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From the Agents Posts

01 December 2020

How to write for younger readers: Advice from literary agent Stephanie Thwaites and authors Michael Mann and Cynthia Murphy

by Danni Georgiou Author Interviews, From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Last week, we hosted a very special webinar with top Curtis Brown literary agent Stephanie Thwaites and two of her clients, former CBC students, Cynthia Murphy and Michael Mann. These special webinars are an exclusive component of our Writing YA & Children’s Fiction course, and they give our students the chance to discover more about […]

25 November 2020

Hannah Beer: ‘Have faith that what you’ve written is worth being read’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Hannah Beer joined Curtis Brown in 2019 and currently assists Jonathan Lloyd. She is also building her own list of fiction and non-fiction authors. We caught up with Hannah to find out more about what she enjoys reading and what she’s looking for from debut authors… You joined Curtis Brown in 2019 as Jonathan Lloyd’s […]

04 November 2020

Sabhbh Curran: ‘A smart, engaging pitch letter will stand you in good stead to get attention’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Sabhbh Curran joined Curtis Brown in 2018 and currently assists Sheila Crowley. She is also building her own list of fiction and non-fiction authors. We caught up with Sabhbh to find out more about what she enjoys reading and what she’d love to see from a debut author… You joined Curtis Brown in 2018 as Jonathan […]

22 October 2020

Author Bonnie Garmus & agent Felicity Blunt on Lessons in Chemistry

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Last week, during the publishing industry’s first ever virtual Frankfurt Book Fair, we received some spectacular news – former novel-writing student Bonnie Garmus was the talk of the fair! Bonnie’s agent, Curtis Brown’s Felicity Blunt, sold Lessons in Chemistry (which she worked on with us) to Doubleday in a massive 16-way auction, and by the […]

21 October 2020

Lucy Morris: ‘I am always won over by confidence in debuts, unapologetic originality of voice and assured plotting’

by Discoveries Discoveries, From the Agents, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with Curtis […]

23 September 2020

Meet the CBC and Curtis Brown Discoveries team

by Discoveries Discoveries, Events, From the Agents

Now that the Discoveries Prize is open for application we’d like to introduce you to the team of women behind Curtis Brown’s and Curtis Brown Creative’s participation in the programme. We’re all particularly excited to be working with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest on this exciting new initiative designed to support unpublished women writers […]

13 August 2020

Summer must-reads: recommendations from literary agents

by Katie Smart From the Agents

As with much of 2020, summer is looking a little different this year. Maybe you’re planning a trip to the seaside or a staycation – what better excuse is there to soak up the sunshine and read a good book. We asked the agent teams at Curtis Brown and C&W what they’re reading this summer! […]

07 May 2020

Viola Hayden: ‘Give your manuscript to people you trust to read’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Viola Hayden joined Curtis Brown as an associate agent in Jonny Geller’s office after working in publishing at Cornerstone, Michael Joseph and most recently as a commissioning editor at Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown. We caught up with Viola to find out more about her love of books, how she’s adapted to working from […]

30 April 2020

Cathryn Summerhayes: ‘It’s the eclectic nature of the job and of the authors you work with that make you fizz with excitement’

by Katie Smart From the Agents, Writing Tips

Cathryn Summerhayes re-joined Curtis Brown in September 2016 having started her literary agency career there as an intern in 2004. She represents an amazing list of clients including Dr Adam Kay, Naomi Wood, Kirsty Logan, Lisa Taddeo, Lucy Foley and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Cathryn was named Literary Agent of the Year at the 2019 British Book Awards. […]

18 March 2020

Books to keep you company in self-isolation

by Katie Smart From the Agents

It’s important that we all take care of ourselves in this time of self-isolation. What better way to keep your spirits up than to read, read, read … From much needed comedy to comforting classics, sweeping fantasy and the latest must-reads, these recommendations from the literary agent teams at Curtis Brown and C&W will provide […]

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