Erin McClary


My Manuscript Wish List

I am mostly only open to agented submissions at this time, but please refer to my submission guidelines below for more information.

On the fiction side, I'm searching for:

  • Strong female characters who can be described as "eccentric geniuses" or "fiercely independent" (think Beth from The Queen's Gambit or Eve from Killing Eve)
  • Commercial or upmarket women's fiction with a fresh hook (if you can't pitch the premise of your book to me in 1-2 short sentences, it probably needs a stronger hook!), especially those set in small towns (take me to the Oregon coast or the swamps of Georgia or the farmlands of Wisconsin!) with a strong friendship angle
  • Emotionally charged stories that make me cry, swear, and curse the world at large before gently putting me back together again. The mark of a perfect story to me is if I can't help but hug the book when I'm done reading it.

On the nonfiction side, I'm searching for:

  • Trending topics in the zeitgeist, especially if I can prove it's on the rise with data (I love should know that about me upfront)
  • Narrative nonfiction that tells the untold story of a remarkable person we've never heard about, especially if their voice was silenced because of misogyny or bigotry

Fun facts about me:

I am Wisconsin born and raised but lived in the San Francisco Bay Area after college for seven years before moving back to the Midwest. I love dogs (sometimes more than people), hiking, and traveling (you know...that thing we used to do pre-pandemic?). My ultimate dream is to buy a house in the Dolomite mountains of Northern Italy and live there permanently, surrounded by books and a couple of dogs, drinking wine all day, and writing books of my own.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

I am only accepting agented submissions at this time, however, I am open to unagented submissions from BIPOC writers. If you are a BIPOC writer, please send me an email with a pitch letter and short synopsis in the body of the email (bonus points if you include 2-3 comp titles published within the past two years), and attach the first 50 pages of your manuscript (Word or PDF).

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Family Saga, General, Historical, LGBTQ, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction: Biography, Crafts/DIY, History, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Science, Travel, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: Commercial Women's Fiction, Diversity, Domestic Suspense, Feminism, Gothic Horror, Multicultural, Narrative Nonfiction, Relationships, Self-help, Social Issues, Upmarket Women's Fiction, craft
I'd like the next...

Fiction: The Queen's Gambit, Writers & Lovers, The Girl with the Louding Voice

Nonfiction: The Devil in the White City, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

My favorites include...

Fave books: A Gentleman in MoscowWriters & LoversThe Book Thief

Fave authors: Isabel Allende, Anna Quindlen, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Elena Ferrante, Emma Straub, John Boyne

Fave TV shows: Gilmore GirlsThe Queen's Gambit

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