Wish List

As of March 1, 2021:

Wish List

I’m currently seeking submissions in the following genres: women’s contemporary or historical fiction; contemporary or historical single-title romance; real-world or secondary-world fantasy; young adult contemporary, mystery, or historical fiction.

In general, I want voice- and character-driven fiction told with strong pacing and engaging plot twists, and stories that make me think. More specifically, I’d love to see any of the following (though not all in ONE book, please):

    • High-concept/breakout romance with a strong secondary narrative in addition to the HEA, especially rom-coms or something with a lighthearted thread. (Featuring diverse couples of all types.) Recent favorites include RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston, Lyssa Kay Adams’s THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB series, LOVE LETTERING by Kate Clayborn, BOYFRIEND MATERIAL by Alexis Hall, and AMERICAN ROYALS by Katharine McGee.
    • Women’s fiction that features a long-time female friendship or close-knit sisters, either a pair or a group; would love a travel/road-trip novel, but no Thelma-and-Louise endings.
    • Complex female characters dealing with family dynamics, identity, career; would love a second-coming-of-age/reimagining entire life story or something where the protagonist struggles for a decade or two before coming into their own/success/sense of direction.
    • Fresh, creative re-imaginings of classics, like PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND OTHER FLAVORS by Sonali Dev, PRIDE by Ibi Zoboi, and THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Chloe Gong.
    • Dual/multiple timelines.
    • Real-world fantasy featuring non-western magic.
    • Historical fiction set between the early-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, especially that
      does not focus on WW2 directly, as that market is supremely crowded right now.
    • Historical fiction with a literary tie-in; think HAMNET by Maggie O’Farrell or THE OTHER BENNET SISTER by Janice Hadlow.
    • Stories where fictional characters are set in interesting (but not earthshattering) moments in history or recent past, such as Jennifer Robson’s THE GOWN, Chloe Benjamin’s THE IMMORTALISTS, and Taylor Jenkins Reid’s DAISY & THE SIX.
    • Diverse POVs/casts that reflect the makeup of the real world and #ownvoices stories.
    • In YA fiction – stories where the teen romance serves as a means of support during a difficult time instead of the difficulty itself; historical fiction featuring everyday teens in the midst of challenging events; stories featuring strong sibling dynamics or found/made families.

All queries should go through my Query Manager submission portal. I look forward to reading your work.

14 thoughts on “Wish List

  1. Ugh…my latest hero is a perfect example of “dubious moral fiber”. Hasn’t gone to the CPs yet, so it probably won’t hit the query trenches until then. Patience is a virtue…

  2. Great idea, posting your wish list… How to get just what you want? It might really be just as simple as asking. 🙂 Hope you find them & maybe you’ll start an agent trend (beyond #mswl, also a good idea).

  3. I LOVE this, and heartily recommend that you tell all of your agent friends to do something similar. Ha! But, really, this is great. I thought of querying you with my science fiction novel, but after reading what you are really looking for I am going to put that on the back burner to pursue others who are looking specifically for that genre. Really, a great idea!

  4. Hi Nephele! I’m SO glad I found your site! Lots of great information here. My only regret is that the trickling raindrops across the text look like the spots I get in my eyes before a migraine and I feel like I’m getting one when I’m trying to read your posts. (So weird, I know… I just want to browse more but I’m afraid I need to look away!) Best Regards!

  5. Your wish list here includes fantasy, but this is not one of the genres included for YA in your Query Manager. Is it okay to submit a YA fantasy (specifically for me it’s a science fantasy).

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