Friday, February 15, 2013

Steve Kasdin of Curtis Brown literary agency seeks commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction and YA

Curtis Brown Ltd.

Curtis Brown is one of the world’s most well established literary agencies. It employs 32 people, with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

Steve Kasdin is the newest member of Curtis Brown agenting team (and hence the agent most in need of new authors). Steve has been in the publishing business for over 20 years. He served as the Marketing Ddirector at St. Martin’s Press, Sholastic and Harcourt, as a literary agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Agency, and as a buyer for Barnes & Noble.

Steve joined Curtis Brown in 2012 as Director of Digital Strategy. He has now also begun taking on clients. He is seeking commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, and young adult fiction, particularly if it has crossover appeal.

In commercial fiction, he is especially seeking mysteries and thrillers, romantic suspense (with the emphasis on suspense), and historical fiction. In narrative nonfiction, he especially wants biography, history and current affairs. No SciFi or fantasy, memoirs, vampires or writers trying to capitalize on trends.

Query Steve at
Say what makes your book unique, include a 1 – 3 page plot synopsis, a brief bio including a history of your publishing history if you have one, and the first 40 – 50 pages of your manuscript as an attachment.

Brian Henry will be leading a "Writing for Children and for Young Adults" workshop in Guelph on April 13 (details here). Also, Brian will lead "How to Get Published” workshops on March 16 in Peterborough (details here), Sun, March 17, in Kingston (see here), and Sat, May 4, in Barrie (see here). To register, email

Before you submit, though, the best way to get your manuscript into shape is with a weekly course. Brian will be leading Next Step in Creative Writing classes on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga (see here) and Thursday evenings in Georgetown (see here). He’ll be leading Intensive courses on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (see here) and Wednesday evenings in Mississauga (see here). To register, email

For beginners, he’ll be leading Welcome to Creative Writing classes on Monday mornings in Mississauga (details to come), Monday afternoons in Brampton (see here and scroll down) and Tuesday afternoons in Burlington (see here). To register, email

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Kingston, Peterborough, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Georgetown, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Dundas, Kitchener, Guelph, London, Woodstock, Orangeville, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Muskoka, Peel, Halton, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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