Lee OBrien

Irene Goodman Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

I'm a junior agent at IGLA. Across all age categories, I’m looking stories with a distinctive voice, immersive world, and clear stakes, whether those stakes are physical or emotional. I love pacy, stories with a strong commercial hook, as well as quieter character driven stories that can still keep the pages turning. I’m interested in a range of genres, from fantasy, to horror, to psychological thrillers/domestic suspense, to romance, to contemporary.

Here are some specific things that I'm looking for right now:

  • Fantasy of all kinds—Epic secondary world fantasy, dark fantasy full of dangerous secrets and strange magic; grounded fantasy with compelling characters and a strong sense of place; nonwestern fantasy and fantasy from underrepresented voices
  • Fun, pacy queer middle grade and YA—books full of wonder and mischief and mystery, about queer&trans kids going on adventures and getting into trouble.
  • Non-binary and trans books, across all genres
  • Books with a strong central mystery, whether it’s a murder, a long-buried secret, or slowly unspooling intrigue. Books full of twists and turns, that take us in deeper the more that we know.
  • Slow building atmospheric horror, and horror stories with a literary edge. I would also love to see MG horror—Atmospheric ghost stories, monster books, and scary stories to read with a flashlight
  • Queer romance—first crushes, love triangles, friends-to-lovers, enemies-to-lovers, rom-coms, slow burns, and shippable characters with dangerous amounts of chemistry.
  • I would absolutely go to war for a sweepingly epic ace-spec love story of any kind. Aro best friends who would burn cities for each other. Demisexuals who team up to save the world then accidentally fall in love. All of it.
  • Atmospheric middle grade, and MG page turners with a more literary voice.
  • YA thrillers with fast pacing and a compelling voice, that can drive up the stakes and still cut to the heart.
  • Thoughtful retellings that speak back to their source, but can still stand on their own. Retellings of stories that we don’t often hear, as well as fresh takes on old favorites.

Some other things that are pretty evergreen for me are secrets, love triangles, magic, monsters, girls with swords, trans folx with medieval weaponry in general, puzzles, intrigue, heists, disaster queers, and hauntings of all kinds.

I am actively seeking underrepresented voices, including BIPOC, LGBTQIA, disability, neurodiversity, and mental illness #OwnVoices, and books where multiple identities intersect. I’d also love to see more positive fat rep, and books with a diversity of body types.

Submission Guidelines

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

Please send your query and the first 10 pages of your manuscript to Lee.queries@irenegoodman.com  with the word QUERY or SUBMISSION included in the subject line. You should receive an automated response confirming that your query has landed--If you don't see this, please re-send and make sure you included "query" or "submission" in the subject and that all the material is in the body of the email.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Fantasy, General, Historical, Horror, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

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My favorites include...

Cemetery Boys, by Aiden Thomas

Gideon The Ninth, by Taymsin Muir

Blanca&Roja, by Anna Marie McLemore

Line in the Dark, by Malinda Lo

Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo

Let's Talk About Love, by Claire Kann

The Fever King, by Victoria Lee

The Raven Cycle, by Maggie Steifvater

Aru Shah and the End of Time, by Roshani Chokshi

Howl's Moving Castle, by Dianna Winn Jones

Heartstopper, by Alice Oseman

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