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Starting in February 2024, Danielle is open to queries the 3rd Monday of each month. Her open query schedule is as follows:
June: Closed to queries
July-December: To Be Announced
A bit about Danielle's tastes
Danielle is actively seeking projects in a variety of categories.
For adult fiction, Danielle is seeking upmarket commercial fiction and literary fiction. She prefers books that explore deep emotional relationships in an interesting or unusual way and unreliable narrators who challenge our notions of "good" or "bad". She likes an usually told or episodic narrative (novels told in short stories, verse, etc.).
For middle grade and YA: She is actively seeking fresh young adult and middle grade fiction across all genres. She is drawn toward gorgeous writing and strong, flawed characters. Her dream project for young readers is one that challenges and inspires, with a compelling voice that will make her stay up all night reading. She enjoys familiar narratives told in an unconventional way and stories that explore the limits of friendship.
For nonfiction: she is looking for compelling, voice-driven projects that shed a humorous or thought-provoking light on a previously unknown topic in the areas of narrative nonfiction/memoir, lifestyle, relationships, humor, current events, food, wine, and cooking.
She is not considering the following adult categories: romance, political thriller, science fiction, horror, or erotica.
Susan is open to queries for one week per month (with some exceptions - see the schedule below). In the intervening weeks she catches up on any backlog and reads the materials she’s requested. Her tentative schedule for open query periods is listed here; please check back for updates:
May 29-Jun 4
Sep 30-Oct 6
Closed in December
A bit about Susan's tastes
Susan represents work for children and teens only: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult, along with some non-fiction for young readers. She doesn’t represent adult projects.
Susan believes that books can change lives — inspire a passion for reading and story; unlock imagination and empathy; move readers to feel, think, wonder, examine, explore, to laugh really hard. Books invite joy.
Books that tell the stories of people, places, and cultures that have been overlooked and ignored for too long are at the top of her list.
She’s drawn to projects that are character-driven, tightly plotted, and have a singular, specific voice; always on the hunt for:
She looks for projects that know kids are smart and perceptive and feeling deeply; that make the reader feel seen. If you’re creating work that could be described as generous, nuanced, and at ease with complexity, she’d love to read it.
For more specifics on what Susan is looking for, including information about genres and categories, please look here. Susan's submission email is: email@example.com. Thank you for submitting your work!
Any agents not listed above are CLOSED to submissions. Manuscripts sent to them will be discarded unread.
We respond to most queries within twelve weeks. Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming number of submissions received, personal responses are only very rarely possible. But if we are interested, we will request your full manuscript.
Many writers fear writing queries, but it shouldn’t frighten you off! They’re easy. If you don’t know how to write a query, please read the Writer’s Toolbox post “How to write a query letter” for a quick tutorial.
Thank you for trying us, and all good luck! We’ll try to get back to you as quickly as possible.