Please only submit to one agent. If your story is not a good fit for us but we believe a fellow agent will enjoy it, we will pass it along.
GWYN IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS EXCEPT BY INVITATION.
I accept mystery, thriller, suspense, and all heat levels of romance in the following subgenres: historical, contemporary, suspense, comedy, and western. I do not accept: Paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi, YA, religious/inspirational, or erotica (where there is no real plot). I especially like unique characters (ex. a professor who dresses like a rock star, a librarian who loves extreme sports), characters with quirks and flaws, and stories with rarely used occupations (acupuncturist, meteorologist, animator).
I would absolutely love a historical romance where the main characters are commoners – the footman and the maid or the butler and the governess, or any other combination. My biggest desire is a love story between a widow and the butler (or a footman). Regardless of who your characters are or what situation they find themselves in, if it’s a romance, the story MUST end with an HEA/HFN. No exceptions.
I’d love to get some mysteries (murder, thefts – you name it!), fast-paced thrillers, and large-scale schemes and scams (think Ocean’s 11 and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). Put me on the edge of my seat or make me fall in the floor laughing. Dark and gritty and courtroom dramas are also welcome. Bring ’em on!
I accept historical mystery, magical/paranormal cozy mystery, YA fantasy, and magical realism. I do not accept romance, erotica, religious/inspirational, or science fiction.
I am particularly interested in niche historical mysteries set in medieval/early modern Asia. I would love to find the next June Hur. I would also love something set in Wales. A mystery set before the industrial age would definitely pique my interest. Cozy mysteries need to make me laugh, make my sides hurt, and make me wonder what comes next. Give me unexpected characters.
I ‘d like to represent a good sword or board fantasy novel, think Alex Bledsoe’s Eddie Lacrosse series with a unique world escape. I’m a sucker for fantasy that has old gods or fairies – not the cute ones, give me the fae who want to trick you and steal babies. Dark and gritty.
Make sure your manuscript is well-edited. Don’t submit something rife with grammatical errors.
A query letter with:
- Your name and contact info
- 2-3 paragraph blurb
- Short author bio
- Word count
- Identify the book as a standalone or series. If part of a series, include the outline of the series. If a standalone, include ideas for future works.
- Maximum of two pages, single-spaced
- Include ending and spoilers
First 3 chapters
- Please make sure you’ve edited. Stories with excessive grammar, spelling, and punctuation issues will be declined.
- Double-spaced, 12-pt font.
- Times New Roman font or similar preferred.
If you have not received a response within 3 months, please feel free to nudge. We’d appreciate the gentle reminder.