Austin Ross

HarperCollins Publishers

My Manuscript Wish List

I have worked in publishing in various capacities for the past decade and joined Harper Horizon and Harper Select as a senior editor in early 2022. I am actively acquiring and am building my list of nonfiction.

What I am interested in:

I am drawn first and foremost to story. I read widely across genres, but I will always be drawn to narrative nonfiction. Tell me a fascinating and compelling story. While I acquire a number of nonfiction genres, what I am most interested in at the moment are the untold stories of what life is like in the United States, and the ways in which we can find connection and common ground. This could be history, memoir, current events, biography/autobiography, music, science, parenting, self-help, and more. Through the books I acquire, I want to center a wide variety of diverse voices that speak to the many facets of life in America—past, present, and future—in a way that ultimately informs, moves, and inspires the reader in some way.

Submission Guidelines

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I only accept agented submissions at the moment.

Vital Info

Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Humor, Memoir, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...
  • In Pharaoh's Army by Tobias Wolff
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Columbine by Dave Cullen
  • How Music Works by David Byrne
  • They Can't Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery
  • I'm Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

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