Jennifer Wills

The Seymour Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

I have eight years’ experience in some of the publishing industry’s leading literary agencies.  I’ve worked with publishers around the world in Trident Media Group’s huge foreign rights department, and with domestic publishers at Writers House (where, incidentally, I began my career as an intern).  
I’ve been building my list at the Seymour Agency since April 2016. I’m a relentless champion for my clients’ work. 
I’m looking for:

MG: I love fun, smart, adventurous, larger-than-life protagonists. Voice is key! I’m open to all genres here, with a special fondness for anything with magic, adventure, and mystery.

YA: I’m equally drawn to dark, edgy, psychological thrillers and light, fun romances. I love heroines who are smart and strong and just as likely to do the rescuing as the heroes! I’m particularly on the hunt for stories that are more about friendship than romance – what happens when your BFF isn’t your BF anymore? *Grabby hands* for immersive sci-fi/fantasy worlds, whether they’re out of this world or familiar, maybe even right next door or hiding in the wardrobe, as long as they’re as fun to explore as the story itself. I am such a Stephen King fan it’s almost embarrassing, so if you can comp your books to one of his, especially the Dark Tower series, send it my way!

Adult: In women’s fiction, I’m looking for relatable protagonists who handle life’s problems with grace and a sense of humor. I love gritty, dark twisty thrillers, and mysteries (and cozies) that are unsolvable until the very end. If you can stump me, I’m practically yours. (But good luck – I’m a pretty good armchair detective…) I award bonus points for morally gray characters.

In all genres, I welcome diverse writers from all walks of life!

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to
For email queries, please send a one-page query letter and the first five pages of your manuscript in the body of the email.
No attachments, please. 
Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Picture Books, Science Fiction, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, Memoir
Favorite sub-genres: Diversity, Magical Realism, Psychological Thrillers, Steampunk
I’d like the next…

YA Stephen King

Encyclopedia Brown



My favorites include…


Stephen King

Neil Gaiman

Beth Revis

Becky Albertalli

Jenny Han

Neal Shusterman




TV shows:


Santa Clarita Diet

The Walking Dead



Younger, even though it is nothing like the real world of publishing


The Good Place

House, M.D.

Grey’s Anatomy



all the Marvel movies


How to Train Your Dragon (bigger fan of the movies than the books – blasphemous, I know!)

Lucky Number Slevin (for the crazy reveal at the end)

Jurassic Park/World (books too)


Back to the Future franchise (I’m a sucker for time travel stories)

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