Thrillers, military thrillers, espionage, domestic suspense, crime, mysteries, Southern Gothic, character-based commercial series, high-concept suspense.
I look particularly for authenticity, a strong and engaging voice, and, most of all, a singular protagonist who grabs my attention from page one. I look for writers who can work the grey areas, who can create complex characters that are neither all good nor all bad. Immediacy and pacing are important. It helps to have a personal background and credentials that are appropriate to the subject.
Women's, Southern, and Literary fiction:
Looking for: authors with distinctive voices, who convey a sense of authenticity, and who write with conviction; strong characters, especially those who are resilient in unique ways; and well-constructed plots to keep the pages turning. I am especially interested in those who can bring a fresh take, a different background, voice, style or structure to the page. Books with Western settings are a current interest. Dark humor works for me, and I'd like to see a good romantic comedy. It helps to show that you're developing your craft through workshops or an MFA, and through Web or magazine publication.
I am looking for military and sports narratives, participatory journalism, biography, and history. I want to see a stance on a given topic, answers to the "why" of the book, perspective, and what I call the "whole life" in terms of biography and history.
If you are not sure if I handle your kind of writing please do send along your query, as I work with a wide variety of topics and am open to many types of manuscripts. A cycle through the cover cascade on the Home Page might help give you an idea of what I like to do. There are no absolute necessities except for an author's passion, a desire to develop one's craft, and the goal of communicating through words.
I am looking for wonderful new or established voices in commercial women's fiction, upmarket high concept suspense, historical fiction, historical suspense, historical mysteries, mysteries (both cozy and traditional), romance, Up Lit, and narrative nonfiction.
Narrative nonfiction can cover almost any subject, but history, food, sports and science are particular interests of mine. Newspaper and magazine experience is helpful; many books are generated from concepts first tried out in articles.
In fiction, I am looking for commercial fiction, beautifully written. It needs a voice that grabs me and a narrative that keeps me turning the pages. I like original voices. I like quirky novels with dual narrators, settings and time periods. The writing needs to be immediate with well- developed characters that leap off the page and make me feel they are sitting across the table from me, telling their story. I am particularly looking for authors with an MFA who write commercial fiction.
Books I love that I wish I had agented:
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, A.J. Finn
THE LIST, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
STATION ELEVEN, Emily St. John Mandel
THE DOLLHOUSE, Fiona Davis
ALL THE LIGHT I CANNOT SEE, Anthony Doerr
THE PARIS WIFE, Paula McLain
HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET, Jamie Ford
BEAUTIFUL DAY, Elin Hilderbrand
MISSION TO PARIS, Alan Furst
THE EYRE AFFAIR, Jasper Fforde
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, Philippa Gregory
THE EIGHT, Katherine Neville
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, Sara Gruen
SHOGUN, James Clavell
THE PIANO TUNER, Daniel Mason
DON'T LET'S GO TO THE DOGS TONIGHT, Alexandra Fuller
THE RIVER OF DOUBT, Candice Millard
A HOMEMADE LIFE, Molly Wizenberg
We do not represent children's books, science fiction, fantasy, Westerns, poetry, or screenplays.
We do not charge reading fees.
Right now it's probably about two-thirds fiction and one-third nonfiction.
Our clients put passion into their writing and are enthusiastic about what they do. They communicate well with their editors and forge strong and responsive relationships with them. They love to read as much as we do, and they're the kind of people you'd enjoy hanging out with.
Becoming an agent was a natural progression from being editors. The work is similar, but we're able to spend less time in meetings and more time working with authors. We can also handle a more eclectic range of material, and we get to work with editors throughout the industry who share our passions and enthusiasms.
Put your best efforts into your work and just follow the submission guidelines; we'd love to hear from you.
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Favorite TV Shows:
Longmire, The Americans, The Sopranos, Burn Notice, Rescue Me, Twin Peaks, Blackish, Family Guy, Last Man Standing, A Football Life, Behind the B, Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown and No Reservations.
Any Given Sunday, Jerry Maguire, Risky Business, Slapshot, Chinatown, Goodfellas, The French Connection, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Jaws, Working Girl, White Palace.
Interests: I like to cook when I have the time. I am a hockey dad. I am a fan of the Bruins and Steelers. I enjoy traveling and Kyoto, Quebec City, Prague, the Isle of Iona, and Lake Placid are among my favorite places. I am currently in a Frostbite sailing league on the Long Island Sound. I am interested in Russian culture and history. I like a good cup of coffee. We have two cats, one of whom says "hello" with perfect articulation.
When I’m not reading, I’m happiest in my kitchen cooking and listening to Sinatra. I love history and am a terrific armchair traveler. I’ve always been a Francophile and also have a fascination with Antarctica. Love old movies and binge watch Sherlock. I do needlepoint and love Pinterest. I always love to learn something new.