My Manuscript Wish List
Taj McCoy has a law degree from Southwestern Law School and a bachelor's degree in Business Law from California State University, Northridge. Taj trained as an agent under Fuse Literary, and has previously served as a Pitch Wars mentor and as co-program manager for Diverse Voices, Inc.’s DVdebut program. Her Adult Fiction is published through Mira/HQN.
I am building my list in Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, Young Adult, and Middle Grade, as well as looking for illustrators. I'm passionately seeking BIPOC and queer creators who highlight parts of their cultures and experiences. I am an advocate for body positivity in publishing, and love to highlight intersectionality. I aim to widen the entryway for marginalized authors into the publishing industry, and to normalize Black joy, fat joy, celebrations of culture, and love without limitations.
In Adult Fiction, I am searching for steamy romance, comedy-forward rom-coms, exciting mysteries (cozy or otherwise) which include a romantic element, powerful women’s fiction, main characters who are members of underrepresented groups in publishing, cinnamon roll love interests, intergenerational family dynamics, and masculinity that isn’t toxic.
In Young Adult, I want angsty, emotional love stories, rom-coms, challenging coming-of-age stories, exciting mysteries and thrillers, fantasies that include dynamic world-building, and witty teens who embrace their cultures and differences.
In Middle Grade, I'm looking to find fun adventure stories, thrilling fantasies which help kids explore their identities, mysteries that allow readers to explore intersectionality and inclusivity.
In Non-Fiction, I'm looking for Adult biographies and memoirs which shed light on people and parts of history that are often erased or forgotten, self-help collections focused on empowerment, cookbooks that highlight family traditions and culture, and YA and MG non-fiction that highlights historical figures and innovators who aren’t included in today’s curriculum.
I am also searching for talented illustrators who can work across age groups (picture books, chapter books, MG and YA).
I am not currently looking for unsolicited picture books, chapter books, adult horror, romance with alpha males, or erotica.
Fun facts about me:
I love stories that include intergenerational family dynamics, fur babies, and food. I adore sassy pets who pay their humans no mind. Humor and joy go a long way. I'm into vampires, fae vibes, and witches. I love vivid imagery, witty dialogue, ride-or-die friends, and intersectional identities.
Submissions should be emailed to https://QueryManager.com/tajmccoy
To query Taj, please submit your query letter and the first three chapters of your manuscript via Query Manager.
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I'd like the next...
The Vanishing Half, Dumplin', Honey & Spice, The Wedding Crasher, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Ivies, Year of Yes, Within These Wicked Walls
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