Katie Gisondi

Laura Dail Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

In all genres I prioritize diversity and marginalized voices. In general I am looking for a clear, distinct voice and a unique hook.

  • ADULT ROM-COM:
    • Main characters in their 20-30s exploring the beginning of their adult life (roommates, first jobs, exploring new cities etc.)
    • Flipping classic tropes on their heads (grumpy/sunshine, hate to love, forced proximity).
    • Unique voices that stick with you and address real things like disability/mental health/race/class.
    • Spice encouraged.
  • ADULT ROMANCE:
    • high concept, high stakes, commercial (international settings, celebrities, family series, sports, fake dating, enemies-to-lovers).
    • Spice encouraged (again lol.)
    • NO large age gap (10+ years), incest, or mafia.
  • MIDDLE GRADE: Adventurous, whimsical fantasy.
  • NON-FICTION:
    • drugs, disability, sex and sexuality, modern dating, nature, cults, pop science, and pop culture.
    • Microhistories!
  • HORROR:
    • off-kilter and female-led
    • unreliable narrators
    • paranormal or not
    • NO explicit rape, child abuse, or animal abuse.
  • THRILLERS:
    • led by victims and anyone not in the government.
    • international settings
    • NOT a fan of romance/thriller crossover and spy thrillers
  • COZY MYSTERY:
    • adult
    • multiple POVs
    • uncommon settings
  • YA FANTASY:
    • female friendships, swoony romance, morally grey characters, found family.
    • uncommon myth retellings or fantasy worlds inspired by underrepresented cultures.
    • Series and standalone both welcome.
    • Romantasy.
    • Fresh takes on old beasts and monsters (vampires, fey, werewolves)
    • intricate and clear worldbuilding and character development. unique magic systems.

I am NOT a good fit for and do not represent magical realism, picture books, cookbooks, historical fiction, literary fiction, essay collections, memoirs, political thrillers, poetry, or sci-fi!


Fun facts about me:

Pronouns: She/Her

I have a cat named Salami and she helps me go through my queries. She's very severe.

I love hiking, re-watching the same movies over and over, and matcha lattes. I am proudly queer and have ADHD.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit only through the QueryManager link provided. I do not accept submissions through email, Twitter, Instagram, phone call, or snail mail. Thanks!


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: Children's, Horror, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Science

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Romance, Gothic Horror, Nature, YA Fantasy
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The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata

A League of Extraordinary Women series by Evie Dunmoore

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


My favorites include...

BOOKS:

Circe by Madeline Miller

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Bunny by Mona Awad

MOVIES:

Howl's Moving Castle

Sleeping with Other People

The Twilight Saga

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

TV: 

What We Do in the Shadows

Criminal Minds

Business Proposal

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

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