crowleyoffice@curtisbrown.co.uk
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Sheila
Crowley

I represent a wide range of authors from award-winning novelists to million-copy-selling non-fiction writers. Authors are at the centre of everything I do as an agent - one of the best things about the job is working closely with writers across all stages of the publishing process. I am looking for the best new talent in bookclub and commercial fiction, be that an epic romance, family drama, transporting saga or a page-turning thriller. As well as helping debut authors launch a publishing career, I’m also interested in taking on published writers who may want to reinvigorate their career or change direction.

Please send your submission to crowleyofficesubmissions@curtisbrown.co.uk. For fiction submissions, please send the first three chapters/10,000 words of your material, a synopsis and a biographical note. For non-fiction, please send a detailed proposal.

Born and bred in Dublin, I started my publishing career at Poolbeg press before moving to London in 1991. Through the 90s and 00s I held a number of high-profile sales and marketing positions at leading publishers, including HaperCollins and Hodder. My knowledge of the book industry covering the UK, Ireland and international markets was developed during this period and continues to be a wonderful asset in my work with authors and publishers. I made the move to agenting in 2003 and am now joint MD of the Curtis Brown book department.

In fiction, I’m particularly drawn to beautifully crafted stories with an emotional hook. Some of my recent favourites have included Delia Owens’ Where the Crawdads Sing, Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library and The Maid by Nita Prose. I would love to find a novel with the unforgettable plot and depth of character of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I’m always on the lookout for exciting new crime and thriller novels, particularly in the vein of Lisa Jewell’s brilliant The Family Upstairs. The authors I am honoured to work with have created many wonderful novels with the above criteria.

I would also like to expand my non-fiction list and to find thoughtful, voice-driven writing that stays with the reader; think Tara Westover’s Educated, Deborah Levy’s The Cost of Living and Oprah Winfrey’s What I know For Sure. I am also interested in seeing business, sport and MBS books.

You can read more about the books that excite me, my advice to new authors and what I am looking for here and here.

I am assisted by Sabhbh Curran and Emily Harris