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Mr. Bill Clegg

The Clegg Agency

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Bill Clegg

The Clegg Agency

156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1210
New York, NY 10010
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Literary Fiction
Short Story Collections


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Author Comments
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02/28/2023 09:47 AM
@terrificbubble I also had a full request from TCA last June. They sent a confirmation of receipt immediately, but nothing else since then. Pretty weird. I would cross them off my list but also received a rejection—about two weeks ago—from another agency who had my full the same amount of time. Just seems pretty slow, but I'm not really expecting anything from TCA if I'm honest. I haven't nudged them either.
02/27/2023 08:47 PM
EQ: 4/20/22
Full Request: 4/24/22
Nudge: 7/18/22

I received a full request last year but never received any confirmation of receipt or a response to my nudge. Has anyone else had no response to a full request from this agent? All other full requests I've gotten have had personalized rejections... but I'd like to cross TCA off my list and give up hope if I have to.
02/16/2023 03:41 PM
Emailed query: 02/16/23, 160K literary fiction
01/17/2023 01:12 PM
Recommended by Libby Copa
11/28/2022 08:47 PM
CNR @ 66 days.
11/28/2022 02:21 PM
EQ: 11/28/22 Hist Fic 138k
10/24/2022 09:30 PM
EQ: 5/1/22
Full Request: 5/2/22
ER: 10/24/22

Very lovely, sweet, kind, complimentary personalized rejection from "The Clegg Agency." It was one of the best rejections ever, but ultimately, they just don't feel like they're the best agents for it despite them heaping so much praise over it and clearly connecting with it in many ways. I just wish the ER was from Bill himself though because I really have no idea who read my book, or if Bill himself ever actually read it (I doubt he did), but whoever they are, at least they seemed to truly understand, enjoy, and appreciate my work. They seem like a lovely team; I would definitely query The Clegg Agency again in the future.

LGBT Literary Fiction

Note: In case anyone is wondering, the full request was personalized, in that it sounded like it came from a real actual person, but from whom, no idea, as it was signed by "The Clegg Agency" which I assume was an intern or assistant.
10/13/2022 01:24 PM
EQ: 10/13/22 Hist Fic 138k
08/04/2022 12:09 PM
EQ: 08/04/22
Contemporary Fiction 95k
06/09/2022 07:14 AM
was referred by a friend, sent query on the 26th and was asked for a full MS that day.

Rejection 6/8 by Bill himself. It was clear he'd read the whole book and was very kind and supportive. Assured me I would find an agent for the book and that it was a matter of fit. He seems to be generally nice, but the specificity and care he put into his rejection was very kind as this was my first submission ever.
11/27/2021 12:35 PM
CNR 102 days
No response to nudge.
09/22/2021 04:33 PM
EQ -- 1/1/2020 Spec Fiction 84K
CNR -- 9/22/2021
09/21/2021 05:22 AM
EQ: 9.21.2021 82k crime thriller
08/20/2021 01:09 PM
Query #3
Did not want any pages.
Only responds if wants submissions.
06/14/2021 10:37 AM
EQ 6/14/21
YA SF 80,000
05/18/2021 10:52 AM
4/13 sent query via general email (with referral); general email requested full (felt like a form request)
4/21 nudge with offer, no response
5/14 withdrew submission (accepted other offer)

From beginning to end never had any direct correspondence with Bill; have not received any response either to nudges or withdrawals so I dunno!

04/20/2021 10:36 AM
EQ 1/28/21
CNR 4/20/21

97k literary
03/07/2021 02:35 PM
EQ: 3/7/21

Adult SF, 84000 words
02/01/2021 03:18 PM
EQ: 10/24/20
Emailed to notify of offer of rep: 1/28/21
Full request: 2/1/21

Fingers crossed!
01/18/2021 02:27 PM
Has anyone tried to follow up on a full request? Looks like he hasn't responded since May 2020 to a full
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