Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 26, 2013

Agent Looking to Build His List

agentKasdinChuck Sambuchino says Steve Kasdin who joined Curtis Brown in 2012 is looking to build his list of writers. Steve has over twenty years’ experience in books and publishing, beginning his career as the Mystery buyer at Barnes & Noble. He has been a Marketing executive at St. Martin’s Press, Scholastic and Harcourt, an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Agency and worked on Content Acquisition in the Kindle group at In addition to representing clients at Curtis Brown, he is also the agency’s Director of Digital Strategy, advising clients on all aspects of electronic publishing.

He is seeking: “The most important thing I’ve learned in over twenty years in publishing is also the simplest: plot sells. And the definition of what makes a great plot is also very simple: interesting, well-drawn characters thrown into unpredictable situations. I’m looking for: commercial fiction, including Mysteries/Thrillers, Romantic Suspense (emphasis on the suspense), and Historical Fiction); Narrative Nonfiction, including Biography, History and Current Affairs; and Young Adult Fiction, particularly if it has adult crossover appeal. I am NOT interested in SF/Fantasy, Memoirs, Vampires and writers trying to capitalize on trends.”

How to submit: skasdin [at] Responds in 4-6 weeks. Please send a query letter about what makes your book unique, a 1-3 page plot synopsis, a brief bio (including a description of your publishing history, if you have one), and the first 40-50 pages of your manuscript as a Word attachment to the email. “Let me know in your query letter if I am reading your work exclusively, in which case, I shall give it priority. If the book has been self-published or previously published, please let me know all the details – publisher, date, etc.”

Click Here to read Chuck Sambuchino’s article: (Why you should only query 6-8 agents at a time.)

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Hi Kathy,

    Thank you for this information about Curtis Brown. I wanted to get back to you earlier on the question you asked me concerning my genre, but couldn’t because I was preparing my manuscript for the James Jones competition that you publicized in your blog. So you can see your articles and your tips are important to me. And thank you for this information also. I have just submitted my query, synopsis, bio, and manuscript to Steve Kasdin.

    In answer to your question, I write nonfiction and fiction. My genre for fiction is inspirational, multicultural, romantic suspense.

    Once again thank you for what you do. I live in Germany presently and the information flow to me, an English speaking writer, that was born and raised in the United States is very slow and sometimes non-existent. So, I look forward to your blog articles.

    Keep up the great work. I appreciate them very much.




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