Helen Richard

G. P. Putnam's Sons

My Manuscript Wish List®

I’m hungry to acquire literary and book club fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, psychological and domestic suspense, memoir, and select narrative nonfiction, with a particular love for stories set in the American West—originally from Colorado, I have a soft spot for stories that take on the wilderness or small-town America. I also love literary page-turners with a rich sense of place and voicey characters, or writers that can open up closed-off communities and characters in a universal way.

I’ve edited PEN Center USA Literary Award winner Siobhan Fallon, genderqueer writer and activist Jacob Tobia, and novelists including Camille Perri, Robert Hillman, Lindsay Starck, and Anne-Marie Casey, among others, and am eager to grow my list!

Fun facts about me:

I worked for years as a bookseller before moving to New York City–first at the Boulder Book Store in Boulder, Colorado, and then at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, Colorado.

I’m an avid hiker and I love the out of doors! I’m game for all hiking and camping recommendations. I have a big ol’ crush on the state of Maine.

I ran the New York City Marathon on a stress-fractured hip. I’m nothing if not determined! Also, now full of advice on cross-training, stretching, and maneuvering on crutches . . .

Pickles are my all-time favorite food. Love that NYC Pickle Day!

I’m also a beer enthusiast and love visiting local breweries wherever I go. Please let me know if you have any favorites I should check out!

Submissions should be emailed to hrichard@penguinrandomhouse.com