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Sheila is a Dubliner who began work at the Irish independent, Poolbeg Press, before coming to London in the early 90s. She worked at a couple of Big 5 publishers (HarperCollins and Hodder, part of Hachette) principally in sales and marketing roles. She switched to agenting in 2003, and has since built up a strong list of clients. Sheila describes her own tastes as stories “with an emotional hook, crime and thrillers, memoir, business, sport and MBS [Mind / Body / Spirit].”

Notable clients include:

•    JoJo Moyes, the women’s fiction author whose Me Before You smashed the rules of the genre and became a massive critical and commercial hit.
•    Santa Montefiore, another writer of love stories who regularly hits the top ranks of the bestseller lists
•    Clare Mackintosh, a crime author whose debut work was taken up as a Richard & Judy summer read
•    Anna McPartlin, another Richard & Judy pick who is author of an internationally best selling string of love stories
•    Louise Candlish, another big selling writer of domestic dramas
•    Melissa Hill, a #1 selling author in Ireland and author of women’s novels that are as plot driven as any crime stories

Although her list has some exceptional authors of women’s fiction, she shouldn’t be categorised too narrowly. In her own words: “If I'm going out to buy a book, I want a good quality woman's read or a good crime-thriller. I love interesting memoir, I like business books with inspiration, and I love sport too: I watched three rugby matches at the weekend, and I can tell you who is currently leading the Premiership by two points.” So if you have a rugby-themed love story set in Ireland, we guess Sheila’s probably the right agent for you.



Detailed data

Agency:
Curtis Brown Group
Agent since:
2003
Short biography:

A native of Dublin, Sheila started her publishing career at Poolbeg Press, before moving to London in 1991, working at a number of leading publishers, including Harper Collins and Hodder. During the 1990s and early 2000 she held a number of high profile sales and marketing positions and worked closely with many authors and agents before becoming a literary agent in 2003.

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, Crime, thriller, action, General Fiction, Literary Fiction
Authors & books liked:

Women's commercial fiction, crime and thrillers, memoir, business, sport and MBS. Sheila says: "If I'm going out to buy a book, I want a good quality woman's read or a good crime-thriller. I love interesting memoir, I like business books with inspiration, and I love sport too: I watched three rugby matches at the weekend, and I can tell you who is currently leading the Premiership by two points. These are things that I love."

Other loves & passions:

Rugby, clearly. And anything with an Irish background would be of interest. The best part of the job: "Reading and discovering new talent is very exciting. Getting a new novel or a new script from a client and thinking: "Oh yes! He or she has done it again." To unravel a new story is wonderful. Story will always win out in this business and that's one thing we all need to remember." Worst part of the job: "I think the worst part of the job is if you're very passionate about something and no publisher sees it. What's interesting now, however, is that if all the publishers turn something down, authors feel empowered to self-publish. They didn't have that opportunity before."

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 submissions. If you would like to submit your work go to www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk
Other advice and background:

"The key thing is to look for an original voice. And to look for something that you feel could be published today, but could also be published in ten or 20 years time; a story that will cross time." Sheila also says, "Believe it or not, I love a story that makes me cry. I also love stories that make me feel I'm in jeopardy. A page-turning thriller is brilliant. I'm also quite partial to a whodunit, a big, emotional, sweeping love story, or something that has a real dilemma at its heart, like the new Jojo Moyes book, Me Before You, which is riding high on the Sunday Times Bestseller list. Who would have dreamt up a love story between a quadriplegic and an out-of-work coffee shop employee? And yet it's captured our hearts."

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@sheilacrowley
Interesting links:
http://www.novelicious.com/2012/03/what-an-agent-wants-introducing-the-agents.html
Clients:
Kate Alcott, Ace Atkins, Harry Belafonte, Brigid Benson, Brigid Benson and Craig Easton, Kate Lord Brown, Mindy Budgor, Vidyamala Burch , Colette Caddle, Rene Carayol, Amelia Carr, Carol Higgins Clark, Millie Conway, Claire Cook, Ronni Cooper, Sinead Crowley, Bill Cullen, Rebecca Dean, Maria Duffy, Craig Easton, Eric Felten, Ben Fletcher, Ben Fletcher and Karen Pine, Benjamin Fry, Benjamin Fry and Jay Hunt, Meg Gardiner, Ruth Gilligan, Jennifer Gilmore, Simonne Gnessen, Simonne Gnessen and Karen Pine, Pilar Godino, Rosie Goodwin, Massimo Gramellini, Isabelle Grey, Emma Hannigan, Sarah Harrison, Sarah Harte, Mandasue Heller, Joshua Henkin, Casey Hill, Melissa Hill, Tony Hiss, Rachel Hore, Lucille Howe, Declan Hughes, Anna Hunt, Jay Hunt, Claire Irvin, Bev James, Rupert James, N. M. Kelby, Emma Kennedy, Emma Kennedy and Jim Parkyn, Doodle Kennelly, Judith Kinghorn, Nancy Kline, James Lear, KA Lord, Shari Low, Charles Maclean, Steve Martini, Annie McCartney, Zoe Miller, Santa Montefiore, Eleanor Moran, Jojo Moyes, Craig Oliver, Vanessa O'Loughlin, Judy Parkinson, Helen Parry-Jones, Harley Pasternak, Danny Penman, Danny Penman and Mark Williams, Danny Penman and Vidyamala Burch, Ben Fletcher, Karen Pine and Danny Penman, Karen Pine, Anna Quindlen, Jeanne Ray, Caroline Sandon, Kitty Sewell, Rupert Smith, Janet Tanner, Douglas Thompson, Jessica Thompson, Garry Trainer, Vanessa & Helen Williams, Fiona Walker, Joseph Wallace, Helen Warner, Mark Williams, Jaimal Yogis.
Full client list:
http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/sheila-crowley//clients/
Email address:
crowleyoffice@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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