My About page has a complete list of the genres I represent, but I thought I’d add a list of the things I’m particularly anxious to find in my submissions pile. If you’ve written something that resembles one of these, I hope you’ll consider sending it my way.
As of June 28, 2016
- Big women’s fiction, by which I mean high-concept not huge word count. Something emotional with a strong, interesting heroine. Preferably not dealing with the aftermath of divorce or serious illness. (I have nothing against those, but there are a great many of them already out there.) I’m open to both contemporary and historical women’s fiction, but I want a strong voice and a character with whom the character can really connect emotionally, even if they don’t agree with all of the character’s choices/actions. I particularly enjoy stories set in several time frames, such as Charlie Lovett’s THE BOOKMAN’S TALE, and late 19th/early 20th century works with a fresh backdrop, such as Jami Attenberg’s SAINT MAZIE.
- Contemporary, reality-based young adult fiction with quirky, fresh characters and a strong hook. Intriguing plot, but still character-driven.
- Juicy romantic suspense with fresh, intriguing characters and vivid voices. I’d particularly like a series where the women are the cops/detectives/military/spies etc., instead of or in addition to the men.
- I’d still love to see more romance featuring a hero of dubious moral fiber. Can be contemporary or historical, but I’d especially like to see something contemporary. Think pirates, corporate raiders, cat burglars, highwaymen, spies, in any incarnation. If anyone’s written a modern-day retelling of (or something similar to) the Cary Grant/Grace Kelly film To Catch A Thief, please query.
- Last, but most definitely not least, I’m looking for much more diversity in submissions, particularly for young adult fiction. Think characters of various nationalities, colors, genders, and sexual identities, not only as plot motivators but because the characters are part of the world and have stories, too. Also, diversity in locations and cultures – not just American and Eurocentric — particularly in women’s fiction and fantasy.