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 Norah Perkins joined Curtis Brown in 2013 as an assistant to another agent before quickly being put in charge of the Curtis Brown Estates list. This list covers such authors as Henry Cecil, Henry Miller, Elizabeth Bowen, Lawrence Durrell, Joseph Heller, William Faulkner, and Anthony Gilbert. The Estates list covers a wide variety of authors and works, from literary fiction to crime classics, poetry, and non-fiction.


More recently, Norah has begun to build a client list of new clients. Her wishlist for new clients is similar to those she represents on the Estates list, including works of historical, crime, and literary fiction. Several of Norah's debut novelists have written historical fiction, including Laura Powell's The Unforgotten and Kate Howard's The Ornatrix. She also expresses a particular interest in fiction with an international focus, particularly fiction with a social commentary aspect; something upheld in her representation of award-winning writer Jonathan Tel. 


For non-fiction, Norah loves a good sense of humour that turns a common topic into something unique and different. This passion plays out in her list with Michael Gibney's second person narration of life as a sous chef as well as Benjamin Lee's reflections on middle-class problems. Food, landscapes, and technology are areas she would love to see in her submissions inbox. 


The modern landscape of book publishing is rapidly changing. Norah stresses to potential new clients that they may have to be what the industry has labelled 'hybrid' authors. Traditional publishing once prided itself on providing a service to authors they couldn't find anywhere else, and the biggest selling point was often the publicity department. These days, authors need to be prepared to take on much of that publicity themselves. However, publishers are still better placed for distribution and discoverability purposes. Norah stresses the importance of a great agent to ensure writers are given fair contracts so they can maintain control over their work in this changing industry. 



Detailed data

Agency:
Curtis Brown Group
Agent since:
2013
Short biography:

Norah is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, one of the world’s biggest and most influential agencies.

After four years as the managing editor at the independent publisher Canongate Books, Norah joined Curtis Brown in May 2013 to work on Karolina Sutton’s list. She now represents Curtis Brown’s rich list of historic clients, including Laurie Lee, Gerald and Lawrence Durrell, Rumer Godden, Isaiah Berlin, Henry Miller and Stella Gibbons, and is also on the lookout for challenging, original voices in fiction and non-fiction. When she’s not at her desk, she is (slowly) restoring an antique Golding Pearl letterpress. 

Client list status:
Keen to build client list
Genres this agent is interested in:
Memoir and autobiography, Food and Cookery, Other non-fiction, History, Politics, society & current affairs, Religion, Women's fiction, General Fiction, Crime, thriller, action, Historical fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:
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Other loves & passions:
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How to make a submission:
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Other advice and background:
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Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
Yes
Follow on Twitter:
@norahperkins
Interesting links:
http://www.urbanfantasist.com/the-blog/hybrid-writers-in-the-21st-century-seminar-report
Clients:
Non-estate clients include: Benjamin Lee, Bryan Magee, Chris Ould, Isabela Noronha, James Leech, Joe Cross, John Sandford, Jonathan Tel, Laura Powell, Michael Gibney, Nadia Dalbuono, Richard Cork, Ted McDermott, Adam Ehrlich Sachs, Kate Howard
Full client list:
http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/agent/norah-perkins/clients
Email address:
norah.perkins@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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