Nephele Tempest, Agent
I’m currently submissions in the following genres: women’s contemporary or historical fiction; contemporary or historical single-title romance; magical realism; secondary-world fantasy; science fiction; young adult and middle grade fiction of all sorts.
In general, I want voice- and character-driven fiction told with strong pacing and engaging plot twists, and stories that make me think. More specifically, I’d love to see any of the following:
- High-concept/breakout romance with a strong secondary narrative in addition to the HEA, especially something with a lighthearted thread.
- Still looking for something with an antihero/hero with dubious morals; pirates, etc. As in, bad boys, please.
- Women’s fiction that features a long-time female friendship or close-knit sisters.
- Complex female characters dealing with family dynamics, identity, career.
- Dual timelines or alternate histories.
- Historical fiction set between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries.
- Diverse POVs/casts that reflect the makeup of the real world and #ownvoices stories of all types.
- Mainstream fiction with a magical realism or straight magic component, such as Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House, or Robin Sloan’s Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.
- In YA fiction – stories where the teen romance serves as a means of support during a difficult time instead of the difficulty itself; historical teen fantasy that does NOT include a teenager becoming a ruler/monarch/fighting to keep their crown; historical fiction featuring everyday teens in the midst of challenging events; something featuring a politically/socially aware teen but that’s not preaching to readers.
- In MG fiction – strong friendships and sibling relationships; a story featuring a precocious/troublemaking protagonist; kids attempting to handle something difficult/serious on their own due to distracted/absent parents.