The Blair Partnership
My Manuscript Wish List®
I represent commercial and upmarket fiction, including book club fiction, crime and thriller, historical and contemporary fiction, and some non-fiction in the areas of lifestyle and personal development.
I am currently open to commercial and upmarket fiction submissions with a strong pitch, believable characters and an engaging voice. In contemporary fiction, I am looking for zeitgeisty novels. These may tackle complex issues or feature captivating and multi-layered family dramas, high concept love stories and other conversation-starting topics with a “you need to read this” quality.
In historical fiction, I’m looking for unusual, escapist settings or characters that are often overlooked by history – from atmospheric gothic fiction through to sweeping historical romance.
In crime and thriller, I’m looking for ambitious, immaculately-plotted detective fiction, tense, page-turning psychological thrillers and humorous yet clever cosy crime. Regional crime stories are always high on my wish list, as well as a strong sense of character and novels that use the crime genre to explore broader social issues.
I am always looking for books from marginalised authors. I am interested in LGBTQ+ stories and books that aren’t afraid to call themselves feminist. I am always keen to see books about mental health, as well as books by disabled or chronically ill authors.
I do not represent children’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, action thrillers, sport books, poetry, short stories, or books with talking animals.
You can find out more about what I’m looking for here and submit to me at email@example.com.
Fun facts about me:
I have a not-so-secret obsession with astrology.
Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are emailing us a fiction submission, please include the working title of your story in the subject line of your email.
In the email, please include a one-line elevator pitch, a short blurb, the target market and genre of your writing and any competitions or prizes you’ve won for writing.
Then, please attach the first thirty pages of your manuscript and a one-page synopsis in one Word document or PDF. Please lay out your manuscript and synopsis so they are easy to read.
If you don’t follow these instructions, or you send your manuscript as a Pages document, Google document, WeTransfer or DropBox download, regrettably we will not read your submission. Equally, if you post your submission, we will not read it and we will recycle it.