Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May

Kensington Books

My Manuscript Wish List

Elizabeth May is an Editorial Assistant at Kensington Publishing Corporation where she works primarily with Editorial Director, Gary Goldstein on genre fiction, including mysteries, thrillers, romances, westerns, and select nonfiction. She recently acquired Cynthia Tennent’s Truhart contemporary romance series for Lyrical Press. She is seeking fiction in the genres mentioned above, and particularly enjoys books that walk the line between upmarket and commercial, as well as historical women’s fiction, and mysteries where the characters are as important as the crime, a la literary suspense. You can find her on twitter @LizMay05. Or send a query to emay@kensingtonbooks.com.

Fun facts about me:

Taught English language abroad before working in publishing. I love travels dogs, and the great outdoors.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to emay@kensingtonbooks.com

Please only query finished projects that have been beta read and are ready for professional review. Email query letter and first three chapters.

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Commercial, Fantasy, General, Historical, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Mystery, New Adult, Religious, Romance, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction: Biography, Crafts/DIY, History, Humor, Journalism, Memoir, Pop Culture, Travel, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Romance, Cozy Mystery, Domestic Suspense, Epic Fantasy, Gothic Horror, Historical Fantasy, Multiple POV, Pop Psychology, Psychological Thrillers, Romantic Suspense, Soft Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction, Urban Fantasy, narrative non-fiction, upmarket genre fiction
I’d like the next…

I would love to find the next Outlander—or a romantic adventure story that is going to take me into another world and time period and introduce me to a new set of supernatural and/or historical elements

I love mysteries, the darker the better. Would love to find the next Ruth Ware or Laura McHugh. Atmospheric and character driven psychological thrillers, especially with a unique female voice.

Would love to find the next Elizabeth Hoyt, or Kresley Cole, a romance author who can really blend humor, drama, and amazing character development and sexual tension to create an unputdownable romance.

The next Seth Grahame Smith, supernatural thriller with the kind of quirky and unique hook that can’t be ignored, and demands a space in the cultural conscience.

The next Marie Kondo—a self-help styled book that seems so simply innate that as soon as you hear about it you wonder why you haven’t already read it.


My favorites include…

Favorite TV Shows

Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Walking Dead, Penny Dreadful, Naked and Afraid, Disappeared.




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