Michelle Hauck

Storm Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List®

Michelle devoured the classics at an early age, falling in love with heroic stories like The Three Musketeers, Ivanhoe, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. It wasn’t until her teens that she got her hands on The Sword of Shannara and discovered a new heroic level in SFF. Now she’d like to advocate for stories that take the reader beyond the traditional hero’s journey.

She’s been helping writers long before taking the step to become an agent. Her Midwest roots taught her to pay things forward, and along with several co-hosts, she ran an impressive collection of contests for writers, including Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, and Picture Book Party. She also learned much from six years as a successful Pitch Wars mentor in adult SFF.

Drawn to all sorts of stories from the heroic to the humorous, she loves big worlds, inventive magic systems, and a rich sense of history. Characters with lots of back-story and villains with shades of gray make her day. She’s not the best fit for contemporary with dark themes, but she loves contemporary that can be described as quirky, fun, and light. She wants to look at all things SFF or historical, and won’t pass up a cozy mystery, page-turner thriller, or a sweet romance. A dash of politics is a great added ingredient. She is not interested in nonfiction or picture books at this time.

She likes positive, upbeat characters, quirky humor (or really any humor) and is always excited to see stories with diverse underrepresented voices. Other traits she likes in a story are: Characters with lots of backstory that is revealed slowly, villains with complex motivations and layers, and stories set on secondary worlds or settings that are other than American or European.


Fun facts about me:

I’m a baseball junkie.

I enjoy glamping and long walks.

My happy place is Sanibel Island.

I love to share pictures of my pups.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to https://QueryManager.com/2011

For middle grade and young adult, she accepts all genres. She prefers her romance to be sweet, her mysteries to be cozy, and her contemporary to be light, fun, or quirky. Her sweet spot is SFF, where she enjoys light and dark stories. She likes villains with a shade of gray and is not interested in books that focus solely on bullying. She likes stories with complex main characters, deep secondary characters, strong character arcs, and layers of obstacles. A little humor goes a long way, but she also likes darker stories in SFF. She’d love to see twists on old classics and myths or retellings featuring new points of view. Hit her with your adventuresome MG and your breathtaking YA. Bonus points for stories that have elements of climate change or the environment, or siblings working together.

She is very interested in seeing projects from diverse viewpoints.

For adult, Michelle is open to all kinds of SFF, including magical realism, horror, space opera, romantasy, and cozy fantasy. She also accepts Adult Mysteries (though she is not the best fit for true crime or more thriller-type mysteries). Think more cozy mystery or locked door. In horror, she is not a fan of body horror or slasher, but prefers horror to have social commentary.

She accepts Graphic Novels of all age groups.

For SFF in all age categories, she does not care for stories that feature heavy graphic violence or main characters that enjoy violence. She loves, loves, loves a high-stakes epic fantasy or any fantasy set in a secondary world, though any subgenre of fantasy is good. Lately she’s been very interested in romantasy and cozy fantasy. A character arc that plays a part in the plot is fantastic. For science fiction, she prefers space opera over dystopian, but a dystopian with lots of action (Hunger Games, Red Rising, less The Giver) is great, too.

She is always open to LGBTQ, authors of color, the disabled and all diverse underrepresented voices.

She doesn’t represent Picture Books, Chapter Books, Early Readers, Adult Romance or Nonfiction.

Please query Michelle using this link: https://QueryManager.com/2011

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