- NOT the next TWILIGHT. I don't care how popular TWILIGHT is, I don't like it. If your book is the next TWILIGHT, I am not the right agent for you. There, we got that out of the way.
- I want the next John Green. By which I mean, I want funny, poignant books about intelligent teenagers. Mainstream YA novels, obviously. But I want to read books about teenagers like me, in high school. I don't want to read about the always popular bitchy sluts, because you know what? I wasn't a popular bitchy slut, and that type of story never has and never will appeal to me as a reader. I know there's a market out there for it, but I am not the right agent for the Gossip Girls series, unless *your* Gossip Girls series is written so well that I fall instantly in love with your writing. (Never say never.)
- I want an epic fantasy novel that thinks outside the box. This can be done in a number of ways, but the most obvious one is not to do a direct rip-off of Robert Jordan or George R. R. Martin. You don't need an innocent farmboy saving the world to have a wonderful epic fantasy novel. Epic fantasies can have different ideas and yet be incredibly good. I want you to write me one that's *different*. One recent epic fantasy that I adored was THE NAME OF THE WIND by Patrick Rothfuss, which has plenty of standard fantasy tropes, but totally twists them on their head, especially with his innovative narrative structure. Stories within stories within stories. I want your epic fantasy novel to completely surprise me and overwhelm me and make me believe in the power of the epic fantasy novel to sweep me out of my everyday world. Can you write me one? =)
- I want an urban fantasy. I don't have enough urban fantasies on my list, and I'd like one. Perhaps it would be better to say I want a contemporary fantasy. It doesn't necessarily need vampires or werewolves, because I think those are somewhat played out now. But I would love to see something like WAR FOR THE OAKS by Emma Bull. I would love to see a novel that takes contemporary fantasy in a different direction, like the new series my writing friend sold to Tor, which involves a contemporary female blacksmith and magic.
- I always will have a soft spot for hard SF, but it's also hard to sell it. Keep sending it though.
- I adore anything Regency related. Send me your Regency romance (although not a sweet one, since those don't sell), your Regency YA novel, your Regency fantasy, your Regency mystery... the list could go on. I don't have enough of any of those, and there's always a market.
- Speaking of Regency romances--I don't have enough romance, period. I want witty contemporary romances like Jennifer Crusie, who I adore. I want sexy historical romances. I want paranormal romances that make me love the characters and the worldbuilding behind them. I want science fiction romances. Send me your romance novels! (And here is where we cue Jodi groaning over the incoming romance query influx, but really, I don't have enough on my list, and I need more.) The most important thing to remember when sending me your romance novel is that I want there to be a solid plot behind the romance. That's one of the most important things for me, that the novel can stand on its own, even if we remove the sex. Some favorite authors of mine that I have mentioned before: Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh, Jennifer Crusie, Georgette Heyer.
- I would love to see a slipstream novel. There are very few out there. I think there could be more. Show me what you've got.
- I'm still looking for a great historical fiction novel to fall in love with. Haven't found it yet. Keep sending more.
- In general, I love books that are dark. Dark in nature, dark in tone. I adore books that are dark and creepy and good. I also love things that are light and funny. I am eclectic in my reading tastes, as you'll see by clicking on the label for 2009 books.
- I don't have a good steampunk novel. I like steampunk. I would like to see a book with steampunk in it.
- I am still looking to add more YA novels to my list, as well. See point #2 and also know that I like YA fantasy. I would love to find a female-oriented YA SF novel.
- Because this is a baker's dozen list! Let's throw out a random book description, and see if anyone can write it for me: I want a superhero novel--give me your version of Dr. Horrible in book form with your own original villians and superheroes and plot. Be creative. =)
Monday, March 02, 2009
Books I'm Looking For Now
Ok, I promised this post last week and then never got a chance to write it--or it might have been the week before that--but here we are in March and it's time to get rolling with this. Numbered list time! Remember, this is my current dream wish list of books that people will send me to represent. That does not rule out books that are not covered by this description.