Erik Hane

@erikhane

Founder and Agent, @HeadwaterLit . @printrunpodcast with @lzats . Freelance editor and writer.

Minneapolis, MN

Headwater Literary Management

Erik Hane @erikhane · Oct 25

I hadn't updated my actual #MSWL page since starting the new agency, but I did so today--if you're interested, you can find a more detailed discussion of what I'm looking for in submitted projects this coming year here:
manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/erik…

Erik Hane @erikhane · Sep 24

In both F and NF though, I'm pretty open minded on subject matter. I mostly get excited about quality of writing and expertise; if you're a good stylist and can be trusted on the topic, we'll figure out how to make other people care about it. #MSWL

Erik Hane @erikhane · Sep 24

Twitter's not the right place for this probably, but just in case: I work on more academic-leaning stuff like trade science and history (especially if it has a cultural angle as described above). Particularly a fan of physics and biology writing. #MSWL

Erik Hane @erikhane · Sep 24

Essays/commentary are probably worth calling out on their own. We're seeing all kinds of engaging work happening in literary NF right now and if you're as excited about it as I am, send me your stuff please #MSWL

Erik Hane @erikhane · Sep 24

Erik Hane @erikhane

Most of my reading is manuscripts, obviously, but I do try to keep up best I can with as much contemporary published stuff as possible, for work reasons and my own enjoyment. I'm gonna catalog that 2019 reading in this thread.

I never quite know how to reverse-engineer a fiction commission like one needs to on #MSWL day, so how about this: here's my 2019 reading list. I liked each of these to varying degrees, but I was drawn enough to them at first to want to buy them? That feels somewhat useful.

Erik Hane @erikhane · 12 Sep 2018

#MSWL comps:

The Mars Room
The Mothers
What Belongs To You
Swamplandia!
City on Fire
The Tiger's Wife
Dissident Gardens
The Sellout
The Leavers
Everything I Never Told You
A Visit From the Goon Squad
Eileen

Erik Hane @erikhane · 12 Sep 2018

I also do rep some adult lit fic. For #MSWL, that's probably best expressed in comps. If you spent any time thinking about the structure/style of these (relatively) recent books while writing yours, I'd love a query: (cont'd)

Erik Hane @erikhane · 12 Sep 2018

Otherwise, in nonfiction: culture essays, sports (as long as it comes with a broader non-sport ramification), history, science, all those upmarket NF categories. #MSWL

Erik Hane @erikhane · 12 Sep 2018

Basically: if you're a lefty writer with a book idea and are dismayed that it's mostly just mainstream liberalism getting shelf space, I'd love to hear about what you're working on. #MSWL

Erik Hane @erikhane · 12 Sep 2018

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First one is obvious (I hope): send me lefty stuff, please. Leftist critiques of culture, history, contemporary politics, policy, people, big ideas, grassroots movements, and the like. I would really love to see sharp, refreshing, truly progressive thinking and writing #MSWL

This extends to online stuff too. If you're a writer who loves Left or Weird Twitter as much as I do, and you think you've got a concept that those communities would love, please get in touch! Maybe we can develop it together and find a home for it. #MSWL

Erik Hane @erikhane · 12 Sep 2018

Erik🍁Hane @erikhane

Happy #MSWL Day! I will add to this a bit throughout the day, but this will be an ongoing thread of themes, topics, categories, aesthetics, and other miscellany that I'd love to see in my inbox over the next few months. If this sounds like your project, get in touch!

First one is obvious (I hope): send me lefty stuff, please. Leftist critiques of culture, history, contemporary politics, policy, people, big ideas, grassroots movements, and the like. I would really love to see sharp, refreshing, truly progressive thinking and writing #MSWL

Erik Hane @erikhane · 1 Feb 2018

Hi everyone! I am once again open for queries and would love to hear from you about your book. Take a look at the link here for descriptions on the sort of writing I like. I can't wait to talk about your book with you. #queries #amwriting #MSWL #amquerying
erikhane.com/agent

Erik Hane @erikhane · 2 Jan 2018

So, I updated my website. If you're thinking of querying me (and I hope you are!), this page has a detailed description of things I like and what I'm looking for, in a #MSWL sort of way.
erikhane.com/agent