Shannon Hassan

Shannon Hassan

Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

Hello! I am an agent at Marsal Lyon Literary representing authors of literary and commercial fiction, young adult and middle grade fiction, and narrative nonfiction.  In general I look for fresh voices, compelling characters, and crisp prose.  Currently on my wish list:

For adults:

  • “Book Club” reads that hit the sweet spot between literary and commercial and stimulate discussion.
  • Upmarket women’s fiction with a big hook, especially suspense, issue-driven, or humorous.
  • Multicultural stories. Immigrant stories.
  • Historical fiction of all stripes, especially if offering a new perspective, or even a genre twist.
  • Literary and upmarket thrillers that are not espionage-based.
  • Exceptional non-fiction narratives from authors with strong platforms.
  • Stories of the American West.

For kids:

On the kid-lit side, I represent MG and YA and am open to a range of stories as long as they have authentic, memorable characters:

  • Contemporary stories with humor and heart.
  • Diverse and #ownvoices stories.
  • Adventures, thrillers and mysteries.
  • STEM/STEAM tie-ins.
  • Magical realism or “light” fantasy (with one foot grounded in reality).
  • Page-turning historicals.
  • Nonfiction from authors with strong platforms.

Give me a try!

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Query letter + up to 10 pages, by email only please.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Commercial, Family Saga, Historical, Humor, Literary, Middle Grade, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: History, Humor, Memoir

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