Lydia Shamah

Lydia Shamah

Carol Mann Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m looking for edgy and enchanting page-turners written with a light hand. I always enjoy strong female characters, and have a thing for unreliable narrators. Strong world building is a must, whether your novel is set in New York City, a small town I’ve never visited, a unique fantasy world, or the future. I love a timely story inspired by the headlines. I want strong concepts and big hooks that feel completely fresh.

For adult fiction I’m particularly interested in psychological thrillers. In YA and Crossover I want alternate worlds that are totally unique; fun retellings of classics and fairytales; romances that take me back to the exciting, painful experience of falling in (and out of) love for the first time; and adventurous fantasy. I’m not afraid to get dark or spooky.

When it comes to nonfiction I’m looking for authors who are already gaining a following by challenging the conventional thinking in their area of expertise or industry whether that’s business, health, relationships, psychology, science, self-help… I’m a huge fan of amazing true stories and well researched journalistic nonfiction.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to querylydia@carolmannagency.com

Fiction Query guidelines: An query letter with a short author bio and the first 25 pages.

Non-Fiction Query guidelines: A query letter and synopsis of your project. Please include your bio, target audience and competitive titles. Hook me with a strong concept and your platform.

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, Horror, LGBTQ, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, History, Humor, Journalism, Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, Sports, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: Magic Realism
I’d like the next…

Tana French

Gillian Flynn

V.E. Schwaab

Michael Lewis


My favorites include…

Adult titles:

ROOM by Emma Donahue

GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

INTO THE WOODS by Tana French

NEVER LET ME GO by Kazuo Ishiguro

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman

SHADES OF MAGIC SERIES by V.E. Schwab

 

YA and crossover titles:

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs

SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

THE BOY WITH THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART by Mathias Malzieu

WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler

 

Nonfiction titles:

YOU ARE A BADASS by Jen Sincero

QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS by Susan Cain

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES by Caitlin Doughty

SO YOU’VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED by Jon Ronson

A KIM JONG IL PRODUCTION by Paul Fischer

TV:

Documentaries of all stripes

Jessica Jones

Six Feet Under

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Peepshow

Stranger Things

Fargo

Penny Dreadful

 

See my Goodreads for more info.

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