16 November 2012

And lo, the cupboard was bare!

The old manuscript cupboard
by admin From the Agents

Every office has its rituals and one such ritual at Curtis Brown is the Friday morning editorial meeting, where literary agents and assistants gather in the boardroom to read through the slush pile, in the hope of unearthing a gem from the teetering piles of manuscripts we receive every week.

That is, until today.

It was that time again, and with coffee and pens at the ready, we went to open the cupboard where the manuscripts are kept to find… nothing. Not a single, solitary submission. The cupboard was, indeed, bare.

We knew that most submissions would now be made via Curtis Brown Creative but never anticipated how easily this digital revolution would take place. Aspiring writers are able to direct their work to the literary agent most suited to their genre and the connection between the agency and the potential client has become much more personalised.

And while we might be sad to say goodbye to our Friday morning ritual, we are really excited by the volume of new work which is being submitted to Curtis Brown Creative, while the cupboard has been returned to its primary purpose of storing jackets, umbrellas and all manner of bric-a-brac.

Thank you to all who have submitted!

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