Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Suzie's Updated Submission Guidelines

I'm back!

I’m still looking for strong YA and middle grade, but I want to actively build my adult list. I’m specifically looking in a few areas of fiction so here’s my wish list:

Upmarket and issue driven women’s fiction. I love novels that would be great for book club discussions. I especially love authors like Jodi Picoult, Sue Monk Kidd, Anna Quindlen, and Alice Hoffman.

Paranormal romance. I’m an absolute junkie for steamy page turning paranormal romances. I own every Jeaniene Frost, Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, and Gena Showalter novel.

Historical romance sagas. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet is one of my favorites, and I recently loved novels by Phillippa Gregory, Karleen Koen, and Elizabeth Chadwick. The Tudors is also a guilty pleasure of mine, and I find especially English and French history fascinating.

Urban fantasy. This is my absolute favorite genre as a reader, but I’m looking for something other than just vampires. The darker the better. Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong are on my must read list.

Dark romantic fantasy. The more epic the better. Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy and Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel series cost me friends since I spent days holed up reading.

How to Query

The short answer is: You can query me with your query and first 5-10 pages at

But if you need query information, here's the long answer:

To see a pretty simple breakdown of what you need and how it's different for fiction, memoir, and non-fiction go here.  For fiction and memoir, your manuscript must be complete and polished.  Don't send unsolicited attachments of any kind.  Be sure to include your full name, email address, mailing address, and telephone number in your query (and on your manuscript!).  For fiction, include the word count (use the word count tool in your word processing program).

For well formated query examples, go here.  For information on how to put together a strong non-fiction proposal, read this and this.

I'm open to queries via mail (send to the FinePrint address, at my attention) or email.  In addition to your query, please include the first 5-10 pages (pasted into the body of the email - no attachments, please!).  Don't worry about sending a synopsis - they're evil.


Julie said...

Oh my... did you just say a synopsis is evil?! Writer's everywhere have just bowed simultaneously in your honor, Suzie.

Me included. In fact, I use them as a method of self torture.

And I will have to check out some of your adult book recommendations. Time for me to grow up :)

Jessica Bell said...

Hmmm, would you be inerested in considering an author (erm, like me :o) who already has a contract for a debut adult women's literary/contemporary novel with a small press, and who is very near finishing the first draft of their second book? ;o)

Kathy Bradey said...

I love The Pillars of the Earth. I only read Ken Follett's historical novels. :) He does historical so well.

The Tudors is a guilty pleasure for lots of us! I'm sure it has *nothing* to do with Henry Cavill and/or Torrance Coombs...

suzie townsend said...

Kathy, omg Henry Cavill! *swoon*

Sarah said...

You'll probably be hearing from me in the next couple of weeks as I get my final edits and query in order. :)

What if I really, really want to send a synopsis? Heh...

Are you a Charles de Lint fan at all? I find that I tend to read a much larger percentage of fiction by female authors, but I do love his urban fantasies.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

happy new year - you guys :)

Matthew Rush said...

Wait! You hate synopses too!?! That rules.

Otherwise, great info, good to know. Thanks Suzie!

Michelle said...

One super-dark Urban Fantasy (minus vampires) query coming your way. ;)

I'm such a geek - I've been waiting for this! XD;

Shayda Bakhshi said...

I feel sort of horrible sending you something to add to the deluge of queries you're undoubtedly getting today, but yay! :)

Kaleen said...

Yay, that you're open to queries again, and that adult paranormal romance is on your wish list! JR Ward and Sherrilyn Kenyon occupy ample space on my book shelves too.

lexcade said...

Glad you're back!

I'm so happy someone else recognizes the evilness of, how to get everyone else on that train of thought...?

Shelley Watters said...

Glad you're back. LOVE your new wish list. I love the dark, paranormal romances too! JR Ward (the BDB series) is like crack.

OMG The TUDORS. I've been watching the series on Netflix and have stayed up WAY too late too many nights watching the heaven that is the Tudors. Henry Cavill is my FAVORITE. OMG Henry. *Swoon!* They should have cast HIM as Henry. (Not that I don't like JRM - he's gorgeous, but there's something rugged and yum about Henry Cavill) But then he'd be an ass - but a hot ass. LOL.

Can I just say that I want to read anything you rep because I <3 your taste in books? LOL.

And on the Urban Fantasy side - I have read a few urban fantasy (YA's) manuscripts recently that are right up your alley. I don't know how you decide who you will offer and who you wont. That has to be the hardest decision. I'd offer to both of them! LOL

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