Query Form

WILLIAM CLARK began accepting representation queries via email in 1993, and may be the first literary agent to have done so. It is advised that before querying you become familiar with the kinds of books he handles by browsing the Book List. He does not represent screenplays nor respond to screenplay pitches, or accept unsolicited hardcopy submissions, and any materials mailed to his office will not receive a response. He primarily represents narrative non-fiction.

The information requested below will allow us to determine the suitability of your idea or story for the agency list.

  • Contact Information

  • Submission

  • Briefly describe your project, indicating what makes it unique and compelling.
  • Tell us about yourself, your qualifications and background for writing this book.
  • Identify and define the self-selecting, core audience who will definitely review, publicize, and buy your book, and why. Is there a secondary or crossover audience for your book?
  • Hundreds of thousands of trade books are published every year. How does your book stand out, or significantly add to or alter the popular understanding compared to existing books on the same subject?
  • Is there something about your position or background that will help a publisher in selling your book? For example, do you give speeches and/or appear in the media? Are you affiliated with an organization that plans to purchase and/or promote your book?
  • Do you have any questions about this query process, or suggestions as to how it might be improved?
  • Were you referred to us by a client or friend of the agency, or through a search or link from another site? If so, please let us know who, what search terms, or site referred you.
  • You are welcome to upload a sample of your material in a single file in Word or .pdf format. For non-fiction, an outline and sample chapters or proposal is appropriate; for fiction, around 50-60 pages of your manuscript.
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
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