Manuscript Wishlist Summer 2014

Guess what? I’m ready to be at my desk reading all summer! Here is an updated manuscript wishlist for my slush pile. Send me your work!

Please send me the following fiction manuscripts:

  • Women’s fiction, commercial, historical, suspense or upmarket  (i.e. Meg Mitchell Moore, Jojo Moyes, Sarah Jio, Allison Winn Scotch, Nichole Bernier, Meg Donohue, Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer, Karen Brown etc.)
  • Upmarket fiction (i.e. A HUNDRED SUMMERS, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, THE ENGAGEMENTS and SEATING ARRANGEMENTS)
  • Literary coming-of-age novels (i.e. ARCADIA, AGE OF MIRACLES, TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME, ONCE UPON A RIVER, SWAMPLANDIA!)
  • 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-set novels (i.e. TUMBLEWEEDS, SAVING CEE CEE HONEYCUTT and TRUE BLOOD-type but not paranormal)
  • Gothic-style novels (i.e. THE LITTLE STRANGER, THE GREATCOAT and THE DARK)
  • YA contemporary (i.e. WE WERE LIARS, LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD, HOW TO LOVE and DANGEROUS GIRLS)
  • Literary Thrillers (i.e. SNOWDROPS, GONE GIRL and NIGHT FILM)

Non Fiction:

  • 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 your query letter only to query(at)psliterary.com 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.

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29 thoughts on “Manuscript Wishlist Summer 2014

    1. Agents aren’t generally helpful with novellas. Not many traditional big 5 editors are looking for them which means we aren’t either.

      Also, the advance for novellas is small, so many authors decide not to share that with an agent.

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  1. I am currently working with a co-author on a historical thriller set in East Berlin in 1947. At the moment it’s not close enough to done to really query on, but I will keep you in mind for when it is complete.

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  2. I’ve got something in between upmarket fiction and a literary thriller but it’s still in beta read waiting on notes. I may send it along after that. It’s my first novel and thus my first query even though I’ve had an agent on another (comic book) title. At the very least I’ve got a page with the pitch.

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  3. Just to clarify, do you want the full manuscripts with this or just the query letter? I don’t want to send something that shouldn’t go out. Thank you!

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  4. I noticed YA but not books for children age groups 5-8. I was wondering if someone in your firm handles children stories written by a young adult. He has published before but on a magazine and internet level, at this time most of his work is in Gothic/steam punk/romance fantasy genre. Any thoughts would be great.

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  5. Hi! I was wondering do you take manuscripts from authors of any age? I’ve read that it’s absolutely impossible to get any feedback from agencies when you’re a 14 year old author. Of course, I do understand why some people say so because most teenage girls barely know how to spell. Well, ones I know. Anyway, just a question!

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  6. Hi Carly. I have a contemporary women’s novel set in New Orleans and a fictional town in coastal Alabama. I think it’s something you’d be interested in, and you’re high on my list of agents to query. My manuscript and query are both polished, but I’ve yet to finish (much less polish) the synopsis. I want to get my query on your desk soon since my novel fits your current desire for women’s fiction and southern-set novels–should I wait until the synopsis is finished?
    Thank you.

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  7. Seeing that you lived in the U.K. and enjoy Women’s Fiction that is emotionally gripping, I think you’d find my manuscript intriguing: A young widow moves to Ireland, befriends a boy with Down syndrome and is stalked by an addict. The boy enlists the help of neighbors to save her, but the addict redirects his anger at the disabled boy. Will the lad survive an attack by this bad bloke? Does this sound like something you’d like to see, Carly? Thanks for your helpful blog! Kathryn MacDonald Schneeman

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