Lisa Rodgers

JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.

My Manuscript Wish List®

I represent science fiction, fantasy, horror, and romance for YA and adults.

Fantasy / Science Fiction

  • moral challenges for the protagonist, or morally ambiguous main characters
  • a plot that’s more than just “the quest”
  • cohesive and strong worldbuilding
  • strong voice and strong* characters (*vulnerability can be strong, too!)
  • space and spaceships! Think Battlestar Galactica or Firefly
  • exploring what it means to be  “human”


  • tropes I love include: friends to lovers, marriages of (in)convenience, arranged marriages
  • relationships with equal power dynamics and respect are very important to me
  • I love awkward heroes and heroines
  • hot and steamy is OK! 😉

More generally

  • something dark and twisty like Peaky Blinders
  • near-death experiences, survival stories, or extreme environment settings
  • non-Western settings and/or non-white characters
  • I would love to see more works from authors who identify as nonbinary, genderfluid, queer, or trans,  and/or who write characters with those identities.
  • Ditto for ace/aro authors or characters.

Non-fiction: I’d love to hear from knitters, crochets, spinners (wool, not bicycles), quilters, etc. Pattern collections, craft reflections (like YARN HARLOT), or things tangentially related to handcrafts.

It should go without saying, but: I am happy to consider queries by persons, or featuring protagonists, of any race, color, creed, religion, national citizenship/origin, gender or sexual orientation, disability, age, or physical appearance, in any and all of the above genres.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

To query, send your query letter and a 1-2 page synopsis to querylisa [at] awfulagent [dot] com. No attachments, please! Emails containing unsolicited attachments will be deleted.

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