New Literary Agent Alert: Catherine Cho of Curtis Brown

ReminderNew literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Catherine Cho of Curtis Brown) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.


About Catherine:  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.

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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.”

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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] You can also submit your material via Curtis Brown’s portal system. You can select the New Writing Team at

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