From the Agents Posts

13 March 2019

Gordon Wise: ‘In publishing, there are all sorts of meanings to the word literary’

by Gordon Wise From the Agents

Gordon Wise started his publishing career as a bookseller, before going on to become an editor and then a publishing director at companies including Pan Macmillan and John Murray/Hachette. He joined Curtis Brown in 2005, and as a literary agent he represents a wide variety of brilliant non-fiction authors as well as a number of fantastic novelists.  Gordon will […]

28 February 2019

Author Hazel Barkworth and her agent Lucy Morris on their shared vision

by Anna Davis Author Interviews, From the Agents

Hazel Barkworth has just become the 59th former CBC student to gain a publishing deal – her deliciously intense and beautifully written novel Heatstroke has been sold to Headline by Lucy Morris at Curtis Brown. Hazel took our six-month novel-writing course in London back in the Spring of 2016, and it’s been brilliant to follow […]

22 February 2019

Bookwise (mostly): Gordon Wise on the ‘crime page-turners on my list’

by Gordon Wise From the Agents

Gordon Wise is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, representing a variety of brilliant non-fiction authors as well as talented literary and commercial fiction writers, including former Curtis Brown Creative student Janet Ellis. Gordon will be taking to the CBC blog every once in a while to talk about exciting industry news, and the novels that […]

21 February 2019

Author Nikki Smith and agent Sophie Lambert on the importance of trust & ambition

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

Nikki Smith took not one but three Curtis Brown Creative writing courses back in 2017, starting with two of our 6-week online courses before applying to and then securing a place on our 3-month online novel-writing course. Nikki initially ‘met’ her agent – C& W’s Sophie Lambert – during an online agent feedback session on this longer course and decided to […]

14 February 2019

Mad About the Book: Valentine’s Day book recommendations

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. For Valentine’s Day, we’re talking about the books we’re mad about #MadAbouttheBook. From Kate Atkinson and Nora Ephron to the Brontës, L.M. Montgomery and Philip […]

01 February 2019

Jonny Geller: ‘Belief in your right to be a writer and be read is paramount’

by Curtis Brown 120 Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. Today we are talking to Curtis Brown chairman and agent Jonny Geller. Jonny started out at Curtis Brown as an assistant before becoming an agent in 1995. Now […]

22 January 2019

Jonny Geller and Jane Fallon on the author-agent relationship

by Katie Smart 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 insider knowledge on writing and pitching. There’s […]

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 […]

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