Nina Leon

High Spot Literary

My Manuscript Wish List

I am a junior agent at High Spot Literary. I'm building a list of adult, new adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction across all genres with a particular interest in fantasy. I have a soft spot for magical realism, neo-Victorianism, magical academia, and stories with rich emotional depth. I welcome both commercial and literary fiction.

Here are some of the things I'm on the hunt for:

  • For YA: I’d love a murder/crime/mystery in an unusual or unexpected setting, a thrust together group of friends, and an unexpected twist all wrapped up in a gripping and fast-paced package.
  • I'd love a story set in alternate Victorian/modern England (not limited to) that has elements of secret societies, magical realism, occult, and dark academia (I'm on the hunt for great dark academia!!)
  • I would love dark academia with a crime/mystery element to it. Maybe someone was murdered in the library.
  • I would love anything with a Tim Burton aesthetic. Make it spooky. Make it macabre. Make it dark. As long as it has strong atmospheric writing.
  • I’m searching for rom-coms with a lot of heart, humour, and perhaps a reminder that not everyone has their love life figured out.
  • I would love a story with an intense and deep romance at its core. I want to read about an all-consuming love that captures the reader's heart, even if there is heartbreak involved (if you can capture how Bella felt when Edward left, I'd like to read it).
  • I’m looking for romance with an element of drama and the supernatural. I’d like to see a regular teenager suddenly caught up in a world they didn’t know existed, and falling for someone they shouldn’t have feelings for.
  • I’m always hoping for modern retellings of Shakespeare, Victorian classics, Greek mythology, or fairy tales.
  • For upper YA fantasy, I would love a story in a non-Western setting, something dark, or a mirrored version of our world. A detailed magical/political system and a world that is run in accordance. I'm open to dystopian settings, but nothing with pandemic themes.
  • For new adult/adult: I'm looking for historical romance with a focus on the aristocracy/Regency era.
  • I'm also looking for a rom-com. I would love something deeper, yet humorous at the same time. I'd love to see someone discovering love again, pushing themselves out of their comfort zone or a journey of self-discovery with some unexpected suitors along the way.
  • I love anything within the gothic romance space: old manor houses and ghosts!
  • I would love a crime/mystery. I’m open to either a high stakes detective story or a murder mystery in a sleepy village. I’m looking for something gripping, mysterious, and fast-paced.
  •  I’m always looking for something dark and a little bit spicy. Give me rich world building with elements of magical realism, general magic, or special abilities, characters being challenged and not always getting what they want, epic and unexpected twists, and deep romantically charged tension. I'm particularly looking for dark academia or anything with an academic setting. I also love high fantasy with a strong female protagonist, as well anything with a found family trope.
  • For middle grade: I'm drawn to darker plots, adventures to whimsical worlds, and characters who discover their bravery along the way. I also enjoy stories with humour, quirky characters, and magical creatures.

I'm always looking for stories with LGBTQ+, disabled, and minority group representation.



Submission Guidelines

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I am currently CLOSED to queries.



Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Crime, Fantasy, Historical, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary YA, Contemporary Young Adult, Diversity, Gothic Horror, High Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Magical Realism, Neo-Victorian, crime
I'd like the next...

Here are some of the books/shows/films that I love!

YA crime/thriller

  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
  • We Were Liars  by E. Lockhart
  • This is Why We lie by Gabriella Lepore
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
  • A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee


  • Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding
  • Wild Child
  • Last Christmas
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

YA contemporary

  • Euphoria
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
  • If I stay by Gayle Forman
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Ladybird


  • The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children  by Ransom Riggs
  • These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan
  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
  • Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
  • Twilight/ The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  • Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • The Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Historical romance

  • Downton Abbey
  • Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
  • Bridgerton (especially season two)

Adult crime/thriller

  • Broadchurch
  • Line of Duty
  • Trigger Point
  • The Bodyguard
  • The Sinner
  • Marcella
  • The Stranger
  • Vigil
  • Maigret

Films I love

  • The Tourist
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Crimson Peak
  • National Treasure
  • Love and Monsters
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • The Holiday
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Sleepy Hollow

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