TEDxOxford 2016 Speaker Jonny Geller

Jonny Geller

Jonny Geller

Jonny is Joint CEO of Curtis Brown, the largest and oldest literary and talent agency in the UK. He joined the agency in 1993 as an assistant after training as an actor. Jonny represents a wide range of bestselling and award winning writers, from authors of first class literary fiction to bestselling genre writers, from ground-breaking journalists to public figures, business people, and comedians. His clients include: William Boyd, Tracy Chevalier, John le Carré, Howard Jacobson, David Mitchell, David Nicholls, Ian Fleming Estate and Nelson Mandela foundation. 

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  1. Would it be possible to send a message to Jonny?

    Hello Jonny, I know who you are and I know what you do. I am somehow on a mailing list for Curtis Brown and always read your missives; I am afraid I don’t have a twitter account.
    What are the chances of getting you to read my self-published novel, Parallel Lines? You, not your PA. Starting at page 1 and going all the way through to p.246? Its good, its good. It is literary fiction set very contemporaneously in London.
    It is the third part of a trilogy but I think it stands alone. This is the blurb:

    Putting the past to rest.
    This is the final instalment of Kiri’s tale. Now aged forty-one we find her working at the Courtauld Gallery in London guiding visitors around the exhibits, on her feet all day . . . sometimes seven days a week . . . but loving every minute of it.

    She has moved to a house with a small garden in Fulham. There is a new man around, Graham a millionaire businessman looking for the love of his life. This is partly Graham’s story too; he sells cheap imports from China and we watch as he accumulates more and more wealth and money, at the expense of British and European jobs.
    Meanwhile, her brother Keith is bidding to rule the world and fill his bank account by bringing the American economy to a standstill. Keith has found the nexus of the North American grain trade, and intends to choke it off.

    I have no idea how to sell this to you, except ask you to read it. I have been in commercial sales all my working life. I am a very successful salesman of automatic doors but selling my novel is beyond me. I read your notes, ‘So many books, so few channels’ but just getting someone to read and review it has been difficult enough. Selling automatic doors isn’t about, ‘Shouting with Taste’ as you put it, it’s about product knowledge and matching or aiming that product to the right client. There is no point in our competing for example on price for Aldi stores entrance doors; we haven’t a hope. But there is every point in our working out how to put frameless glass doors on a Grade 2 Listed Cambridge library project, 5 meters high that will open and close silently. Not everybody can do that. But we can.
    I think you were responsible for a novel I loved, a few years ago: Burial Rights [Hannah Kent]. I think Parallel Lines is similar. Obviously it isn’t historical fiction but the voice is similar: a woman battling and winning against the apparently invincible forces ranged against her. It has 4.5 average stars on Goodreads/Amazon; one reviewer described it as ‘brilliant’, which of course I think it is. But you have to read the twists and turns.

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