Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 13, 2011

Times Ticking Away For Query Critique with Ginger Clark

Time is ticking away to win a query critique literary agent Ginger Clark with Curtis Brown, LTD.

Deadline: March 15th

Ginger Clark has been a literary agent with Curtis Brown, LTD. since the fall of 2005.

She represents science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romance, literary horror, and young adult and middle grade fiction. In addition to representing her own clients, she also represents British rights for the agency’s children’s list. 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 a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and a member of the Contracts Committee of the AAR. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband. Ginger is taking on new clients, and she prefers emailed queries.

And here’s how this will work. The winner will get to send Ginger their query and she’ll personally critique it, offering honest, constructive criticism on how to improve it. The query can be for a middle grade or young adult project.

This is not to be missed! The awesomeness will blow your mind.

To enter…
1. Leave a comment on this post. (1 entry, required)

2. We’d really like as many people as possible to take part in WriteOnCon 2011, so we’re awarding extra entries if you helps us spread the word.

Click this link for more details: http://writeoncon.com/2011/03/prize-7-query-critique-from-ginger-clark-with-curtis-brown-ltd/

Thought you might be interested in this question that the Five Scribes asked Ginger in 2010.

  1. Does meeting an author face-to-face at a conference make a difference in your response time, the submission process, or the rejection process (ie.Form letter vs a few sentences of advice)?

I hate to admit it, but those authors who I wind up having nice, normal, relaxed conversations with—I usually feel more obligated to give them detailed feedback when I turn down a book, than other authors I might meet. By “nice, normal, relaxed,” I mean the authors I get seated next to at meals, or who pick me up from the airport, and behave like NORMAL people. The authors who track my movements and follow me into restrooms are not behaving NORMALLY and make a bad impression.

Click to read the rest: http://fivescribes.blogspot.com/2010/02/interview-with-agent-ginger-clark.html

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. We were just talking about people that follow you agent type folks into bathrooms & I was appalled! When I was a kid (I’m dating myself here) if we tried to interrupt anyone while in the bathroom there was holy Hades to pay so I learned leave bathroom time as bathroom time!

    This is a great set of questions to ask and the answers were awesome! Thank you all for your efforts here!

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    • Monica-Marie,

      It is surprising what people will do when it comes to tsalking to an editor or agent. Makes me want to tackle them when I see an attack in progress.

      Thanks for the comment,

      Kathy

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  2. I think this is a really good idea but, and there’s always a but, just a query critique, is there a possibility that you might accept a book through this or something.

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    • Jacob,

      We take our oportunities were we can get them. Even a little query as the ability to open a door.

      Kathy

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  3. How I’d love to win this query critique; thanks for offering it and running the contest.

    Mima Tipper

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    • Mima,

      I didn’t run the contest, I was just reporting it, so you would be able to take advantage of the offer. I’ll be putting up more info on where to submit.

      Thanks for the comment,

      Kathy

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  4. This is just the opportunity I’ve been searching for: a chance to have my ‘first impressiin’ critiqued before I make it!

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    • Brandon,

      I’ll continue to point this thingds out. You never know where oportunity lurks.

      Thanks for the comment,

      Kathy

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  5. GettIng breaks are hard, so you’ve gotta try anything to get your foot in the door.
    Thanks for giving the chance to get my foot in there, and not in my mouth, where it usually is.

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    • Alistair,

      Oh, the old “Foot in the mouth” disease. I’ve been there, done that. I’m hoping the yearly flu shot helps prevent that, too.

      Thanks for leaving a comment,

      Kathy

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  6. What a terrific opportunity – thanks!

    I have to agree with those who have learned to keep bathroom time sacred.

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    • Diann,

      Yes, you would think everyone would know the bathroom is off limits. Thanks for leaving a comment.

      Kathy

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  7. What a great opportunity for unagented authors! Thank you for making it happen 🙂

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    • Amy,

      I’ll continue to report of other places to submit.

      Hope you check back,

      Kathy

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  8. *crosses fingers*
    Thanks for hosting the contest! 🙂

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    • Annie,

      Hope you check back regularly. I am always looking to share places you can submit to to get your work out there.

      Thanks for the comment,

      Kathy

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  9. She seems like a very nice person.

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    • Anne,

      She really knows her stuff, so anyone would be lucky to get her for asn agent.

      Thanks fr lesasving a comment,

      Kathy

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  10. Awesome!

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  11. What a great chance to have an expert critique one’s work. I’m a novice and opportunities like this one are not common at all. All authors started somewhere somehow, and I’m sure this would have been handy for many! Thanks for the possiblity.

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    • Natasha,

      Good luck with your writing.

      Kathy

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  12. Whew! I just made it. Ginger Clark is Amazing. Thanks to the both of you for running this contest! 🙂

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  13. Thanks so much for the contest.

    I’m really looking forward to WriteOnCon, too!

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    • Ann,

      It will be interesting to see what they offer. Thanks for stopping by.

      Kathy

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