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. 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.

For adult, Michelle is open to all kinds of SFF, including magical realism and steampunk, horror, and cozy mysteries (think Hollywood Homicide or A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder).

For SFF in all age categories, she does not care for stories that feature 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. 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.

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

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Fantasy, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Cozy Mystery, Diversity, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy, Humor, Magical Realism, Military Sci-Fi, Space Opera, Urban Fantasy
I'd like the next...

stories with vegan characters

cozy mysteries set outside the U.S.

a funny MG romp

YA or MG sports stories- especially baseball

YA romcoms

a big epic fantasy

stories involving camping (note: not camps)

cozy mysteries like Agatha Christie with a young MC

My favorites include...

Some of her recent favorite reads include The Locked Tomb series, The Priory of the Orange Tree, The Hate U Give, and The City We Became. Old favorites include The Hunger Games series, The Wheel of Time Series, Anne of Green Gables series, The Legend of Eli Monpress, Ready Player One, and The Questionable Behavior of Dalia Moss.

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