I am lucky enough to represent a wonderfully eclectic and talented list of authors, varying from on-topic commercial women's fiction to beautifully lyrical literary fiction. I also look after some fantastic non-fiction authors, from an Old Bailey judge to a journalist writing about social services to medical frontline workers.
For fiction submissions, please send the first three chapters/10,000 words of your material, a synopsis and a biographical note to firstname.lastname@example.org. For non-fiction, please send a detailed proposal.
I have handled a number of successful authors whom I have nursed through from their debut novels, several through to the Sunday Times bestseller list and Richard & Judy bookclub picks. I am very proud to represent several Curtis Brown Creative alumni, such as Kate Hamer, Rachel Marks, Fran Quinn, Anna Bailey and Catherine Bennetto. An especial highlight was being the first to discover Jane Harper through Curtis Brown Creative, and representing her first four books in the UK. It is a privilege to work with authors from the earliest of days. One of the very best things about my job is editing with authors to get their book from a great place to something superstar – I take real pride in working hand in hand with authors.
I also love to take on authors with well-established careers who may feel in need of a fresh pair of eyes. Working with authors to revitalise their career is immensely satisfying, and great fun too.
Currently I am actively building both my fiction and non-fiction list, and am always on the look-out for smart fiction, whether it be commercial or literary. I don’t believe in 'commercial or literary', simply in very good writing and great characters. Great examples are Tall Bones by Anna Bailey, The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo, Magpie Lane by Lucy Atkins and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. In non-fiction list, my taste is on the personal side; think With the End in Mind: Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial by Kathryn Mannix and I Am I Am I Am by Maggie Farrell. I also will never forget reading Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for the first time.
At the moment in fiction, I am focusing on finding a big-hearted family saga or love story with an intelligent heart. It would be lovely to feel warm and perky inside after the delight of 2020 we have all experienced. I would adore for people to submit to me smart, relatable and upmarket fiction that makes us think about our existence and the way we behave – Such a Fun Age and Small Pleasures really did this for me. A sophisticated horror / chilling drama (think The Nesting by C J Cooke) would be right up my street as well.
In non-fiction I am very keen to find a strong topical book that addresses important societal issues, and has a strong and compelling narrative strand. Behind Closed Doors by Polly Curtis and Unlawful Killings are both great examples of books I have worked on recently and want more of!
I head up the podcast and audio department at Curtis Brown, which has given me a unique insight into the consumer market, and keeps my brain truly sharp!