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.

New Year, New Wish List for 2014

notepageWhat I’m looking for in 2014:

While what I’m looking for isn’t that different from month to month or year to year. (I’m just looking for great storytelling!) Here is a detailed list of my interests for the start of this year. In no particular order:

Women’s fiction – contemporary, up-market, or historical (Example: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, The Engagements, Beautiful Day)

Upmarket non fiction – humor, health, wellness, cookbook (Example: Niche cookbooks or new approaches to our outlook on health)

Original Memoir – ‘drastically altered your  life’ stories. Did you cut up your credit cards and move to upstate new york to live simpler? Did you decide to live your life in 5 pieces of clothing for a whole year? Looking for super original ‘drastically changed your life’ type stories. (Example: Out Of The Woods)

Pop Science/Pop Psychology – how can you teach us about ourselves in a way we haven’t looked at yet? (Example: Power of Habit)

Young Adult and New Adult – contemporary, historical, light fantasy (emphasis on light), sci-fi, thriller, or mystery (Example: How to Love)

General fiction – literary thriller or mystery, stand alone (Example: Night Film)

Query me at query (at) psliterary.com. Please put your title in the subject heading and address it to me. When in doubt: send me anything. I’m open to all great reads.

2012 Query Stats and My 2013 Wishlist

128634Another year, another query stats update!
Queries received:

Approximately 6,000 (Yes, we look at all of them…)

Partial manuscript requests:

189 (I looked at a lot of partials because I was building my list. Anything that I thought had potential to be a fit with me I requested.)

Full manuscript requests:

30 (These were the select few that I was enjoying enough to read more of or have our agency assistant or intern do a readers report on.)

Projects offered on but lost to another agent:

1 (I was sad about losing this one.)

Projects I tried to request but already accepted an offer:

3 (This was disappointing. I always want to know if an offer is on the table so I can get to it before the author makes any decisions.)

New clients from the slush pile:

7 (That’s a lot! I won’t be signing that many this coming year.)

I’ve been actively signing new clients for the past two years. My list is starting to fill up, but I’m always on the hunt for great YA, women’s fiction, upmarket non fiction, and the occasional picture book.

I look forward to your 2013 queries!

2013 Wishlist: Continue reading 2012 Query Stats and My 2013 Wishlist