With the start of July and true summer in publishing, I am re-opening submissions. If you’ve been sitting on your query letters, now’s the time to dust them off!
I’m looking for adult genre fiction of nearly any stripe, but primarily fantasy, science-fiction, horror, and related subgenres, both commercial and literary. I particularly love badass ladies, heists, non-Western and/or non-Medieval-based fantasy, and genre mash-ups. I also handle YA and some middle grade, and am especially looking for YA fantasy with female protagonists. For nonfiction, I am interested in seeing both narrative and prescriptive material related to women’s issues, anthropology, psychology, popular science, travel, cooking, fashion, art, and of course fandom, geek, and pop culture.
I do not work with commercial romance fiction unless it crosses over heavily with another genre. Our agency does not handle screenplays.
For fiction, please send a query letter, a synopsis of the work, and the first three chapters. For nonfiction, please send a query letter with your bio and project proposal.
Email submissions are preferred. Please email your query letter and material IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL (no unsolicited attachments) to caitlin [at] sll.com. Please include the word “submission” or “query” in the subject line. If you would rather submit by mail, please send your materials, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to:
Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc
Attn.: Caitlin McDonald
65 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012
Submissions will be open until at least mid-August. Feel free to send me an ask if you have any questions.