Frances Collin Literary Agency
My Manuscript Wish List
A quirky, interesting voice is my number one consideration. I love a touch of humor, whether overt or sly. My reading tastes are wide-ranging and my goal is to keep building a similarly diverse, multi-genre list.
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Please send a traditional query email describing the project AND copy and paste the first 5 pages of the manuscript into the email. No attachments to initial queries, please. We look forward to hearing from you in 2017.
I’d like the next…
thing that the publishing world doesn’t know it wants yet! I’m looking for authors who are invested in their unique visions and who want to set trends not chase them. I’d like to think that my authors are unplagiarizable by virtue of their distinct voices and styles.
My favorites include…
I could go on forever, but here’s an eclectic and incomplete list:
Anything to do with British women between the wars (Virginia Woolf is a goddess), and/or Oxbridge (Think Vera Brittain & Winifred Holtby. I would love a great women’s friendship novel or CNF exploration, historical or not!). I adore ALL of the Persephone reissues (especially THE FAR CRY by Emma Smith) and Virago Modern Classics (ONE FINE DAY by Mollie-Panter Downes). What might a character like LOLLY WILLOWES be doing today? If you know, please query me! Paris in the 20’s is another favorite era–Sylvia Beach is a literary hero.
Contemporary literary loves include Scarlett Thomas, Rufi Thorpe, Maria Semple, Jamie Quatro, Valeria Luiselli and Connie Willis, just to name a few. Honestly, there’s so much amazing work being published right now by publishers both big and small that it’s an embarrassment of riches.
In Non-Fiction, some of my idols are Anne Labastille and Mariana Gosnell (both for their writing and for their living). Women, solitude, epic journeys, bring it! I love the playful forms in current work by Heidi Julavits (THE FOLDED CLOCK) and Ali Smith (ARTFUL). As a reader, I really enjoy hybrid work along the lines of the pieces in the anthology FAMILY RESEMBLANCE published by Rose Metal Press.
FRINDLE might be my favorite Middle Grade novel although I also love PIECES OF GEORGIA and MAY B. In YA, CODE NAME VERITY and the HIS DARK MATERIAL trilogy are on my short list of books that have been re-read. If we’d had such amazing Kid Lit when I was in school I wouldn’t have spent so much time reading John Saul, Danielle Steel and Robin Cook (though there’s nothing wrong with a whizz-bang commercial crowd pleaser)!
Favorite Podcasts include Commonplace: Conversations with Poets, Answer Me This! and Design Matters. Favorite TV shows include The Vicar of Dibley, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Project Runway. I miss the short-lived reality show Work of Art–anything that highlights or reveals the process of creating is catnip for me. I love manuscripts where an art form plays a central role and the author has very specific knowledge to share. Emily Carr was an amazing Canadian painter and an equally amazing writer, for instance.
Emily Dickinson was my first literary love, Anne Sexton was a revelation and Gwendolyn Brooks is the the most underrated American poet (her sonnet cycle “The Children of the Poor” is a perfect marriage of form and content and it is still heartbreakingly relevant).
Filmmaker Casey Neistat is one of my heroes and I’ve loved his work since 2012 when he explored NYC on a bike during Hurricane Sandy. He was one of the few people in the entire city outside during that storm–I love it when someone can share a unique perspective AND weave a narrative out of it. Plus, his work ethic is unbelievable. Perseverance is the #1 requirement for success in any creative endeavor, and that definitely includes publishing!
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