Sharon Pelletier

Sharon Pelletier

Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

My Manuscript Wish List

Sharon Pelletier joined DG&B after working for Europa Editions and Barnes & Noble. Born and raised the oldest of seven homeschooled children in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Sharon moved to New York in 2009 and now lives in Astoria. In addition to growing her own client list, Sharon oversees digital projects and social media.

Fun facts about me:

Likes: white wine, flats, goats, em dashes

Dislikes: most other animals, the patriarchy


Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Please see link below for DGLM’s full submission guidelines; personally, I prefer queries by email with cover letter in the body of the query and first 25 pages below. Please allow 6-8 weeks before following up on queries, and two months before following up on requested manuscripts (unless of course you’ve received an offer of representation on a MS I’ve requested – in that case, congrats and please do let me know asap!).


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Crime, Family Saga, LGBTQ, Literary, Mystery, Religious, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Psychology, Sports, True Crime

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


The key to fiction, for me, is VOICE and STAKES! While I prioritize craft and am quite editorial, I value propulsive storytelling over artful reflection. I’m looking for that can’t put it down effect when I read your sample pages. The categories I am eager for include:

  • Suspense fiction of all kinds including psychological thrillers, domestic suspense, or procedurals with a fresh angle on the tropes we love. Especially excited to find underrepresented protagonists and settings we aren’t used to – no more bitter hard-drinking ex-cops, please.
  • Rich, thoughtful book club fiction like THE CHILDREN by Ann Leary or HOME FIRE by Kamila Shamsie.
  • Smart vacation fiction that explores career, friendships, not just love and romance. Like A WINDOW OPENS by Elizabeth Egan or ENCHANTED AUGUST by Brenda Bowen.

In any of the above categories I occasionally fall for a speculative element, if it’s quite grounded – such as Victor LaValle’s THE CHANGELING – but in general otherworldly, supernatural, or fantasy elements in fiction are not for me.


I am eager for voicey nonfiction and often respond strongly to reportage with an engrossing personal element. But at this time I am not seeking memoir unless you have that trifecta of incredible writing chops, a one-of-a-kind experience, and an extremely strong platform.

  • Compelling narrative nonfiction – fierce reporting or an expert who’s an irresistible storyteller. Journalists especially welcome! Think JUST MERCY, AMERICAN FIRE,
  • Emerging voices with a growing platform speaking to the current issues most important to us, from pop culture to feminism to sports to religion. Morgan Jerkins and Alana Massey are two current voices I’d have loved to work with.

In any of the above categories, I’d especially welcome submissions from marginalized writers telling stories (true or imagined) about societies, struggles, situations I haven’t experienced, whether that’s in cultures elsewhere on the globe or right in my neighborhood.




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