Manuscript Wishlist May 2014

Here is an updated manuscript wishlist for my slush pile.

Please send me:

  • Women’s fiction, commercial, historical or upmarket  (i.e. THE ARRIVALS, GIRLS IN WHITE DRESSES and THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND)
  • Literary coming of age novels like ARCADIA
  • YA and adult books about: revolutions (i.e. French, South American), cults and communes, family secrets, settings that feel like characters (i.e. BURIAL RITES).
  • Southern and Southern Gothic novels (i.e. TUMBLEWEEDS, SAVING CEE CEE HONEYCUTT and TRUE BLOOD-type but not paranormal)
  • YA contemporary, light sci fi or low fantasy novels (i.e. GRACELING, POINTE and DANGEROUS GIRLS)
  • Literary Thrillers like GONE GIRL and NIGHT FILM
  • Health and Wellness Non Fiction
  • Memoirs from people who have a platform (newsworthy story, blog or social media following is helpful)
  • Business Books
  • Pop Science Books (like GULP)

Send to query(at) with the subject heading For Carly Blog Wishlist BOOK TITLE.

Note: I am open to all diverse works including LGBT and stories by and about marginalized groups. And I don’t do Middle Grade.

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.

8 thoughts on “Manuscript Wishlist May 2014

  1. Carly, are you at all open to a murder mystery/romance with Christian inspiration and family dysfunction in the subplots (my characters have a lot going on)? I suspect it will need to be published by a company that includes inspirational novels.

    Thanks for your always helpful posts (and your e-book which is like a writer’s bible).

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀


  2. Carly,
    Are you accepting NA?
    Mines a NA WF which I would best describe as:
    Modern day Melbourne gal with issues that could have seen her as a character in “Girl Interrupted” meets a cross between “The Girl Left Behind” and “Doctor Zhivago”


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