From the Agents Posts

15 June 2018

How writer Rachel Marks hooked her agent, Alice Lutyens

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, From the Agents, Student Successes

Rachel Marks took our 3-month online novel-writing course taught by Lisa O’Donnell back in 2016. Now her debut novel has been sold at auction to Michael Joseph (part of the Penguin Random House group) via Curtis Brown agent Alice Lutyens, who represents more former CBC students than any other literary agent – including Jane Harper, Kate Hamer and Catherine Bennetto. Rachel’s novel, Love […]

18 May 2018

Comic Fiction in 2018: Who’s laughing?

by Cathryn Summerhayes From the Agents, Opinion

Who’s laughing? … Apparently not the 2018 judges of The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction, as they have announced that the prize will not be awarded this year. We asked Curtis Brown literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes for her views on what this means for the comic novel – and which books are making her laugh this […]

10 May 2018

Round-up of literary agent insights

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

The laws around email communication and data protection are changing on 25th May to give you more control over your personal data. We’ve updated our privacy policy and are asking our newsletter subscribers to re-opt in. If you’re already a subscriber, don’t forget to re-opt in on the email you will have received from us on May 9th. […]

03 May 2018

Agent Sophie Lambert and author Fiona Cummins: “Stay true to your instincts”

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Our London-based novel-writing courses all feature sessions where the literary agents from Curtis Brown and C+W come in as visiting speakers with their author-clients or leading publishers. These evening events give our students a great chance to find out about the reality of publishing and pick up some really good tips on writing and pitching. There’s […]

26 April 2018

Jonny Geller: ‘I want books that will change my world view’

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Writing Tips

Uber-Agent Jonny Geller has been a strong supporter of Curtis Brown Creative, since its conception, and has come in as a visiting speaker to more of our creative writing courses than anyone else.  Here he talks to us about how he got started as an agent, what he’s looking for now, and what makes him […]

05 April 2018

Sheila Crowley: ‘We have no business without authors’

by Katie Smart From the Agents

Curtis Brown agent Sheila Crowley represents a brilliant list of clients, including the likes of Jojo Moyes, Clare Mackintosh and Santa Montefiore. She was recently shortlisted for Literary Agent of The Year at The British Book Awards. She’s incredibly passionate about the authors she represents, and here she offers some of her insights on new publishing trends, and the ‘bumps in the road’ […]

29 March 2018

What the literary agents are reading this rainy Easter

by Katie Smart From the Agents

The UK weather for this Easter bank holiday is not looking great – but there’s nothing like a good novel to brighten up a rainy Easter weekend. We asked the literary agents from Curtis Brown and C+W  to tell us what books they’ll be curling up with whilst munching their chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, and […]

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 […]

20 January 2018

How to edit your book before submitting it

by Ellis Keene From the Agents, Writing Tips

Whether you’re preparing your application for our next set of three month courses (in London and online), or getting ready to formally submit to an agent, nailing those first few chapters is absolutely crucial. So what can you do to make those 3,000-word openings as strong as possible? Here’s what a few of the agents from CB […]

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