Erin Clyburn


Associate Agent @JDLitAgency . Copy Editor @foodandwine . MA in Children's Lit from @hollinsu . Southerner. Bunny owner. Lover of all things horror.

Birmingham, AL

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · 6d

My fever-addled self also rewatched HEREDITARY today & it reminded me of a #MSWL I’ve mentioned before: horror that deals with grief (in both children’s & adult lit). Horror that’s intertwined with grief. Like HEREDITARY, THE BABADOOK, A MONSTER CALLS. Please & thank you. 🖤

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Feb 5

Replying to @erin_clyburn

I'm hungry for middle grade. I would also love more literary YA. & I would love an adult memoir/nonfic with an amazing hook (think MY BRAIN ON FIRE, EDUCATED, or FULL BODY BURDEN, not that summer you spent nannying in Europe [I'm sorry but I see so many queries like this]). #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Feb 3

Good morning, y'all! I have updated my #MSWL on my agency page to include more specific language about what kind of horror & sci-fi I am looking for as well as what I'm not looking for at this time. Check it out!

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 30

There are other great examples but I'll leave it at that for now; you get the idea. I'd love to see any mashups like these, where you could almost fit it into a variety of genres. This goes for YA & adult, btw.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 30

Or THE AGE OF MIRACLES by Karen Thompson Walker. It's about the Earth's rotation slowing & the massive aftereffects—but also it's a bildungsroman, just one girl dealing with becoming a teen as the world falls apart around her.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 30

I am looking for light sci-fi with personal stakes. I've mentioned these before but these are the big examples I keep coming back to: NEVER LET ME GO by Ishiguro. It's about interpersonal relationships/coming of age—but also it's about cloning.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 17

I am still thinking about how THE PERFECTION & BLACK SWAN so creepily captured what it's like to take a passion too seriously. (I was a ballet dancer for 18 years, & BLACK SWAN was shockingly familiar.) I'd love a YA/adult horror novel about a dark obsession with the arts. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 12

Kiki Nguyen @kianangu

@erin_clyburn Idk why I hadn’t thought of this before??

Replying to @kianangu

Ditto. I think of The Yellow Wallpaper all the time, & reread it once a year or so. Maybe it’s just so perfect as it is? But I’d LOVE to see a novel inspired by it. #MSWL for sure.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 4

Since posting my #MSWL the other day, I’ve gotten a lot of queries for things I do not rep, which are on my page at with my sub guidelines. I am not looking for hard sci-fi, epic fantasy, or political or military thrillers.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-My long shot: Still looking for a literary epic multigenerational family saga with magic realism set in the South. A Southern 100 Years of Solitude. Does it exist? Did you write it?!

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-Nonfiction (kids/adult): Pop science projects, biographies about lesser-known figures

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-Literary fiction (adult): I haven't stopped thinking about HISTORY OF WOLVES since I read it, so, lit fic about complex family relationships, growing up/aging, mental health, darker topics. Also, since it's election year & my anxiety will be running high, hopeful topics.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-Character-driven sci-fi, always (YA/adult), & sci-fi grounded in the earth/plant life/climate change issues (like ANNIHILATION, WILDER GIRLS)

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-Horror (YA/adult): Psychological horror, body horror, hauntings, & other weird/new/different horror. (Also, I am NOT looking for zombies/werewolves/vampires/other creatures at this time.)