New submission rules

As I mentioned on Twitter recently, I’m reverting to my summer submission rules for the foreseeable future. This means:

  • Instead of using the slush pile as my primary means of finding new clients, I have committed to reaching out to authors from marginalised and underrepresented groups who might be seeking an agent.
  • The definition of ‘marginalised group’ I will be using is the same as Beth Phelan’s from #DVpit: including but not limited to ‘Native peoples and people of color; people living and/or born/raised in underrepresented cultures and countries; disabled persons; people with illness; people on marginalised ends of the socioeconomic, cultural and/or religious spectrum; people identifying as LGBTQIA+; and more.’ I am particularly interested in hearing from indigenous people and people of colour (who may or may not also fall into any of the other categories), because until now the vast majority of submissions I’ve received have been from white people and I would like that to change.
  • I am taking recommendations from everybody, so if you know somebody who fits these criteria and is looking for an agent please let them know about me, or let me know about them.
  • I am not looking for writing by members of dominant social groups whose main characters are marginalised. Please do not send me your MS if you do not count yourself as part of a marginalised or underrepresented group.
  • If you’re a member of a marginalised or underrepresented group but your characters are not, that’s fine by me. I am looking to support authors to create whichever kind of characters they feel like creating.

 

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