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Mr. Noah Ballard

Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Ten Astor Place, 3rd floor

New York, NY 10003



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Website: www.curtisbrown.com

Twitter: NoahBallard

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from batsojopo
Sep 17, 2018 5:32 pm


EQ: 9/17/2018

Literary/Historical fiction
from anotherearth
Aug 27, 2018 1:52 pm


On Twitter he posted 07/16 that he is taking an extended break from queries, although Curtis Brown homepage does not say he is closed to queries. Not sure what his status is, but maybe check him out on Twitter before you query him (alas I queried yesterday and now unsure). Not sure how this information overlaps with Patrick's info below.
from hjfritz27
Aug 08, 2018 1:54 pm


Met at conference and EQ per request 6/16/18
FR 6/19/18
ER 8/6.

Rejection said only that it wasn't for him but included referral to another agent at Curtis Brown who passed the following day. Suggested an agent at Emma Sweeney but otherwise offered no feedback or comments on MS. I emailed back to thank him for his time and request feedback if possible but have not heard back.
from Fj2018
Aug 04, 2018 9:30 pm


EQ 7/7
CNR 8/4
Thriller
from Patrick (admin)
Jul 24, 2018 3:11 pm


Profile Update: Open to queries.

from Patrick (admin)
Jul 19, 2018 5:11 am


Profile Update: Closed to queries.

from bevjack1
May 23, 2018 6:35 am


4/19/18 Lit Fic 74K EQ + 10
5/23/18 CNR
from thomas_byrd
May 01, 2018 8:34 am


EQ: 3/31/18
romantic suspense 96K
CNR: 5/1/18
from Blackhat
Jan 28, 2018 5:09 pm


EQ: 1/28/18 Query + first 10 pages
Literary Fiction 110k
from laurids
Dec 05, 2017 1:55 am


EQ 11-13
Nudge with offer 11-17
FR 11-17
ER 12-5 Pass with nice note about what he liked in ms, but no clear vision for how to sell it.
from themuffinsk8
Oct 29, 2017 5:22 am


Queried 07/17/2017
I'm going to accept that he passed. 10/29/2017
from bcotton1984
Oct 11, 2017 8:24 pm


EQ: 8/25
CNR: 10/11

Mr. Ballard states he will usually get back in about 3-4 weeks and only responds if interested.
from LightofBeauty
Sep 18, 2017 12:12 pm


9/8 EQ
9/18 ER

Like Katieg6622, I let him know that my manuscript is getting over eight requests, in less than 2 minutes, he reached out, he let me know that he did look at my sample, didn't feel like he'd be the best agent for it, but was confident that other agents will have a better vision for it. He seems like a nice guy!
from karenleespree
Jul 14, 2017 8:27 am


EQ: 6/27 YA, 68K #MSWL CNR: 7/14
from Katieg6622
Jun 12, 2017 7:45 pm


EQ: 6/5/17
ER: 6/12/17

I followed up 6/12 letting him know I'd gotten three other MS requests, and he promptly responded: "I really appreciate the heads up. From your query, though, I can tell this isn't going to be my thing. (The narrative device is a little commercial for my contacts.) But that's very exciting that you've gotten so much positive feedback!

Good luck, and I'll keep an eye out for the book."

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