Lydia Moed

Lydia Moed

The Rights Factory

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m interested in science fiction, fantasy, magic realism and historical fiction – I like books set anywhere except the here-and-now! I’m particularly passionate about increasing diversity in SFF, and am actively seeking writing from marginalised perspectives. Sense of place is very important to me – I’m looking for strong, inventive, immersive world-building, or unusual historical settings brought to life. I’m not so keen on urban fantasy, unless it’s really unusual (and preferably in a non-Western setting), but apart from that I’m open to any subgenre. I am only interested in representing work that passes the Bechdel Test. I have a serious weakness for airships.

I’m also looking for quirky non-fiction proposals on a wide range of topics, including history, popular science, biography and travel. I’m always interested in the history of food and drink, and I love travel writing that has some kind of point beyond ‘these are some adventures I went on’ – I particularly like travel books that contain some history/biography, like Bee Rowlatt’s In Search of Mary, and Tim Mackintosh-Smith’s Travels With a Tangerine.

Submission Guidelines

Just the query, pasted into the body of the email – no attachments please.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Fantasy, Historical, LGBTQ, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Humor, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Science, Travel

Favorite sub-genres: Diversity, Feminism, High Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Magical Realism, Narrative Nonfiction, Solarpunk, Space Opera, Speculative Fiction, Steampunk
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My favorites include…

Authors: Mervyn Peake, Angela Carter, China Miéville, Nalo Hopkinson, Catherynne M Valente’s writing for adults, Sei Shōnagon, Frances Hardinge, Shaun Tan, Ann Leckie, Scott Lynch, Sofia Samatar, all of the other favourites I am currently completely unable to recall.

Short fiction magazines: Uncanny Magazine, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer,, Strange Horizons, Crossed Genres Magazine (of blessed memory).

Film: Naoko Ogigami, Studio Ghibli, Wes Anderson. Star Wars, obviously.

TV:  Firefly (of course), Defiance, Killjoys, Arctic Air, Parks & Recreation, Brooklyn 99, Jin, Sunkyungkwan Scandal, Tree With Deep Roots, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

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