Danielle Bukowski

Danielle Bukowski

Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.

My Manuscript Wish List

I am looking for upmarket women’s fiction, smart commercial fiction, and literary fiction. I want to hear from underrepresented and marginalized voices in particular! I favor narratives that balance plot and voice, but if required to pick I will always choose strong writing and a unique voice over plot particulars.

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 about the world.


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

My most recent sales include a linked collection about a biracial gay man’s coming of age in Houston to Riverhead and a commercial novel about three older ladies intervening in the life of the local loser to turn him into a fortune teller, to Park Row/HarperCollins.

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!

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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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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