Lauren Albury

Holloway Literary

My Manuscript Wish List

After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s in English from The College at Southeastern, Lauren interned with FinePrint Literary Agency in New York City. Prior to becoming a literary agent, Lauren was with Holloway Literary for two years as an intern and literary assistant.

LAUREN’S SUBMISSION INTERESTS

Genres:

  • Literary Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Book Club/Women’s
  • Upmarket Fiction

Wishlist:

  • Caribbean stories and voices
  • Southern settings
  • Romantic themes
  • Rich immersive settings like Where the Crawdads Sing and lyrical prose like All the Light We Cannot See

Not a good fit for:

  • Erotica
  • Political or pandemic themes
  • Sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian/magical realism
  • Please no ghosts or aliens or torture

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to submissions@hollowayliterary.com

For fiction writers all queries should include:

  1. Subject header – A correctly formatted subject header: Agent’s Name/Title of Your Manuscript/Genre is required for the fastest sorting and distribution of queries. If you pitched your story at a conference, please include the conference title in the subject header.
  2. Salutation – Select the best agent for your work, spell their name correctly. Dear Jane, Ms. Smith, etc. is perfect.
  3. Word count – Provide the word count for your story. Please note: your word count must be in the acceptable range for your genre. Query Tip: If you don’t know the word count range for your genre, you’re probably not ready for querying.
  4. Genre – Please list the genre that accurately describes your manuscript. Query Tip: If you’re unsure of your manuscript’s genre or believe two or three genres best describe your work you’re probably not ready for querying.
  5. Author’s Bio – End your query with a brief bio that tells us who you are, where you’re from, anything interesting or of note, and any previously published credits. Do not include self-published titles unless you’ve sold a substantial number of books. Please do include all social media links. Query Tip: Focus on the positive. Tell us what you are, instead of what you’re not.
  6. Requested Pages – We request the first 15 pages of your manuscript pasted into the body of the email beginning with the heading chapter one. Query Tip: Do not provide title pages, acknowledgments, cast of characters, etc. If you’re writing non-fiction, please include your proposal.

Email your query to submissions@hollowayliterary.com You can expect a response to your query in about 8 weeks.


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Historical, Literary, Women’s Fiction

Favorite sub-genres: #ownvoices, Commercial and Literary, Literary Fiction, Multicultural, Upmarket Women's Fiction, book club fiction, love stories
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I enjoy all kinds of Literary and Upmarket fiction. Show me how beautiful and lyrical the English language can be. Give me compelling characters with unexpected story arcs. Immerse me in another culture so I feel like I grew up there. Make me laugh with sharp wit and cry at poignant subtleties. Teach me something new about the human experience and what it means to be alive. I love when art parallels life, so I’m a sucker for gritty, raw, and realistic writing with an achingly bittersweet/unhappy ending a la Gone with the Wind or La La Land (non-sappy happy endings are ok too though). My favorite kinds of stories happen when romance exists as a compliment to a killer plot. Religious themes are ok as long as they aren’t cheesy and self-righteous or over the top.

I’m looking for well-researched historical novels from all time periods and settings. As a multi-generational citizen of The Bahamas, I am particularly interested to find stories set in the Caribbean and/or by Caribbean authors.


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