Wish List

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 October 25, 2018:

  • Voice- and character-driven fiction told with strong pacing and engaging plot twists; stories that inspire and make me think.
  • Mainstream/upmarket fiction with magic or or other genre tropes/crossover appeal, such as Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan.
  • #ownvoices and diverse projects where the diversity is not necessarily the main thrust of the story.
  • Complex female characters dealing with family dynamics, romance, and own identity.
  • Late 19th and early 20th century fiction set in U.S./Europe/Latin America; dual-timeline narratives; alternate histories, such as Jo Walton’s Farthing, Mary Robinette Kowal’s The Calculating Stars.
  • Would love something featuring a hero of dubious moral fiber/antihero; think pirates, highwaymen, corporate raiders, double agents, former spies who haven’t quite retired; could be fantasy, romance, YA, historical fiction.
  • High concept/breakkout romance with a strong narrative running along side the road to HEA.
  • Multi-layered adventure/puzzle narrative that’s not a mystery, in the vein of Katherine Neville’s The Eight.
  • YA with a dark fairy tale atmosphere but that’s not a direct retelling, such as Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood, Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw; contemporary high-school based stories with psychological twists; charming, sweet romance intertwined with bigger life issues; historical fiction featuring teens taking on tasks/roles unusual for their age.
  • MG featuring strong friendships, or large families of siblings; neighborhood adventures; humorous misadventures; fantasy/paranormal adventures in real-world setting—either contemporary or historical.

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

9 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!

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