Catherine Cho

Paper Literary

My Manuscript Wish List

I am looking for big stories, the kind of book you want to talk about with everyone. I am building a list of upmarket and reading group fiction, and narrative non-fiction. I am particularly looking to work with debut writers.

What I'm Looking For:

  • Books about family and relationships such as AMERICANAH; ASK AGAIN, YES; OLIVE KITTERIDGE; COMMONWEALTH; PACHINKO; THE VANISHING HALF
  • Books with a distinctive, unique voice - THE BOOK THIEF; ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE
  • High-concept books such as THE LOVELY BONES; LIFE AFTER LIFE; SONG OF ACHILLES
  • Upmarket psychological suspense like BIG LITTLE LIES; APPLETREE YARD
  • Voice-driven reading group fiction like MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON, STAY WITH ME; AMERICAN WIFE
  • Love stories like ONE DAY, THE HISTORY OF LOVE
  • Speculative fiction or books with a fantastical premise like THE NIGHT CIRCUS; STATION ELEVEN; JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL
  • Memoirs like WILD; BLOOD, BONES AND BUTTER; WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR
  • Non-fiction titles in science, history, psychology, social issues, philosophy

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to submissions@paperliterary.com

Thank you for considering Paper Literary for your submission.

We accept all submissions by email. We ask for a query letter, synopsis and the first 10,000 words to submissions@paperliterary.com.

  • Please put your first and last name and the title of your manuscript in the subject line of the email
  • Include your cover letter within the email
  • Please include a one page synopsis and the first three chapters (approx 10,000 words) of the manuscript. (Within the email is preferred)
  • For fiction, please only submit a submission when you have a complete manuscript.

When you submit, you will receive an automated response email. Please consider this email as receipt of your work. We read every submission that we receive, and we consider each submission carefully. We will be in touch as soon as possible if we’d like to read more of your work. As much as we would like to, due to the number of submissions we receive, we are not able to personally respond to every submission.

We encourage you to submit to multiple agencies, and we do not expect to have exclusivity. If you receive a full manuscript request or offer of representation, please do email a follow-up with “Full MS request” or “Offer of Representation” in the subject line.


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: General, Historical, Literary, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction: History, Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...

The Vanishing Half


My favorites include...

AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Adichie

OLIVE KITTERIDGE by Elizabeth Strout

THE BLIND ASSASSIN by Margaret Atwood

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

STANDARD DEVIATION by Katherine Heiny

MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan

SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller

THE ASSASSIN'S APPRENTICE by Robin Hobb

ELIGIBLE by Curtis Sittenfeld

A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler

BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett

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