I am committed to representing authors and work from all walks of life. I’m particularly passionate about representing the voices of the marginalized and disenfranchised and, in me, those voices will find an unwavering advocate. In an industry that is often slow to embrace change, I pride myself on being part of the push toward a more diverse publishing landscape through the authors and stories I represent.
I am also interested in representing female and female-identifying voices. I am drawn to the unique pressures and circumstances girls and women face and there is no female character too “unlikable” to pique my interest. I firmly believe female characters deserve to be featured with the same depth and range as their male counterparts.
I’m looking for both fiction and nonfiction–edgy, gritty, quirky or fun, commercial or literary–and diverse voices. I am especially interested in young adult and middle grade. In nonfiction, I am looking for women’s studies/academia, fashion/beauty, and pop culture. I also curate an ‘ideas week’ tag on my tumblr, where I share my current interests and the kind of stories I’d loved to see in my inbox.
I’m a fan of books like Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon by Marjorie Kellogg, the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary, the Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal, The Girls from Corona Del Mar by Rufi Thorpe, Valencia by Michelle Tea and Sex Object: A Memoir by Jessica Valenti. I love movies like Heathers, The Breakfast Club, anything on Lifetime and my taste in television ranges from highbrow to trash; I regularly tune in to American Horror Story, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Bob’s Burgers, How to Get Away with Murder and The Real Housewives of New York City. I’m a major fan of riot grrl punk and Kathleen Hanna. I also just discovered the wonders of the podcast My Favorite Murder. If you’re writing anything along those lines or anything that calls to mind my current favs (below), feel free to query me with it.
Amy’s Favs, Winter 2018/2019:
TV SHOWS: Younger and Killing Eve (Hulu)
BANDS/SINGERS: Cherry Glazerr
SONGS: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
BOOKS (non-client): Shame on You by Amy Heydenrych and The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
Amy is NOT looking for:
Memoirs that deal with cancer or death/grieving
I am likely to pass on stories that talk about 9/11 or rape or stories of abuse/domestic violence
How to submit:
Query me by telling me a bit about your project and what you hope I can do for you, also send the first 5 pages included in the body of your email. Any submissions with unrequested attachments will be deleted unread.
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