Chad Luibl

Janklow & Nesbit Associates

My Manuscript Wish List

I joined Janklow & Nesbit Associates in 2014, following the completion of an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at Virginia Commonwealth University, where I was also the coordinator of the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.

At J&N I've had the pleasure of working with many commercial and literary authors, both fiction and nonfiction. I'm looking for stories that hit that sweet-spot between genre and literary - stories that offer nuanced perspectives and fast, imaginative plots (see Benjamin Percy's Thrill Me for more on that criteria), and aren't afraid to bend the rules a bit, and most importantly, stories with a strong emotional core. For nonfiction, I'm mostly interested in narrative memoir, graphic memoirs, and stories from journalists that challenge the status quo and often have a social justice component.

I am not taking on much children's, middle grade, or young adult, unless it is a graphic novel.

Fun facts about me:

Former: ice-hockey goalie, intern at the National Endowment for the Arts, guitarist in metal bands, teacher of ESL...

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

With the word “Query” in the subject line, please send your query, a synopsis and the first fifty pages of your manuscript attached as a word document. Please note that due to volume, I will only contact you if I’m interested. Thanks for understanding

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Crime, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Horror, LGBTQ, Literary, Military, Mystery, Poetry, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: History, Humor, Illustrated, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science, Sports, Travel, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: Magical Realism, Military, Southern Literary, Speculative Fiction, Westerns
I'd like the next...

My favorites include...

Some books I loved, in no particular order and in general:


...The Secret History by Donna Tartt; The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell; The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt; Touch by Alexi Zentner; Embers by Sandor Marai; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz; The Changeling by Victor LaValle, The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman; Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie; We the Animals by Justin Torres; Miles from Nowhere by Nami Mun; Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell; The Road by Cormac McCarthy; What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell; Lot by Bryan Washington; Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt; The Passage by Justin Cronin; The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides; A Minor Apocalypse by Tadeusz Konwicki; The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut; Where I'm Calling From by Raymond Carver; My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent; The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin; In the Distance by Hernan Diaz; The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones...


...H Is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald; Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe; Heavy by Kiese Laymon; The Captive Mind by Czeslaw Milosz; Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer; In Waves by AJ Dungo; Boy on Ice by John Branch; On Writing by Stephen King; Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari; Educated by Tara Westover; The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte...

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