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Mr. William Clark

Wm Clark Associates

186 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10010



Website: www.wmclark.com/

AAR Member: Yes

Accepts Queries Via...

Snail-Mail: No

E-Mail: No

Online Form: Yes

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Query Guidelines

Please update our query information to the following: QUERY GUIDELINES We regret that as of August 26th, 2008 we no longer accept queries via any other means than the below form, and that queries sent to query@wmclark.com are deleted unread. We respond to all queries, whether or not we are interested in your work or idea. We do not represent screenplays nor respond to screenplay pitches. It is advised that before querying you become familiar with the kinds of books we handle by browsing our Book List, which is available on this page: http://www.wmclark.com/clientsandtitles.html Also, we do accept "snail mail"

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from KristenH
Nov 02, 2016 3:08 pm


On 3/16/16, I requeried William Clark with Chain Reaction. I've nudged him last month and got no response. So it's closed out as CNR.

Update: 10/24/16, he passed. Not strong candidate. So I'll try him with Diplomatic Immunity next week.

11/2/16: EQ Diplomatic Immunity--same day rejection with same response. I'll try him next year with new manuscript.
from helenmorrone
Mar 08, 2016 4:56 am


He has had 50 pages on exclusive for a month, so I sent him a nudge letter, but haven't heard back. Just got another partial request from an agent. Hope I hear back today.
from KristenH
Feb 12, 2016 4:03 pm


Same day rejection for Venom's requery with a pass--not the best advocate for my work. I'll try him in March with Chain Reaction.
from akdougglas
Oct 20, 2015 10:49 pm


I received a nice email asking for 50 pages so he could decide whether he responded to my writing or not. He requested exclusivity but I was not able to provide it because another agent had requested it exactly four minutes earlier. I'm really hoping to find an agent that wants to help me promote the story, the point of which is to encourage more volunteering on behalf of children.
from CathieArms
Aug 20, 2015 2:00 pm


So I realize a lot of people are aggravated that they've JUST received a rejection after 6-12 months from the initial query. Today I got a rejection exactly 6 months after my query. Sure, it's frustrating, but I'd MUCH RATHER an agent who takes the time - even 6 months or a year late - to say "thanks but no thanks." Sure it's not timely, but it's a heck of a lot kinder than those who never response. I closed this one out as a no reply in April, but I'm glad to finally be able to close it out as a rejection.
from mayqueen
Aug 17, 2015 3:06 pm


Here, too.

Query by form in July of 2014.
Today I received a email rejection.

I had completely forgotten all about it because I closed this one out.
from cterlson
Jul 27, 2015 4:03 pm


Yep - I got one too. One year later. Seriously? Why even bother to send.
from EmilioCorsetti
Jul 23, 2015 12:37 pm


I completed the online form in July of last year (2014) for a nonfiction book. I closed the query four months later after no response. Today I received a rejection on the original query. Really? It takes you a year to respond to a query? My recommendation -- don't waste your time.
from aRealGShaw
Mar 31, 2015 4:01 pm


SunFlowerSky, remember those numbers to your right are just averages. If you look at his reports I think he has a response thats like 159 days or something, and that one was positive so you know...Keep the faith! :)
from sunflowersky
Mar 31, 2015 1:38 am


EQ: 1/27

I wonder what it means when he takes longer to respond...

...Still nothing as of 3/31. Should I give up or resubmit?
from CTScott
Feb 06, 2015 8:51 pm


I wouldn't read too much into it, Sunflowersky. I also haven't heard back. Perhaps he is busy or on vacation or something.
from Nova_Odyssey
Feb 05, 2015 9:39 am


EQ: 2/5/15
ER: hour later 2/5/15
yeash
literary/speculative fiction
from Traveller
Jan 05, 2015 9:59 am


EQ: 1/4/15
ER: 1/5/15

Thanks for your query. Unfortunately, I do not feel that I could be the best advocate for your work. Please keep in mind that mine is a subjective business, and an idea or story to which one agent does not respond may well be met with great enthusiasm by another, and I encourage you to continue writing to agents. Hopefully you will find someone who will get behind you and your work with the conviction necessary in the current market.
from OrdeWingate
Jan 14, 2014 10:51 pm


Clark is an agent who asks for a large number of partials and fulls. While that fact might prevent authors from feeling “special”, it should make everyone feel pretty good. Here is an agent willing to take the time to give many budding authors a chance, rather than demanding to be wowed by the first paragraph of a query or the first few lines of a manuscript. Clark’s style seems sort of…well….fair. Yes, he is a bit slow to respond, and the response may well be a form rejection, but given how much time he must be taking going through his pile of partials and fulls, an open-minded writer will cut him some slack.

I actually received two form rejections, with the first immediately followed by a “that was sent by mistake” email. When the second and actual rejection came, I already knew what to expect. That it was a form rejection didn’t bother me, as I had come to appreciate he gives so many of us full airing. Better he use his time on that than attempt to salve our egos. Besides, we’re the writers; if our work isn’t up to snuff, it’s our responsibility to make it better or more relevant.

Just one fella’s opinion. Query him, and if he takes you on, I'll bet you'll be well-served.

(modern tragicomedy or some such label-less genre)
from StarFisher
Today 7:14 pm


Form Query: 5/12. Fingers crossed!

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