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

Hey #AmQuerying writers, Iโ€™m closing to queries on June 1 for the summer, but will be open to #MSWL items (see below) through this link: QueryManager.com/AshleyBlake/MSโ€ฆ

โœจQueer &/or BIPOC romance (rom com & contemp)
โœจContemp/upmarket/WF
โœจMystery w/ WF (think FINLAY DONOVAN)

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

๐Ÿ’ซ In YA or MG, Iโ€™m looking for contemporary only: sapphic rom coms, f/nb roms, or super voicey contemporary from BIPOC creators. #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

๐Ÿ’ซ Steamy romance. Seriously, I just want some emotionally fraught smashing. Or some not so emotional fraught smashing. Or smashing they slowly becomes emotionally fraught. You get me. #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

๐Ÿ’ซ Fat main characters in romance. Iโ€™d like some please. Body positivity only, no dieters or weight loss stories. If she just happens to be queer and wooed and adored by a super sexy love interest, I might use the phrase โ€œdream come trueโ€ when requesting your full. #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

๐Ÿ’ซ Specifically in historical romance, Iโ€™d love something non Regency, late 19th/early 20th century. Like Joanna Shupe, but QUEER IT UP. #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

Iโ€™m so excited to open to queries Friday, March 26th, so here are some of my current top #MSWL items!

๐Ÿ’ซ Diverse romance is at the top of my list. Iโ€™m desperate for queer contemporary, historical or rom coms f/f or nb/f), as well as roms by BIPOC creators! All tropes welcome.

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

Can I get a sapphic YA rom that is essentially an ANNE OF GREEN GABLES retelling but with Anne and Diana admitting theyโ€™re totally gone for each other please and thank you. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿฆฐ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’œ #MSWL

Also, an adult version of this? Historical rom with Anne as a young career woman in Charlottetown or wherever and Diana still unmarried much to her motherโ€™s horror because oops sheโ€™s in love with Anne and sheโ€™s got to go to the city to profess her love right the hell now. #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 sapphic YA rom that is essentially an ANNE OF GREEN GABLES retelling but with Anne and Diana admitting theyโ€™re totally gone for each other please and thank you. ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผโ€๐Ÿฆฐ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’œ #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 would like some very steamy romance please and thank you ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ #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

Iโ€™m just saying that I just added โ€œAdult Gothic Romanceโ€ to my genres list in Query Manager and I would like some. Make it queer. ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฅ€ #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

Hello #AmQuerying writers! Iโ€™ll be closed to unsolicited queries 2/10-3/10. Meanwhile, here are my top #MSWL

โœจAny rom from BIPOC creators
โœจQueer & QBIPOC f/f & f/nb rom
โœจQueer witchy rom com
โœจQueer romantic fantasy
โœจQueer domestic thrillers

Iโ€™m noticing a theme here ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“š

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

Someone write me a steamy f/f cowgirl romance. Come on, weโ€™re long past due here. #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
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

Reading THE SWITCH & goddess, Iโ€™d love a queer BIPOC contemporary adult novel (could say womenโ€™s fic, but Iโ€™d love any marginalized gender) that has similar feels. Light romance, quirky characters, humor, & a heartwarming takeaway that makes you want to live your best life.#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, 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