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Submission Guidelines

For insider tips on the best way to write a query letter, please read Irene Goodman's article
"The Perfect Query Letter".

We are always looking for the finest in commercial and literary fiction and nonfiction, including mysteries, romance, women's fiction, thrillers, and suspense.

Irene is particularly interested in fiction that hits the sweet spot between literary and commercial -- it's a captivating story, it has something important to say, it's not hard to read, and it's beautifully structured and written. It can be women's fiction, an intelligent thriller, a fun mystery, historical fiction, or middle grade and young adult fiction. She is avidly interested in non-fiction focusing on pop culture, science, Francophilia, Judaica, and lifestyle. Non-fiction can be for adults, young adults, or middle grade.
Irene prefers a particular format to queries. First, paste in the first ten pages of the manuscript. After that, include the synopsis. And finally, at the bottom, include the query letter.

Miriam is passionate about modern urban fantasy, young adult fiction, romance, and all other types of commercial fiction.

Barbara is looking for high octane thrillers, edgy mysteries, literary and upmarket fiction and YA.

Kim is looking for all types of literary and upmarket fiction, as well as high-concept commercial fiction; she can't resist a strong voice, atmospheric writing, or a unique hook. She is open to platform-driven nonfiction as well as select nonfiction in the areas of lifestyle, wellness, and narrative nonfiction.

Whitney is looking for middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction across all genres, with an emphasis on historical, SF & fantasy, romance, and contemporary fiction. She is also open to non-fiction submissions in the areas of design, cooking, and fashion.

Victoria is looking for commercial and literary Middle Grade and Young Adult fiction as well as upmarket commercial or literary Adult fiction. She represents contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and horror, and select narrative non-fiction. Victoria would not be the best fit for prescriptive non-fiction, new age/religious/spirituality, popular science, new adult, or regency romances.

We do not represent poetry, inspirational fiction, screenplays, or children’s picture books.

If you have a manuscript that you would like to send us, please first ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is this manuscript in the best possible shape? Do I believe it is ready to sell, or am I just testing the waters?
  2. Is it completed?
  3. Is my query letter professionally written and proofread?
  4. Does my work fit the guidelines of the kinds of books this agency represents?

If you can answer yes to all of the above, then please do the following:

You should receive an automated reply once you send your query. Because of the high volume of email submissions we receive, we will only respond to your query if we are interested in seeing more, usually within 6-8 weeks; please don't follow up and do not call.