I’m an agent with D4EO agency as of September 2018 and I’m currently building my client list. Before coming to D4EO I worked with other agencies including Inklings, Holloway, and Folio. I also have experience as a freelance editor on the traditional and indie side of publishing. Below is a list of what I’m looking for, but my Goodreads page is also a great way to get a feel for what I like to read. Check my Twitter for updates on when I’m open and closed as well as where I am in my query box. Check the bottom of this page for conferences and other events I’ll be attending. If you have queried other D4EO agents, you may query me as well just not at the same time please. Query me here
Genres I represent in adult and young adult:
- Women’s Fiction
- SFF and all speculative
- Thriller and suspense
- Nonfiction pop culture, social issues, and history
What I’m not a good match for: cop procedurals and FBI/CIA detectives (when I do read detectives I prefer amateur sleuths), books about politics or terrorists, cozy mysteries unless they are historical, memoir unless its about unique experiences that haven’t been prominently featured recently in the genre (basically stories about divorce, religion, drugs, and relationships aren’t for me), and literary fiction. I’m not a big fan of military stories in any genre including military science fiction. I often gravitate toward plot driven books over character driven.
While I’m very open to working with hybrid authors, I prefer to see books that have yet to be published instead of already published books.
What I’m looking for: I’m looking for young adult and adult fiction and nonfiction. My nonfiction list is short, basically anything to do with historical topics or interesting cultural topics. Some examples of recent reads I enjoyed: The Lost City of the Monkey God, The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul, and Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships.
In fiction, I’m especially looking for SFF and historical works. I enjoy anything with speculative elements. When it comes to historical I love all kinds, but I’m not the best person for cozy mystery. I prefer mystery more along the lines of Stalking Jack the Ripper or This Is Our Story. I prefer my women’s fiction to be historical and I accept historical romance of all heat levels. While I’m interested in most time periods, I tend to shy away from WWI and WWII stories. I also love when romance is a big player in fantasy, think An Enchantment of Ravens and Uprooted. I love mythology, but I’m not the best choice for retellings unless they are more along the lines of loosely inspired by.
I’m very picky about contemporary, but I prefer it to be YA and I love when romance is involved. I also gravitate toward funny stories.
A big note, I’m totally open to tragic romances like The Violinist of Venice or The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence. I LOVE real tragic historical romances. I also love historical romance with speculative elements, but straight historical romance is also good.
I enjoy horror, especially when it has psychological elements. When it comes to thriller and suspense, I like creepy stories, like Baby Teeth. In adventure I love survival stories. When it comes to science fiction I love stories revolving around new planets, colonization, or even preparing for colonization. Think Semiosis and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe.
Overall I’m looking to be transported to another time or place I don’t want to leave, hence my love of fantasy and historical. I also love stories that make me think “what if?” While I enjoy humor in my books, I also enjoy dark stories and especially dark fantasy. I love an enchanting voice that grips me, like in Wintersong. I also love exploring stories from the villain’s perspective or even morally gray characters who can either make me root for them, or make me eager to see their downfall.
If you want to see a longer version of my wishlist, visit it here.
Conferences, Contests, and Other Events
Pittsburgh Writing Workshop March 9 – I’ll be taking pitches from authors
Write Without Fear – May 20 Mount Lebanon Library Pittsburgh
RWA Melody of Love Contest 2019 I’m a final round judge for historical romance