Brigitte Dale

St. Martin's Press

My Manuscript Wish List

I joined St. Martin's Press in 2021 after earning my master's degree in history at Yale University. My passion for storytelling inspired my transition from academia to publishing. A graduate of Brown University and the Columbia Publishing Course, I currently reside in coastal Connecticut. I read widely across genres and am actively building my list with an eye towards fiction and nonfiction with a feminist focus.

Fiction: 

I seek upmarket literary fiction that is smart, sharp, and well-written, with characters whose voices I can hear in my head. Some examples include THE MOTHERS by Brit Bennet, GHOSTS by Dolly Alderton, and anything by Sally Rooney.

I love historical fiction, especially if it sheds light on previously untold women’s stories. Historical fiction should draw me in and make the unfamiliar feel relevant and accessible. My favorites include MY BRILLIANT FRIEND by Elena Ferrante, GREAT CIRCLE by Maggie Shipstead, THE GREAT BELIEVERS by Rebecca Makkai, and THE ALICE NETWORK by Kate Quinn. Many of these feature multiple timelines, which I love when well-executed.

Nonfiction:

I have a master’s degree in history and I always love compelling narrative nonfiction that ties contemporary social and political issues to their historical roots. I’m open to any narrative nonfiction with a strong emotional thrust and a confident voice, especially if it features an underrepresented perspective. Examples include GOOD AND MAD by Rebecca Traister, TRICK MIRROR by Jia Tolentino, THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN by Jill Lepore, and CULTISH by Amanda Montell.

I am also delighted by memoirs in which the writing shines as much as the story itself. 

My overarching desire is to tell stories that leave you thinking long after the book has ended. I seek clever voices, strong writing, and stories that center diverse women’s experiences.

I am NOT the right fit for graphic descriptions of violence or self-harm.


Fun facts about me:

Beyond the world of books, I love musicals, dance, and every dog I meet. You can find me on Bookstagram @BrigittesBookshelf.

Submission Guidelines

Please send submissions to brigitte.dale@stmartins.com

I only accept agented submissions.

Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Historical, Literary, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Journalism, Memoir, Pop Culture

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...
  • KNOW MY NAME by Chanel Miller
  • GREAT CIRCLE by Maggie Shipstead
  • ALL THE SINGLE LADIES by Rebecca Traister

My favorites include...

TV: Dickinson & The Great (savvy feminist historical reimaginings), Derry Girls & Sex Education (smart, funny friendship stories)

Podcasts: Hysteria from Crooked Media, You're Wrong About

Music: Taylor Swift (!!) and anything from Broadway

Books I've recently loved:

  • Yerba Buena
  • Maybe You Should talk to Someone
  • This Time Tomorrow
  • Nightcrawling
  • Sea of Tranquility
  • When We Lost Our Heads
  • Once There Were Wolves
  • Just Like You

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