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Agent Spotlight: Ginger Clark

This week's Agent Spotlight features Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown LTD.
GingerClarkAbout: "Ginger Clark has been a literary agent with Curtis Brown LTD (New York) since 2005. On the adult side of her list she represents science fiction, fantasy and horror. On the children’s side she represents middle grade and young adult fiction and non-fiction. In addition to representing her own clients, she also handles British Commonwealth rights for the agency’s children’s list. She attends the Bologna Book Fair every year on behalf of her agency, and visits London annually as well. Previously, she worked at Writers House for six years as an assistant literary agent. Her first job in publishing was as an editorial assistant at Tor Books. She is the Chair of the Contracts Committee of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, and a member of its International Committee. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband. You can follow her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/Ginger_Clark." (Link)
Also see the following CurtisBrown Links:
Status: Accepting submissions.
What She's Looking For:
I’m looking for adult SF, fantasy and literary horror. I’m looking for middle grade and young adult fiction and non fiction, and all genres and topics. If I had an actual MSWL in my head (which I don’t) it would be MG and YA novels about family members with dementia; and a YA historical novel about Boudicca.
Please note that these interviews are older, and what Ginger Clark is interested in has changed. However, they may provide other helpful information about her.
From an Interview (05/2010):
"If anyone has a book about a mermaid/selkie/angel/some other not overused magical creature, please email me a query IMMEDIATELY." (Link)
From an Interview (11/2009):
"Currently, on the adult side of my list I represent science fiction, fantasy, and paranormal romance. On the kids side of my list, I do everything for ages 8 and up—so, middle grade and young adult." (Link)
From an Interview (03/2009):
"Right now, I am focusing more on building the kids side of my list than the adult side. I’d like to see more YA post-apocalyptic fiction; more YA urban fantasy that involves more unusual paranormal elements (less vampires, more witches, ghosts, were-creatures); more middle grade fantasy of all kinds; and more YA military science fiction. I’d really, really love more military SF on my adult side of my list, too, but I think that YA military SF could do well right now, as long as it was the right kind of military SF." (Link)
From an Interview (12/2007):
"What I am specifically looking for right now on that side is YA or MG science fiction—series based would be great, but not required. I'd love a fresh YA fantasy series, too (particularly YA urban fantasy) and contemporary "boy books." And of course, YA paranormal romance/chicklit would be great as well. On the adult side, I do science fiction, fantasy, literary horror, and paranormal romance. I'd love to see some military SF; alternative history; post apocalyptic SF; urban fantasy; romantic fantasy; and paranormal romance that is not heavily focused on vampires." (Link)
What She Isn't Looking For:
Picture books, illustrators, graphic novels, non-fiction.

