Updated: What I’m looking for

Many frequent visitors to this blog know about what I’m looking for in queries and new projects. Here is an updated list of things I’m dying to see come in to me:

  • Upmarket women’s fiction (high stakes, family issues, love, troubled heart, travel) with a new fresh concept
  • Small town romance
  • Historical fiction (i.e. The Tudor period, Regency, in the tradition of Philippa Gregory)
  • Platform based non-fiction: must have a demonstrable expertise and know your quantifiable market
  • Pop science and pop psychology proposals (i.e. brands, consumer behaviour, creativity, business with a commercial spin)
  • Gritty contemporary YA
  • High concept YA with a fresh new concept that hasn’t been done (i.e. light fantasy)
  • High concept picture books that stand out from the pack

I look forward to seeing these in my query inbox soon! Query me here.

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Published by Carly Watters

Carly Watters is a SVP, senior literary agent and director of literary branding with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent that develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. PSLA’s mission is to manage authors’ literary brands for their entire career. Never without a book on hand she reads across categories which is reflected in the genres she represents and is actively seeking new authors in including women’s fiction, commercial and upmarket fiction, select literary fiction, platform-driven non fiction and select memoir. She occasionally represents children's book projects. Carly is drawn to emotional, well-paced narratives, with a great voice and characters that readers can get invested in.

16 thoughts on “Updated: What I’m looking for

  1. I love when agents write posts like this. Very helpful! Glad I queried you earlier this month with a women’s fiction about love and specifically, family issues. Timing seems to be right!


  2. Oh, Hab! Have just sent a funky business book proposal, I’m certain it’s not like anything you’ve seen before. :)


  3. So glad to read what you’re looking for – especially encouraging to see high-concept YA on your wish list. Before I send a query your way, would you mind explaining what you mean by ‘light fantasy’?


  4. Apologies for such a delayed post… Have had my fingers glued to keyboard lately!
    Such clarity – thank you! That list is a great gift to authors and yourself – a rather effective way to din the inbox noise! I am curious though how you define “high concept” picture books?
    I hope to be meeting with you at the upcoming Surrey International Writer’s Conference!


      1. Thanks again for pointing me in a clear direction. I must say you have EXcellent taste in picture books!


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