Thursday, November 10, 2016

2 New Literary Agents Seeking Clients

Updated 8/28/19

These two new agents are seeking clients. Rachel Crawford (Mackenzie Wolf Literary Services) is interested in literary and commercial fiction and YA. In nonfiction she’s interested in tech, futurism, psychology, environment, and science. Catherine Cho (Curtis Brown) is seeking debut novelists, particularly in literary and reading group fiction.

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Catherine Cho of Curtis Brown

Raised in Kentucky, Catherine studied literature at New York University. She lived in Hong Kong for several years and studied international law. After a stint in corporate law and lobbying, she worked for Folio Literary Management in New York, before moving to Curtis Brown in London.

What she is seeking: Catherine is looking to represent debut novelists, particularly in literary and reading group fiction. She’s searching for stories that transport their readers—with a strong, moving narrative and distinctive voice. She particularly enjoys stories with magical realism and speculative elements (such as Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell). Her other favorite authors include Kazuo Ishiguro, David Nicholls, Ann Patchett, Karen Russell, Elizabeth Strout, Donna Tartt, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In nonfiction, she’s searching for lifestyle titles and narrative memoirs.

She is based in the UK. Although she is open to subs from writers of any nation, she said this: “I am looking for both US / UK, but I do primarily submit to UK, so ideally something that crosses over.”

How to submit: If you would like to submit your work, please send a cover letter, synopsis, and the first three chapters by email to catherine.cho [at] curtisbrown.co.uk. You can also submit your material via Curtis Brown’s portal system. You can select the New Writing Team at www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/submissions.
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Rach Crawford represents authors from both the U.S. and Australia, and sells U.S. rights on behalf of select Australian publishers and agents. She is also MacKenzie Wolf’s foreign rights manager. After beginning her publishing career in Australia, Rach moved to New York in 2011 to attend the Columbia Publishing course. Her first role in the U.S. was at Sterling Lord Literistic, and she later moved to Fletcher and Company to sell rights for authors such as Gretchen Rubin, Nir Eyal, Chip and Dan Heath, and BJ Novak. Rach’s clients have been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and appeared in Best American Short Stories.

What she is seeking: Rach is seeking literary fiction, YA, and narrative nonfiction. In fiction, she is drawn to narratives that explore ideas through unique points of view, and responds especially to unreliable or “unlikeable” protagonists. Rach is currently seeking literary horror, and fiction that explores or is inspired by the climate crisis and related anxieties. In YA, Rach loves to read high-concept stories with genre elements and a strong voice. For her nonfiction list, Rach is looking for nature writing, books on climate and/or environmental activism and related topics (e.g. migration), pop culture (especially on cli-fi, horror, and interesting/underexplored subcultures), and queer perspectives across topics. Rach is particularly seeking LGBTQI+ and own voices submissions across categories.

How to contact: To submit a project, please send a query letter along with a 50-page writing sample (for fiction) or a detailed proposal (for nonfiction) to queries@mwlit.com.

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