From the Agents Posts

16 January 2020

How to start writing a novel

by Anna Davis From the Agents, How To ..., Writing Tips

Are you settling down into the new decade by starting to write a novel? Have you been mulling over a good story idea for years but failing to actually get it started? Or perhaps you’re putting words down but feeling unsure of what you’re doing and where you’re headed with it? Writing a novel can […]

12 December 2019

Author Elizabeth Lee and her agent Lucy Morris on their passion for Cunning Women

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

We are thrilled for Elizabeth Lee, our 79th student to get a major book deal. Liz was awarded the Marian Keyes scholarship to study on our six-month online novel-writing course. After completing the course, Curtis Brown’s Lucy Morris fell in love with her novel, Cunning Women, a searing story of forbidden love and the curtailing […]

31 October 2019

Frighteningly good books for Halloween

by Katie Smart From the Agents

When the wind is howling and you feel the crunch of leaves underfoot there’s nothing quite like escaping the cold and opting for a different type of chill – by getting your teeth stuck into creepy ghost stories (and maybe some sweets) … To help you get in the Halloween spirit we asked the book […]

27 September 2019

Announcing the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize Longlist

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, Events, From the Agents

We are delighted to announce the longlist for the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize. We received 3,000 submissions from across the UK & Ireland. We were so impressed by the standard of the submissions; it was truly difficult to choose our longlist. After many weeks of reading, our judging team narrowed the longlist to these […]

15 August 2019

Summer reads from the literary agents

by Katie Smart From the Agents

Barack Obama recently shared his summer reading recommendations which include the works of literary great Toni Morrison, Hilary Mantel’s 2009 Man Booker Prize winning novel Wolf Hall and Haruki Murkami’s short story collection Men Without Women … Here at CBC we can never have enough books on our to-be-read pile… So, this leads us to ask the […]

22 July 2019

Lucy Morris: ‘Learn everything about your main character’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents, Writing Tips

As part of our 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – have launched the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize! Our mission is to find the exciting new voices of the future. To enter all you need is a 10,000 word novel opening and a one-page synopsis (find out more here). The deadline for entering the Curtis Brown […]

16 July 2019

The life of a literary agent

by Jonny Geller Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents

Curtis Brown Chairman and top literary agent Jonny Geller reveals the 50 extraordinary tasks literary agents do to promote their authors.

15 July 2019

Catherine Cho: ‘Stories need to have rhythm and pacing’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents, Writing Tips

As part of our 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – have launched the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize! Our mission is to find the exciting new voices of the future. To enter all you need is a 10,000 word novel opening and a one-page synopsis (find out more here). The deadline for entering the Curtis Brown […]

01 July 2019

Becky Brown: ‘Good novels come from the brain and the heart’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents, Writing Tips

As part of our 120th birthday celebrations, Curtis Brown – in partnership with Curtis Brown Creative – have launched the Curtis Brown First Novel Prize! Our mission is to find the exciting new voices of the future. To enter all you need is a 10,000 word novel opening and a one-page synopsis (find out more here). The deadline for entering the Curtis Brown […]

26 June 2019

New York literary agents Heather Karpas & Zoe Sandler on quality writing and compelling stories

by Katie Smart From the Agents

We’ve joined forces with major US agency ICM Partners for a special 6-month online novel-writing course starting this September. ICM have been working with the Curtis Brown agency for over 10 years on the UK and translation rights representation of its stellar list of authors. Now we are hugely excited to have Heather Karpas and Zoe Sandler – both […]

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