Dystel, Goderich & Bourret
My Manuscript Wish List
Across the board, I look for a strong voice that sucks me in and fascinating characters who I want to spend time getting to know. I love stories with a central character arc, where I get to watch a character grow and change. I’m always eager to see books from diverse voices.
In both middle grade and young adult, I have a special soft spot for character-driven fantasy (like GRACELING, RAYBEARER, and THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY) and heartfelt contemporary (like DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY, FELIX EVER AFTER, and THE LINE TENDER). Other genres I love include, but aren’t limited to, graphic novels, science fiction, historical fiction, horror, and rom-com. I’m equally excited about books that are an absolute blast to read, and ones that will break my heart (as long as they still include a dash of hope!).
In adult fiction, I am primarily looking for upmarket and commercial fiction with a strong hook, and well as speculative fiction and fantasy. I’m also open to science fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, and other genre fiction, especially that which centers queer and otherwise historically underrepresented characters. Additionally, I’d like to see narrative nonfiction in the areas of history, the creative arts, and lifestyle.
I'm seeking select picture book projects, particularly books that would be a great fit in the classroom.
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