Irene Goodman Literary Agency
My Manuscript Wish List
Hi there! I am an agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. I've been an agent since 2009. My specialties are all ages of children’s literature (fiction and nonfiction), adult cozy mystery/crime, upmarket women’s/general fiction, illustrators and adult nonfiction.
Across the board, I'm prioritizing projects by and about BIPOC and underrepresented voices. Within that, I'm particularly interested in projects with intersectionality, trans and disability rep, and ANYTHING by Native, First Nations and Indigenous authors. I'm also prioritizing stories of joy, where identity isn't the focus.
In novels, I like historical (primarily 1800s-1920s), multi-cultural, own voice representation, magical realism, LGBTQ, strong female leads, sci-fi/fantasy, gritty, thrilling and darker contemporary novels, horror, and rom coms with really fresh hooks (but tried and true tropes like enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, and stuck together welcome!!).
In picture books, I like short-texted (500 words or less), emotionally-resonant, quirky or character-driven. I'm not into super didactic (message-driven) texts, and like softer, lyrical bedtime books that are beautifully written and emotionally resonant. I love books with humor, strong voices, strong characters, and texts with fun, clever and unexpected twists at the end. Open to rhyme executed well, author/illustrator and text-only.
I look for unique perspectives and fresh ideas in nonfiction. In children's, I like picture book biographies, STEM topics, and texts exploring feminist and social issues. In adult, platform and innovation are key; I tend to like prescriptive titles in the areas of self-help, parenting, psychology, business, and science, and am also open to quirky gift and humor books, New Age titles, and nonfiction featuring under-represented voices.
I am not currently accepting new clients in adult romance or adult SFF, and do not represent inspirational novels, poetry, or screenplays.
Some specific current wishlist items:
I like highly engaging reads, whether that comes from an unforgettable voice or an unforgettable plot (though ideally both!). Not afraid to ugly cry from reading a book; I love novels that make me feel (scared, sappy, sad, a burning fire of justice - whatever it is, I want to really be sucked in and passionate!). Hooky and commercial.
Fun facts about me:
Total cat person. Unicorn lover. Fierce Female. Mother of two tiny ones (human).
Submissions should be emailed to http://QueryMe.Online/natlak
PLEASE submit using this form!
You will need a query letter, outline, synopsis, and sample script (first chapter minimum). If you are the author/illustrator, please include character sketches and sample inked pages as well.
I'd like the next...
YA/MG: CODE NAME VERITY, CHALLENGER DEEP, THE FORGETTING, ALLEGEDLY, CEMETERY BOYS, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY, GEORGE, THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY, THE GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE, THE POET X
Adult: THE NIGHT CIRCUS, TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, PRACTICAL MAGIC
PB: NECK AND NECK, PENGUIN PROBLEMS, BEAR SNORES ON, PEEK A WHO, THEY ALL SAW A CAT, LLAMA DESTROYS THE UNIVERSE, NELLIE BELL, I NEED A NEW BUTT
CB/early readers: DICK AND JANE AND VAMPIRES, MEET YASMIN
Graphic novel: ROLLER GIRL, THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER, A WHISKER AWAY
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