The Dench Arnold Agency
10 Newburgh Street
London W1F 7RN

Elizabeth Dench

Michelle Arnold

Matthew Dench

Charly Sommers

Daniella Brivati

Capel & Land, Ltd.
29 Wardour Street
London W1D6PS

Georgina Capel, Literary

Philippa Brewster, Literary

Abi Fellows, Literary

Romily Must

Rosie Apponyi, Literary

Anita Land, TV, Radio

Joscelyn Evans, TV, Radio

The McKernan Agency
5 Gayfield Square
Edinburgh EH1 3NW
0131 557 1771

Maggie McKernan (@)

Robinson Literary Agency
Block A511
The Jam Factory
27 Green Walk
London, SE1 4TT
020 7357 6305

Peter Robinson

Sam Copeland

Lutyens and Rubinstein
231 Westbourne Park Road
London W11 1EB

Sarah Lutyens

Felicity Rubinstein

Olivia Roberts

Susannah Godman

Jane Finigan

Daisy Parente

Abner Stein Agency
10 Roland Gardens
London SW7 3PH

Abner Stein

Arabella Stein

Kate Walker

Ben Fowler

Annette Green Authors' Agency
1 East Cliff Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN4 9AD

Annette Green (@)

Gerard, I started this agency in 1998 having worked for one of the larger agencies for ten years. My specific intention was to launch new novelists, and that remains the same. In Spring 2001 David Smith joined the agency and handles most of our non fiction. We are always open to new authors (naturally!) but are always oversubscribed. We promise a speedy turn around nonetheless. Clients include: Andrew Baker, Nick Barlay, Julia Bell, Bill Broady, Meg Cabot (US), Fiona Gibson, Justin Hill, Maria McCann, Ian Marchant and Adam Macqueen. Best wishes, Annette

Dear Annette: Thanks. Your response was perfect. If everyone were so forthcoming and succinct, ah, what a grand world it would be. G.

David Smith

Dear Gerard, Still a great site - just a shame we're so near the bottom!. Many congratulations on publication of GINNY GOOD. How are you getting on in the British market? Best wishes, David Smith

I'll move you up a ways, but there's a whole other page of British agents "below" yours. As for the market, pfssh, lots of people loved the book, like that Nick Clee guy who used to be at the Bookseller and Anne Weale who's probably still there, but it doesn't have a British publisher and therefore no British hype so it's not doing as well as it would if it did. Thanks. G.

Judith Chilcote Agency
8 Wentworth Mansions
Keats Grove
London NW3 2RL

Judith Chilcote

Edwards Fuglewicz
49 Great Ormond Street
London WC1N 3HZ

Ros Edwards

Helenka Fuglewicz

Graham Maw Christie Literary Agency
19 Thornhill Crescent
London N1 4LD

Jane Graham Maw

Jennifer Christie


Laurence Pollinger Ltd.
9 Staple Inn
London WC1V 7QH

Lesley (Hadcroft) Pollinger

Leigh Pollinger, Director

Joanna Devereux

Tim Bates

Ruth Needham, Film & TV

Joan Deitch, Editor

Hayley Yeeles, Authors' Agent and Rights

Katy Loffman, Rights Projects Manager

John Furzer, Company Secretary

Rights and Permissions

Brie Burkeman & Serafina Clarke Ltd.,
14 Neville Court, Abbey Road
London, NW8 9DD

Brie Burkeman

Serafina Clarke

MBA Literary Agents, Ltd.
62 Grafton Way
London W1T 5DW

Diana Tyler, Managing Director

Laura Longrigg, Director

John Richard Parker, Director

Meg Davis, Director

David Riding

Sophie Gorell Barnes

Jean Kitson

Susan Smith

Stella Kane, Rights

Tim Webb

Dagmar Wolfinden

Fiona Barrows

Lucas Alexander Whitley
14 Vernon Street
London W14 0RJ

Mark Lucas

Julian Alexander

Araminta Whitley

Alice Saunders

Peta Nightingale

Conville and Walsh
2 Ganton Street
London, W1F 7QL

Patrick Walsh

Clare Conville

Jake Smith-Bosanquet

Susan Armstrong

Jo Unwin

Fox Mason
36-38 Glasshouse Street
London W1B 5DL
+44(0)20 7734 4447

Ben Mason (see more)

The Susijn Agency
3rd Floor, 64 Great Titchfield Street
London W1W 7QH

Laura Susijn

Nicola Barr

Greene & Heaton, Ltd.
37 Goldhawk Road
London W12 8QQ

Carol Heaton

Judith Murray

Antony Topping

Ellie Glason

Nick Harrop

Elizabeth Cochrane

Claudia Young

Hellie Ogden

Chris Wellbelove

Wade & Doherty Literary Agency
33 Cormorant Lodge
Thomas More Street
London E1W 1AU

Broo Doherty

Robin Wade (@)

Felicity Bryan
2A North Parade, Banbury Road
Oxford OX2 6LX

Felicity Bryan

Catherine Clarke

Sally Holloway

Jackie Head

Caroline Wood

Michele Topham

Luigi Bonomi Associates
91 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3PS

Luigi Bonomi

Amanda Preston

Molly Stirling

Uli Rushby-Smith
72 Plimsoll Road
London N4 2EE

Uli Rushby-Smith

Watson, Little Ltd
48-56 Bayham Place
London NW1 0EU
020 7388 7529

Mandy Little

James Wills

Raft Representation
PO Box 5226
Brighton BN50 9YN

Adrian Weston



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