Britny Brooks-Perilli

Running Press

My Manuscript Wish List

Britny Brooks-Perilli (she/they) is an associate editor at Running Press, acquiring for both adult non-fiction as well as children's fiction and non-fiction lists. As a nerd, she loves to work on and publish books that explore and celebrate fandom, specific areas of nerdy culture, and the amazing communities that make them up. While all voices are welcome, she is specifically  interested in hearing from Black, AAPI, Latine, LGBTQA+, disabled, and other marginalized voices offering their perspectives and work in the areas of pop/geek culture and fandom, and she is prioritizing work by those writers.

Adult Non-Fiction

RP Entertains is Running Press' non-fiction list offering entertaining, informative, voice and format-driven books for enthusiastic fan and their communities. She is especially excited and is actively prioritizing proposals from writers from from Black, AAPI, Latine, LGBTQA+, disabled, and other marginalized communities writing about fandom and pop culture. She is also working on a wide variety of licensed IP books and products, and is always open for new writers for these work-for-hire projects.

For adult non-fiction projects and proposals, Britny is looking for . . .

  • Books on the following topics:
    • video games
    • tabletop RPGs
    • comics and graphic novels
    • anime and manga
    • cosplay
    • film-making
    • television
    • iconic/beloved properties, mediums, and genres (specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery)
  • Platform-driven essay collections that tap into any of the topics above
  • Interactive books, including guided journals, fill-in books, workbooks, card games and decks + guidebooks (geeky and quirky takes on the mystical--think Geeky Witch--or playful, humorous takes)
  • Fun cocktail books, and specialty, licensed, humorous, or pop culture themed small cookbooks
  • Pop culture books, including nerdy fandom commentary, cultural criticism about film and TV, anime and manga, or video games, books for fans in the spirit of The Fangirl's Guide to the Universe, smart or subversive takes on pop culture (like Black Nerd Problems or Larger Than Life), and licensed projects
  • Voice-driven and/or illustrated approaches to geeky nonfiction in the spirit of Mary Roach, Randall Munroe, or Ryan North

Middle Grade & Young Adult Non-Fiction

RP Kids is focusing on non-fiction book projects that "delight, inspire, and entertain" and authors that write with passion, have a unique perspective, and a style that is informative, but also fun. Britny's wheelhouse is specifically in areas of fandom, pop culture culture, and the amazing communities that make them up. She is specifically interested in hearing the perspectives of writers and illustrators from Black, AAPI, Latine, LGBTQA+, disabled, and other marginalized communities and is prioritizing work by those creatives at this time.

or MG and YA non-fiction projects and proposals, Britny is looking for . . .

  • Books on the following topics:
    • video games
    • tabletop RPGs
    • comics and graphic novels
    • anime and manga
    • cosplay
    • film-making
    • television
    • iconic/beloved properties, mediums, and genres (specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery)
  • Illustrated anthologies and guides that tap into the topics above
  • Interactive or heavily illustrated books and products that tie into the topics above.
  • Unique format-forward ideas that tie into the topics above like guidebook and card deck, storytelling game with book, content rich guided journals
  • Voice-driven explorations and celebrations of popular mediums, topics in fandom, or genres including video games, comics, manga, anime, tabletop gaming, film, etc.
  • Fun, Illustrated guides and how-tos for nerdy young creatives including topics like making a tabletop role-playing game, making graphic novels, cosplaying, podcasting, etc.

Middle Grade & Young Adult Fiction

Currently, Britny is looking for upbeat, contemporary stories that are packed with humor, feels, and joy, and have a strong, authentic fandom or geeky hook. Her fiction list is quite small, so she has to be very selective about her projects. She is prioritizing writers from Black, AAPI, Latine, LGBTQA+, differently abled, and other marginalized communities who have compelling, entertaining narrative voices. Stories featuring queer, disabled, and protagonists of color are welcome and valued. Britny's goal is to be the foremost geeky fiction editor, so please send all the nerdy, geeky stories and MCs her way!

PLEASE DON'T SEND:

  • Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, thrillers, or other genre projects

  • Projects centered solely on shipping or fanfic writing

  • Projects centered on pregnancy or that center on a pregnant MC

  • Issue-driven projects where the central conflict revolves around topics like drugs, mental illness, death or murder, rape or rape-culture, etc.

For MG and YA fiction projects and proposals, Britny is looking for . . .

  • Nerdy, geeky Black, Asian, Latine, LBGTQA+, disabled protagonists
  • Authors and illustrators from Black, AAPI, Latine, disabled, and other marginalized communities
  • Contemporary, upbeat, hopeful, entertaining voice
  • Passionate protagonists with geeky or nerdy hobbies and/or interests including including (but not limited to) manga or graphic novel writers, table-top gamers, podcasters, voice actors, cosplayers, video game devs, etc.
  • Focus on fandom or pop culture centered competitions, communities, or spaces including (but not limited to) after school clubs, conventions, video game, cosplay, or craft competitions, movie/film festivals, etc.
  • Modern retellings, mash-ups, and adaptations of "traditional" stories or tropes with a geeky or queer twist
  • Fiction anthologies and collections with a fandom, queer, or other unique hook or that is format-forward or heavily illustrate

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to britny.brooks@hbgusa.com

I'm currently only accepting submissions and proposals from agents.

If I have asked for your proposal or manuscript because of a specific pitch event please send your full proposal with sample material or the first 5 Chapters of your novel as attachments with the subject line that let's me know which Pitch event this proposal was from (for example: #DVPit Query) and include your pitch and a short bio in the body of the email.

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Humor, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: History, Humor, Illustrated, Journalism, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Science

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Diverse Protagonists, Geek Culture, LGBTQ Contemporary, Marginalized Voices, Pop Culture, Pop Science, narrative non-fiction
I'd like the next...

Adult Non-Fiction:

  • Monster, She Wrote: Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson
  • The Lady from the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara
  • Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art by Susan Napier
  • Geek Girls Don't Cry: Real-Life Lessons From Fictional Female Characters by Andrea Towers
  • Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It by David M. Ewalt
  • Cook Anime: Eat Like Your Favorite Character―from Bento to Okonomiyaki by Diana Aul
  • The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution by Jonathan Hennesse
  • The Story Behind: The Extraordinary History Behind Ordinary Objects by Emily Prokop

In Young Adult Fiction:

  • My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
  • Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
  • Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner
  • Don't Read the Comments and You Can Go Your Own Way by Eric Smith
  • The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters
  • Slay by Brittney Morris
  • Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

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