Ismita Hussain

Great Dog Literary

My Manuscript Wish List

I am seeking literary fiction, health-related non-fiction, YA, and short story collections. Some of my favorite authors are Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Oscar Wilde, and Tom Perrotta. I am especially drawn to fiction with a Southern setting, gritty realist writing, and any books that explore health or disability. Ultimately though, I'm a sucker for writing with a great sense of humor.

A Little More About What I'm Looking For:

In Adult Fiction:

Literary Fiction, Upmarket, New Adult, Short Story Collections.

Specifically: Fiction in all genres that is informed by, or inspired by, the myths and superstitions of a culture. Fiction that features food service/restaurant culture. Satire, and humorous fiction that comes with a message or reveals a truth about people/society.

I am open to novels that fit these categories but have some genre-fiction elements (ie. literary fiction with a speculative twist).

The most important elements that grab my attention are style and literary quality writing. 

In Adult Non-Fiction:

Narrative Non-Fiction, Pop Culture, Humor, Memoir, Travel, Cookbooks, History, Sports

Specifically: Narrative non-fiction that discusses medicine or health in a way that is accessible and well researched. Non-fiction that makes the reader see their body in a different way. Cookbooks that explore a niche ingredient/theme and cookbooks that tell a story. Quirky and visually stunning coffee table books.

The most important elements that grab my attention are expertise and a surprising/niche topic.

In Young Adult:

Contemporary, Rom-Com, Novel-in-verse, Commercial

Specifically: YA rom-coms featuring desi teens. Retellings of classic stories that haven't been redone to death (no Shakespeare, King Arthur, etc) and that provide a twist or a fresh new take. A heist book.

The most important elements that grab my attention are themes/situations that are true to the teen experience today and commercial quality.  

Fun facts about me:

I am a Georgia native and graduate of Emory University, where I studied Human Health and Italian. During college, I also worked for various Atlanta area hospitals in departments ranging from neonatal to geriatric care. In my Desi household, I grew up speaking Bangla, Hindi, and Urdu.

Submission Guidelines

I accept submissions from adult and YA authors through the QueryMe portal only. I do not accept submissions via email.

Please fill out the submission form as completely as possible so that I can fully consider your query. If I am interested in reading further, I will be in touch in 4-6 weeks. Due to the volume I submissions, if you have not heard from me in 6 weeks please consider it a pass.

Great Dog Literary is a small agency and we talk among ourselves all the time. If I feel your manuscript is a better fit for another agent at Great Dog Literary, I will pass it along. Please do not send the same query to multiple agents at Great Dog Literary.

To submit, click here.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Family Saga, Fantasy, General, Humor, Literary, New Adult, Short Story
Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, Humor, Journalism, Memoir, Pop Culture, Travel

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Disability, Health, Narrative Nonfiction, Southern Fiction, Southern Gothic, Southern Literary
I'd like the next...


White Noise

The Dreamers

Salt Fat Acid Heat

My favorites include...

God’s Little Acre, Erskine Caldwell

Outer Dark, Cormac McCarthy

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey

The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor

Push, Sapphire

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