Wish List

As of February 21, 2020:

I’m currently looking for new, unpublished projects in the following genres: women’s contemporary or historical fiction; contemporary or historical single-title romance; magical realism; secondary-world fantasy; science fiction; young adult and middle grade fiction of all sorts.

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:

    • High-concept/breakout romance with a strong secondary narrative in addition to the HEA, especially something with a lighthearted thread.
    • Still looking for something with an antihero/hero with dubious morals; pirates, etc. As in, bad boys, please.
    • Women’s fiction that features a long-time female friendship or close-knit sisters.
    • Complex female characters dealing with family dynamics, identity, career.
    • Dual timelines or alternate histories.
    • Historical fiction set between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries.
    • Diverse POVs/casts that reflect the makeup of the real world and #ownvoices stories of all types.
    • Mainstream fiction with a magical realism or straight magic component, such as Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House, or Robin Sloan’s Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.
    • In YA fiction – stories where the teen romance serves as a means of support during a difficult time instead of the difficulty itself; historical teen fantasy that does NOT include a teenager becoming a ruler/monarch/fighting to keep their crown; historical fiction featuring everyday teens in the midst of challenging events; something featuring a politically/socially aware teen but that’s not preaching to readers.
    • In MG fiction – strong friendships and sibling relationships; a story featuring a precocious/troublemaking protagonist; kids attempting to handle something difficult/serious on their own due to distracted/absent parents.

All queries should go through my Query Manager 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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