My Manuscript Wish List
I’m looking for immersive, engaging writing; new research; an interdisciplinary slant; or a different perspective–things that can make even the most established subject feel refreshing. I’m acquiring adult, commercial nonfiction, with a particular focus on projects that help make readers’ lives better. It’s important to me that I can see what readers get from the book beyond entertainment—from a new perspective, to takeaways people can really act on, to knowledge. (If someone can apply an aspect of what they read to their lives, I dig it.) That could look like:
If something is more narrative, I prefer quirky things or eccentric topics that the author translates to bring in a wider audience—think of the idea behind The Secret Lives of Color or about Greg Myre’s NPR article: “How The Olympic Medal Table Explains the World.” I am, in all likelihood, not the best fit for straight memoirs, biographies, or histories; hard science, true crime, or cookbooks—though I'm eager to be surprised by projects that I might not have even thought to like. (And, if it turns out that a project isn’t right for me, BenBella has a fantastic team of editors with whom I’m always happy to share agented submissions.)
I am particularly eager to acquire books by diverse authors. Diversity, to me, means diversity of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality, disability, nationality, region of the US, expertise, religion. I look at diversity with an eye for inclusion. In other words, I far prefer things that don’t confine writers who are BIPOC, for example, to topics surrounding DEI.
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