Nicole Payne

Nicole Payne

Golden Wheat Literary

My Manuscript Wish List

I am mainly looking for Young Adult, New Adult and Adult novels. They have a special place in my heart. However, if the writing and story is amazing, I’ll always make exceptions so don’t hesitate to send it my way. As an Agent at Golden Wheat Literary, we accept both spiritual and secular books.  As long as your manuscript’s elements can all be true without any part of God’s Word needing to put aside or be discounted, it is acceptable for submission.

In general, what I look for is Romance, Romantic Comedy, Mysteries, Contemporary, Suspense, Thriller, Speculative Fiction and Science fiction and Fantasy. These can fit any of the age categories I’ve mentioned. I don’t have a preference there.

What I want out of a story is:

  • Amazing voice
    • Voice is everything. Without it, I won’t connect with the story.
  • Realistic characters
    • I always have to have a strong male and female hero/heroine or one who becomes strong as they evolves. It really grinds my teeth when I read books where the leads can’t seem to do anything for themselves. So any stories with characters oozing confidence and ability are a definite plus in my book.
  • A killer plot
    • The story is everything so it has to keep me riveted from start to finish.
  • Words that touch my heart.
    • Words are magic so the books I’ll represent has to make me spellbound.

Some of my Current Wishlists include:

  • A YA, NA or A romance featuring travel to Alternate Universes.
  • Southern belle in antebellum era breaking all the rules of society/propriety for the one who has her heart. HEA ending
  • I’d love a YA, NA or Adult contemporary with a setting in an exotic rainforest.
  • Adult thriller with Olicity romance/chemistry (think more from Season 2 and not as of late, lol)
  • NA/crossover fiction time-travel romance to the biblical times. Bonus points if the character is from that time period.
  • Suspenseful YA with a questionable heroine not afraid to bend the rules. Lots of action please.
  • Being an anime/manga lover, Kaikan Phrase-esque YA romances. For non-anime lovers, think romance between cold teen rock star and normal girl but with a twist is a must.
  • The rest of my wishlists can be found on Golden Wheat Literary’s website and Visual MSWL Pinterest page at

Fun facts about me:

I used to give sponge baths to dead bodies. It was my side job while I was in grad school. And what’s worse, it didn’t bother me at all. Even when some of them grew mold on them. I did always have this fear that one of the bodies would suddenly wake up and try to attack me. Thankfully, they never did.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Please include the following in the body of an email:

  • Your query letter
  • Synopsis
  • The first fifteen pages of your manuscript
  • Short (one to two sentence) chapter summaries
  • Your contact information

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Commercial, Crime, Fantasy, Historical, Humor, Literary, Military, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Diversity, Humor, Multiple POV, Psychological Thrillers, Romantic Suspense, Speculative Fiction
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My favorites include…

Favorite Books: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren, The Flight and Glory series by Rebecca Yarros, The Consolation series by Corinne Michaels, Pretty much everything Colleen Hoover writes, The Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout, The Broken series by J.L. Drake, and Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.

Favorite Tv shows/movies: Outlander, The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time, The Originals, Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, Charmed, Gilmore Girls, Heroes, The 100, Mulan, Tarzan (the cartoon and the new movie), Forensic Files, Pride and Prejudice, W (korean drama), Fushigi Yuugi, Terminator (all of the movies)

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