Carly Watters || Literary Agent

Literary Agent

P.S. Literary Agency

SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

A style/atmospheric #MSWL, but I'm throwing it out there: one of my favourite musicians is Lori McKenna. "Bird and the Rifle" <- if you have the book version of this let me know! youtube.com/watch?v=NUPfMX…

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips
Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

My #MSWL is here: carlywatters.com/2018/04/09/201… I'm looking for a whole lot of #ownvoices fiction and platform driven non-fiction. Submission instructions linked to on the page too.

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips
Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips
Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

Lastly (I think) #mswl: non fiction in the form of parenting, feminism, health, wellness, cooking, business, essay collections—from individuals with *large* platforms (bloggers, influencers, experts, YouTube, newsletters etc)

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

Evergreen #MSWL: Family secrets & single events that chance the course of many lives i.e. COMMONWEALTH, ATONEMENT

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

Commercial “Millennial” novels: i.e. STARTUP, THE ASSISTANTS, THE KNOCKOFF, THE REGULARS. Starting careers, moving to new cities, friendships, new marriages etc #mswl

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

Coming-of-age anything! Could have historical/magical realism twist i.e. THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY, YONAHLOSSEE RIDING CAMP, AFTER HER, THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD, THE GIRLS, HISTORY OF WOLVES, GIRLS ON FIRE, AGE OF MIRACLES #mswl

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

Plot & character driven stories of marriage, complicated family drama, or mother/daughter relationships i.e. THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS, EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, MATING FOR LIFE, MODERN LOVERS, THE NEST, SHE REGRETS NOTHING, THE PEOPLE WE HATE AT THE WEDDING etc #mswl

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

Still looking at dom. suspense & psych thrillers. V competitive out there so I’m not looking for something that is overcomplicated & trying to out-do what’s on the market. I’m looking for excellent, simple (which is so much harder!), haunting/spooky/creepy writing. #mswl

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

Dark literary mysteries/suspense/thrillers with female lead i.e. DARK PLACES, YOU WILL KNOW ME, THE FEVER, THE POWER #mswl

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

Multi POV, time slip or dual past/present narrative structure women’s fiction, historical, domestic suspense, or upmarket like THE ALICE NETWORK, THE SUBWAY GIRLS. #mswl

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

Historical novels where plot & setting have to work together i.e. NIGHTINGALE, ARCADIA, GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND. I’m not interested in writers using historical to tell me how much research they’ve done. I want a very plotty historical. Beatriz Williams-esque. #mswl

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

Upmarket, structurally interesting, sweeping love stories of all kinds. I’d love a LGBTQ story in the vein of ONE DAY/THE VERSIONS OF US. Something like a more commercial PAYING GUESTS (which I loved, but I'm not interested in ton of capital L literary fiction right now). #mswl

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips
Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

A book I never, ever stop thinking about: The After Party by Anton DiSclafani.

I loved this one & wish I could read it again for the first time.

That plot twist, the friendship drama, the setting, themes of motherhood.

Perfection.

Send me this. #MSWL

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips

I'm open to queries again, folks! And I'm getting tons of great ones. (My #MSWL here: bit.ly/2v9tFiX) If you get a full request from me, I've got a list of things I'm looking for (which will be listed in the email you get) that is far more than simply a synopsis.

Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips
Carly Watters || Literary Agent
@carlywatters
Literary Agent
SVP at @PSLiterary . MA in Publishing Studies. Co-host of @TSNOTYAW podcast. VP of Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents.
145 MSWL
228 AskAgent
334 Tips