My Manuscript Wish List
I joined Stonesong in May 2015 after interning at the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. I have a background in art and trained as an illustrator before I joined publishing, and therefore have unique insight and expertise when it comes to design-heavy or illustrated works. I'm a very editorial agent, and I find a lot of joy in shaping stories alongside the author.
If what you’re writing isn’t explicitly listed below, that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in it. If you think you've written something I'll love, pitch it to me!
I recently enjoyed: FREE LUNCH by Rex Ogle; THE POWER by Naomi Alderman; MELMOTH by Sarah Perry; HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES by Carmen Maria Machado; THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET by David Barclay Moore.
I look for: Children’s and adult fiction and picture books, and select humor and pop culture nonfiction. I value diversity and inclusion; in fiction I enjoy ensemble casts with distinct voices, and formats that are specific to a story and give it its own context (ex: THE SUPERNATURAL ENHANCEMENTS). I'm very open to graphic novel submissions and illustrators.
In MG/YA: stories about poor characters and communities; stories that explore living with disabilities; secret societies; unreliable narrators; a Clueless-esque “teen movie” update of a classic work.. I'm still waiting for a friendship breakup story (particularly a mixed-gender friendship) for any age group.
In adult: fiction that straddles the commercial/literary divide, wit and wordplay, a simple concept that sprawls in unexpected ways as the author investigates it.
Some other stuff I care a lot about/really enjoy: art/art history/art conservation, archaeology, mythology, codes/cryptology; language/translation, criminal justice reform; considered and thorough worldbuilding; books that teach me about some new craft or technology or course of study.
I might like: Pop culture, Humor. (Try me!)
I'm not interested in: Romance, Women's Fiction, Erotica, or High Fantasy (swords and sorcery-style).
Fun facts about me:
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Send your query letter and the first ten pages pasted into the body of your email to email@example.com; write "QUERY" and "Alyssa Jennette" in the subject line to avoid getting lost in the spam folder.
**As of May 2019 I'm closed to queries. Please watch the Stonesong site and my Twitter page for updates.**
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Books (mostly books I grew up with that formed the foundation of my taste and interests)
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