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What Makes a Bestseller? | Jonny Geller | TEDxOxford

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Published on Apr 19, 2016

Jonny looks at what lies behind some of the most successful books of recent years. He explores the patterns and trends underlying their popularity and describes what a literary agent looks for in a writer.
After spending twenty years as a literary agent, he reveals some of the secrets he has learned and argues about the power of the reader in the making of a bestseller.

Jonny Geller is a literary agent and joint CEO of Curtis Brown, the world’s oldest Literary and Talent agency, based in London. After working as an actor in early 1990s, Jonny became an agent in 1995 and now represents some of the world’s bestselling writers, from authors of first class literary fiction to best-selling thriller writers, from ground-breaking journalists to public figures and business people. His clients include John le Carre’, Tracy Chevalier, David Mitchell, David Nicholls, William Boyd, Howard Jacobson, Elif Shafak, Tony Parsons, Nelson Mandela Foundation and many others.

http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/agent/jo...

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