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Jonny Geller is one of the best known literary agents in London. He’s the joint CEO of Curtis Brown and the head of its books department. (The firm also has a large and effective fim & TV arm.) he’s prolific on social media, with more than 10,000 Tweets and 25K followers.

His remarkably starry client list is made up, for the most part, of novelists who range from the properly literary to the intelligently commercial. Notable names – and this is only a selection of them – include:

•    William Boyd, literary author of The Ice Cream War, the literary thriller Ordinary Thunderstorms and, entering the shoes of Ian Fleming, wrote the James Bond book, Solo. (Geller also represents the estate of Ian Fleming.)
•    Susanna Clarke, best known for her huge (and huge-selling) Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
•    Monica Ali, whose Booker-shortlisted debut, Brick Lane, shot her to international attention
•    Tracey Chevalier, whose Girl with a Pearl Earring established a critical, commercial and international reputation
•    Carl Hiaasen, the Florida-based author of comic and satirical thrillers
•    Lisa Jewell, the hugely successful author of romantic comedies
•    Nelson Mandela – autobiographer and geo-political superstar
•    John Le Carre, who’s written one or two books about espionage
•    Adele Parks, the vastly successful author of women’s fiction
•    Tony Parsons, the author of Man and Boy, now successfully reinventing himself as a thriller writer
•    David Nicholls, the internationally successful author of One Day, amongst other hits
•    David Mitchell, the literary novelist rather than the comedian.

For obvious reasons, Jonny isn’t the very first place that debut novelists should think to send their work, but he will still take on clients if their work is sufficiently strong.

Jonny is also the author of the joky 2006 book, Yes, But Is It Good for the Jews?, which purports to offer insights into the secret art of Judology.



Detailed data

Agency:
Curtis Brown Group
Agent since:
1995
Short biography:

Jonny Geller is Joint CEO of Curtis Brown and Managing Director of the books division. After working as an actor in early 1990s, he joined Curtis Brown as an assistant before becoming an agent in 1995. Jonny was on the steering committee for World Book Night 2011 and World Book Night 2012. He is also a member of the London Book Fair Advisory Board. Jonny was shortlisted for the British Inspiration awards in the media category for 2011 and was named Literary Agent of the Year in 2012.

Client list status:
Open to new clients
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, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Jonny works with a fantastic range of writers from authors of first class literary fiction to best selling thriller writers, from ground-breaking journalists to public figures and business people, from comedians and actors to the very best writers in the field of women's commercial fiction. He also wrote a humour book in 2006 called 'Yes, But is it Good for the Jews?' which was published by Penguin (UK), Bloomsbury (US) and Einaudi (Italy).

Other loves & passions:

Jonny Geller produced a book with Bloomsbury called 'New Beginnings' to raise money for victims of the 2004 Tsunami.

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:

Talking about the changing role of agents, Jonny says, "We have morphed into the role of a manager now more than an agent. We often control publicity and some marketing as well as editorial on many major authors. The services we offer - whether it is through spreading the word on social media, improved and interactive agency websites, blogging - are very different to the ones we were offering, say, five years ago. The job is still the same - discovering, launching and guiding the careers of authors - but we have opened a creative writing school, launched an online submissions site, helped some authors to self publish, produced movies and television." He also adds, "my belief is that if we empower the authors, bring them into the centre of the publishing experience, the books will be better marketed, jacketed and ultimately will sell better!" About the submissions process, Jonny says, "All the named agents on our site, including myself, are responsible for the submissions they are sent. You therefore have a very good chance of being read by the person you send to. Obviously, the younger agents with newer lists might have more time than the more established agents, but everyone here works with good assistants who are great readers and knows intimately what their direct boss is looking for."

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@jonnygeller
Interesting links:
http://theliteraryproject.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/interview-with-jonny-geller.html
Clients:
Monica Ali, Jake Arnott, Sam Baker, Duncan Bannatyne, Emily Barr, Alan Beattie, Martyn Bedford, Madison Smartt Bell, David Ben-Gurion, MacKenzie Bezos, Jonathan Black, Sasha Blake, Sam Bourne, Noah Boyd, William Boyd, Joanna Briscoe, James Caan, Ian Caldwel, John le Carre, Tracy Chevalier, Susanna Clarke, Daniel Clay, Giles Coren, Victoria Coren, Avery Corman, S J Courtenay, Luke Dittrich, Glen Duncan, Greg Egan, Jane Fallon, Ian Fleming, Kathryn Flett, James Flint, Bamber Gascoigne, Caroline Goyder, Richard Grant, Rob Grant, Tom Grieves, Jonathan Grimwood, Jane Harris, Carl Hiaasen, Barney Hoskyns, Amnesty International, Howard Jacobson, Lisa Jewell, Guy Gavriel Kay, Linda Kelsey, Hari Kunzru, Philippe Legrain, David Lodge, Nelson Mandela, Jason Matthews, Anne Maxted, Martine McCutcheon, Donal McRae, Stephan Merritt, David Mitchell, David Nicholls, World Book Night, Matthew Norman, Sarah Norman. Theo Padnos, Adele Parks, S. J. Parris, Tony Parsons, Robert Peston, Amy Raphael, Jay Rayner, Emlyn Rees, Carne Ross, Polly Samson, Mark Sanderson, Bob Shepherd, Liad Shoham, Daniel Silva, Jon Snow, Mark Steel, Matthew Syed, Kathleen Tessaro, Dustin Thomason, Dustin Thomason, Ian Caldwell, Carol Topolski, Salley Vickers, Christopher Wakling, Helen Walsh, Mock the Week, Louise Wener, Greg Williams, David Wolstencroft, Gary Younge.
Full client list:
http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/jonny-geller//clients/
Email address:
gelleroffice@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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