Maggie Sadler

Corvisiero Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List®

Maggie is actively building her client list as an Associate Agent at Corvisiero Literary Agency. After several unexpected adventures, Maggie is inspired by the intricate, vivid, and deep-rooted folk traditions she encountered in both Scotland and Newfoundland, which further enriches her literary interest in folklore, historical fiction, and lyrical prose.

Maggie will evaluate every manuscript with sensitivity and a desire to uplift up-and-coming writers. However, she is especially interested in finding unorthodox narrative voices that possess subtle, yet insightful perspectives.

In adult fiction, Maggie enjoys:

  • Nuanced, entrancing Magical Realism that forces the reader to reconsider what “real” truly means.
  • Folklore retellings of ambitious, perhaps even monstrous, women who are willing to sacrifice love for power.
  • Genre-bending literary fiction with an unexpected and intelligent use of language.
  • Pre-1900 historical fiction, particularly any untold stories of boundary-pushing women and women from traditionally underrepresented communities.
  • Themes of femininity and the natural world, cultural identity, family legacy, and rebellion against tradition.

In new adult and young adult fiction, Maggie seeks:

  • Endearing, cozy fantasies that strike the same notes as Howl’s Moving Castle or The Hobbit, yet with heroines that are equal parts gentle and resilient. I’m especially interested in meeting the next Anne Shirley, Winnie Foster, or Sophie Hatter in an immersive world freckled with soft magic.
  • #OwnVoices Magical Realism that is strongly rooted in history and non-Western folklore.
  • Maritime fiction that evokes the spirit of nineteenth-century adventure fiction, particularly with fierce, feminine pirate queens à la Elizabeth Swann and Eleanor Guthrie.
  • Dark academia literary fiction helmed by sharp, charming anti-heroes.
  • Themes of cultural identity, self-actualization, bravery in the smallest (literally and figuratively) of people, and setting as character.

In middle grade fiction, Maggie is very selective, looking primarily for that sparkling, intelligent, and authentic voice. Maggie hopes to find:

  • Nostalgic adventure romps featuring a rag-tag band of endearing and witty misfits. I’m especially hoping to find the next The Goonies or Stranger Things, in novel form!
  • Subtly articulated and tactfully negotiated literary fiction that explores themes of loneliness, multiculturalism, unique family dynamics, or differing abilities (i.e. intellectual, emotional, and/or physical).
  • Animal stories that reach across generations with sensitivity and grace, whose protagonists gently welcome the reader in for a cup of tea and a bit of cake.

An experienced traveler, Maggie also welcomes travelogues depicting remote locations and thought-provoking encounters in a raw, authentic, and intentional narrative voice that blurs the boundaries between the literary and the nonfiction.

Maggie is not a good fit for:

  • High fantasy
  • Science fiction; no space exploration or aliens, please
  • Thrillers, especially stories inspired by true crime
  • Military or political fiction
  • Humor or satire
  • Commercial romance
  • Graphic novels​
  • Casts of paranormal creatures (fairies, ghosts, werewolves, and vampires)
  • MG narratives in the vein of Captain UnderpantsDiary of a Wimpy Kid, or The Fairly OddParents
  • Intense depictions of animal abuse, murder, sexual abuse, sexual trauma, or torture

Fun facts about me:

Professionally irrelevant but potentially charming tidbits:

  • I wrote my very academic undergraduate dissertation on The Princess Bride, with each chapter title crafted as some joke or another related to the film. When you’re slogging through an independent research project, it truly and inconceivably is all about the little things…
  • I am quite fond of any sort of beverage containing elderflowers; they make me feel whimsical.
  • My horse Cooper is much more interesting than I am. His antics include but are not limited to drinking a tipple of brandy from a cup, eating snacks off of utensils, and enjoying music by his favorite artist, Prince.
  • In another life, I’d quite like to be Indiana Jones.

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  • Please only submit one project at a time. If your query is rejected, you may then submit a query for another project. 
  • For fiction, we require a query letter pasted into the body of your email along with a 1-2 page synopsis (includes spoilers and the ending) and the first 5 pages of your manuscript.
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