UK Agency Curtis Brown Produces Films Based on their Authors' Books

Looking for an agent can be even more grueling and demoralizing than trying to get a publishing deal, but when you find an agent/agency that’s creative, forward-thinking, and industrious, like a wife, you’ve found a good thing. I have no idea what the writers on Curtis Brown’s roster would say about their experience with the… Read more.

British Literary Agency Launches Novel-Writing Competition

UPDATE: Megan Hodson, a 21 year old marketing exec from Cardiff, the capital of Wales, has won Curtis Brown’s inaugural “Be a Bestseller” competition. She beat out 4,000 contenders, with her planned novel When We Get There.Reading teams at Curtis Brown and Curtis Brown Creative helped judges Marian Keyes, a bestselling author, actress Caroline Quentin, and literary agent Jonny Geller cull the… Read more.

UK-Based Literary Agents Are Offering an Online Novel-Writing Course

Curtis Brown Creative and Conville & Walsh literary agencies have announced the opportunity to take a three-month novel-writing course online, tutored by Commonwealth Prize-winning author Lisa O’Donnell via phone and Skype. The Curtis Brown Creative Three-Month Online Novel-Writing Course will run from Monday 3rd November 2014 to Sunday 22nd February 2015 – you can apply here. (Curtis… Read more.

Andrew Lownie Literary Agency Sets Up In-House Imprint

As the publishing industry business model adjusts to the increased importance of digital sales and discovery, agents have also been adjusting to the new digital reality. They’ve allowed Amazon to circumvent publishers and work directly with authors, while others have extended their businesses to include film production based on their clients’ books. Now, UK literary… Read more.

"We Don’t Really Need Them": Author Splits With Random House Over Royalty Rates

Author Joe Simpson (not to be confused with Jessica Simpson’s dad) has split with Random House subsidiary Jonathan Cape / Vintage for trying to “bully [him] into accepting 25% royalties” for an e-book of his bestseller Touching the Void. “It seems to be a fairly common tactic of the big publishing houses, this. They like… Read more.

Are Agents Complicating the War Between Publishers & Amazon?

When Amazon Publishing announced it was expanding to Europe, they announced it via a letter to a list of literary agents. Currently at war with traditional publishers for under-pricing books and distributing books digitally via the wildly popular Kindle thereby undermining sales, Amazon has steadily focused on bypassing publishers to create a direct relationship with agents… Read more.

R.I.P. Sony Reader

Sony Electronics has decided to close its Reader Store next month, leaving the North American e-Reading public to choose between the Kindle, iPad, and the Kobo. In a press release explaining the move, Sony announced that it will transfer “Sony’s Reader Store customers and their current eBook libraries… to the Kobo ecosystem starting in late… Read more.

Author Nataly Kelly Shares Six Things She's Learned About Publishing a Book

Found in Translation author Nataly Kelly has learned a few things since snagging a book deal with Penguin. In a recent Huffington Post piece, she shares six of the lessons she’s learned, including: 1. Yes, you can get a book deal via social media. After many years of pitching book concepts through a literary agent to… Read more.