Blair Thornburgh

Blair Thornburgh

Quirk Books

My Manuscript Wish List

I am always after intriguing, off-the-wall, geeky, smart, and/or lady-centric projects in both fiction and non-fiction. Some projects I’m proud to have edited at Quirk are:
Dad Magazine by Jaya Saxena and Matt Lubchansky
Crafting with Feminism by Bonnie Burton
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Our Perfect Marriage by Alan and Claire Linic
Right now I’m especially hungry for funny non-fiction books that appeal to smart, savvy millennials—anything that a reader of The Toast or the Hairpin would love, I will love too! Lifestyle, self-help, professional life, cocktail recipes, whatever—as long as it’s got a fun twist that makes it stand out from the pack. I’d also love to find a non-fic book on “adulting,” apartment life, young women in the workplace, or geekery that takes a fresh approach and provides a desirable gift-book package. I also acquire select fiction projects in YA and adult. There, I’m looking for a high concept, very commercial concept (for example, our upcoming title GEEKERELLA is Cinderella + cosplay…how can you go wrong with that?!) backed up by a strong voice and characters.
More about Quirk: Quirk Books is an independent publisher and seeker of all things awesome, operating out of a former barrel factory in Philadelphia and distributed worldwide by Random House. We publish 25 “strikingly unconventional” books a year: fiction and non-fiction; adults, YA, and MG. You may know us from some of our bestselling titles like PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN, or the WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS series. We’re super-proud of our books’ strong, original writing and top-notch design, both of which make our titles must-have books-as-objects. Editorially, I love being hands-on with authors and helping them to think in all directions as we develop projects together. I’m really interested in creating something new, not chasing trends (I love zombies, I really do, but I think their time in the spotlight is over, alas).

Submission Guidelines

Please send your query or proposal to For fiction projects, please include the first ten pages as a sample.

Guidelines & Details


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Vital Info

Fiction: Humor, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, Crafts/DIY, Humor, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Science

Favorite sub-genres:
I’d like the next…

Texts from Jane Eyre.

My favorites include…

The Toast, The Hairpin, Atlas Obscura, The Mary Sue, Romeo and/or Juliet, The Drunken Botanist, Science! For Her, Nimona, Notorious RBG

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