From the Agents Posts

13 January 2017

How to build suspense in your novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

Lots of students join our creative writing courses to work on psychological suspense novels – one of the biggest-selling genres at the moment. We associate suspenseful writing with other genres too, particularly crime fiction, action thrillers, horror and supernatural novels. But actually lots of other sorts of novels make use of suspense: When a young girl, […]

08 December 2016

All writers start their novels in one of two ways – which is you?

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Our Courses, Writing Tips

Curtis Brown Creative’s director, Anna Davis, believes that when you start writing a novel, you will inevitably fall into one of two categories. Here’s her theory and her tips to help you get going …  When you decide to write your novel, there are two basic starting positions. *Sweeping generalisation alert* – but bear with me, […]

07 December 2016

Agent Q&A: Lucy Luck

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

Lucy Luck is the new agent at Conville and Walsh, having previously worked at Rogers, Coleridge & White, Lucy Luck Associates and Aitken Alexander. Joining CBC as a visiting speaker on our Six-month Novel Writing course on the 7th March, Lucy represents a list of prize-winning authors which include Catherine O’Flynn, Colin Barrett, Kevin Barry, Sara Baume, Sara […]

03 October 2016

Tips on preparing your submission package

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

As we enter the busiest time of the year for many literary agents, how do you put together a submission package that will catch their eye and make them want to read your work? Here are some tips on how to do it – and, by the way, most of them also apply to putting […]

29 September 2016

This month’s #Pitch CB: Agent tips

by Richard Pike From the Agents, Guest Blog, Writing Tips

#PitchCB is Curtis Brown’s monthly Twitter pitching party for authors looking for agents. This month we’re focussing on contemporary fiction and we’ve invited two leading editors from top UK publishers Trapeze and HarperCollins to join in. And as per last month, we’ve asked for some top tips to help you put together your pitches.  Sam […]

27 September 2016

How to get the best out of your creative-writing course

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Our Courses, Writing Tips

Each time I welcome a new bunch of students to one of Curtis Brown Creative’s novel-writing courses in London, I always make a point of telling them how to get the best out of their experience with us. And actually, much of my advice also applies to studying on many other creative-writing courses – whether […]

27 September 2016

Agent Q&A: Cathryn Summerhayes

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

Cathryn Summerhayes is the new literary agent at Curtis Brown, and will be joining the roll-call of visiting speakers to our creative writing course on 5th October. She has come to us from WME, where she built a thriving list of novelists, food writers and journalists including Ella Woodward, Russell Norman, Mark Hix, Naomi Wood and […]

12 September 2016

How to get a literary agent for your children’s novel

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

So you’ve written a children’s novel? The next thing you’re likely to be asking is how to make your work stand out in an ultra-competitive market. I spoke to Emma Bailey, assistant to Curtis Brown children’s and Young Adult agent Stephanie Thwaites, who told me some of the common mistakes she regularly sees in new submissions, the importance of finding […]

19 August 2016

We want to hear your crime, thriller and mystery pitches

by Richard Pike and Rebecca Ritchie Events, From the Agents, Writing Tips

#PitchCB is Curtis Brown’s monthly Twitter pitching party for authors looking for agents. This month (on Friday 26 August) we’re focusing on crime, thriller and mystery novels – and we’ve invited two of the UK’s leading editors to join in: Frankie Gray, Editorial Director at Transworld and Vicki Mellor, Deputy Publishing Director at Headline. To […]

26 April 2016

Curtis Brown joint-CEO Jonny Geller on what makes a bestseller

by Eli Keren From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

‘Reading is fundamentally a social act,’ says Curtis Brown joint-CEO Jonny Geller in the opening to his TED talk on what differentiates a seller from a bestseller. ‘What better feeling is there than when you’ve read a great book and you’ve recommended it to someone and they come back to you and they say, “Wow, […]

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