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 July 14, 2014
- Big women’s fiction, by which I mean high-concept not huge word count. Something emotional with a strong, interesting heroine. Preferably not dealing with the aftermath of divorce or serious illness. (I have nothing against those, but there are a great many of them already out there.) I’m open to both contemporary and historical women’s fiction, but I want a strong voice and a character with whom the character can really connect emotionally, even if they don’t agree with all of the character’s choices/actions. One of my favorite recent reads is Amor Towles’s RULES OF CIVILITY, which takes place in 1938 New York City and has not only a strong female protagonist, but several additional strong female characters, all while remaining appropriate for the time.
- Contemporary, reality-based young adult fiction with quirky, fresh characters and a strong hook. Intriguing plot, but still character-driven.
- Real world middle grade. I’m all for adventures with dragons or elves, but I’d love something where the kids are solving a mystery in their own backyard or getting up to trouble in their neighborhood, or dealing with family issues.
- I’d still love to see more romance featuring a hero of dubious moral fiber. Can be contemporary or historical, but I’d especially like to see something contemporary. Think pirates, corporate raiders, cat burglars, highwaymen, spies, in any incarnation. If anyone’s written a modern-day retelling of (or something similar to) the Cary Grant/Grace Kelly film To Catch A Thief, please query.
- Last, but most definitely not least, I’m looking for much more diversity in submissions, particularly for young adult fiction. Think characters of various nationalities, colors, genders, and sexual identities, not only as plot motivators but because the characters are part of the world and have stories, too. Also, diversity in locations and cultures – not just American and Eurocentric — particularly in women’s fiction and fantasy.