Carly Watters

Literary Agent

P.S. Literary Agency

Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

When our @PSLiterary query inbox opens again for the New Year please send me adult commercial/upmarket novels that are 70-85k. I would love some short and punchy novels. I don't want to read anything over 90k right now. My attention span (& the rest of the world) is SHORT. #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips
Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

If anyone is thinking ahead to the anniversary of #TheOC and working on a book in the near future let me know... #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips
Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

I love houses that are characters (TURN OF THE SCREW, LITTLE STRANGER, THE DUTCH HOUSE etc). Not horror, but a little eerie/creepy/ghosty works for me! #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

A reminder:

I posted my #mswl a few places & after I put the call out I’ve had more than a dozen people (women) ask to send me something.

Men simply do not do this.

Women: if you see a call for content and you fit the bill SEND IT.

You do NOT need permission twice.

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

A novel or non fiction project about Ray Eames (Charles’ partner and collaborator). #design #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

I'd *LOVE* a book proposal with current research (and research to come) about how Covid is disproportionately affecting women's careers in the short term and long term (as they are statistically more likely to take care the kids and step back). #MSWL

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

Time periods I like to read about: 1920s-present day. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction older than that. (Madeline Miller is really the only exception.) #MSWL

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

Plus-sized women’s fiction characters/heroines #MSWL

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

Science-based women’s health, perinatal health, maternal health, women’s mental health like LIKE A MOTHER by Angela Garbes. #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

A mix of themes I like to see explored (not all at once!): nature, motherhood, identity, making difficult decisions, travel, myth of meritocracy, feminism, longevity, family, heartbreak, secret histories, individuality, modernism, trust, class, money, race, art, memory. #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

I'd love something exploring ability/disability. Definitely #OWNVOICES. Non-fiction or fiction but my taste skews more commercial, not literary #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

Gothic fiction with possibly a modern storyline, too (I love THE LITTLE STRANGER by Sarah Waters and THE GREATCOAT by Helen Dunmore). Give me some ghosts. #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

A LGBTQIA+ novel in the vein of ONE DAY (high concept, unique structure, deep and sweeping love story) #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

I would love unique cookbook concepts by Black and Indigenous bloggers as well as non-fiction by BIPOC food writers #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips

Non-fiction about social/urban geography & how we move through our world. City planning etc leading to inequity and reinforcing racism through planning. Ideally with a feminist lens like INVISIBLE WOMEN. #mswl

Carly Watters
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
Senior Literary Agent, VP & Director of Literary Branding @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. She/Her. BLM.
128 MSWL
218 AskAgent
330 Tips