Ali Lake

Janklow & Nesbit Associates

My Manuscript Wish List

*Closed to queries 12/1/22-1/3/23. Enjoy the holidays!*

I am a young agent at Janklow & Nesbit Associates building my list in nonfiction, fiction, and YA. I love books that show me a new corner of the world or unexpected facet of human experience through an original, surprising voice. I am interested in stories from writers from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds.


  • Memoir/narrative nonfiction that takes you on a tour of a strange world w/ author’s personal journey (Uncanny Valley, H is for Hawk, Wild, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil)
    • Would love something in the digital space—that takes you down an internet wormhole into a thriving subculture you didn’t know existed--a reddit group, nouveau digital art frenzy, social media trend, etc.
    • Or an outdoor adventure narrative from a writer who is not the traditional group who gets to tell these kind of stories.
  • Memoir/narrative nonfiction of a struggle for justice/against the casual injustice of the world (Know My Name, Three Women, Crying in H Mart)
  • Pop science and evidence-based self-help with a strong voice and defined vision. (How to Change Your Mind, Atomic Habits, The Power of Habit)
  • Cookbooks with a sassy voice and eye to teach beyond the recipes, ie. new skills, how to shop, how to intuit what ingredients work together, about culture or history...


  • Lit fiction that’s eerie/uncanny or upmarket in the thriller, horror genres—explores some type of repressed trauma that bubbles to the surface/is quietly present in day-to-day life (Trust Exercise, Never Let Me Go, The Plot, The Hunting Party).
  • Lit fiction/upmarket that’s witty, sharply observed, captures some truth about love/life (The Idiot, Pretend I’m Dead, I Capture the Castle, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine)
  • Literary low fantasy (The Pisces, Such a Fun Age) and the occasional high fantasy adventure (Six of Crows, Throne of Glass)
  • New adult/campus novel—YA themes/pacing set at college or soon following. Self-discovery & social climbing. Fun but with horror or creepy fantasy elements. (Ninth House, Yolk)


  • Low fantasy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, magical creatures invade the real world, horror elements (Legendborn, Cemetery Boys, Vampire Academy, The Nature of Witches)
  • High school rom-com exploring deeper issues. Fun, but changes your worldview.
  • Young detectives – Sammy Keys, Nancy Drew, Veronica Mars, Encyclopedia Brown, Hardy Boys for the current day (One of Us is Lying)

Previous to joining J&N, I worked at ICM Partners. I have a BA in English and French Literature from Columbia University.

Fun facts about me:

I used to dance ballet professionally. In the summer and fall, I love to hike and run. In the winter you'll find me skiing or knitting while listening to an audiobook.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

  • For fiction submissions, send an informative description, a brief synopsis and the first ten pages. Please include the sample pages in the body of the email below your query.
  • For non-fiction submissions, send an informative description, a full outline, and the first ten pages of the manuscript. Please include the sample pages in the body of the email below your query.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, LGBTQ, Literary, Mystery, New Adult, Thriller, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Epic Fantasy, Essays, Literary Fiction, Magical Realism, Narrative Nonfiction, New Adult, Psychological Thrillers, Rom-com, Social Issues, campus novel, memoir, mystery
I'd like the next...

Circe, Know My Name, Cemetery Boys, House of Mirth

My favorites include...

The Remains of the Day, Heartburn, Rebecca, In the Dream House, The Member of the Wedding, I Capture the Castle, The Secret Garden

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