Nidhi Pugalia

My Manuscript Wish List

I'm looking for lyrical novels grounded in reality which weave in a fantastical element--especially if that element is used as another perspective with which to explore the emotions, connections, and humanity of a novel's characters. I love magical realism (think Aimee Bender), especially those that lean a little dark/darkly whimsical (Pushing Daisies), and anything that makes me feel. My absolute sweet spot is myth-retellings, like Madeline Miller or if Rick Riordan wrote for adults--particularly those that explore BIPOC cultures, like GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW and anything written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

Outside of the SFF etc, space: I'd love a complex and character-driven mystery (Tana, always Tana), a fast-paced and snarky thriller (SIX OF CROWS, but adult!), a haunting and devastating suspense novel. I'm also always on the look out for some psychological, gothic horror in the vein of REBECCA--if you have the next Daphne du Maurier, I'm your girl. Outside of genre fiction, warm, ultimately uplifting stories about human connection with friendship, familial, or romantic love at its core (particularly LGBTQ+) will always pull me in. If the writing melts like butter, and your characters leap of the page, don't consider any genre a barrier.

In terms of nonfiction, I would love a narrative that offer a fresh perspective on an old story, as well as books written by passionate, qualified writers who will make me feel absolutely geeky about their topic, even if I've never heard of it before. I want to learn--but I'd love to not feel like I am.

Finally, and most importantly, any book that makes me hungry--fiction or non-fiction. I love food as the center of the story, especially as a way to enter culture, family history, a nation's history--truly, any way you write it, I want to read it. In nonfiction, I would love to see how food culture intersects with other dimensions of life i.e. social justice, climate change/justice, war, media, and so on.


Fun facts about me:
  • When I'm not reading or writing, I'm baking exclusively sweet things.
  • I was born in India, grew up in northern California, moved to New York for grad school, and stayed for publishing.
  • I dream of going on an international tour strictly visiting the most beautiful libraries/bookstores of the world.

Submission Guidelines

Unfortunately, PRH only accepts agented submissions at this time.

Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Action/Adventure, Commercial, Fantasy, General, Historical, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Short Story, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Humor, Journalism, LGBTQ

Favorite sub-genres:
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My favorites include...

BOOKS

Fiction

  • Mistress of Spices & anything else by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake & anything else by Aimee Bender
  • Song of Achilles & Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • If You See Me Don't Say Hi by Neel Patel
  • The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V.E. Schwab
  • A Separation by Katie Kitamura
  • Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
  • Landline & anything else by Rainbow Rowell
  • A Burning by Megha Majumdar
  • Never Let Me Go & Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen

Nonfiction

  • Know My Name by Chanel Miller
  • Big Friendship by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman
  • Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
  • The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli
  • How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
  • Lady Killers by Tori Telfer
  • Stealing Buddha's Dinner by Bich Minh (or Beth) Nguyen
  • I Like to Watch by Emily Nussbaum

Graphic Novels

  • The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
  • Sandman (series) by Neil Gaiman
  • Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

TV

  • Mad Men
  • Fleabag
  • Schitt's Creek
  • Sense8
  • The OA
  • Firefly
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Euphoria
  • Kim's Convenience
  • The Good Place

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