My Manuscript Wish List®
I am pretty quirky when it comes to my list, but I do have a few things I like more than others. I hope I can help guide you in whether I’m a good fit to query: I’m open to MG, YA and adult and work in both the general and inspirational markets. You can always check my #MSWL for most up-to-date wishes, but otherwise, this is big-picture what I’m looking for and what I’m not looking for:
Some dream projects I’d love to rep RIGHT NOW (as of Dec 2020):
- Box Car Kids for the next generation (set in Space maybe; set on a highly technological future earth).
- Middle grade that is SUPER funny.
- Contemporary YA that is funny. Maybe a rom-com.
- Books that can be comped to old movie favorites. Like take two of your old faves and give me a book!
- Adult science fiction set on a generation ship, or a generation ship arriving at a new planet.
- Adult science fiction *written by a diverse creator.* Like an African-inspired space-faring society. That would be a dream.
- I love everything middle grade!
- Joyful middle grade featuring POC characters, written by diverse creators
- Bold unexplored settings
- Middle grade fantasy with a commercial hook but literary writing.
- Hooky, really high-concept middle grade, great for Jimmy Patterson or Rick Riordan Presents.
- Dark Fantasy or Horror (but not gross-out)
- Magical Realism or paranormal
- MG with a futuristic or technological element
- Issue books
- Dealing with grief
- First love
- MG concepts explored in fresh, complex ways (like first love in the apocalypse)
- Would love to see books for upper middle grade girls that aren’t all about the romance, yet aren’t childish either.
- Would *also* love to see Hallmark-esque pre-teen romance like Carols and Crushes by Natalie Blitt.
- Anything adventurous and thrilling for boys like “Hatchet”
- Anything quirky
- I’m open to all YA: Contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, speculative, horror, romance, issue books (though I have a few already on my list so not my top choice), etc.
- All the contemporary fantasy right now.
- Contemporary with a speculative element
- YA suspense/thrillers
- All the horror right now, or horror-bordering
- Anything with an edge
- Fun teen romance like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
- Vibrant Teen rom-coms
- Dystopian or failing Utopia/Utopian worlds (fresh government or control system in place or none at all)
- Near-future dystopian where the world is not cleaned up and pretty. I want a sense of the horror but without tons of gore.
- Bold unexplored settings
- Romance (including sweet and inspirational romance. No erotica). I prefer contemporary but can be swayed by a spectacular historical. Just needs to be really hooky for me to latch onto a historical.
- SFF: Fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy, first contact, portal fantasy, space opera, etc.
- Women’s fiction. (Big fan of southern settings and suspense elements in women’s fiction)
- I’d love to see more diverse creators writing from their cultural perspective.
- Would love an adult sci-fi in space, but from the perspective of if African culture dominated space. I want all that beauty surveying the cosmos.
- Inspirational/Christian fiction. (Mostly looking for romance and women’s fiction. I am not really looking for YA or MG Christian fiction).
- Tropey fun romance, rom-coms, romantic suspense, category Christian romance
- Romance with a time component (past/present timelines)
What I don’t’ rep:
- I do not rep picture books or really young kidlit, memoir, screen plays, non-fiction and erotica. Chapter books are a hard sell for me, as well as young adult and middle grade Christian fiction.
What I typically DO NOT see as a good fit for my list (ie, try another agent at my firm if they rep this, or try another firm with these kinds of projects):
- animal protagonists
- very young middle grade
- high-heat romance
- historical romance (unless it is SUPER hooky)
- inspirational/Christian historical romance
- I only accept unsolicited queries via our Query Manager web site at https://querymanager.com/query/1032. Please address your query to me, and it will be reviewed by me! The account is shared by Spencerhill, so if you get an email back from Nalini, don’t worry, I still got it!
- I also blog on occasion at https://aliherringwrites.wordpress.com/ and host a Q&A, so come say hi and ask a question!
- I’m also on Twitter: @HerringAli
Fun facts about me:
I’m a mom of three kids, including my boy/girl twins who are (gulp) in high school and one middle-grade-aged daughter! I unabashedly use them as readers when they aren’t reading for school! I grew up on a hobby-farm in Georgia and spent 10 years in New York / Connecticut. I miss the snow, but I love the sun more. If I’m out of the office, I’m probably at a travel baseball game. After all, the weather down here is more compliant for staying on a ball field most of the year.
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Please submit queries addressed to my attention via Spencerhill’s Query Manager site at https://querymanager.com/query/1032. Unfortunately, I cannot consider projects submitted via LinkedIn or to my email address without a referral or personal request.