Elizabeth Copps

Copps Literary Services, LLC

My Manuscript Wish List®

In the summer of 2010, I used my savings to move from Florida to New York City with the goal of doing something—anything—related to books. Luckily it worked, and I was offered a position with Maria Carvainis Agency where I cut my teeth and discovered my passion for publishing. For over a decade, I’ve dedicated myself to the care and management of author careers. My business philosophy is simple: to foster relationships across the industry that are equitable, transparent, and long-lasting.

I’m drawn to fresh takes on timeless plots–stories that are thought provoking and discussion spurring. I love complex characters who are brimming with personality and burst off the page. Who are irreverent and dark. Smart and sarcastic. Creative and wise. There are only so many settings and themes to expound on, but every single person is different, which means there are limitless combinations of character traits a writer can play with. That’s pretty amazing. The King said it best regarding what it means to create a complex character: “Bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do―to face the fact, let us say, that murderers sometimes help old ladies cross the street.”

I specialize in middle grade and adult fiction and am currently seeking horror, speculative, upmarket contemporary, and historical projects in kidlit and adult. In nonfiction, I seek platform-driven memoir and biography. While I’m interested in light magic, I don’t rep hard sci-fi or epic fantasy projects.

Fun facts about me:

  • Because I’m a literary cliché, I am very much a cat person (shoutout to Spud & Olive).
  • My toddler has a larger library than I do.
  • I’m based in Denver, so when I’m not working, I’m probably out hiking or camping.
  • Nothing gives me more satisfaction than an excellent thrift store find.
  • When I was in elementary school, I was on a speed skating team. As in roller skates. And I feel that I should tell you that I…was very bad.
  • I shamelessly and joyfully eat an unhealthy amount of Taco Bell.

Submission Guidelines

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For Fiction:

  • Include an attention-grabbing query letter that includes word count, genre, comparative titles, and writing credentials.

For Non-Fiction:

  • Submit a complete non-fiction proposal including a chapter outline, author credentials, positioning and market considerations, comparative titles, and 1-2 sample chapters.

For All Submissions:

  • Please only submit one project at a time, to one agent at a time. If we love your work but don’t feel it is a fit for us, we’ll share it with colleagues.


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