Manuscript Wish List
Updated January 2022
As an Agent for The Harvey Klinger Literary Agency. I am looking for character-driven books that grip me from the first page until the very end. I want fantastic world-building, a clear plot, and want to know your main character's desire by the time I get to page ten.
Time shouldn't exist when I read your manuscript. I want to be hooked and pulled into your world. Great writing is awesome, but your characters matter most to me. I want books that make me cry, laugh, and to feel connected to your main character. For thrillers, I want to be on the edge of my seat and have no clue on how your book is going to end. I want to vouch for your main character and cheer them on by the end of your story.
*I am not accepting emailed submissions, if you email me your query. They will remain unopened and deleted.*
What I'm Looking for:
I am looking to represent Author/Illustrators for Picture Books, and Graphic Novels. And writers for Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult genre Fiction and am actively building my list in the following categories:
I'm especially open to BIPOC and LGBTQ voices.
Please Submit Here.
Creators that illustrate any age group from picture book, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels.
Submission Guidelines For Illustrators:
• Submit art samples, book dummy, or a link to your portfolio. Please put "SEEKING ART REPRESENTATION" in lieu of a title and "0" for word count. In the sample section, please write N/A.
• Only upload art samples in the upload section.
Creators who bring a distinctive, well-developed point of view to their work.
- Meaningful stories full of diversity, family, life experiences, and love.
- Stories about baking, food, music (any sort of craft), interactive, and educational (as simple as learning how to bake a cake).
- Stories about culture and depicts that world in a unique way that caters to young readers.
> Recently signed a client who wrote a picture-book about a girl who doesn’t speak Spanish but is expected to because she is Mexican. However, she realizes that she can be both and love both parts of herself equally.
> Sold a picture book that will be announced the week of January 10…Stay Tuned.
- Well-developed stories that are crafted in a way that allows the reader to see in different perspectives.
- Well-illustrated diverse cast of characters and come from a different background that don’t fit the typical stereotype.
- Superheroes/young detective/scientist who can share their story in a concise and creative way.
- Contemporary—about family relationships and friendships. Big families that are diverse and incorporates foods from their culture. I want to see stories about first crushes and how they handle their emotions as well as learning new things that might be uncomfortable for them.
- Mystery—a young detective who is intelligent and loses something valuable to them. They must race against the clock to figure out the mystery. Diverse, put-together or dysfunctional families that shape the MC into the person they are meant to be.
- Sci-fi—a young scientist/inventor on the brink of discovering something and shapes the MC.
> Think Meet the Robinsons
Stories about friendship, enemies-lovers, sibling relationships, heists, a diverse cast, family (the importance of family/the brokeness of family and how they come together), mother-daughter/father-son relationships (either strained or close), and remind us how valuable life truly is.
- Sci-fi—high concept, diversity, commercial sci-fi that with Romance threaded throughout the book (I want to see love in a world far from my own).
- Contemporary Romance—enemies to lovers, childhood to lovers, etc. and dabbles with the well-known tropes in a new and clever way. Interracial relationships, diversity, characters who come from different backgrounds and shouldn’t be together (for whatever reason).
- Contemporary—funny stories that depict diverse characters, commercial hooks, and are located in a small-town. I am also looking for diverse stories about illness (sickness, mental, or anything that shows the beauty of life in a creative way as well as reuniting with faith).
> Examples: The Fault in Our Stars, A Walk to Remember, Five Feet Apart
- RomCom—a love story that provides comedic elements, diverse characters who meet in a unique moment/setting, maybe they hate each other, or maybe that ‘meet-cute’ starts off wrong and places them in a difficult situation.
- Mystery—stories with a small diverse ensemble who are stuck in a building on a field trip, during a storm and murders begin to start. So now they must find who is committing the murders without being caught. Murders/crimes in a small town who are at a brink of falling due to corruption.
> Examples: Karen M. McManus’s One of is Lying, Riverdale, etc.
- Paranormal—a diverse cast of vampires, werewolves, magic, witches, and weaves in an unforgettable love story, please no Zombies.
