Curious about the sort of books I'm looking for? Here's my current manuscript wishlist, as of January 2018. You can check out my recent sales to get a sense of what I've worked on. I also have the kind of books I don't want, listed at the bottom.
Note, just because what you're writing isn't on here, doesn't mean I'm not interested in it (unless I specifically 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 new voices in YA. I read (and sometimes write!) YA, so I'm fiercely passionate about YA books. You can also find me podcasting about YA on BookRiot and writing about it for Paste Magazine. If I talk about something on there, it means I love it.
I'm currently (and always) searching for diverse sci-fi and fantasy YA novels, books that do a bit of genre blending, and heartfelt contemporary stories that'll make me laugh and/or cry. I'm eager to see more LGBTQ+ YA books in my inbox.
My favorite YA novels include More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Autofocus by Lauren Gibaldi, Hero by Perry Moore, Mosquitoland by David Arnold, Pointe by Brandy Colbert, Winger by Andrew Smith, Timekeeper by Tara Sim, Starfish by Akemi Bowman, and scores more.
Evergreen favorites include Erin Bowman, Nina LaCour, Zoraida Cordova, Adi Alsaid, Amy Spalding, Lauren Morrill, Stephanie Kuehn, Mindy McGinnis, Nova Ren Suma, Veronica Rossi, Justina Ireland, Cindy Pon, and Susan Dennard. I've read every single one of their books.
Science Fiction & Fantasy: Looking for accessible fantasy and sci-fi, especially SFF that does 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. Other favorites of mine include Cory Doctorow, Fran Wilde, Kat Howard, and Cherie Priest. Also see Chuck Wendig's entire publication history. I love a memorable voice in genre, and his is one of the best. I've read all his books.
S.A. Chakraborty's City of Brass and Sleeping Giants (as well as the sequel Waking Gods) by Sylvain Neuvel were my favorite SFF reads of 2017.
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 very interested in essay collections and memoir, from people who are writing and publishing pieces actively. My client Bassey Ikpi, whose memoir is due out in 2019, is a great example. You can spot her writing for Vice, The Root, Catapult, and numerous other outlets.
Literary & Commercial Fiction: The sweet spot here, is work that does a bit of genre mashing. Think Station Eleven, The Last Policeman (one of my favorite books ever), The Night Circus, and novels by Tom Perrotta, especially like The Leftovers. I like literary novels with a splash of quirk.
My favorite adult novels that I read last year were The Last One by Alexandra Oliva and Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton. Yes, I know they came out in 2016, but I read the 2017 paperbacks thanks. These were brilliant and the perfect examples of what I'm looking for.
What I'm Not Looking For:
- Middle Grade or Picture Books (pitch my colleague Maria!)
- Angel & demon love stories, Heaven / Hell stories.
- Adult epic fantasy or military sci-fi. See below.
- Books that are far over 100k+.
- Non-fiction about sports or politics.
- Thrillers about terrorism.
- Main-character-is-a-bigot-and-learns-a-lesson. Hard pass.
- Redemptive story arcs for abusers. Nope.
- New Adult books. Love them, but I don't know how to work on them.
- Horror novels. I like them, but I don't know what makes a good one.
- Anything comped as "Lovecraftian" (he was racist, not interested)
- Anything comped to Orson Scott Card (if I have to explain this, we can't work together)
- 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.