Monday, October 30, 2017

Literary agent Tess Callero at Curtis Brown seeks Young Adult and Adult Fiction, plus some nonfiction

Al Capone Does my Shirts, a YA novel
by Gennifer Choldenko,
represented by Curtis Brown
Curtis Brown Ltd
Ten Astor Place
New York, NY  10003

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Curtis Brown, Ltd. is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, representing a wide variety of established and emerging authors of all genres since 1914. The company has offices in New York and San Francisco and has seventeen literary agents on staff and in boasts a very successful film and foreign rights departments. The newest member of the team is Tess Callero, and like all new agents, she needs authors.

Tess Callero has worked at Curtis Brown since 2015. She represents young adult and adult fiction manuscripts, as well as select nonfiction projects. She welcomes all YA submissions but tends to gravitate towards stories involving friendship, romance, or suspense.
On the adult side, Tess is interested in commercial and upmarket women’s fiction, mysteries/ thrillers, and romance. She has a soft spot for anything involving food, sports, or Hollywood.
Her nonfiction interests include pop culture, business, cookbooks, humor, biography, self-help, and food narrative projects.
In addition to her role as agent, Tess is also the Social Media Director at Curtis Brown. Follow her on Twitter here and follow Curtis Brown on Instagram here and on Twitter here for updates.
Query Tess at
No attachments please. She will respond only if she’s interested in taking a look at your work.
Agency submission guidelines here.

Hey, everyone.
On Wednesday afternoons, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., throughout the month of November, a whole warren of writers will gather at the Burlington Central Library to bang out novels, short stories, memoirs – wild words of all sorts – and to swap advice, encouragement, and tales of the writing life. And you're invited. Come for one Wednesday or for all of them. And, yes, it’s absolutely free.
More details here. ~Brian

If you’re interested in and finding an agent or publisher (someday soon or down the road), don’t miss From the Horse’s Mouth ~ Strategies for Getting Published, with literary agent Stacey Donaghy, House of Anansi Press editor Douglas Richmond, and Simon & Schuster managing editor Patricia Ocampo on Saturday, Dec 2, 2017, at Ryerson University in Toronto (see here).

You’ll also be interested in our How to Get Published mini-conference, with literary agent Martha Webb, author Hannah Mary McKinnon, and HarperCollins editor Michelle Meade on Saturday, Nov 18,2017,  in Guelph (see here). This mini-conference is currently full, but to get on the waiting list, email A space may open up!

Brian is also leading a Writing for Children and for Yong Adults workshop, on Saturday, November 11, 2017, in London (see here).

Also, this fall, Brian will lead a Writing with Style on Saturday, Nov 4, 2017, in Barrie (see here) and How to Build Your Story on Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 in Burlington with author Hannah Mary McKinnon (see here).

In the new year, Brian will again offer a full range of weekly writing classes, from introductory to intensive:
Exploring Creative Writing, offered at two times:

Thursday mornings, Jan 25 – March 29, in Oakville (see here)
and Friday afternoons, Feb 2 – March 23, in  Toronto (see here).
Writing Personal Stories,  Thursday afternoons, Jan 25 – March 15, in Burlington (see here).
Intensive Creative Writing, offered at three times:
Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 – 2:45 p.m. Jan 16 – March 20, at Appleby United Church, in Burlington

Thursday evenings, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m., Jan 18 – March 22, at Appleby United Church in Burlington

and Friday mornings, 10:15 – 12:45, Jan 19 – March 23, Glenview Presbyterian Church in Toronto

See details of all six classes offered in the new year here.

For details or to reserve a spot in any workshop, retreat, or weekly course, email

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.

See Brian’s complete current schedule here,  including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Bolton, Barrie, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Woodstock, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York Region, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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