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Agent Spotlight: Ginger Knowlton

This week’s Agent Spotlight features Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown, Ltd.
Status: Open to submissions.
GKnowlton About: Ginger Knowlton represents a diverse list of authors and illustrators of picture books, middle-grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Her client list includes new and emerging writers as well as Newbery Medalists, Newbery and Printz Honor winners, Edgar and Lambda winners, New York Times bestsellers, and a host of other talented clients. Ginger has served on the Board of Directors of both the Association of Authors’ Representatives in NYC and the Friends of the Library in her hometown in Westchester County.” (Link)
What She's Looking For:
Picture book author-illustrators and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction
What She Isn’t Looking For:
Stage plays, musicals, screenplays. (Link)
About the Agency:
“Curtis Brown, Ltd. is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, representing a wide variety of established and emerging authors of all genres since 1914. With seventeen agents in our New York, San Francisco and New Orleans offices, and a staff dedicated to handling dramatic, translation, audio and digital media rights, we provide the highest standard of literary representation in all aspects of our clients’ careers.” (Link)
Editorial Agent:
Web Presence:
Curtis Brown website
Publisher's Marketplace page
AgentQuery, QueryTracker
MJ Auch, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Kelly Bingham, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Estate of Clyde Robert Bulla, Tina Burke, Nancy Etchemendy, Estate of Jean Craighead George, Peggy Gifford, Jenny Goebel, K.L. Going, Helen Frost, Francisco Jimenez, Ena Jones, Peg Kehret, Uma Krishnaswami, Gail Carson Levine, J.Patrick Lewis, Martine Leavitt, Nikki Loftin, Kekla Magoon, Wendy Mass, Estate of Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Hazel Mitchell, Todd Mitchell, Laurel Molk, Estate of Ogden Nash, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Linda Sue Park, Mark Parsons, John Ritter, Barbara Roberts, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Dan Tavis, Stephanie Tolan, Wendelin Van Draanen, Sally Warner, , Jonah Winter, Ellen Wittlinger, Ellen Yeomans, Eve Yohalem
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes.
Snail-Mail: No.
Online-Form: No.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
Please send your query letter and contact information along with the first ten pages of your manuscript or art samples to gk@cbltd.com and she will respond only if she’s interested in seeing more, usually within four to six weeks. Please include “gkquery” (one word, exactly as written) in the subject line of your email. See the Curtis Brown website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Response Time:
Ms. Knowlton usually responds within  4 to 6 weeks if she's interested.
What's the Buzz?
Everything I found on Ms. Knowlton is very complimentary. Her 30+ years of experience, focus on children’s literature, and impressive clientele make her quite the catch for kidlit writers and illustrators. Her clients seem very pleased with her representation and are happy to praise her. She describes herself as being very picky but remains open and invested in submissions. 
Interview with Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown, Ltd at Mig W.riters (05/2012).
Interview with Ginger Knowlton with Krista Van Dolzer (07/2013)
Please see the Curtis Brown website for contact and query information.
Profile Details:
Last updated: 3/28/2024 
Updated by Agent? Yes
Reviewed By Agent? 4/23/2019

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Note: These agent profiles and interviews presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found here is subject to change.


Crystal said...


Thank you SO MUCH for this! I have been wanting to find more information on Ms. Knowlton (she's on my list of top agents to query!)for a long time. Thank you for gathering it all in one place!

Casey Something said...

You're welcome, Crystal. Good luck!


Shelli (srjohannes) said...

these are so great! I love them
(hey my verify word is: week abs.
is the universe telling me something?

Christina Farley said...

Impressive research as always!

Casey Something said...

Thanks Shelli and Christina!

Shelli, I think your word veri is trying to tell *me* something, and the universe is just using you to deliver the message.


Casey McCormick said...

Updated 01/20/2011

Todd Mitchell said...

Very cool blog. Just saw this page. May I say, Ginger rocks. Publishing is a crazy business, but among all the madness, she is an island of sanity and happiness. Go Ginger!

Sam Hundley said...

Forgive me - I'm late to the party. Just wanted to say that Ms. Knowlton stands out from the pack in several ways that speak to me - she doesn't tweet and she prefers snail mail to email or e-submission form queries. This tells me that she is serious about doing right by her clients and those who query her. Thank you.