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Literary Agent Wish-y (Washy) List

binosHappy December!

I’m (almost) done eating turkey and I’ve given out (almost) all my Hanukkah presents. I’m still searching for some  topics to blog about this month (a little help, people?!) and figured I’d do an updated “what I’m currently looking for” post. I beg you all not to repost this 6 months from now when I’ll probably be looking for something else. But for now, here’s what I’m looking for and representing:

At the moment, I’m all about fiction. I’m NOT looking for memoir, narrative nonfiction, self help, spiritual, parenting, cookbooks, etc… I want stories! What kind of stories do I like?

Well, I’m open to all types of stories but I’m not open to all genres of writing. So although I love romantic stories I’m not a big fan of romance novels. You get the difference? I like speculative fiction (and social science fiction) but I’m not a big fan of science-based stories. Social sciences are things like anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, environmental studies, linguistics. See? Stories that deal with those issues are interesting to me.  I know political science is a social science, but I’m not particularly interested in political stories.  Stories that are strongly based in hard science (chemistry, physics, biology, etc…) are also just not interesting to me. I like fantasy but I’m not looking for elves, dwarves, dragons, etc… So no high fantasy or epic fantasy. If you’re familiar with Emma Newman’s Split Worlds trilogy or Stefan Bachmann‘s The Peculiar, you’ll get the kind of fairies I like. (Neither of these authors are my clients, but I admire their writing very much.)

Another genre that I’m not particularly interested in is mystery. BUT, give me a great character driven MG or YA story with some kids who have to figure something out? Yes, I’m in.

I’ve said in the past that I like spiritual stories or stories with Jewish themes, but as I’ve grown to learn, I’m not particularly partial to overtly spiritual or Jewish stories. If you don’t know the difference between an overt theme and a story that has hints of that theme, or can’t tell where your story falls, your manuscript is probably not for me.

I still like stories with strong girl characters and deep friendships. But I also really like stories with strong boy characters and friendships. I also still like GLBT stories, but let’s face it, if your work is too similar to the work of my present clients, I’m probably not the right agent for you. I have a small client list and I don’t need or want to represent a bevy of authors all writing the same stories (as if anyone could write the same stuff as my talented clients!).

I’m NOT currently looking for picture book authors, but if you’re an author/illustrator (that means you’re an illustrator AND a writer) who writes stories that appeal to my weird sensibility, I would like to hear from you. I don’t currently have any graphic novelists on my list, so if you illustrate AND write graphic novels (also must be the kind of stories that appeal to me) I’d like to hear from you, too. But do NOT pitch me graphic novel manuscripts unless you also illustrate them.

I wish I knew how to put into words exactly what “my weird sensibility” is. It’s hard to pin down though. So a little bit about myself: I’m a proud, boot stomping feminist (and not sorry for the dirty word, new millennium ladies and gentlemen); a child of the 70’s; environmentally concerned; politically liberal; an advocate for the GLBT community; appreciate clever and beautiful writing. I’m not drawn to dark or gritty. I don’t like experiencing fear or too much anticipation when I’m reading (i.e. don’t enjoy thrillers or scary stories).

Sorry for the rambly, all over the place musings that aren’t really a “list.” I’m sure I’ve left tons of stuff out. And because I’m fickle, this may be outdated by next month.

Any questions? Ask away!

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