#MSWL

Thinking of querying me? Please send a query letter + first 20 pages to nycadmin@zshliterary.com (please DO NOT use the Contact Me form for queries).

Here’s a list of what I’d love to see in my inbox:

All Ages:

  • Diversity!
  • STEM, especially women in STEM fields
  • Magical Realism
  • Stories about food (or chefs)
  • Archaeology (The Mummy is one of my favorite movies)
  • Unconventional storytelling (ie. stories told through found footage, mock handbooks/guidebooks/textbooks, twitter exchanges, etc.)

MG:

  • Misfits
  • Mysteries
  • Things that go bump in the night
  • The strange & the wondrous
  • SFF of all types
  • Historical
  • Quirky contemporary
  • Funny fairy tales
  • Funny scary stories

YA:

  • SFF
  • Historical
  • Mysteries/Thrillers
  • Horror
  • Steampunk (and all spinoff punks)
  • Heists
  • Obscure retellings, ie:
    • lesser known fairy tales
    • mythology/folklore from all cultures
    • less popular classic literature (for example: Persuasion, The Moonstone, The Importance of Being Ernest, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, North & South, etc.)
    • Classic ballet and opera
  • Unreliable narrators

Adult:

  • Humor
  • Historical mysteries
  • Stories starring nerds
  • Steampunk
  • Light SFF
  • Voice-driven, witty novels (like The Rosie Project or Where’d You Go, Bernadette)
  • Family secrets

Stuff I’d Prefer NOT To See In A Query:

  • Vampires
  • Werewolves
  • Instalove
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girls
  • Perfect People
  • Slut Shaming
  • Fat Shaming
  • Fridging

What I’ve Read Recently (And Loved):

  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  • The Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero
  • Lock & Mori by Heather Petty
  • Wolf by Wolf and The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • The Shadow Behind The Stars by Rebecca Hahn
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
  • Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig
  • Rooms by Lauren Oliver
  • Sway by Kat Spears
  • 2am at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
  • Anything by Sarah Addison Allen or Kate Morton