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Jonathan Lloyd is the Chairman of Curtis Brown, having previously been its CEO and head of books. He came to the agency after a career in publishing, ending up MD of adult trade publishing at HarperCollins. He’s been President of the Association of Authors Agents (from 1999 to 2002) and was voted agent of the year in the 2009 Bookseller Awards.

As you’d expect, Jonathan has a strong and starry client list, which tends towards the more commercial end of the spectrum – not so many Booker Prize winners here. He has a particular affinity for more old-school storytelling (Archer, Horowitz, Taylor Bradford) and seems to do exceptionally well with women’s fiction – see more detail below.

Notable clients include:

•    Jeffrey Archer, who has sold one or two books in his career.
•    Anthony Horowitz – ditto – noted not just for his Alex Rider / Diamond Brothers / Power of Five series, and for his prolific (and murderous) work as a screenwriter, but more recently for his excellent Sherlock Holmes novels.
•    Freya North, Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly, Rosie Thomas and Erica James – all huge-selling Please
•    Barbara Taylor Bradford, who has sold more than ninety million novels worldwide and who is still perhaps the most prominent author of female-led, rags-to-rches books worldwide.

Lloyd isn’t mostly known for his non-fiction list, but his authors here include journalists and celebrities such as BBC security correspondant, Mark Urban; the celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White; the doyenne of popular historians, Antonia Fraser; and travel writer, Carol ‘The Olive Tree’ Drinkwater.

Given Lloyd’s seniority and other commitments, we’d gently suggest that he’s not your very first port of call as a new writer, unless of course you have a very confident view of your commercial potential . . .



Detailed data

Agency:
Curtis Brown Group
Agent since:
1994
Short biography:

Jonathan Lloyd is the Chairman of Curtis Brown. He joined the agency in 1994 from HarperCollins where he was Managing Director of Adult Trade Publishing. He was President of AAA (Association of Authors' Agents) from 1999 to 2002 and was pleased to be voted Agent of the Year from a shortlist of six literary agents at the British Book Industry Awards in 2009.

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Young adult fiction, Children's picture books, Children's fiction, Children's & YA non-fiction, Travel, Science, Politics, society & current affairs, Other non-fiction, Religion, Mind, Body, Spirit, Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, History, Women's fiction, Science fiction, Paranormal romance, Horror, Historical fiction, Genre romance, Fantasy, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Jonathan represents among others Jeffrey Archer, Marian Keyes, Sue Townsend, Antonia Fraser and most recently, award winning production company Atlantic Productions, which documented the ground-breaking discovery of Ida, the 47-million-year-old primate fossil.

Other loves & passions:

Used to be an actor.

How to make a submission:
To submit your work in search of representation, visit www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk. Please note, the book agents are no longer accepting paper or email submissions. If you would like to submit your work, go to www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk
Other advice and background:

In a (now somewhat dated piece) the Evening Standard commented about Lloyd, "Smooth Lloyd networks tirelessly for his authors, including Jeffrey Archer, and flashy, pugnacious Geller won great deals for Donna Tartt, Hari Kunzru and Jake Arnott. Formerly a struggling actor, he's an expert at pitching, Hollywood-style.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@CBGBooks
Interesting links:
http://specials.ft.com/creativebusiness/mar192002/FT3B2FIFYYC.html
Clients:
Jonathan Aitken, Maggie Alderson, Catherin Alliott, Jeffrey Archer, Lisa Armstrong, Colin Bateman, John Batt, John Baxter, Stephanie Berke, Peter de la Billiere, Michael Billington, Tom Bower, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Celia Brayfield, Peter Brookes, The Teale Brothers, Peter Burden, Joy Chambers, Joseph Connolly, Christopher Creighton, Edwina Currie, David and Jennifer Elkington, Barry Davies, Lauren Davies, Steve Dennis, Carol Drinkwater, David Elkington, Harriet Evans, Keith Floyd, Bryan Forbes, Ronin Lane Fox, Frederick Forsyth, Antonia Fraser, Andrew St George, Ella Griffin, Patricia Gucci, Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor, Susan Hepburn, Wendy Holden, Erica James, Jane Johnson, Stanley Johnson, Annabel Karmel, Cathy Kelly, Marian Keyes, Timothy Knatchbull, James Leasor, Ken Livingstone, Monica McInerney, John McLaren, Christopher Meyer, Deborah Moggach, Jane Moore, Liane Moriarty, Elizabeth Noble, Freya North, Cristina Odone, Eliza Pakenham, Thomas Pakenham, Mike Pannett, Chetan Parkyn, Wendy Perriam, Karen Perry, Leslie Phillips, David Pirie, Thomas Preston, Atlantic Productions Felix Riley, Lucinda Riley, Paul Routledge, Raymond Seitz, Gerald Seymour, Robyn Sisman, Carol Smith, Lady Mary Soames, Anthony Summers, Rosie Thomas, Sue Townsend, James Twining, Christopher Tyerman, Mark Urban, Ed Victor, Maurenn Waller, Nick Webb, Marco Pierre White.
Full client list:
http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/jonathan-lloyd//clients/
Email address:
lucia@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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