I took a break from submissions toward the end 2017 because I had a lot of client manuscripts that needed my attention, and because I had a fearsome backlog of requested manuscripts that I needed to read. I’m nearly caught up on both now, and so I’m once again open to queries—which I’m happy about, because I’ve really missed the thrill of spotting something brilliant in my inbox.
My stock line about what I’m looking for goes: ‘I like wit, but not snark; I prefer books that lean more toward literary than commercial, but of course, my perfect book neatly bridges the two.’ That’s still true. I’m also looking for books that surprise me—stories and voices I haven’t heard before. Books that have something smart and important to say about the world around us. Books that ask us to examine who we are and what we think. And most importantly, books that feel unexpected, unique, necessary.
For more on what I’m looking for, and our submission guidelines, see my page on the TBA website.
Here’s to a new year full of great queries! I’m looking forward to reading yours.