Kim Perel

Irene Goodman Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

I am looking for commercial and upmarket, dysfunctional families, beachy women’s fiction like Jennifer Weiner's BIG SUMMER and Lauren Mechling's HOW COULD SHE, rom-coms with a twist, and domestic suspense. I would love to find a story with an ensemble cast and an incredible voice like A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD or LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. I'm a total sucker for stories set in NYC, or on road trips, or a coming of age story that takes place over one life-changing summer. I'm a fan of quirky, dysfunctional families with heart like THE FAMILY FANG or funny, heartwarming family stories like THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, with plenty of twists and turns. I'm drawn to offbeat voices like ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, or itchy ones like THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME.

For nonfiction, I'm looking for something that examines and analyzes broader themes of history or scene from a narrowed, particular lens, in the vein of SALT or FOR FISH. I'm drawn to female-driven nonfiction of all stripes, including innovative women in history, like HIDDEN FIGURES, RADIUM GIRLS, or A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE.

 

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to kim.queries@irenegoodman.com

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I'd like the next...

BIG SUMMER by Jennifer Weiner

HOW COULD SHE by Lauren Mechling

THE LIFE CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo

THE HOME EDIT by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

A WALK IN THE WOODS Bill Bryson

EVVIE DRAKE STARTS OVER by Linda Holmes


My favorites include...
Some of my favorite books include: LESS by Andrew Sean Greer, SMITTEN KITCHEN by Deb Perelman, STYLED by Emily Henderson,  THE FRIEND by Sigrid Nunez,  SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM by Joan Didion, MOTHERLESS BROOKYLN by Jonathan Lethem, ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY by David Sedaris,  ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE by Barbara Kingsolver, EDUCATED by Tara Westover, HUNGER by Roxane Gay, BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Some of my all-time favorite authors include Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Lethem, Maria Semple, Donna Tartt, Barbara Kingsolver, Zadie Smith, Nick Hornby and Roxanne Gay

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