Noah Ballard is an agent at Curtis Brown, Ltd. He received his BA in English from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and began his career in publishing at Emma Sweeney Agency where he sold foreign rights in addition to building his own client list. Noah specializes in literary debuts, upmarket thrillers and narrative nonfiction, and is always on the look-out for honest and provocative new writers. Noah has appeared across the country at graduate programs and writing conferences speaking about query letters, building nonfiction platforms and submission etiquette. He lives in Brooklyn.
Looking for: Noah is primarily excited by and interested in writers of adult literary fiction, topical humor and narrative non-fiction. Regardless of genre, he’s interested in propulsive narratives that dissect the humanity of the characters and the identity of place through lyrical prose, inventive forms and under-represented themes. Mean, muscular, edgy, funny, irreverent, controversial and loud are all words he hopes readers will take away from the books he’s represented and continues to represent. He is not looking for genre-fiction—books about cops solving crimes, vampires sucking blood, worlds coming to an end—but fiction that bends the genre, exploring the tired in new, inventive ways. Noah’s envy list includes, but is not limited to: Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson, Barbara the Slut by Lauren Holmes, Ugly Girls by Lindsay Hunter, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark by Anna North.