Agent Wish List

This year’s agents are looking for:

 A word cloud of the genres that agents are most looking for.


Agents:

Weronika Janczuk

Genres:

  • Young adult
  • Fantasy and science fiction
  • Literary fiction
  • Commercial fiction
  • Women’s fiction
  • Romance
  • Crime, mystery, and thrillers
  • Memoir
  • Nonfiction (innovative ideas & research; projects with a potential for social & cultural impact, etc.)

Paul S. Levine

Areas of literary interest:

Fiction

  • Adventure
  • Children
  • Juvenile
  • Young adult
  • Mainstream
  • Mysteries
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Romance
  • Thrillers
  • Women’s fiction
  • Comic books
  • Graphic novels

Nonfiction

  • Business
  • Commerce
  • Children
  • Juvenile
  • Young adult
  • Contemporary
  • Popular culture
  • How-to
  • Self-help
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Relationships
  • Sports

Joanna MacKenzie

She enjoys working with authors who embrace the full publishing process (read: love revising) and is committed to the stories her clients want to tell both with the words they put on paper, as well as with the careers they build. Joanna loves a good secret: between friends or lovers; creepy islands; and is always looking for propulsive plots and Midwestern voices.

In particular, she’s drawn to:

  • Smart, character-driven mysteries and thrillers—both, ideally, with a little edge
  • Women and moms with secret lives are also of interest
  • On the YA side, she’s drawn to coming of age stories that possess a confident voice and characters she can’t stop thinking about
  • Originally from Poland, and by way of Canada, she’s all about narratives that deal with the themes of identity and the immigrant experience as well as those that delve into all aspects of the relationships that make us who we are—parents, siblings, best friends, and first love

Steven Salpeter

He is now actively building his list, seeking:

  • Literary fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Graphic novels
  • Historical fiction
  • Mysteries
  • Thrillers
  • Young adult
  • Authors who can blend elements of these genres
  • Narrative nonfiction
  • Gift books
  • History
  • Humor
  • Popular science

Gordon Warnock

Genres:

Nonfiction

I’m looking for large-platform projects in which the book represents something bigger than the book itself, of which you are the expert, the one best fit to bring it to the page. I prefer to work with socially-responsible books that raise new issues or illuminate common issues in new ways. I love books with strong charity tie-ins and celebrities coming together to promote a good cause on a large scale. For memoir, please paste in the first chapter below your query. For graphic nonfiction, please attach a 10-page sequential PDF excerpt of the finished artwork, not to exceed 50 MB. For all other genres, please email your query letter only. The genres I consider include the following:

  • Memoir (adult, NA, YA, graphic)
  • Cookbooks/food narrative/food studies
  • Illustrated/art/photography (especially graphic nonfiction)
  • Political and current events
  • Pop science
  • Pop culture (especially punk culture and geek culture)
  • Self-help
  • How-to
  • Humor
  • Pets
  • Business and career

Some of my favorites are: Wreck This JournalWhat to Drink with What You EatDigging Up MotherDrinking at the Movies, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.

Fiction

I’m looking for fresh concepts that excite me before I even start reading and tension-filled prose that won’t let me stop. Plot is very important, as is an authentic voice that makes me believe your protagonist is a real person. I am not a big fan of paranormal or SF/F, so please, no vampires, zombies, werewolves, angels, chupacabras, etc. Novels must be completed, polished, and between 55,000 and 100,000 words long. For all text-based works, please paste in the first chapter below your query. For graphic novels, please attach a 10-page sequential PDF excerpt of the finished artwork, not to exceed 50 MB. The genres I consider include the following:

  • High-concept suspense
  • Book club women’s fiction
  • Literary fiction for adults through YA
  • Graphic novels for adults through MG

Some of my favorites are: The Good GirlGaijinThe Weight of LiesFreakboy, and We the Animals.

Not looking for

  • Genre fiction (western, romance, science fiction)
  • Satire
  • Legal thrillers
  • New age
  • Children’s and MG
  • Novellas
  • Screenplays
  • Collections of essays, short fiction, or poetry (unless you also write full-length works)

Carlisle Webber

Genres:

  • Middle grade (any genre)
  • Young adult (any genre)
  • Thriller
  • Mystery
  • Suspense
  • Horror
  • Women’s fiction
  • Pop/mainstream fiction
  • Magical realism

She represents middle grade, YA, and adult fiction in a variety of genres. In general, she’s looking to represent mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, contemporary romance and family stories, and women’s fiction. She represents science fiction and fantasy for YA and MG only, and although anyone who writes in these genres is welcome to query her, she does have some favorite things she likes to read about.

Right now, she’d love to see

  • Books set in prisons, hospitals, and shopping malls, or any other closed environment with rules different from those of everyday society
  • Workplace dramas, especially if they’re YA
  • Edgy, envelope-pushing, potentially controversial, and dark YA
  • YA and MG about body issues
  • Psychological thrillers
  • Domestic thrillers (I describe these as “murder and mayhem in suburbia”)
  • Characters who work in law enforcement
  • Anything with a creepy, spooky, bloody, or gothic-style setting
  • Friendship dramas, including friendship breakups
  • Stories about sisters
  • Characters who are ballet dancers, gymnasts, and cheerleaders
  • LGBTQ stories for any audience
  • Magical realism for any audience
  • Medical thrillers

She does NOT want

  • Picture books
  • Early chapter books
  • Graphic novels
  • Science fiction for adults
  • Fantasy for adults
  • Literary fiction (unless it has a strong commercial hook)
  • Romance
  • Historical fiction
  • Memoir
  • Nonfiction
  • Any work that has been previously published, including self-published

Editor:

Cheryl Yeko

As an editor, Cheryl welcomes:

  • Romantic suspense
  • Paranormal
  • Science fiction
  • Erotica