From the Agents Posts

18 October 2018

Catherine Cho: ‘I’m a strong believer in the pitch letter and the synopsis’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

After three years assisting Curtis Brown chairman Jonny Geller, Catherine Cho is beginning to build her own list of fiction and non-fiction writers. We caught up with Catherine to talk about her tastes, why she loves working with debut novelists, and the enduring appeal of science fiction… You started your career in publishing in New York before moving to […]

04 October 2018

#WriteCBC: Writing tip and writing task from Alice Lutyens

by Anna Davis Events, From the Agents, Writing Tips

For this month’s #WriteCBC Twitter competition, we’re delighted to feature a writing tip and writing task from Curtis Brown’s Alice Lutyens. Alice is the literary agent with more CBC former-students on her client list than any other at this time – including Jane Harper, Kate Hamer, Catherine Bennetto and the soon-to-be-published Rachel Marks – as well as a couple more […]

20 September 2018

Stephanie Thwaites and Struan Murray on editing and submitting a children’s book

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From Our Students, From the Agents, Novels by CBC Alumni

It’s been quite a year for Struan Murray, who took our London-based novel-writing course way back in 2013. For Struan – as for many of our students, the path to publication has been long and started out bumpy: he finished a novel and gained an agent soon after his CBC course, but not a publisher.

03 September 2018

Norah Perkins on representing heritage clients: ‘My writers’ words are very much still alive’

by Jack Hadley From the Agents

As well representing its list of living writers, an important part of Curtis Brown’s business is its huge list of heritage clients. Daphne du Maurier, Winston Churchill and Elizabeth Bowen are just a small selection of the extraordinary list of historical clients on the CB books. After cutting her teeth in UK publishing at Canongate, and a stint working […]

09 August 2018

How to create great characters in fiction

by Anna Davis From the Agents, Writing Tips

With the CBC team all heading off for our summer holidays, we wanted to leave you with some writing tips to give you some food for fiction-thought across the next couple of weeks while we’re away – plus some writing exercises for those of you who want to keep working while you’re lying by the pool […]

08 August 2018

What the literary agents are reading this summer

by Katie Smart From the Agents

At the start of the British heatwave we shared some sizzling summer reads from our recently published former creative writing course students (check out the blog here). Now that the summer is in full swing we thought it would be the perfect time to ask the literary agent teams at Curtis Brown and C+W the all important […]

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, The […]

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 […]

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