Taj McCoy

Rees Literary

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.

Submission Guidelines

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.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Family Saga, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Thriller, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, Cookbooks, History, Humor, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, Travel

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary YA, Diversity, Magical Realism, Multicultural, Narrative Nonfiction, Self-Reflection
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

My favorites include...

TV Shows I've Enjoyed Recently/Not So Recently:

  • Yellowjackets
  • Harlem
  • Jack Ryan
  • Abbott Elementary
  • P-Valley
  • Selling Sunset
  • Black Love
  • The Shop (Uninterrupted)
  • Real Housewives
  • Living Single
  • Girlfriends
  • Daria
  • Leverage
  • The Last Dance
  • Ugly Delicious
  • Lucifer
  • Legacies
  • Gossip Girl
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral (the Reboot)
  • The Final Table

Movies/Documentaries I Watch on Repeat:

  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  • Twister
  • On the Record
  • Boxing Day
  • The Mummy
  • Draft Day
  • She's the Man
  • The Other Woman
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before
  • Practical Magic
  • National Treasure
  • Brown Sugar
  • Clueless
  • World War Z
  • Hitch
  • The Tinder Swindler
  • Amy Tan: The Unintended Memoir
  • The Last Dance

Books I Can't Shut Up About:

  • The Two Lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West
  • Love Times Infinity by Lane Clarke
  • Baseball's Leading Lady by Andrea Williams
  • Ellen Outside the Lines by A.J. Sass
  • The Ivies by Alexa Donne
  • Blackout (Anthology)
  • Deep in Providence by Riss Neilson
  • Milk in My Coffee by Eric Jerome Dickey
  • I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto
  • The Wedding Crasher by Mia Sosa
  • The Fastest Way to Fall by Denise Williams
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • Tahira in Bloom by Farah Heron
  • I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi
  • Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis
  • How to Succeed at Witchcraft by Aislinn Brophy
  • The Sophie Katz Series by Kyra Davis


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