Amy Nielsen

The Purcell Agency

My Manuscript Wish List®

Hi! Thank you for your interest in my manuscript wish list. It is an honor to be a part of the publishing industry. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Across all age ranges, I’m looking for pacey, plot-driven, and succinct stories that take place in immersive settings. My favorite genres are:

  • Contemporary
  • Dystopian
  • Horror
  • Issue-driven
  • Paranormal
  • Political
  • Romance
  • Speculative
  • Suspense
  • Thriller

2024 Update: I’m leaving my list here, but I am not actively pursuing any more picture book authors. I LOVE you all, but my client list is very full at the moment. If something comes across my desk through a pitch event or referral that fits something I don’t already have, I would consider it. Best of luck to all picture book authors! Keep writing!

  • Hyperbolic, zany storylines that teach a life lesson—even subtle
  • Laugh-out-loud stories to simply entertain
  • Comps to Robert Munsch and Michael Marchenko
  • Supplementary educational materials

Middle Grade will make up about 15% of my client list. I’m looking for:

  • Characters who think, act, and talk like real middle graders
  • MG main characters who have unique hobbies or whose parents have unique careers

Young Adult will make up about 35% of my client list. I’m looking for:

  • Contemporary issue-driven plots where teens find themselves in situations they aren’t equipped to handle, but eventually figure it out.
  • YA main characters who have unique hobbies or whose parents have unique careers

Adult Fiction will make up about 35% of my client list. I’m looking for:

  • Contemporary women’s fiction where main characters are shattering glass ceilings despite obstacles and defying stereotypes
  • Male leads who also defy stereotypes.

I wouldn’t be the best fit for:

  • Epic fantasy (if your story features a dragon or fae—probably not for me)
  • High-concept sci-fi (if most of your story doesn’t take place on Earth—probably not for me)
  • Historical fiction (unless it’s the 80s or 90s then bring it on) I’m fine with dual timelines if the majority of the plot is in a contemporary setting.
  • I’m fine with some on-page-steam, but not if the plot centers around it.
  • Literary (If your story isn’t plot-driven—probably not for me.)
  • Nonfiction (I will take the odd NF especially if it’s about social injustice, parenting, and neurodivergency.)

For all queries, I recommend checking out these resources I created so you know what I’m looking for craft-wise.

Ten Steps Authors Should Consider Before Querying

My Top Ten Self-Editing Tips

Polishing Your Submission Packet Before Querying

Fun facts about me:

I spent nearly twenty years on the other side of the writing aisle as a youth librarian both at the elementary and middle school levels. Daily immersion in story took root and I began penning my 2024 Young Adult debut Worth It at my checkout desk.  When my youngest son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I left the library to be home while he was little. That led me to write It Takes a Village How to Build a Support System For Your Exceptional Needs Family and Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder. All three books are published with Wild Ink Publishing.

Now that he’s a big boy, he and I do big things together! We were recently in the upcoming short film about nonverbal autism Mandy’s Voice featuring autism advocate and supermodel Rachel Barcellona and actress Karen Sillas. It’s currently hitting film festivals!

Being a librarian most of my adult life, I’m extremely disheartened at the book-banning epidemic in our country. This inspired me to become the lead anthologist on the upcoming anthology Uncensored Ink: A Banned Book Inspired-Anthology. You can find submission guidelines for it here.

When I was a librarian, I was fortunate enough to also teach Television Production, and one project I always had my students complete was to make a book trailer for a favorite book. This led me to start Mayflower Media to help authors create trailers for their books.

I also run the Author(ish) podcast with author Dana Hawkins where we work to share practical advice and tips to aspiring and emerging authors.

You can find out more about me on either of my websites Big Abilities or Amy Nielsen Author 

When I’m not reading or writing I’m usually cruising the waters of Tampa Bay with my family and our boat dog, Sandy!



Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

UPDATE: *JUNE 2024* To honor PRIDE month I’ll be open to queries throughout June for LGBTQIA+ authors only. As the mother of a daughter who is part of that community, and a passionate ally, I’m excited to see what lands in my inbox this month! Thank you in advance to anyone who shares their work.