Danielle Bukowski

Danielle Bukowski

Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.

My Manuscript Wish List

I am the foreign rights associate and an associate agent at Sterling Lord Literistic. For my domestic list, I am looking for upmarket women’s fiction, smart commercial fiction, literary fiction, and select nonfiction. I am looking for narratives from underrepresented and marginalized voices in particular, and prefer fiction that balances a unique hook and well-paced plot with strong writing and a distinctive voice.

I am most drawn to stories featuring strong female protagonists, themes of mental illness treated with respect, racial and sexual diversity treated as a norm rather than a token, and stories that transport me fully into the characters’ world.

I am looking for narrative voices that are bold, fresh, and strong enough to compel me to follow the characters across the globe or into the darkest corners of the psyche. I love books that make me think deeply and critically, and those that offer a new perspective.

Forthcoming titles include Keziah Frost’s The Reluctant Fortune-Teller (Park Row/HC) and Bryan Washington’s Lot (Riverhead). I graduated from Vassar College with a concentration in English. When I’m not reading, I’m usually running in Central Park, going to an art museum, trying a new restaurant, or escaping NYC entirely to visit family in Colorado.

I update my twitter with my most recent #MSWL and occasionally tweet my query status.

do not represent children’s, young adult, erotica, fantasy, historical.

Fun facts about me:

I’m a former lifeguard and competitive swimmer

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to danielle@sll.com

I accept email and snail-mail queries, although I prefer email. Please send your query letter and the first three chapters (or 20 pages, if your formatting is different) in the body of the email to danielle@sll.com with “QUERY – TITLE” in your subject line.

Please don’t send attachments! I will not open them.

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Family Saga, General, LGBTQ, Literary, Women’s Fiction

Favorite sub-genres: Diversity, Feminism, Literary Fiction, Multicultural, Multiple POV, Narrative Nonfiction, Social Issues, Upmarket Women's Fiction
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Recent Books I’ve Loved: A Separation by Katie Kitamura, The Mothers by Brit Bennett, The Girls from Corona Del Mar by Rufi Thorpe, Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam, The Lonely City by Olivia Laing, The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Vegetarian by Han Kang

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