Jennifer Johnson-Blalock

Jennifer Johnson-Blalock

Liza Dawson Associates

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m looking for nonfiction (narrative, prescriptive, and memoir) in almost all areas, especially current events, social sciences, women’s issues, law, business, history, the arts and pop culture, lifestyle, sports, and food, including cookbooks and health/wellness. I love nonfiction that uses a unique, specific story to cast light on and explore a larger issue.

More specifically, I’d love to see the following: a deeply reported narrative book with a backbone of personal experience (ALL THE SINGLE LADIES; MODERN ROMANCE); left-leaning political books; highly readable projects rooted in psychology or sociology that explain why we act and think the way we do (STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS); history that’s quirky (THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN) or has particular relevance to today’s issues (ON IMMUNITY); works situated in the classical dance world, indie/alternative music world, contemporary art world, or Hollywood at any point in history; books that help you figure out how to do life better (THE HAPPINESS PROJECT; THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP); and chronicles of a quirky community like competitive bridge players. In food, I want cookbooks that tell a story about the person writing the book or the food itself, research-based health/diet books with programs that sane people would actually follow, accessible, fun books about wine or cocktails, and food memoirs or novels that take the reader behind the scenes in a fresh way (SOUS CHEF). I’m also interested in nonfiction for middle grade and YA readers, particularly narrative history books about lesser known women or people of color.

Additionally, I’m seeking commercial and upmarket fiction, especially thrillers/mysteries, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, young adult, and middle grade. I’m interested in thrillers and suspense novels on the darker end of the spectrum, especially those with a literary bent (Tana French; Megan Abbot), with an outsider protagonist who stumbles into a conspiracy (THE PELICAN BRIEF), or with a psychological focus and an unreliable narrator (SISTER; GONE GIRL). I’m also open to smart, upmarket women’s fiction (especially with social awareness like J. Courtney Sullivan), as well as more commercial women’s fiction that’s slightly subversive (Emily Giffin). I’d also like to see upmarket historical women’s fiction in the vein of Paula McClain. I like strongly voiced contemporary YA (Nina LaCour; Leila Sales) and literary MG (Counting by 7s). Contemporary romance authors I love include Alice Clayton and Victoria Dahl.

Finally, I’m happy to consider books in any genre that have a strong feminist slant.

Fun facts about me:

I collect antique teapots from my travels!

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

I accept email queries to

Please send only the query letter. If I’m interested, I will ask for further materials.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Crime, Middle Grade, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, Cookbooks, History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology, Sports, Travel, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Young Adult, Domestic Suspense, Feminism, Literary Middle Grade, Pop Psychology, Psychological Thrillers, Upmarket Women's Fiction
I’d like the next…

Gilmore Girls, Emily Giffin, Clueless, Anthony Bourdain, Gone Girl, Hamilton, Trainwreck, Aaron Sorkin, The Happiness Project, Tana French, Blair Waldorf, The Hating Game

My favorites include…

Books: Commencement, The One and Only, Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Love Walked In, Gone Girl, The Disenchantments, The Portable Dorothy Parker, I Was Told There’d Be Cake, Little Women, The Sun Also Rises (just to name a few)

TV: Gilmore Girls, Sex and the City, Friday Night Lights, Dance Academy, Queer as Folk, My So-Called Life, Gossip Girl, The Newsroom, The Royals, UNReal

Movies: You’ve Got Mail, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Clueless, Empire Records, Closer, Black Swan, Legally Blonde, Wedding Crashers, Up in the Air

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