Wish List

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.
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8 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. Melissa Wright said:

    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. heidiannehood said:

    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!

  4. Ah, if only I’d had this for The Brede Chronicles. My readers have a love/hate relationship with Alekzander Brede…

  5. Hi Nephele! I’m SO glad I found your site! Lots of great information here. My only regret is that the trickling raindrops across the text look like the spots I get in my eyes before a migraine and I feel like I’m getting one when I’m trying to read your posts. (So weird, I know… I just want to browse more but I’m afraid I need to look away!) Best Regards!

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