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)
Her Advice to Writers:
On researching Agents:
"Look up the agent on Publishers Marketplace and see what deals they’ve done. Google them, and see where they’ve worked. If you are still worried, ask nicely to speak to current clients. Having a bad agent, as you say, can be harder on your career than having no agent. A bad agent won’t have an accurate idea of what editors to send your book, or they might not be good at negotiating deals or contracts. A bad agent (which I consider different from “scam agents” who are truly, truly evil) is often ignorant of the industry, or behaves very unprofessionally."
There is other situation-specific and general advice in this Q&A thread, as well as more in the interviews and Q&As below.
Dislikes/Peeves:
"Oh, I have A LOT but here are two: not being patient with me when I have your partial, and calling the agency to see if I have gotten to your query yet." (Link)
"...what makes me hit “delete” are the usual mistakes—addressing the letter “Sir/Madam,” calling me someone else’s name, misspelling my name, lots of typos, a weak command of the English language, etc. etc." (Link)
"Unrealistic dialogue is a big turn off for me. And this is key with writing for the children's market--kids are very good at picking out what is legit and what is not. They know when characters don't sound like themselves or their friends.  I also am not a fan of a lot of "info dump" early on in the manuscript--or really, at any point in the manuscript. World building and communicating background information can be conveyed by dialogue or interior monologue." (Link)
There are more more query turn-offs in this interview at Charge of the Writer.
Editorial Agent?
Only broadly.  "I don't line edit. I rarely, however, send out a book on submission that has not been through at least one round of suggested edits by me."
Web Presence:
Curtis Brown website.
AAR.
Twitter.
AgentQuery, QueryTracker, AuthorAdvance.
Clients:
Jon Armstrong, Steph Bowe, Liz Braswell, Jonathan Carroll, Tina Connolly, John Dickinson, Karina Yan Glaser, Molly Gloss, Monica Hesse, M. K. Hobson, Richard Kadrey, Drew Karpyshyn, John Langan, Ursula K. Le Guin, Kasey MacKenzie,  Gretchen McNeil, Tim Pratt, Lyra Selene, Kristin Walker,  Elizabeth Wein, Patricia Wrede, Caroline Yoachim, among others.
Sales:
As of this posting, Ms. Clark is listed on Publisher's Marketplace as having made 4 deals in the last 12 months, 4 six-figure+ deal, and 29 overall.  Recent deals include 1 young adult and 3 international children's deals.
NOTE:  PM is usually not a complete representation of sales. 
Query Methods:
E-mail: Yes (preferred).  
Snail-Mail: Yes.
Online-Form: Yes.
Submission Guidelines (always verify):
E-mail queries:  Preferred.  Keep them brief.  One page at the most.  Include contact info.  No attachments. 
Snail-mail queries:  Send a brief query by regular mail.  Include a SASE.
Please see the agency website for complete, up-to-date submission guidelines.
Query Tips:
"It begins by spelling my name correctly! There is a sentence that sums up the plot nicely, along with a sentence or two as to why the author thinks I'd be the right agent for the book. Then, no more than two paragraphs of plot description. Then please suggest authors whose work yours is similar to." (Link)
"If you are querying the first book of a series, be sure to tell her that in your query." (Link)
Synopsis Info:
"All writers hate synopses, including my clients. A page or two at the most. It can even be less. Just give me the basics of the plot and tell me the ending. Authors: stop freaking out about synopses." (Link
Response Times:
Ms. Clark only responds if interested.  Her stated response time on e-mail queries is 2 weeks and several months on snail-mail.  She asks for 5 weeks on requested partials.  Upon reviewing stats on the web, it looks like these are very realistic response times. 
What's the Buzz?
Ginger Clark has fabulous online buzz.  She's a top-notch agent with a fabulous stable of clients and sales.  She's a recommended agent on P&E, a member of the AAR, and her clients seem very happy under her representation.  Definitely follow her on Twitter where she tweets quite regularly.
Worth Your Time:
Interviews and Q&As:
#MSWL Wish List (09/2017)
PW Talks With Speaker Ginger Clark at PW (11/2015)
Interview With Agent Ginger Clark at Amy Newman (09/2014)
A Literary Agent Answers Your Fevered Questions at The Toast (08/2013).
SCBWI Pre-Conference Interview with Ginger Clark at Cuppa Jolie (07/2010).
Agent/Editor Perspective Q&A with Ginger Clark and Annette Pollert at Class of 2K10 (05/2010).
Interview with Literary Agent Ginger Clark at Charge of the Write Brigade (01/2010).
Interview with Ginger Clark by Theresa Rizzo (11/2009).
Interview with Ginger Clark. Literary Agent at Seanchai (03/2009).
SCBWI Bologna Interview with Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown at Cynsations (3/2008).
Agent Interview: Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown at Cynsations (12/2007).
Guest Posts:
Agentfail - a Response From a Non-Failing Agent featuring Ginger Clark at Seanchai (04/2009).
Ginger Clark on the Frankfurt Book Fair at Nathan Bransford's blog (11/2008).
Ginger Clark on How To Handle an Offer of Representation at Nathan Branford's blog (10/2007).
Around the Web:
Ginger Clark on Dos and Don'ts - notes at The Ron Empire from the Crested Butte Writers Conference (07/2010).
Agent Appreciation Day post on Ginger Clark here and here.
Ms. Clark was the September 2009 Secret Agent at Miss Snark's First Victim.  You can check out her entry comments in the archives.
Contact:
Please see the Curtis Brown website for contact and query information.
Profile Details: 
Last Updated: 1/10/18. 
Last Reviewed By Agent? 1/18/18

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Note: These agent profiles presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. They are not interviews. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found herein is subject to change.
























































































11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great spotlight. I'm adding Ginger Clark to my list of potential agents for sure. She sounds fabulous and likes what I write. Yea!

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  2. Another great agent spotlight! I love Ginger, she's amazing and super nice. (But I didn't say that - she's say I was spreading lies haha.) She's a fantastic agent from what I've seen. Thanks Casey!

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  3. i have to say that your agent spotlight feature is one of the most useful things i have come across in the blogosphere! thank you so much for all the work you do! we all appreciate it!

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  4. Thanks Natalie and Amanda, she seems truly great.

    I'm glad you find it so useful, aspiring_x. That's my goal with it, to be helpful!

    Ms. Clark has reviewed her profile and made some updates to the client list. Everything should be accurate now!

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  5. To say we appreciate all the time and effort that goes into these spotlights is a major understatement. Well done, Casey! We'll include this on tomorrow's round-up, if that's okay! :)

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  6. Of course, Martina and Marissa! I always appreciate when you link to me. I love your Friday round-ups!

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  7. Amazingly in depth and such a wealth of knowledge as usual. Thanks Casey!

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  8. You get massive props for the amount of research that went into this post! And yes, Ginger is awesome.

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  9. Thanks for all your hard work, Casey! You rock!

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  10. Interesting that she doesn't see self-publishing as a stigma. Most agents don't want to deal with that.

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  11. Sending a partial today. Wish me luck!

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