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What Agents Are NOT Looking For + News + Recent Deals

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Rachel Caine's WOLFHUNTER RIVER made #7 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list and #6 on Wall Street Journal.

THE LIEUTENANT'S NURSE by Sara Ackerman made the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list.

Emma Lord's TWEET CUTE had an exclusive cover reveal and excerpt in Bustle.

THE AUSTEN PLAYBOOK by Lucy Parker received a great review in Entertainment Weekly.

Gena Showalter's exclusive book trailer and Q&A for THE EVIL QUEEN were posted in Frolic.

Amazon's Best Romance Books of the Month included GETTING HOT WITH THE SCOT by Melonie Johnson.

DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY author Aimie Runyan was on a local TV show for her Colorado Book Award nomination.

Barnes & Nobel's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of May 2019 included AN ILLUSION OF THIEVES by Cate Glass and TIME’S DEMON by DB Jackson.

BEST LAID PLANS by Rebecca Hunter was selected by reader judges as a finalist in the HOLT Medallion Contest in the Extra Spicy/Erotica category.

MARRYING MY COWBOY, which includes The Cowboy Lassoes a Bride by Kate Pearce, remained on the Publishers Weekly Bestseller list.

Entertainment Weekly did an exclusive interview with Alyssa Cole, where she discussed releasing an Audible Original about robot love.

Working Mother's 20 Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019 include THE ROAD SHE LEFT BEHIND by Christine Nolfi. THE SEASON OF SILVER LININGS, also by Christine Nolfi, is a Greater Detroit RWA 2019 Booksellers' Best Award Finalist.


- Author of the Nevermore trilogy, Kelly Creagh's PHANTOM HEART, a contemporary retelling of Gaston Leroux's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, in which a teen girl finds herself in a complicated love triangle with her high school boyfriend and the 18-year-old spirit of a musical prodigy who resides in her family's Victorian home, to Dana Leydig at Viking Children's, in a nice two-book deal, for publication in fall 2020, by Janna Bonikowski

- Author of the forthcoming SONGS FROM THE DEEP, Kelly Powell's SECRETS OF THE PRINTERY, in which an obituary printer enlists the aid of a watchmaker to help her find an enchanted timepiece and solve a connected string of murders in their city, to Karen Wojtyla at Margaret K. McElderry Books, in a very nice deal, for publication in fall 2020, by Kristy Hunter

- Karen Booth's THE STERLING WIVES, a trilogy in which an enigmatic billionaire leaves his company to his three wives—two former and one current—who must resolve their differences to save their fortunes and forge new relationships, to Patience Bloom at Harlequin Desire, in a nice three-book deal, by Melissa Jeglinski

- Chelsea Ichaso's LITTLE CREEPING THINGS, in which a teenage girl attempts to find her bully's killer before she gets blamed for the murder, only to unravel the unsettling truth about the deadly fire she started as a child, to Eliza Swift at Sourcebooks Fire, in a two-book deal, for publication in spring 2020, by Kristy Hunter



Sarah Warburton
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Sarah Warburton lives in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, where she lives with her husband, kids and their dog. Her work has appeared in the Southern Arts Journal, Embark Literary Journal and online at Women on Writing. When she isn't writing or reading, she's knitting, and taking the dog on long walks.


What are some topics, phrases, or other things you don't want to see in queries right now?


Pamela Harty

One of the top things I really don’t want to see is queries in genres I’m not interested in. It’s really important to do proper research before submitting. You deserve it and your work deserves it.


Nephele Tempest

In terms of queries, I’m really not looking for any fantasy/paranormal romance about demons or shapeshifters at the moment, or any fiction at all where cheating spouses or serious/terminal illness serves as primary focus. I am also not the right person to send pro-sports team-related adult fiction, with the possible exception if it's romance. Finally, I’m not looking for religious fiction. I’m happy to read work where characters hold specific beliefs, or with a redemptive arc, but nothing outwardly message-oriented. I’m definitely still interested in everything on my wishlist, but I’d like to note that the list covers various genres and subjects; it’s not actually a challenge to see how many of those things can get shoehorned into a single book. 


