Jane Chun

Transatlantic Agency

My Manuscript Wish List®

I joined Transatlantic Agency in 2023 after four years at Janklow & Nesbit Associates and am currently building my list. I’m particularly interested in stories that center marginalized communities and prose that is cinematic and atmospheric with good rhythm. In both fiction and nonfiction, I’m drawn towards compelling, fresh voices that make me feel as though the writer is in the room with me, telling me their story with intimacy as if we were already acquainted. Regardless of how plot-driven a story is, characters with rich inner worlds and emotional depth are a must for me.

I’m interested in literary, upmarket, and commercial fiction and select nonfiction. I’m not the right person for prescriptive nonfiction, self-help, religion/spirituality nonfiction, romance, commercial thrillers, hard sci-fi, poetry, short story collections, picture books (unless it’s a referral), board books, or chapter books.

Seeking stories that are or feature:
  • The search for and rebuilding of identity. For example, a story about a character who is first/1.5/second gen and in between cultures, is queer and discovering they’re queer, has lost who they used to be due to trauma and is figuring out who they are now, is juggling different personas/masks, is changing because of social setting or physical environment, etc.
  • Diaspora and displacement
  • Coming-of-age stories 
  • Family and community including found family/community
  • Friendships that are tested and long-broken friendships that are mended
  • Examinations of power in relationships 
  • Stories that deal with challenging topics but avoid being didactic or exploitative. Emotional heaviness balanced with levity is a plus
  • Complex female relationships
  • Characters who don’t fit gender or heterosexual norms and either grapple with or defy toxic masculinity and compulsive heterosexuality
  • Intergenerational stories, particularly those that focus on echoes of past decisions reverberating through present and future generations as well as parallels between generations. By intergenerational, I’m looking for anything that is as sprawling as multiple generations or as small as the relationship between a parent and child
  • Buried secrets coming to light 

Jump to: SFF/Speculative | Historical fiction | Graphic novels/nonfiction | Nonfiction | Middle grade | YA


  • Sharp social commentary that feels timely or currentor both—woven in
  • Meticulous worldbuilding, no matter how simple or complex
  • Settings that aren’t inspired by Western Europe
  • Transportive, enchanting adventures whether the characters are in this world or another one and whether they’re on the road or confined to a few places
  • Fresh spin on magic systems or superpowers that are unusual, e.g., Vicious, Hunter x Hunter, Boku no Hero Academia, Misfits
  • I prefer everyday characters in extraordinary circumstances to characters who are “Chosen Ones.” However, I’m very interested in the trope when it comes to failed Chosen Ones or Chosen Ones that fall short. Characters who aren’t the Chosen One who find themselves in that position, whether they swindle their way into it, do it to protect others, or accidentally find themselves in that position are compelling as well
  • Stories that aren’t about epic, large-scale wars. If it is about war, I’m more interested in seeing the personal ramifications war has on a select group of characters and the ways that war uproots them emotionally and physically rather than the war itself
  • Lyrical folkloric/mythic fantasy where the conflict is mostly contained to one character and maybe a close circle of people or at least starts off that way
  • An exploration of the idea of a monster. Who is a monster and why? What does it mean to be a monster? Who sees that person as a monster?
  • I love portal, historical, gothic, and dark fantasy and both high and low fantasy
  • I’m not the right person for space operas and wars or dystopian/apocalyptic fiction unless you give me a feminist, inventive, boldly unshackled work like Mad Max: Fury Road 

Historical fiction

  • Marginalized individuals (e.g., POC, women, queer people, disabled people, ethnic/religious minorities) who find ways to survive and thrive despite systemic oppression
  • Stories set in ethnic enclaves and neighborhoods richly steeped in history
  • Hidden histories and anything that either is set in a time or place that isn’t well-represented in U.S. fiction or focuses on a community that has often been overlooked if it’s a time/place that’s familiar
  • Sumptuously detailed settings

Graphic novels and nonfiction

  • Art that can stand on its own even without color or before color is added
  • Dynamic movement in and through the panels
  • Stylistically engaging, unique art that either feels nostalgic but not derivative or fresh and boundary-pushing
  • Strong sense of interplay between art and prose (knowing how and when to progress the story through the art vs. text) 
  • Great use of space and tempo to evoke emotion
  • Manga and manhwa sensibilities are a plus


  • Memoirs and narrative nonfiction with a nuanced, intersectional approach that tap into the vein of current issues
  • Extraordinary people who have gone under the radar
  • Hidden histories about people whose accomplishments have been diminished or attributed to others
  • Narrators who use personal experience or an on-the-ground perspective to situate the reader in their work and speak to a larger topic
  • Conversation-changing journalism that critically examines the society we live in through a social justice lens
  • Books about nature, climate, and science that deepen our knowledge of the mysteries of the world around us and explore our relationship with nature/society
  • Books about food, travel, pop culture, and cultural criticism that dive deeply and thoughtfully into culture and traditions. I’m primarily interested in works by writers of color featuring non-white—especially Korean or, more broadly, Asian—subjects and settings. I’m not the right agent for white backpackers/tourists or expats writing about their experiences in Asia

In addition to adult, I’m open to contemporary, SFF, horror, and historical middle grade and YA as well. Here are some more specifics:

Middle grade

  • Stories that give as much weight to the young protagonist’s troubles as they would an adult’s and understand that even if the struggles are “small,” they aren’t so for the character at their age 
  • Characters who are going through growing pains and don’t feel they’re on the same page as everyone else. Their peers are growing up faster than them or they’re the ones who are growing up too quickly
  • I also enjoy characters with a bratty streak like Artemis Fowl, Nathaniel (Bartimaeus Sequence), and Lyra Belacqua (His Dark Materials)
  • Growing awareness, whether sudden or gradual, that the world isn’t black or white and is a much larger and more frightening, mysterious, and exciting place than they thought
  • Protagonists who are or learn to be courageous and self-sufficient even if they have steadfast friends on their journeys
  • Sprinkles of wit and humor even if the story is dark
  • Writing that is innovative with form (e.g., A Series of Unfortunate Events) is a treat

Young adult

  • Older YA (late teens to early twenties)
  • Messy, vulnerable characters who trip over their emotions, whether they’re closed off or they wear their hearts on their sleeves
  • Characters who don’t get what they want and need to find another path forward
  • Plots that go sideways because of mistakes 
  • Friendships and rivalries that spur characters to greater heights
  • Drama that isn’t rooted in miscommunication or love triangles
  • Difficult decisions that close certain doors and potential futures and irrevocably alter relationships
  • While I’m open to historical fiction set in any era, for more contemporary period pieces, I’m interested in writing that heavily leans into subcultures, movements, and pop culture, e.g., early Internet culture, 90s K-pop fandom

Submission Guidelines

Please send the following through Query Manager. If you’re having difficulty using Query Manager, you can query me by email (queryjane@transatlanticagency.com). Do NOT submit your query through both methods; the duplicate query will not be answered.
  • Fiction: a brief introduction, a synopsis, and the first ten pages. For email queries, please include all text in the body of the email
  • Nonfiction: a brief introduction, a full outline, and the first ten pages of the proposal. For email queries, please include all text in the body of the email
  • Graphic novels/nonfiction: a brief introduction, a synopsis/outline, and at least five illustrated pages with text. If you don’t have five pages, you can send ten script pages and some sample art instead. For email queries, please attach the sample pages/art as a PDF
For email queries, include the book title, category/genre, word count (or estimated page count for graphic novels/nonfiction), and your author bio.

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