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

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

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


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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