Haley Casey

Creative Media Agency, Inc.

My Manuscript Wish List

I've always had a special place in my soul for stories, but it was when I wrote my first chapter book in fifth grade that my true love of literature was realized!

I'm actively building my list as an associate agent, and I'm ready and excited to assist my authors in achieving their publishing goals. Being an agent means I have to root for your work just as enthusiastically as you, so I have to fall in love with your engaging writing; your complex, flawed, and dynamic characters; and your plot, which should breathe new life into your favorite clichés. Tell me what makes your manuscript different! I’m especially interested in loose ends that are all tied up at the end, lyrical prose that makes me stop to reread sentences again and again, and characters that jump off the page and make me laugh, cry, and reevaluate what I think I know.

I'd like to represent:

Adult

  • Women’s Fiction
  • Book Club Fiction
  • Romance (Slow burn? Enemies to lovers? Fake dating? I love it all.)
    • Contemporary
    • Paranormal
  • Nonfiction
    • Memoir
    • Narrative
    • True Crime
    • Cultural, LGBTQ+, and Women’s Issues
    • Gardening and Sustainability

Young Adult

  • Contemporary (I would love to find another Hello Girls.)
  • Mystery/Horror (think Rory Power or Karen McManus)
  • Fantasy
  • (Light) Science Fiction (think Welcome to Night Vale or ​Snowpiercer)
  • Dystopian (especially a project like Delirium, Uglies, or Scythe)
  • Nonfiction

Middle-Grade

  • Contemporary
  • Mystery (The Westing Game, anyone?)
  • Fantasy
  • (Light) Science Fiction

Send me anything that focuses on minority voices, including POC, LGBTQ+, disability, and mental health issues. I love thoughtful and meaningful magical realism for any age group, nuanced character relationships, urban fantasy, clever fairytale retellings, and reimagined classics (such as Jane Austen, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland​, or The Count of Monte Cristo).


Fun facts about me:

Since high school I've worked a ridiculous number of jobs, from childcare and the food service industry to a veterinary clinic and Barnes & Noble. I love experiencing new things, and seeing "behind the scenes" anywhere I can. I live in Kansas (and will readily defend it as not just a "flyover state") with my husband, my garden, two cats, and many more pets to come if I have my way! I'm a Type 5 according to Enneagram, INTP according to Myers-Briggs, and an Aquarius. I can often be found watching Queer Eye on a loop.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to query@cmalit.com

Please email me your query to query@cmalit.com, and include the following in the body of the email:

  • For fiction, the query letter and first five pages of text.
  • For nonfiction, along with your query please include an extended author bio and the marketing section of your book proposal
  • Remember to write “query” in the subject heading, and address it to me!

I'll reply to queries and requested material as quickly as possible, but feel free to check in if you don't hear back in about 6 weeks.


Guidelines & Details

Consultations

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, General, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, New Adult, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, True Crime

Favorite sub-genres: #ownvoices, Dystopian, Female Friendships, Found Families, Magical Realism, Narrative Nonfiction, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy, book club fiction
I'd like the next...
  • Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
  • The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  • Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
  • Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
  • Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  • The 100 by Kass Morgan
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Other books and authors I'd love work inspired by are under "I'd like to represent"!


My favorites include...

Choosing favorite books is truly impossible, but here's a handful:

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Blindness by José Saramago
  • Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
  • A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (perhaps buy this one used...)
  • Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu
  • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  • The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley

I'm unable to pick just one book from a few authors, so find my favorite writers listed on the CMA website!

I similarly adore too many TV shows to count, but I especially love:

  • Monk
  • Psych
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Community
  • Sense8
  • Doctor Who (specifically Nine, for those who want to know)
  • Dollhouse
  • Money Heist
  • Great News
  • Jessica Jones
  • Pushing Daisies
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender

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