Victoria Marini

Victoria Marini

Gelfman Schneider / ICM Partners

My Manuscript Wish List

I acquire an eclectic list of Middle Grade, YA and Adult fiction as well as non-fiction, and I tend be convinced by strong characters, distinct voice, and great storytelling. I’m always looking for contemporary middle grade and YA that delves into emotional territory with authenticity. Fantasy middle grade with an incredible world and strong characters. I love unique retellings of classic myths, novels, and plays in YA and Adult. YA and MG historical fantasy. I’m a sucker for under-represented places and times; Ireland. The 80’s. etc.  I’m looking for authentic literary boy YA like WINGER or KING DORK. Novels with deep and long-term secrets and consequences like BITTERSWEET. Domestic suspense, small-town hysteria, and claustrophobic novels like WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE  or SO MUCH PRETTY.  A great YA gothic creeper like CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS or MADMAN’S DAUGHTER.  I am hungry for contemporary literary YA with a strong hook like SHINE or LIES WE TELL OURSELVES. I want Road trip novels, and magical realism. Essentially, I’m just looking for a book with a voice that won’t let me go and characters I miss when I’m done. My wish-list evolves often, and I tweet and write about it as much as I can.

Submission Guidelines

If your query is ready, please send the query letter and some sample chapters (chapters 1 -3 or the first 30 pages, whichever you reach first) in the body of the email to and make sure to include the word “query” somewhere in the subject line!  And one thing to note: Any queries sent to any other e-mail address or to the physical address will be deleted unread. 

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Crime, Fantasy, Historical, Literary, Middle Grade, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Magical Realism, Suspense
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My favorites include…

Middlesex, Looking for Alaska, The Testament of Gideon Mack, The Night Circus, Beautiful Ruins,  A Visit from the Goon Squad, The Girl on the Train, The Graveyard Book, In the Woods, Garden Spells,  So Much Pretty, The Winter People,  Picture Me Gone, Bittersweet, Bone Gap, The Invaders

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