Annie Romano

Olswanger Literary LLC

My Manuscript Wish List

I accept submissions in the areas of adult fiction and select narrative nonfiction. In adult fiction, I am seeking upmarket and commercial fiction in the following areas: contemporary fiction, women’s fiction, psychological thrillers/suspense, mystery, and light/clever horror (no slasher/heavy gore; think more along the lines of Grady Hendrix for this). I will consider literary fiction so long as there is a discernible structure/plot. (I am not the best fit for stories focused on an emotional or sensory journey—beautiful as the writing may be—if the storyline is vague or absent.) I am open to historical fiction, but please do not send manuscripts set prior to the 19th century. I welcome and encourage diverse narratives, including but not limited to LGBTQ+ and underrepresented ethnicities/cultures. I adore stories with humor, well-done ensemble casts, and plots that deliver the unexpected. Send me something unique that will make me laugh! I'd also love to see something spooky and atmospheric (again, not gory). I'm not a match for science fiction/fantasy but am open to stories with light elements of fantasy or magical realism grounded in a familiar world (think The House in the Cerulean Sea). If you've got a strong book club fiction manuscript, send it my way.

In narrative nonfiction, areas of interest include (but are not limited to) true crime (i.e., The Trial of Lizzie Borden, by Cara Robertson) and unique windows into history (i.e., Mudlark, by Lara Maiklem). I love being surprised, and there is many a book I have opened skeptically and enjoyed, so if you're questioning whether your work falls precisely within my areas of interest, take a chance and send it along.

Fun facts about me:

I'm an author specializing in picture books (Before You Sleep; Night Train), middle grade novels, and adult fiction. I'm also a part-time bookseller at an indie bookstore--so much fun, plus I love being able to follow the current market. I graduated with a degree in English from Boston College (Go Eagles!) and worked for nearly two decades in special education as a speech-language therapist. I adore dogs, but ironically, I do not adore novels about dogs. Strange, I know!

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

For fiction and narrative nonfiction, send a brief query letter, synopsis, and the first 20 pages of your manuscript to:

I aim to respond to queries within 10 weeks. I regret that, when replying, I cannot provide specific feedback on manuscripts.  This is an unfortunate reality of the time restraints of the business and the volume of queries received. I am keenly aware of the time and effort that goes into crafting a story and appreciate you trusting me with your work.

General Fiction
Women’s Fiction
Historical (nothing set prior to the year 1800, please)
Light/smart horror (not gore-heavy)
​Magical Realism
Narrative Nonfiction
Science Fiction
Military/Political Fiction
Children’s/Picture Books
Middle Grade
Young Adult
New Adult
Graphic Novels
Short Story Collections

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Crime, General, Historical, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Mystery, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction: History, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: Diversity, Magical Realism, Multicultural, Multiple POV, Narrative Nonfiction, Psychological Thrillers, Relationships, Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction, contemporary
I'd like the next...

My favorites include...

The House Across the Lake, The Photographer, Nothing to See Here, The Guncle, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, The Vanishing Half, The Authenticity Project, The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires, The Language of Flowers, and The Ghosts of Eden Park. TV series that grabbed my attention include Law & Order (and the spinoffs; I still watch the reruns), The Office, Stranger Things, Broadchurch, and Downton Abbey. To get a more complete sense of my adult fiction/narrative nonfiction tastes, refer to my Pinterest book pages:



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