Lauren E. Abramo

Lauren E. Abramo

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m a Vice President at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management and have a small and carefully cultivated client list, in addition to being the agency’s director of subsidiary rights. Since my client list is small, my general rule of thumb is that I represent the books that I believe I can sell and would be devastated to pass along to someone else.

Whether fiction or non, I respond best to books that have something interesting and important to say but an entertaining approach to saying it. While the books I represent cover many categories, I’m most interested in the intersections between insight, underexplored ideas, and underrepresented voices. More often than not I like clever writing, a sense of humor, and a brisk pace.

I’m most open to fiction and narrative non-fiction on the adult side and YA and middle grade fiction on the children’s side.

Here’s what’s on my specific wishlist as of September 2016:

  • Underrepresented voices across all categories I represent, in particular:
    • novels set in large cities outside the US, Canada, and Europe
    • fiction or non-fiction about the experience of going from disadvantaged backgrounds to elite colleges
    • a middle grade or YA novel that actively explores code switching
    • a novel set in the contemporary Middle East that isn’t a thriller or chiefly about politics
    • novels about the immigrant experience in the United States
    • current affairs nonfiction on intersectional feminism
    • books for young readers and middle graders featuring protagonists on the autism spectrum
  • Fiction inspired by or non-fiction about things we don’t yet understand, like Morgellons, the Tamam Shud case, and the Voynich manuscript
  • Popular science, especially very accessible nonfiction on psychology and neuroscience
  • Accessible literary novels that tread new ground
  • A psychological thriller that makes you distrust everyone you know
  • Contemporary middle grade and YA protagonists who are badass, but not kicking ass
  • Contemporary adult romance with heroes and/or heroines of color
  • Accessible reportage on contemporary social issues
  • A YA novel that captures the intensity of teen friendship, but really any fiction that recognizes that friendship is as complex, fraught, and valuable as family and romance
  • Fiction that reminds me of The West Wing (but not for the politics; think brilliant people caring deeply about their work, a feeling of pragmatic optimism), The Outsiders, or The Westing Game

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to labramo@dystel.com

Please see DGLM’s submission guidelines at the Guidelines and Details link below for the basics. If you’re responding to a very specific request from me above, please include #MSWL in the subject line.


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: Commercial, Crime, General, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Romance, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: History, Humor, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, Travel

Favorite sub-genres: Accessible Literary Fiction, Contemporary Culture, Contemporary YA, Intersectional Feminism, Middle Grade Adventure, Popular Science/Psychology, Underrepresented Voices, Upmarket Commercial Fiction
I’d like the next…

Everything I Never Told You or Where’d You Go Bernadette?


My favorites include…

 

Picking favorite books was making me feel disloyal to all the other books I love, so instead here are my favorite:

TV Shows

The West Wing; Mad Men; Jane the Virgin; Broad City; State of Play; Orange Is the New Black; Life on MarsParks and Recreation; The Mindy Project; Arrested Development; Freaks and Geeks; Season 2 of Grey’s Anatomy

Podcasts

Serial and UndisclosedMy Brother, My Brother and MeAnother RoundThis American Life; Stuff You Should KnowYou Made It WeirdOur National Conversation About Conversations About RaceHound TallMystery ShowCriminalHow Did This Get Made?; The West Wing Weekly

 

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