By Ginger Clark

Ginger Clark is a literary agent at Curtis Brown. The opinions expressed above are solely hers, and do not reflect the opinions of her employer or colleagues. Would you like to ask her a question about publishing and writing? Email her and she might answer it in a future column. No question is too specific, obscure, or small. If you wish to send her a professional query, please email her at her Curtis Brown email address.

  1. Previous installments in this series can be found here. Have a question for Ginger? Ask her! What do you think about the usefulness of joining something like QueryTracker to find an agent? Cold-calling and blindly submitting seems futile and terrifying in equal measure.--Allison QueryTracker is helpful; Publishers Marketplace is probably more helpful. Agents and editors use PM to report our deals and keep tabs on who is buying what. It is…

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  2. Previous installments in this series can be found here. Have a question for Ginger? Ask her! Is there an optimal season or month to submit queries for novels?--Jacqueline Every agent has their own frantic time and quiet time--or, times when they are not rushing through query letters, and times when they are. For me personally, the week before and the week after the Bologna and Frankfurt Book Fairs would qualify as busy. (The week I’m…

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  3. Hi everyone: I'm going to be writing a monthly column here at The Toast for unpublished and published writers looking for advice about really anything. No question is too obscure or strange or boring. Do you want to ask me about how you can get a flow through from your publisher for subrights sales? Ask it! Do you want to discuss the high discount clause and how much you hate it? Ask me! Are you…

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