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Having originally worked for a career in law, Catherine found herself drawn to agenting in a roundabout way. She settled at Curtis Brown in 2015. While she is primarily the assistant to Jonny Geller, Catherine is also building a list of her own. She is interested in both fiction and non-fiction work and represents authors from the across the globe, with a focus on selling to UK and US markets. As a passionate agent looking to build her client list, Catherine is an excellent choice for submission to the biggest literary agency in Europe.

In fiction, Catherine is eager to take on debut novelists. She is looking for 'literary and reading group' fiction, but is also a big fan of speculative fiction, especially when it falls into the 'crossover' category. In the speculative fiction category, she has a soft spot for time travel and ghost stories. If you are looking to pitch a fantasy novel to Catherine, note that one of her favourite contemporary fantasy writers in Robin Hobb. Magical realism also goes down well with her. She will consider YA, but she prefers stories that have that crossover potential.

When it comes to non-fiction, Catherine is just as passionate as she is with fiction and talks about the subject matter in a similar way. She has a particular interest in lifestyle, science, and narrative memoirs, but she describes what she is looking for as 'something that gives you a window into something else'.

To capture her attention, a story needs to transport the reader to another world. Catherine wants to be so engrossed in your story that she forgets the world around her entirely. Solid writing that is relatively free of typos and basic grammatical errors is an obvious must, but otherwise, Catherine wants the writer to weave a 'word spell'.

While the 'slushpile' is the general route to representation with her, Catherine keeps her ear to the ground. She reads a lot of anthologies and journals while also keeping an eye on Wattpad and self-published Kindle titles.



Detailed data

Agency:
Curtis Brown Group
Agent since:
2015
Short biography:
I joined Curtis Brown in Spring 2015 to work with Jonny Geller on his incredible list of fiction and non-fiction.
I'm originally from the U.S.; I studied English literature at New York University. After graduating, I took a detour in corporate law and decided to move to Asia. I lived in Hong Kong for several years and received a J.D. from the University of Hong Kong. I spent a year at a lobbying firm in Washington D.C. before realizing that I would rather lobby for something I believed in and moved to the book world.
I worked as a literary assistant and Contracts Manager for Folio Literary Management in New York and then moved to London.
Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Science, Other non-fiction, Memoir and autobiography, Science fiction, Historical fiction, Fantasy, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
Some of my favourite authors include Chimamanda Adichie, Elizabeth Strout, and Ann Patchett.
I love novels with an emotional, powerful story - I always remember a book that makes me cry. Books like: The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.
In terms of non-fiction, I am looking for narrative memoir, science writing, and lifestyle titles - something that presents an unusual perspective.
I love reading fantasy novels, Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy is brilliant. I recently read Katherine Heiny's Standard Deviation which completely startled me and made me laugh out loud. I've been recommending it to everyone. I'm currently reading Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which is a revelation. I also recently read Sarah Waters' Fingersmith which was stunning.
Other loves & passions:
No Data
How to make a submission:
If you would like to submit to me, please email a cover letter, synopsis, and the first 10,000 words in the body of the email.
Other advice and background:
No Data
Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@Catkcho
Interesting links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejstEj98_pM
Clients:
Patrick Edwards, Jeffrey Toobin, Rachel Kapelke-Dale, James Cole, Jennifer Howells, Daisy Pearce
Full client list:
https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/agent/catherine-cho
Email address:
catherine.cho@curtisbrown.co.uk

Agents of: Curtis Brown Group

Agency details

Website:
http://curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/
About the agency:
Curtis Brown is keen to discover new authors from the 'slush pile.' They accept unsolicited submissions via their online form on which a preferred reader can be chosen for the submitted manuscript or proposal. Curtis Brown has been behind some of the biggest debuts of recent years and has a dedicated New Writing team which meets once a week. They look for excellent writing, great storytelling, original ideas, a new voice. They prefer to work with writers seriously committed to building long-term, rewarding careers in writing. The Curtis Brown submissions blog lists submission tips from their agents and the agency also runs a writing school. The agency was instrumental in establishing the reputations of several British and American writers, including John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Norman Mailer, C P Snow, Angus Wilson, Lawrence Durrell, Gerald Durrell, Kingsley Amis and Isaiah Berlin.
Address for submissions:
Haymarket House, 28-29 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4SP
Office address:
No data
Email address:
cbcsubmissions@curtisbrown.co.uk
Phone number:
+44 (0) 207 393 4400
Number of agents:
13
Accepts email submissions:
Yes
Submission type:
Standard (Letter + Synopsis + First three chapters)
Further submission info:
We no longer accept physical manuscripts. If you have written a novel or a proposal for a non-fiction book, please fill in the form on the website: http://curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/submissions/submit/. In order to submit your work, you will need a Cover Letter, Synopsis of up to 3,000 words, sample material of up to 10,000 words. Once you have submitted your work, you will be sent an email with a confirmation that we have received it. If you don't hear from us in eight weeks' time, please get back in touch and let us know something is amiss.
More info on this agency:
No data
Average response time:
8 days
Agency Transparency Index:
44/100
Member of the AAA:
Yes
Overseas offices:
New York, London
Accepts overseas writers:
No
Follow on Twitter:
@CurtisBrownGrp
Latest news:
http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/books/
More about the agency:
Curtis Brown is keen to discover new authors from the 'slush pile.' They accept unsolicited submissions via their online form on which a preferred reader can be chosen for the submitted manuscript or proposal. Curtis Brown has been behind some of the biggest debuts of recent years and has a dedicated New Writing team which meets once a week. They look for excellent writing, great storytelling, original ideas, a new voice. They prefer to work with writers seriously committed to building long-term, rewarding careers in writing. The Curtis Brown submissions blog lists submission tips from their agents and the agency also runs a writing school. The agency was instrumental in establishing the reputations of several British and American writers, including John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Norman Mailer, C P Snow, Angus Wilson, Lawrence Durrell, Gerald Durrell, Kingsley Amis and Isaiah Berlin.

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