Rena Rossner

Rena Rossner

The Deborah Harris Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

I represent Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult. In terms of Adult fiction, I look for Literary, Historical, Fantasy and SciFi, Romance and Thrillers, though I am open to all genres. Nonfiction: in all genres, but it depends on the project. I have a love for history, food, and literary science writing, but am open to anything.

Picture Books: I want funny/quirky books (think Skippyjon Jones,) adorable books that have a classic feel (I love animals and precocious little girls and boys,) or books with a strong message (not ones that moralize) but something with an edge – be it historical fiction, an alternative princess story, or a family story that feels familiar but has a different twist. I love magical realism and poetry and I find myself attracted mostly to picture books under 500 words, though I am open to considering longer ones.

Middle Grade: I love novels in verse. I love magical realism and poetic writing. I love funny, quirky middle grade. Historical fiction, books with a classic feel. I also love Science Fiction and Fantasy. MG contemporary with a great voice. I’m open to Mysteries/Thrillers.

Young Adult: Novels in verse, poetry, poetic writing, historical fiction. Contemporary YA with lots of heart – I love romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Nonfiction, anything multicultural and QUILTBAG friendly too (send me the next Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe PLEASE!) but I would also give anything for the next Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender.

Adult Fiction – literary writing above all, poetic writing, but I will always be a sucker for all types of SciFi and Fantasy (I love literary scifi and richly imagined alternate worlds,) all types of fantasy, especially Epic Fantasy, Historical Fantasy and Magical Realism. Any kind of Literary Fiction, even edgy and gritty, but give me stunning phrases that make you want to stop and read them again and again. I love all kinds of Historical Fiction (give me the next Outlander, Hild or Pillars of the Earth,) but I am open to horror, psychological suspense and thrillers. I love romance in all genres. And I have a soft spot for Ireland and anything set in the Middle East.

Nonfiction: I’m a foodie, so any books related to food are right up my alley including cookbooks, but in terms of non-fiction (besides cookbooks,) while I am open to them, I wouldn’t say that it’s a genre I know well, having said that, literary writing trumps all, especially in memoir.

IN GENERAL: You will steal my heart if there is some kind of Middle Eastern, Israeli, or Jewish setting, theme, or character, in any genre, but those are certainly not the only types of books I represent.

Though I am based in Jerusalem, I represent authors all over the world and about half of my current clients are US-based.

Fun facts about me:

I’m a poet and an author

My pug’s name is Pablo Picasso Neruda

I love green and purple

And coffee and bourbon

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Please send your query pasted in the email and the first 50 pages attached as a word document.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Erotica, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Picture Books, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir

Favorite sub-genres: Novels in Verse
I’d like the next…

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Dante and Aristotle Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benajmin Alire Saenz

Nightbird by Alice Hoffman

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Skippyjon Jones by Judith Schachner

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde


My favorites include…

Other books I love:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

Possession by A.S. Byatt

One True Thing by Anna Quindlen

Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

The Archivist by Martha Cooley

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

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