Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
My Manuscript Wish List
I’m looking for middle grade and young adult fiction, women's fiction (both upmarket and commercial), and select contemporary and historical adult romance. I am especially seeking novels by BIPOC, queer, and disabled authors in all genres that I represent.
On the young adult side, I have quite wide ranging tastes and am open to contemporary realistic stories as well as more fantastical premises (including sci-fi/fantasy as well as contemporary fantasy and magical realism) -- as long as the book has a stand-out voice, beautiful writing, and a captivating and original plot. I tend to gravitate toward the quirky, strange, unusual and/or offbeat, and love innovative narrative structures when the author pulls them off.
For middle grade, I generally lean toward warm, heartfelt stories with pitch-perfect voice – and a touch of humor or a splash of magic doesn't hurt.
On the adult side, I'm primarily looking for women's fiction of all sorts, everything from lighter beach reads and romcoms to darker stories with a mystery or suspense thread. A compelling heroine, a strong voice, and a fresh, unique hook are key to grabbing my attention in this category.
Some specific items always on my wish list include:
And here are some recent movies/TV/pop culture I've enjoyed and would be excited to see books with a similar vibe:
Please note that I do NOT represent: nonfiction, memoir, adult sci-fi or fantasy, international espionage thrillers, chapter books, picture books, screenplays, or poetry collections.
Submissions should be emailed to https://QueryManager.com/querypatricia
Please submit your query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript via form.
Guidelines & Details
I'd like the next...
My favorites include...
Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
Cemetery Boys by Aidan Thomas
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Camp by L.C. Rosen
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other) by Geoff Rodkey
York by Laura Ruby
Stand Up, Yumi Chung, by Jessica Kim
Just as Long as We're Together by Judy Blume
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Beach Read by Emily Henry
The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Secret Place by Tana French
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
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