From the Agents Posts

18 January 2019

Emma Finn: ‘It’s about finding the right champion for your work’

by Katie Smart From the Agents

With the news that Emma Finn was promoted to full time agent at C&W last week, we thought it would be the perfect time to talk to her, and find out a little more about the kind of books and writers she is looking to represent.  Here, Emma talks about her career so far, her pitching dos and don’ts, […]

17 January 2019

This is Going to Hurt: The making of a bestseller

by Curtis Brown 120 Author Interviews, Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents

Welcome to the first in a series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts that will be hosted in the CBC blog across the year, celebrating Curtis Brown’s 120th birthday. These blogs will include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides (you can meet the team behind […]

16 January 2019

Curtis Brown is celebrating its 120th birthday!

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

Curtis Brown was founded in 1899 by Albert Curtis Brown. Now in its 120th year, the literary and talent agency is still resolutely committed to its original aim – the desire to discover and launch great stories. Today’s Curtis Brown authors include Adam Kay, Malala Yousafzai, Marian Keyes, David Mitchell, Aravind Adiga, Margaret Atwood, Tracy […]

05 December 2018

How to query a literary agent

by Catherine Cho From the Agents, Guest Blog, Writing Tips

Finding an agent is a matter of fit. It takes persistence and confidence, remember that publishing is a subjective business, and so what might be a NO for some agents is a YES for others. Catherine Cho, an Associate Agent at Curtis Brown, shares her top tips on how to send a query to a literary agent.

30 November 2018

Discover the books that the literary agents will be gifting this Christmas

by Katie Smart From the Agents

We asked the literary agents at Curtis Brown and C&W what they will be reading over the festive period, as well as the books they will be gifting to their loved ones.

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 […]

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