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.