Jen Nadol

The Unter Agency

My Manuscript Wish List®

I’ve worked in publishing for nearly 15 years, first as a YA author with novels published by Bloomsbury USA and Simon & Schuster. In 2018, after a one-year editorial internship with a digital publisher, I joined The Unter Agency where I represent adult, middle-grade and young adult projects, both fiction and non-fiction.

In fiction, my taste leans to commercial or commercial/literary stories, most often darker contemporary, thrillers, mysteries, magical realism, horror. I also love pacey rom-coms and women’s fiction with great character development. I’m not the best fit for fantasy (of any type) or younger middle-grade. I like some “science-y” SciFi (e.g., Andy Weir, Alan Glynn), but am rarely a match for SFF. I don’t represent picture books (except for existing clients) or chapter books. As a general rule, if there’s a dragon, “chosen one” or animal protagonist in the story or you’d describe it as satirical/offbeat/quirky, it’s probably not for me. I’d love to see more diverse content across the board and a fantastic mystery or thriller (or horror) with POC characters is top of my wishlist.

In non-fiction, I like memoir, narrative non-fiction, works that delve into the human psyche/behavior but am open to considering just about anything. That said, I’m not a good fit for anything super political, military, historical or academic. I’d also love to see a deep dive exploration of online dating/psychology of attraction.

Fun facts about me:

  • I love strategy games and am always up for hours of Settlers of Catan
  • I ski, hike, bike, kayak and love all manner of active exploration (I have 3 boys; it’s a survival strategy)
  • I grew up in eastern PA and lived in DC, Boston and NYC before moving north of the city
  • Before publishing, I worked in department store retail, stores & corporate, for 10+ years; great camaraderie, terrible job

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