From the Agents Posts

31 January 2018

“I’m looking for beautifully crafted books for a younger reader”: YA agent Lisa Babalis

by Anna Davis From the Agents

Lisa Babalis has worked editorially with the Curtis Brown literary agent team and their clients for some time. Now she’s building her own list of YA and children’s fiction. We asked her to tell us more …  Hi Lisa, What you do at CB and what you did before you came to the agency? I work […]

21 January 2018

Reviewing the first draft: how to read your own novel

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

In the excitement of typing ‘The End’ on your completed first draft, you could be forgiven for thinking you’re all set to start sending your work out to literary agents (many students on our creative writing courses have fallen into this trap). But I would always recommend you go the extra mile (or indeed the […]

19 January 2018

Submission tips from literary agents

by Rufus Purdy From the Agents, Writing Tips

The literary agents at Curtis Brown and C+W get hundreds of submissions each week, so how do you – as a writer – make your work stand out? We asked the literary agents for their top submission tips for new writers who are trying to find an agent. Here’s a selection of their responses… Good […]

29 December 2017

Ten tips for starting to write that novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

Have you resolved to start writing a novel this new year? Have you been mulling over an idea for a book for years but failing to actually sit down and get it started? Or are you feeling the creative urge but struggling to make it take shape as a coherent story? Writing a whole novel […]

14 December 2017

What the literary agents will be reading this Christmas

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

Last week we asked the team at Curtis Brown and C+W what books they’d be giving as gifts this Christmas. This week we thought we’d check in on their own Christmas reading lists. The team here are usually hugely busy with reading from both the regular submissions pile and their client list, and finding time to […]

14 December 2017

Literary agent Alice Lutyens: ‘I’d love to be sent a good ghost story’

by Rufus Purdy From the Agents, Opinion

A huge supporter of our creative writing courses, Curtis Brown literary agent Alice Lutyens has taken on more former Curtis Brown Creative students than anyone else (she represents CBC alumni Kate Hamer, Jane Harper and Catherine Bennetto, among others). Here she tells us why she feels the psychological thriller phenomenon is coming to an end, […]

07 December 2017

Christmas book recommendations from literary agents

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

There’s not much that gets the literary agents at Curtis Brown and C+W as excited as getting a chance to shout about the books they love (whether or not they happen to be clients of theirs). As the nation’s attention shifts towards the festive season, we thought it would be good time to ask the team […]

22 November 2017

What to submit to the new agents at Curtis Brown and C+W

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

You might think you already know who all the literary agents at Curtis Brown and C+W are, but as the students of our three- and six-month creative writing courses quickly discover, there’s another really important bunch of people you might not know about: the book assistants and new agents. Much of their work with writers happens behind […]

03 November 2017

Does your protagonist have to be likeable?

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Opinion, Writing Tips

A question I’m often asked by students on our creative writing courses is, “Does my central character have to be likeable?” The honest answer is, it depends on how you’re constructing your novel and how reader-sympathies need to work with it. Let me explain … If you need the reader firmly on-side with your central […]

05 October 2017

Karolina Sutton: ‘I’m looking for offbeat books I can bring into the mainstream’

by Rufus Purdy From the Agents

A literary agent at Curtis Brown, Karolina Sutton (above) represents a wide range of novelists – from Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami to Emma Healey, Harriet Lane and former Curtis Brown Creative student Tim Glencross. She is a regular visitor to CBC and will be visiting students on our creative writing courses on 9 January […]

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