David Howe

Harper / HarperCollins Publishers

My Manuscript Wish List

At HarperCollins Publishers, I seek projects for the Harper and Harper Perennial lists. I previously worked at a talent agency in Hollywood and got my start in publishing at Hachette Book Group.

Fiction: I’m most interested in upmarket and commercial fiction that is fueled by suspense or tension and acts as a trojan horse for social commentary. I believe in publishing books that are wildly entertaining, propulsive, and contain a depth that will leave readers with a greater understanding of society's most pressing issues. I'm also on the lookout for light beach reads, family sagas, atmospheric relationship dramas, coming-of-age stories, and anything that tackles gender issues. I welcome stories with sci-fi elements so long as they're grounded in reality, but please note that I am not looking for fantasy, and more genre horror isn't right for me. More niche interests include jazz, campus settings, Hollywood, and sports (told from a fresh angle).

Non-Fiction: I’m drawn to anything with a social justice angle, but primarily works of investigative journalism, cultural commentary, revisionist histories, and candid memoir.  I'm looking for intimate narratives that shed light on larger, timely issues. I also welcome anything that straddles narrative and prescriptive writing styles.  No matter the subject, I value compelling characters and a gripping narrative arc.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to david.howe@harpercollins.com

HarperCollins Publishers only accepts agented submissions.

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Commercial, Family Saga, General, Horror, Literary, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction: Journalism, Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology, Sports, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: Character-Driven Horror, Family Drama, Investigative Journalism, Psychological Horror, Psychological Thrillers, Social Issues, campus novel, coming of age, friendship, literary suspense
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My favorites include...

Fiction: Leave the World Behind, The Other Black Girl, Such a Fun Age, Portrait of a Thief, Once There Were Wolves, Disappearing Earth, People We Meet on Vacation, Malibu Rising, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Paper Palace, The Secret History, The Guest List, Reprieve, The Silent Patient, Commonwealth, The Last Romantics, Fates and Furies, Defending Jacob, The Only Good Indians

Non-Fiction: Catch and Kill, Red Notice, She Said, Say Nothing, Everything I Know About Love, We Keep the Dead Close, The Third Rainbow Girl, A Knock at Midnight, Caste, Finding Freedom, Wild Game, Why Fish Don't Exist, Eat a Peach, Crying in H Mart

Film/TV: Get Out, Us, Sex Education, True Detective, Severance, Parasite, Stranger Things, Succession, This is Us, Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name, Interstellar, Widows, Revolutionary Road

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