Suzannah Bentley

Janklow & Nesbit Associates

My Manuscript Wish List

I joined Janklow & Nesbit Associates in 2014, and have enjoyed the opportunity to work in both the foreign and domestic spheres of the agenting world.

I'm looking for upmarket commercial or literary fiction, and narrative nonfiction. I like feminist themes, historical settings, sharp characters, or something else entirely as long as it makes me want to turn the page. As an expat, I'm interested in international voices and bringing them to a global audience.

I want to read something a little dark, raw, and gritty. I love urban or sparse rural settings. No dystopian worlds, and no multiple POVs unless they really drive the plot, please. Ordinary characters in extraordinary situations, or vice versa!

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

With the word “Query” in the subject line, please send your query, a synopsis and the first fifty pages of your manuscript attached as a word document. Please note that due to volume, I will only contact you if I'm interested. Thanks for understanding.

Vital Info

Fiction: Commercial, Historical, Literary
Non-Fiction: Memoir

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...

Medical memoir in the style of Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan; a modern-day Girl, Interrupted; memoir set in Cambodia or North Korea (e.g. In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park or First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung); stories by authors with fascinating day jobs (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty or Working Stiff by Judy Melinek); gritty urban fiction (Problems by Jade Sharma); Australian authors influenced by Helen Garner, Peggy Frew, or Charlotte Wood.

My favorites include...

A selection of my favorite authors: Hanya Yanigahara, Charlotte Wood, Olivia Laing, Sarah Manguso, Maggie Nelson, Helen Garner, Andrew McGahan, Melissa Broder, Jade Sharma, Donna Tartt, Roxane Gay, Joan Didion, Jeffrey Eugenides, Bill Bryson, Gay Talese, Svetlana Alexievich, Susanna Kaysen, Peggy Frew, Joshua Ferris, Benjamin Law, Maureen McCarthy, Melina Marchetta, Mary Karr, Anne Deveson, Max Barry.

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