Melissa Jeglinski

I’m seeing an overabundance of WWII historical fiction. I’d love to see strong female characters in a different time period.  No paranormal or supernatural stories in any genre or age group right now.     


Janna Bonikowski

Right now, I’m not looking for projects in these areas:

- Non-fiction

- Military, medical, or legal thrillers. If it could be comped to Michael Crichton, John Grisham, Tom Clancy, I’m really not a good fit.

- Space-based or technology-heavy science fiction

- Inspirational or religious works

- Middle grade or younger in children’s books, including picture books

- Poetry

- Short stories

- Screenplays

If your book’s genre isn’t an option on my Query Manager submission page, it’s because I’m not currently looking for those projects, and another agent would be a better fit. Please don’t submit your picture book as young adult fiction!


An Illusion of Thieves (Chimera Book 1)

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowRomy escapes her hardscrabble upbringing when she becomes courtesan to the Shadow Lord, a revolutionary noble who brings laws and comforts once reserved for the wealthy to all. When her brother, Neri, is caught thieving with the aid of magic, Romy's aristocratic influence is the only thing that can spare his life—and the price is her banishment.


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Two time-traveling heroes must change the future before they are murdered in the past, in the incredible fantasy sequel to TIME'S CHILDREN.

One Night in Christmas: a Christmas, Colorado novella

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From a USA Today bestselling author who RaeAnne Thayne calls "heartfelt and delightful" comes a charming novella in the Christmas Colorado series about a small town boutique owner finding her second chance at love.

The Last Snowfall (Standing Tall Book 2)

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After racking up serious injuries, world-famous snowboarder Nate Forrest returns to the West Virginia coal town that has been his family’s home for generations. The transition’s a challenge, but there’s nothing more beautiful than snow. Except maybe Dr. Lacey Berryville. How can Nate resist this tender-hearted vet who adores every living creature and isn’t the least bit fazed by his celebrity?  

For Their Child's Sake (Return to Stonerock Book 3)

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowTwo years ago, Sam Bailey lost the two people who mattered most. Now his daughter needs him. Despite their still-powerful attraction, Tara isn’t ready to trust her estranged husband again. But Sam sees a chance to fight for their future, to redeem himself in Tara’s eyes. He needs them to be a family again—even better and stronger than before…

Her Oklahoma Rancher (Mercy Ranch)

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Paralyzed veteran Eve Vincent has built an independent new life at a ranch for wounded warriors. But when she and her ex-fiancé, Ethan Forester, are named guardians of an orphaned baby girl, they must face down past misunderstandings to make a future for Tori. And caring for the little girl together might just rekindle their love…this time for forever.

Forever with You & The Sweet Taste of Seduction: A 2-in-1 Collection (Sapphire Shores Book 3)

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Delanie Atwater’s unexpected inheritance comes with hidden dangers—like her irresistible rancher neighbor, who offers his expertise. Soon the sprawling North Carolina vineyard isn’t all Ray Cavanaugh is bringing back to life. But even as he awakens Delanie’s dormant passion, she uncovers a plot to buy her legacy out from under her. This leaves Delanie questioning if her relationship with Ray can truly survive this test.

Tempted by Scandal (Dynasties: Secrets of the A-List Book 1)

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Nadia Gonzalez has too much at stake to fall for her boss. But billionaire entrepreneur Matt Richmond has a way of getting past her defenses. Too bad what’s amazing in the bedroom is bad for Richmond Industries—especially when tabloid rumors threaten to destroy Nadia’s career. Can she trust Matt to stand by her…or must business come first?

Smitten by the Brit: A Sometimes in Love Novel

Buy NowBuy NowBuy Now Buy NowEnglish professor Bonnie Blythe expects her life to play out like her favorite novels, especially now that her long-term boyfriend has finally proposed. So when a shocking discovery leads Bonnie to end her engagement, she decides to close the book on love. But the plot thickens when a brand-new character enters the scene—and quickens Bonnie's heart.

The Darkest Warrior (Lords of the Underworld)

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A searing Lords of the Underworld tale by New York Times
bestselling author Gena Showalter, featuring a beastly prince and the wife he will wage war to keep.