My Manuscript Wishlist
If you’re curious about the sort of books I’m looking for, here’s my current manuscript wishlist, as of June 2017. You can check out my recent sales to get a sense of what I’ve worked on.
Note, just because what you’re writing isn’t on here, doesn’t mean I’m not interested in it (unless I say that, of course). If you think you’ve got something I might enjoy based on my tastes, send me a pitch! But please, send all pitches through the P.S. Literary submissions email.
Also, I’m getting a lot of comments in here. And that’s fine! I love it! But if you have a pitch, email it to the agency submissions. I can speak for myself, sure. But not the rest of the team. Just because I say no, doesn’t mean someone else won’t want it. I won’t answer query specific requests in here, sorry!
You can find that contact information here: psliterary.com.
Young Adult: I’m eager to find bright, diverse new voices in YA. Send me any genre in YA. I read (and sometimes write!) YA frequently, so I’m fiercely passionate about YA books. You can also find me blogging about it on BookRiot, Barnes & Noble’s Teen Reads, and Paste Magazine. If I talk about something on there, it means I love it.
I’d love to find more diverse sci-fi and fantasy YA. I’m a big fan of Tahereh Mafi, Kat Zhang, Justina Ireland, Zoraida Cordova, Renee Ahdieh, Ellen Oh, Sabaa Tahir, Melissa Grey, Courtney Alameda, and Sangu Mandanna. Zhang and Cordova’s debut trilogies helped get me into YA in the first place.
I also adore novels that genre blend, like Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly Series (fantasy, steampunk, zombies!), Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not (contemporary with a twist of sci-fi), and anything by Nova Ren Suma (magical realism and mystery!).
Oh, and I love a really good, contemporary read that will make me cry. I LOVE TO CRY, and frequently talk about that on Twitter. See books by Lauren Morrill, Lauren Gibaldi, Aisha Saeed, Jeff Zentner, Ashley Herring-Blake, Randy Ribay, David Arnold, or Rebecca Phillips. They can be sunny and happy, or tragic and heartbreaking. Or both!
And please, PLEASE send me your LGBTQ books. Hero by Perry Moore is one of my absolute favorites, and I’d love to get a geeky book in my inbox. See books like Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Adam by Ariel Schrag, Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler, and Proxy by Alex London to get an idea of what I like. And the entire Robin Talley catalog. Every book she’s written.
Science Fiction & Fantasy: Looking for high fantasy and exciting sci-fi, new worlds that simply can’t be put down, but that also do a bit of genre blending. John Scalzi is probably the perfect example. Redshirts (sci-fi collides with pop culture) and Lock In (sci-fi smashed up with noir and mystery) are great comps for what I love. Also see Chuck Wendig’s entire publication history. I love a memorable voice in genre, and his is one of the best.
When it comes to wildly imaginative worlds, I adore the work of Cherie Priest, Fran Wilde, and Gail Carriger. I’m not limited to steampunk though, I just happen to love a good steampunk story.
Cookbooks: I’m particularly interested in cookbook ideas from bloggers. Do you have an awesome food blog with a growing audience? Can you take amazing photos? Are you an active part of the food blogger community? Let’s talk. I’m very open to helping develop ideas here, even if the book isn’t quite there yet.
Non-Fiction: When it comes to non-fiction, I’m interested in books that focus on pop culture, geekery, and/or teach readers about the odd and the unique. If you’ve ever picked up a book by Mary Roach, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Non-fiction that explains big ideas and large concepts in ways that are accessible, fun, and humorous.
I’m also interested in essay collections, particularly humor, though I’m open to anything that’s really compelling. Think Davy Rothbart. Give me your awkward confessions. Make me laugh.
Blog to Book Ideas: I would love to work with bloggers kicking around ideas for developing their blog into a book. Think your massively popular Tumblr deserves a fun hardcover gift book? Let’s discuss.
Literary & Commercial Fiction: Very open to and excited to read some adult literary fiction, especially anything contemporary with a rom-com twist (think Nick Hornby) or mystery / thrillers that touch on current affairs (think Jon McGoran).
I’m also very interested in literary fiction that does a bit of genre mashing. Think Station Eleven, The Last Policeman (one of my favorite books ever), or The Night Circus.
What I’m Not Looking For:
- Middle Grade or Picture Books (pitch my colleague Maria!)
- Angel & demon love stories, Heaven / Hell stories.
- Epics that are far over 100k+. I can do 100k, but if you’re hitting those 200k+ numbers, I’m not right.
- Non-fiction about sports or politics.
- Thrillers about terrorism.
- Horror novels. I like them, but I don’t know what makes a good one.
- Anything comped as “Lovecraftian” (he was racist, not interested)
- Commercial fiction about sports (exceptions made for sports YA, I love sports YA!)
And there we have it. Send me your books. Have a pitch? Email me.