Jenna Satterthwaite

Storm Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List®

While Jenna is open to most genres, in particular, she would love to find the following.

In Adult Fiction, she’s especially looking for:

  • Psychological and domestic suspense full of twists

    • Think: Lucy Foley, Vera Kurian, Andrea Bartz, May Cobb, Eliza Jane Brazier, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, Jeneva Rose, Jessica Strawser

  • Murder mystery, cozy or traditional, contemporary or historical, serious or humorous, hijinks welcome and big family drama very welcome

    • Think: Louise Penny, Finlay Donovan Is Killing It, Lucy Foley, Tana French, Before She Disappeared, Dial A for Aunties, Rhys Bowen, Knives Out, Only Murders in the Building

  • Fantasy – cozy with low stakes, high/epic, portal and romantasy

    • Think: Legends & Lattes, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Every Heart a Doorway, Sarah J Maass, Leigh Bardugo

  • Rom-coms and romance – in particular I’m interested in POC voices in romance, body-positive romance, LGBTQ+ romance, and adventure romance (think The Lost City). If you can give me a strong hook, an ‘impossible’ situation, and real, quirky characters I can root for, I’m sold.

    • Think: Tia Williams, Emily Henry, Angie Hockman

  • Women’s fiction: give me that heartfelt beach read. Bonus points for sister relationships, complex family dynamics, intergenerational tensions, and upmarket writing.

  • Sci fi – I don’t want my sci-fi cold; give me human connection, make me cry, give me that high concept worldbuilding and heartache that lasts for a week.

    • Think: This Is How You Lose the Time War

  • Speculative – give me speculative twists on rom-coms, thrillers, mysteries, etc. Give me time loops, robots, parallel worlds, fantastical creatures, etc. Give me a story rooted in the present that has that one, addictive speculative twist.

    • Think: The Rehearsals, Groundhog’s Day, Bone Gap, Stranger Things

  • Upmarket and book club fiction

    • Think: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Britt Marie Was Here, Great Kitchens of the Midwest, Taylor Jenkins Reid

In Adult Non-Fiction, Jenna is selective. She’s especially looking for:

  • Voicey memoir (solid platform is a huge plus)

  • The next big ex-evangelical voice, and both feminist and LGBTQ+ voices in the Christian context

    • Think: Rachel Held Evans, Matthew Vines, or Beth Allison Barr’s The Making of Biblical Womanhood

  • Spiritual deconstruction / reconstruction

    • Think: Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved

  • Self-help from an “expert” millennial or Gen Z voice on topics such as divorce, sexuality, pregnancy, parenting

  • Books highlighting alternative approaches to death (living funerals, death doulas, at-home body care, etc.)

In Young Adult, she’s especially looking for:

  • Fantasy, cozy or epic, contemporary or infused with sci-fi

    • Think: Iron Widow, Only a Monster, Where Dreams Descend, Caraval, Sarah J. Maass, Girl of Fire and Thorns, Leigh Bardugo, Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely

  • Sci-fi that makes me feel as much as it makes me think; bonus if you can make me cry

    • Think: The Ones We’re Meant to Find

  • Thriller/suspense and mystery

    • Think: One of Us Is Lying, Come Find Me

  • Speculative

    • Think: The Grace Year

  • Atmospheric horror or extravagantly satirical horror

    • Think: House of Hollow, Wilder Girls, Bodies Bodies Bodies

In Middle Grade, she’s looking for:

  • Graphic Novel – mostly interested in author-illustrators; fantasy or contemporary. If my ten-year-old would love it, we’re on to something!

    • Think: Amulet, Smile, Drama

  • Fantasy with series potential

    • Think: Chris Colfer, The School for Good and Evil, Wings of Fire

  • Contemporary stories that explore the multicultural / multilingual experience

  • Horror

In Picture Books, she’s only looking for author/illustrators and the following very specific projects:

  • Books that explore neurodiversity, in particular, high sensitivity/sensory processing

  • If you have What Happens on Wednesdays but set in Chicago, please send that my way!

  • Books that celebrate the joy, grittiness and diversity of urban living

  • Books highlighting the multicultural experience (bilingual books English/Spanish), especially from the point of view of a refugee child

    She is not currently looking for:

  • Picture books (unless it’s a referral/request or fits the above)

  • Chapter books

  • Hardcore/gory horror

  • Erotica

  • Military Science Fiction

  • Anything with child abuse or gruesome child death described in detail on the page (okay to refer to it as part of a character’s backstory, but I can’t take it on the page; exceptions made if you are Tana French) … my heart can’t take it!

  • Poetry or screen plays

Fun facts about me:

I grew up in Spain, and when I moved to the States for college, my Spanish was better than my English.

I used to be a singer songwriter in a band called Thornfield.

I’m always on the lookout for a Chicken Tikka Masala recipe that compares what I’ve had in restaurants (if you have one, please share it with me!!).

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Jenna only accepts queries through the Query Manager system. Please be prepared to include a query letter, synopsis, and the first 30 pages of your manuscript.

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