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, which means I have a selective list and will work to sell your manuscript to a domestic publisher and then to international publishers around the globe.

I am looking for upmarket women’s fiction, smart commercial fiction, literary fiction, and select nonfiction. I want to hear from underrepresented and marginalized voices in particular. I prefer fiction that balances a unique hook and well-paced plot with strong writing and a distinctive voice — I can fall in love with incredible writing and a slow plot, or an amazing plot and more accessible writing — but my ideal book finds the perfect intersection of the two.

For fiction and nonfiction, I like books about feminist issues, chronic illness/disability, work, competitive individual (non-team) sports; #ownvoices; stories with people of color as protagonists and not sidekicks; stories set in cities that are not NYC; books that borrow tropes from other genres while remaining firmly literary; campus novels; books that make me laugh.

I am looking for narrative voices that are bold, fresh, and unique. I want to be fully transported into your characters’ world and care about them deeply. I love books that make me think, that offer a new perspective, books like a strong cup of coffee after a restless night or a perfect Merlot after a stressful day.

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 — make sure you look at “latest” not “top!” — and tweet about the books I’m loving, so it’s worth checking out.

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, General, LGBTQ, Literary, Mystery, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction: History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Travel, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: Diversity, Feminism, Literary Fiction, Multicultural, Multiple POV, Narrative Nonfiction, Social Issues, Upmarket Women's Fiction
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My favorites include…

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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