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Stephanie Thwaites read English at Leeds University and, after a short stint in a publishing PR firm, came to Curtis Brown, first as an assistant and then (2006) as agent.

She is one of CB’s two agents for children’s and young adult work – and she’s lucky enough to look after the estate of AA Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh – though Stephanie does look after one or two adult novelists (the most unexpected of whom is John Steinbeck).

Stephanie is positively keen to have work submitted to her. About her current preoccupations, Stephanie tells us, “I'd love to find any of the following: A stand alone novel with depth, some emotion and really distinctive protagonists, for a 9/10+ readership. A story with a great twist. Strong adventure or fantasy stories either 9/10+ or young adults. A friendship focused story for tween girls with a fresh and different feel. A thriller or realistic romance for young adults. Something scary. I'm also open to other ideas, however, so if your book doesn't fit these criteria it won't stop me from considering it.”

She also – usefully – blogs (link below) and you can get a good feel for her taste and personality from her posts.

One piece of advice is that writers should create “a story [that] start[s] instantly with no beating around the bush, free from gentle description or lengthy scene setting. In short, I have a zero tolerance policy for rambling openings.”

Writers should also take particular note of her advice on presenting work properly (see full post here): proper presentation and no baked goods, please. Most writers will also be interested in a guest post by Scholastic’s Lisa Edwards on how Hunger Games came to be the global sensation it was.



Detailed data

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

Stephanie Thwaites studied English literature at Leeds University, with a year at McGill University in Montreal. After a brief stint of work experience at a Publishing PR company, Stephanie joined the Curtis Brown team in 2003 and took over the Children's Department in 2008.

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
Authors & books liked:

Children's fiction; YA thrillers or reality based romance stories; friendship focused stories for pre-teen girls with something different to offer; anything with a gothic feel! I'm always looking for new authors to team up with so if you have a children's book, or you know someone who is writing one, then please do get in touch. Discovering new talent is undoubtedly one of the most exciting parts of the job and I'm on the look out for engaging stories that really pack a punch. At the moment I'd love to find any of the following: A stand alone novel with depth, some emotion and really distinctive protagonists, for a 9/10+ readership. A story with a great twist. Strong adventure or fantasy stories either 9/10+ or young adults. A friendship focused story for tween girls with a fresh and different feel. A thriller or realistic romance for young adults. Something scary. I'm also open to other ideas, however, so if your book doesn't fit these criteria it won't stop me from considering it. For more information about how to submit your work have a look at the Curtis Brown submission guidelines. I have close ties to the most famous bear in history, Winnie-the-Pooh, since I represent the Milne and Shepard Estates, and I have recently become better acquainted with some gentle yetis through acting as the Literary agent for Eva Ibbotson's work and Estate. There are tigers and princesses, monsters and pirates, dinosaurs and fairies, superheroes and unlikely heroes all bursting from my bookshelves, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Other loves & passions:

Fan of Boxercise, fancy dress & a whiskey sour but not all at the same time.

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:

For a book to be published it needs a legion of fans. Starting with the agent and commissioning editor, the editorial team, sales and marketing then come on board. Scouts, foreign publishers, audio publishers, production companies, buyers, publicists, reviewers, librarians, teachers and of course readers, all joining the fan club.

Attends Festival of Writing or other WW events?
No
Follow on Twitter:
@StephT2000
Interesting links:
http://childrensliteraryagent.co.uk
Clients:
Louise Arnold, Guy Bass, Martyn Bedford, Georgia Blain, Sarah Bower, Paul Bright, Martin Chatterton, Pauline Clarke, Kelly Corrigan, Lucy Courtenay, Melissa de la Cruz, Gina Damico, Michael DeLarrabeiti, David Anthony Durham, Jean Hannah Edelstein, Gareth Edwards, Tom Eglington, Liz Elwes, Steven Farley, Will Gatti, Alison Gaylin, Peter Gethers, Stuart Gibbs, Jack Heath, F E Higgins, Nigel Hinton, Eva Ibbotson, Denise Jaden, Judi James, Catherine Johnson, Matthew Johnstone, Matthew Johnstone and James Kerr, Janey Louise Jones, Kim Kane and Marion Roberts, Laura Kasischke, Jon Katz, James Kerr, Tessa Krailing, Mike Lupica, Ross MacKenzie, C K Kelly Martin, Patricia Marx, Gillian McClure, Patricia McCormick, James McManus, Lauren Miller, AA Milne, Dave Morris, Grace Nichols, Samira Osman, Chris Ould, Steven Parlato, James Phelan, Siobhan Rowden, Molly Shannon, E H Shepard, Joanna Simmons, John Steinbeck, Showell Styles Melinda Taub, Anne Ursu, MM Vaughan, Mikey Walsh, Caitlin Watson and Vic Le Billon, Ursula Moray Williams, Margaret Yorke, Jonny Zucker.
Full client list:
http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/stephanie-thwaites//clients/
Email address:
catherines@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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