> Books I enjoyed: Vampire Diaries, Twilight
> Shows I enjoyed: Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, The Good Witch, etc.
- LGBTQ—a funny contemporary romance that has all the feels, not just a story about identity (finding oneself), but finding love unexpectedly that makes them become more they’ve ever imagined. Especially open to underrepresented voices.
> Books I enjoyed: The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper and Everyday by David Levithan
- Thriller—fast paced stories that have a strong commercial hook from the start of the book and leaves every chapter with cliffhangers. Stories that incorporate psychological characters who blends the lines of what’s real and not real.
> Movies I enjoyed: Fear of Rain, The Roommate
- Pyschological Thriller/Suspense—stories that skewers reality and fictional, emotional scarring from a heart-wrenching past. I would love to see a sibling story similar to Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter.
> Examples: Secret Obsession, Rebecca, Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline
- Mystery—complex stories that show diverse characters problem-solving, travel, clues, motive to solve the murders, investigating murders against the clock, and revealing not one hint of who might of ‘dun it’.
> Examples: Dangerous Lies, Only Murders in the Building
- Contemporary Romance—a love story about two people who will go the distance for each other, balance real life issues, recover from a past that may have caused heartbreak, and striving to create make their dream a career. I’m also interested in magical elements added to the love story (Sunday’s at Tiffanys by James Patterson).
> Examples: Forever My Girl, Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
- RomCom—a love story that provides comedic elements, meeting in a unique moment/setting, enemies to lovers trope, rivalries, diverse characters, interracial couples, and shows the power from both sides of the characters. Embedding cultures, food, romantic dinners that turn steamy, and uses their town as a character.
> Movies I enjoyed: How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Because I Said So, Killers, Life as We Know it, This Means War, Netflix’s Original Movie Holidate & Set It Up
- Paranormal—a diverse cast of vampires, werewolves, magic, witches, and weaves in an unforgettable love story, please no Zombies. Beauty and the Beast adaption similar to Beastly.
- Sci-Fi—technology advancements set in our world but also shows me what could happen in the future. A dystopia future that embeds an unforgettable love story.
- Crime Fiction—diverse stories about a modern day detective who uses technology to try and solve a case, but something big causes the MC to reevaluate motive, causing a shift in the MC’s personal story that stirs a past that wasn’t meant to be unleashed.
> Books I enjoyed: A if for Alibi by Sue Grafton, The Underground Man by Ross McDonald, Farewell, my Lovely by Raymond Chandler
What I'm NOT looking for:
- Previously Published Books
- Short story collections
- Inspirational works including religious overtones
- Romantic Suspense
- Horror (please nothing with Zombies)
- Anything Political
Fun Facts About Me:
- I have 5 dogs and think I’m a dog whisperer (shh).
- Since the age of 11 my favorite band are the Jonas Brothers (will always be them) hehe :)
- My favorite color is Pink.
- I worked at Disneyland for 4 and half years as a lead while studying for my Bachelor’s Degree.
- My Zodiac sign is Aquarius.
- All time favorite book is Pride & Prejudice.
- Marvel Fan (favorite character is Tony Stark) and DC (Oliver Queen).
- The sitcom I watch the most and never get tired of is FRIENDS.
- Occasionally, I sing in the car, and positive I’m not good at it.
- Movies that always make me cry are The Titantic, One Day, P.S I Love You, and A Walk to Remember.
- I live in Southern California, currently hiding from the sun.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Everyday by David Levithan
- Come Back To Me by Mila Gray
- Sunday’s at Tiffany’s & First Love by James Patterson
- Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
- A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
- The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren.
- The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
- Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline
- If He Had Been with Me by Lauren Knowles
- The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper
- Rewrite by Gregory Benford
- A Walk To Remember
- One Day
- P.S. I Love You
- The Peanut Butter Falcon
- How To Lose A Guy in Ten Days
- Definitely, Maybe
- The Avengers
- New Girl
- This Is Us
- The Vampire Diaries
- Jane The Virgin