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Sarah Ballard 7

An agent with United Agents (see other agents at this agency).

About

I studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University and Publishing at Oxford Brookes University before starting my publishing career in editorial at Sceptre, Hodder & Stoughton. I was In House Editor at PFD from 2000, working across the agency's client list to develop and support every sort of writing, and particularly with the legendary agent Pat Kavanagh. I began working solely as a literary agent in my own right in 2008 with the creation of United Agents, which I helped to establish and where I am now a Partner. I have held the position of Treasurer to the Association of Authors' Agents and in 2020 I have been shortlisted for the British Book Awards Agent of the Year. I have a busy list and am being extremely selective about what I take on: I would hope to take on around 3 new authors in the coming year. I have extremely broad taste in fiction and non-fiction, but the underlying quality of the work that I’m interested in is a sense of urgency, and an attempt to make a change in the world, whether that is fiction with a compelling plot or structure overlaying a set of big ideas; memoir-ish non fiction flavoured with obsession and unfolding a hidden agenda; or meticulously researched history which changes our world view. I have a particular interest in feminism and feminist approaches - but exploring ideas or angles which are completely new to me is one of the great joys of my job. I prefer to work with writers who are more-or-less based in the UK, and are aiming to deliver a book every one or two years, and for whom I can add something to every area of their creative lives.

Country, Year Established, and Professional Associations

United Kingdom Agent since 2008 Member of AAA

Fiction Temp Closed

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience, including: Adults. Excluding: Children, Young adults.
Genres:
General General
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
Novel Novel
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalSimultaneous
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Nonfiction Temp Closed

Audience:
Open to a broad Audience, including: Adults. Excluding: Children, Young adults.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream, Personal.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics, including: Memoir.
Types/Lengths:
Book Book
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalSimultaneous
OK No OK
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Dates

Last Updated: 21 Sep 2022
Last Checked: 27 Nov 2022 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 22 Aug 2022 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 21 Mar 2018

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