Ashley Herring Blake

Literary Agent

Rees Literary Agency

Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

With horror, I'm a sucker for gothic anything. I want lush settings, atmospheric writing, and spook as opposed to gore. Think MEXICAN GOTHIC. Historical or contemporary. #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

For thrillers, I'm eager for some retellings (think THE WIFE UPSTAIRS). I'm not super into crime thrillers or domestic abuse, but I AM into fresh takes on a domestic psychological thriller. Again, not really into cop stories here either. As always, make it queer. #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

For mystery, I'm mostly interested in cozy mysteries, particularly those created by & featuring queer, BIPOC, and QBIPOC characters. I want intrigue, humor, & fresh takes on all the fave tropes. Please no cop-centric stories. #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

I'm eager for book club fiction--contemporary & upmarket fiction & WF you might comp to Brit Bennett, Kiley Reid, Linda Holmes, Celeste Ng, or Sally Rooney. I'd love some fresh takes here, not only divorce & marital angst. I'm not a great fit for super literary stories. #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Strong hooks are a must. I would love to see more romance (& any genre) with nonbinary/trans characters as well. And just saying, cowboy books are hot & all, but what about sexy cowgirls or nonbinary animal wranglers!? All those het faves, I'd love them queer! #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Now to specifics! I love ALL THE ROMANCE, w/ queer & BIPOC stories prioritized. Give me all your fave tropes starring queer, BIPOC, & QBIPOC characters, including rom coms, historical (more regency f/f PLEASE), contemporary romance, & paranormal w/ witches and/or vampires. #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Generally, I'm looking for mostly Adult right now, and specifically from BIPOC and QBIPOC creators. Contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, contemporary/upmarket fiction, cozy mysteries, thriller (non crime), light horror, & light fantasy. #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Hey all! I'm closed to queries for the end of the year, but when I open back up in January, here's a thread of what I'll be looking for in the new year. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“šโœจ#MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL
Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Hey, all, Iโ€™ll be closing to queries on 12/1 through the end of the year, so send your wonderful words my way! Iโ€™m specifically looking for queer & BIPOC creators & stories in Adult romance, womenโ€™s fic, fantasy. Iโ€™d love a sweet, sexy, diverse holiday rom right now. โœจ #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Hey, #amquerying writers, some #MSWL items for my holiday wishlist...

๐ŸŒˆโ„๏ธ Holiday adult rom com. My heart yearns. Do want. Give them to me. I reallyโ€”ok you get the drift.

๐ŸŒˆโœจAdult fantasy reminiscent of GIDEON or PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE or THE ONCE & FUTURE WITCHES.

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

More fat MCs, please. And by โ€œfatโ€ I donโ€™t mean โ€œwants to get healthyโ€ & hates themselves when they look in the mirror. I mean a confident, vulnerable bc damn our societyโ€™s thin expectations would affect even the most self-assured, sexy, take-no-shit, badass MC. #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Vampires, YA or adult. Preferably queer & featuring (& by) BIPOC. That is all๐Ÿง›โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง›๐Ÿง›โ€โ™‚๏ธ #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL
Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Book club fic/women's fic/contemporary fic/ gothic horror fic about and by authors of color & queer authors of color. That's it. That's the whole #MSWL tweet.

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Queer YA or adult horror by an author of color, I need it. Maybe itโ€™s because itโ€™s October, but Iโ€™m craving a queer MEXICAN GOTHIC or THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING, or something like in the vein of WILDER GIRLS by an author of color. #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Can I get a pair of witchy sisters in an MG with a lush setting, fresh spins or underrepped magical systems, preferably by authors of color writing their own stories? Send them my way! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป #MSWL

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

A few more #MSWL items...

Iโ€™d LOVE a fresh magical school YA or MG. Queer, yes. Authors of color writing their own stories, double yes.

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Still looking for a Fleabag-esque disaster of a main character in an adult.

Ashley Herring Blake
@ashleyhblake
Literary Agent
Author of books | Agent at Rees Literary | Up next: FOOLS IN LOVE, Running Press 12.7.21; DELILAH GREEN DOESNโ€™T CARE, Berkley 2.22.22 | she/her ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™
115 MSWL

Queer f/f, nb/nb, or f/nb rom comsโ€”noticing a very rainbow-hued pattern hereโ€”with all and any trope for the lady and non-binary lovahhhs.