Please submit to only one agent. If your story is not a good fit for one of us, but we believe a fellow agent will enjoy it, we will pass it along.
GWYN IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS.
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!
Kelsey Brownlee’s MSWL
Kelsey is closed to submissions until June 19th.
I accept YA fantasy, YA scifi, and all kinds of romance. (With the exception of bully romance and anything promoting abusive relationships).
I’m also not the best fit for inspirational/religious, nonfiction, horror, or mystery. (However I will look at cozy fantasy/cozy mystery fantasy).
I love most fantasies however especially love anything witchy. Think Rachel Griffin’s Wild is the Witch. I love atmospheric novels that take me to another world. I also love epic fantasy. I also love retellings that stray from the norm and offer a unique perspective. Think These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong.
For romance, I love a good enemies to lovers vibe. I want characters who are raw with real complications. I’m always down for a good romcom or fun paranormal romance (especially involving witches and magic!) However, I’m not too picky with romances as long as they have the required happy ending!
Brittani is closed to submissions until mid-June.
I accept comedy, horror/paranormal, crime, thrillers, suspense, sci-fi, and certain romances with a twist (not your usual love story full of cliché). I do not accept erotica, religious, or historical genres.
I love anything horror/paranormal. I am looking for the next Stephen King and Joe Hill. When it comes to comedy, something that will have me laughing and engaged from the first page to the last is what I am looking for.
Do people compare your writing to James Patterson’s? If so, please submit. Crime, thrillers, and suspense that remind the reader of the famous Alex Cross are also something I am interested in reading.
If you have something I not only can rave to the editors about but also my friends and family, please send it!
Rachel is closed to submissions.
I accept nonfiction, adult fiction, YA fiction, and children’s literature (fiction or nonfiction.) I do not accept romance, erotica or religious/spiritual.
I love nonfiction with a historical element (think Show Me a Hero). I absolutely love nonfiction stories that are unknown and/or overlooked. Dark and gritty stories are especially welcome (think Random Family and Grand Central Winter.)
In regards to fiction, I would love to find the next Alice Walker or James Baldwin. I would love something set in New York. I also love YA fiction with series potential – think Goosebumps, Babysitter’s Club, The Princess Diaries. I am looking for the next Meg Cabot and R.L. Stine.
For children’s literature, I want something with diverse and unique characters.
Make sure you hook me into your writing, from beginning to end. I need imagery. Dare to be creative. Also, please edit your writing thoroughly before you submit.
Kelsey Ruoff’s MSWL
I accept mysteries, psychological thrillers, YA sci-fi, and the occasional non-fiction that is within the mental health and lifestyle realm.
Ultimately, I love a story with a twist – something that keeps me on my toes and can’t be predicted from the opening page. I especially enjoy a book that is written with unique format or perspectives; think The Silent Patient for mystery/thrillers.
I enjoy inspirational storylines, humor, and spectacular world building. Not every story has a happy ending, but a book that evokes the reader to learn something about themselves is certainly worthwhile.
In YA sci-fi, I am most interested in dystopian settings, but I am open to a world of imagination! The more creative and far-fetched, the better.
If you have something that is mind-blowing or heart-tugging (or both – even better!), I might just be the agent for you.
I accept YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi, and NA Fantasy and Sci-fi. I will gladly accept religious/inspirational themes in these genres.
I’m fine with romance as a sub-genre, but not as the main focus and no explicit scenes in YA. I am not inclined to represent horror, erotica, or non-fiction.
There hasn’t been much fantasy that I’ve not been a ‘fan’ of, but I’m especially fond of the exploration of power and corruption through royalty and/or magic systems. What makes a story stand out to me is the depth of the characters and the complexity of the cast. I love exploring multi-POV and morality (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a great example of this). I also appreciate fantasy creatures playing a role!
In Sci-fi, I like to explore new and innovative worlds. I enjoy strategizing with the characters to navigate politics, travel, and culture. Timothy Zahn incorporates brilliant strategy into his books, and Michael Crichton teaches the reader about math, science, data, history, biology – everything! Make me feel smarter and more open minded than when I began the book, and I’ll rave about it.
If your story fits my criteria and has been edited, send it over, I’d love to read it!
I accept YA fantasy, YA action, YA adventure fiction as well as self-improvement and business books, particularly those for entrepreneurs.
I love stories with well-built worlds and unique, intricate plotlines, and complex, three-dimensional characters. I look for fresh takes and originality.
For YA works, think Harry Potter, Vicious by V.E. Shwab, The Hunger Games, The Book Thief, and Stargil. Make it compelling. I do not enjoy overly wordy imagery or excessive telling. Plunge me into your world, and let me envision it for myself with gentle guidance from you. Are you great at writing fast-paced action scenes? Do you craft multi-faceted characters with complex relationships and unique situations? Can you keep me turning the pages, engrossed in a world completely foreign from my own? No matter the genre, show me what you’ve got.
In regards to business and self-improvement books, I want something with tangible steps and very little fluff. Think The 1 Thing and Atomic Habits.
Be sure to hook me from the start, and hold my attention until the end. Don’t be afraid to take risks. Make me laugh. Make me cry. Make me angry. Just make me feel something with your words.
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