Shannon Snow

Creative Media Agency, Inc.

My Manuscript Wish List®

First the boring stuff. I worked in finance and marketing for 18 years before turning to my childhood first love… books and writers. I started my career in publishing 2018 and and then joined Creative Media Agency, Inc. as an Associate Agent in 2020. I hold a B.A. in English Language and Literature, and also manage the Audio rights department for CMA.

Now to the fun stuff! I have a very eclectic reading taste. I look for books that have a unique angle, and authors that have a wonderful, engaging voice that makes me want to read a sentence again and say “wow” just because of how you worded something. Characterization is a top draw for me because if I can’t connect to a character, I can’t fully engage with a story. So, I’m looking for vivid, well-developed characters with clear goals, motivations, conflicts. (And some of my favorite books have been ones where an author was able to have only one character facing and surviving a situation. To do that without it being boring…wow!) I absolutely love when an author can make me laugh, make make me pull out my tissue box, or just make me feel emotion in general.

I am actively acquiring right now and looking to build up my list. This is what I’m looking for in 2024:

Fiction: Adult

– All romance fiction and all its sub-genres, but especially those listed below:
– Romance Fantasy – Yes, Sarah J. Maas a Court of Thorns and Roses series…but adult
– Contemporary romance – Can be cute, steamy, erotica, paranormal, or even those riding the edge of Women’s Fiction, etc. (Think Mary Beesley’s The Second Time Around; Rosie Walsh’s The Love of My Life; and/or Vi Keeland’s The Rules of Dating; and for more serious, think Mia Sheridan’s Archer’s Voice.) Favorite tropes: enemies to lovers and/or forced proximity (think Sarah Adams’ Practice Makes Perfect); mistaken identity, older woman/younger man (for both of these in one book, think Vi Keeland’s All Grown Up); and professional sports heroes with either sparkling banter, or ones with darker tones (think RJ Prescott’s The Hurricane; or for an older favorite, think Katy Evans’ Real.)
– Thriller/Psychological Thrillers/Suspense – Can have a touch of the paranormal. (Otherwise, think Laura Nowlin’s If He Had Been With Me…but adult; Karin Slaughter’s After That Night)
– Horror/Thriller – The eerie/creepy kind. (Think Dean Koontz’ The Big Dark Sky; Jason Rekulak’s Hidden Pictures; Riley Sager’s Home Before Dark; Megan Goldin’s The Escape Room)
– Speculative Fiction – Especially with a touch, or a lot, of romance
– Some Historical romance – I have a warm fondness for medieval, and historicals set in ancient times/place such as Rome, Greece, or Egypt, as well as Regency.
– Fantasy – Mainly low to medium fantasy with a touch of romance being an added bonus!
– Science Fiction – Love it all but especially love space operas
– Mythological or fairytale reimaginings rather than straight retellings
– Reverse Harem/why choose romance in either contemporary or fantasy settings (Very selective in this category. Not so much on dubcon or seriously heavy bullying)

Fiction: Young Adult

– Contemporaries – Love them all, but have a fondness for bad boy, unpopular girls getting the unattainable guy, enemies to love interests, and darker stories like One of Us Is Lying. Some amazing LGBTQ+, asexual, non-binary romances, etc. (Also love age crossovers with serious messages like Mia Sheridan’s Archer’s Voice and Katy Evans’ Real series.)
– Dark boarding school/academia stories, contemporary or fantasy setting (Think Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti’s Zodiac Academy series)
– Fantasy Romance – Thinking Sarah J. Maas, Julie Kagawa. (Newer example: Stephanie Garber’s Once Upon a Broken Heart)
– Horror – More eerie/creepy type – (Think Natalie D. Richards’ Five Total Strangers)
– Thriller/Psychological Thrillers/Suspense – (Think Laura Nowlin’s If He Had Been With Me)
– Speculative Fiction – (paranormal, etc.) – (Think Richelle Mead, Jennifer Estep, Cassandra Clare, etc.)
– Mythological or fairytale – more reimaginings rather than straight retellings (Love Greek gods, Egyptian or Roman gods for myths, etc.)
– Dystopian – Think Delirium, Matched, The Culling, and Marie Lu! (But this really needs to bring something new and different to what’s been done before.)
– Apocalyptic/Post-Apocalyptic, in whatever form…but must be new take or unique/original
– Science Fiction – Love all types, like space academies, space out stories, space operas in general. (Think Beth Revis’ Across the Universe; Vera Nazarean’s The Atlantis Grail series)
– Reverse Harem/why choose romance in either contemporary or fantasy settings (Very selective in this category. 18 years old+ characters (Not so much on dubcon or seriously heavy bullying; dark academia setting is good: Think Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti’s Ruthless Boys of the Zodiac series.)

I’m also looking to represent POC and LGBTQ+ authors, and stories with diverse characters!

Fun facts about me:

I’m always found with a book or reading app open, and a chihuahua perched on my lap. I read constantly…five minutes here, 2 minutes there, any time I have to wait like during the checkout line at the grocery store. I’m married with two adult children who tolerate me butting into their lives, and two small grandbabies I get to spoil. My furbabies are my new babies, and my husband is my biggest baby. Don’t tell him I said that though!

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

We are no longer accepting queries sent by mail. We are only reviewing queries sent by email.

Please email Shannon your query at ( and include the following in the body of the email:

* The query letter
* First five pages pasted into the body of your email
* Remember to write “query” in the subject heading.

Normally I respond within 4-6 weeks but due to the pandemic backlog, I have been responding a bit more slowly. If you have interest or an offer, please make sure you check in with me so that I can have an opportunity to review and respond.

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