Abby Saul

The Lark Group

My Manuscript Wish List

Abby founded The Lark Group after a decade in publishing at John Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, and Browne & Miller Literary Associates. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers. She’s looking for great and engrossing adult commercial and literary fiction. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

What We Want

  • Adult literary fiction and adult commercial fiction (including historical fiction, women's fiction, mysteries, and thrillers)

  • Queries that clearly state what the book is, what it's about, how long it is, and who it's by

  • Queries with the subject "Query: [Title]"

  • Polished, proofread, and enthusiastic queries

What We Don't Want

  • Nonfiction, science fiction, fantasy, children's books, or screenplays
  • Unsolicited manuscripts sent without a query letter (we won't read them)

  • Queries for books that aren't yet written

  • Queries with attachments (we won't open them)

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Crime, Family Saga, General, Historical, Literary, Mystery, Thriller, Women’s Fiction

Favorite sub-genres: Amateur Sleuth Mysteries, Cozy Mystery, Crime Fiction, Diversity, Domestic Suspense, Feminism, Historical Fiction, Multiple POV, Psychological Thrillers, Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction
I'd like the next...

My favorites include...

Likes: Tana French, Rebecca Makkai, Kate Quinn, Ruth Ware, Charlotte McConaghy, Yaa Gyasi, Lily King, Sarah Waters, Lucy Foley, Ann Patchett, Riley Sager, Flynn Berry, Hilary Mantel, P.D. James, Kate Morton, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Agatha Christie, Richard Osman, gothic romance within women's fiction, engaging historical fiction (literary or commercial), mysteries (including Golden Age authors), psychological thrillers, literary nonfiction, locked rooms/And Then There Were None-style closed setting scenarios, dual timelines, a sense of history and the book’s place in the larger scheme of life (especially if #ownvoices!), women kicking ass, stories about families living in crumbling mansions and keeping dark secrets

Dislikes: political/legal/FBI thrillers or thrillers with explosions, dude-driven post-apocalyptic novels, treacle-y cozies, super hardboiled mysteries, killer POV, sappy stories that are ONLY sappy, children in too much peril, misogyny. Magical realism is not so much for me. I DON'T DO SCIENCE FICTION or FANTASY or YA.

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