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: Continue reading Manuscript Wishlist Summer 2014

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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)
  • Upmarket fiction like THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU and SEATING ARRANGEMENTS
  • 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)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.

Yes, I represent children’s books too!

I write many posts about adult novel-length fiction, however I do represent children’s books as well and I’m going to share a bit of my wishlist.

I am looking for high concept picture books, contemporary, historical, sci-fi, and accessible fantasy YA. The projects I like to work on have a great voice, a marketable hook, and fantastic writing.

I am not looking for apocalyptic, dystopian, high fantasy, or paranormal books. I don’t work on Middle Grade fiction, but my colleague Curtis Russell does.

Some non-client books I love and would like to see some submissions in the tradition of are: I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen, BLACKOUT by John Rocco, HOW TO BABYSIT A GRANDPA by Jean Regan, BOY + BOT by Ame Dyckman, THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher, NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL by Justina Chen, CODE NAME VERITY Elizabeth Wein, anything by Sarah Dessen, John Green, Alice Kuipers, and Nina LaCour. Continue reading Yes, I represent children’s books too!

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 Continue reading Updated: What I’m looking for