Amanda Shih

Amanda Shih

TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m looking for nonfiction that’s smart, interesting, and gettable, ideally by authors with demonstrable platforms and/or expertise in the following categories:

  • Gift books:
  • Illustrated projects, interactive journals, personality driven projects, pop culture, smart/dry humor with a point, authors with a strong platform to build on
  • Popular psychology and/or science: Especially as it relates to self-help/lifestyle (science- or psych-based methods for improving productivity, relationships, etc.), but psych/science investigations of everyday topics are also great
  • Popular culture/humor: Authors with a strong platform to build on (note that I do few straight reference books)
  • Self-help/lifestyle: Practical, approachable methods that help readers make positive changes in their lives, careers, relationships, etc., particularly those with a millennial focus or those focused on female empowerment
  • Diverse authors


Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Agented submissions only, but unagented writers may book consultations (see below).

Please submit only complete proposals, and note that you are pitching an editornot a literary agent.

Please note that Amanda only edits nonfiction, and rarely acquires memoir.


As a new addition from The Manuscript Academy, #MSWL’s sister company, we are now offering ten-minute e-meetings with a select group of our agents and editors to discuss your work, what you can do better–and how to maximize your chances in the submissions process. You’ll be able to pick from Skype, Hangouts, or a phone call–and, yes, this works internationally. Please see our FAQ, our step-by-step guide to booking your meeting, a list of participating agents and editors–and consider joining our Facebook group, a free, friendly community of writers cheering each other on through this process.

Please note: Meetings are posted once monthly, and then often sell out. If there are meetings available, you’ll see them bolded on the calendar below after clicking “Set Time Zone.” 

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Vital Info

Non-Fiction: Crafts/DIY, Humor, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science

Favorite sub-genres: Business, Feminism, Illustrated, Self-help
I’d like the next…

Hyperbole and a Half, Basic Witches, Adulting, You Are A Badass, I Hate You–Don’t Leave Me

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