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 · 5d

Packing up my house, stumbled upon my collection of mix CDs from friends & exes, all up in my feelings. How influential were mix CDs in who we turned out to be??? I would read the hell out of a mix CD-themed friendship story with a nostalgic vibe rn. Make me cry. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jul 22

breezeh @briscoepark

Fear of being alone

This aesthetic is literally what I was talking about yesterday & also big-time #MSWL now & forever

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jul 16

I'm closing to queries soon for a bit to catch up on subs.

Before I do, I'd love to see some literary-leaning horror (MG, YA, adult) in my inbox. Atmospheric horror, body horror, campy horror, autumnal horror, emotional horror—all of it.

#MSWL #amwriting #writingcommunity

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jul 10

I'm all caught up on queries. 🎉 If you haven't heard back, your query is in the maybe pile. & I have six full manuscripts to read, which I'll be doing very soon.

Also, y'all have been crushing my recent request for more MG. Please keep 'em comin'.

#amquerying #querytip #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jul 1

Replying to @HowieSouthworth

I receive almost no cookbooks/food-related nonfiction, & I'd love to see more of those, too. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jul 1

I'd also love to see more upmarket fiction, women's fiction, & YA horror. I'm surprised how little of the query pie these genres take up. Please send me more of them. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jul 1

I get woefully few middle grade submissions. Y'all, I want middle grade! Middle grade is my heart! Please send me your middle grade!!! #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jul 1

I receive the next most horror and literary fiction submissions. Keep these coming, please. I receive a ton of sci-fi submissions, but I am looking for no hard sci-fi, & I get so. many. hard sci-fi queries.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jun 19

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks

Pop punk and emo bands that could easily be the title of a Young Adult novel:

🏃‍♂️ The Get Up Kids
⏳ A Day to Remember
❄️ Further Seems Forever
🚀 The Rocket Summer
✨ Straylight Run
🍂 Hidden In Plain View
💫 Count the Stars
😭 Dashboard Confessional
👑 We the Kings

Or their songs. Good grief #MSWL: “The Moon Is Down,” “New Year’s Project,” “Just Until Sundown,” “Again I Go Unnoticed,” “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most”!!!!!

(Maybe they’re YA - or maybe they’re for us 30-something punk kids who wore Mary Janes & too much eyeliner.)

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jun 13

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐 @laurenspieller

I’d love to see more non-white thriller and suspense writers in my inbox! #mswl

Second this. I consume domestic thrillers on audio like candy. I love them, but the subgenre is overwhelmingly white. I’d love to see queries from non-white authors of twisty domestic thrillers. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jun 11

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn

Today I learned all about Lena Richard, a New Orleanian & the first Black woman to host her own cooking show (also a chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur, & cookbook author). My dad’s family has been in New Orleans since the 1800s, & I’d never heard of Lena. 1/2

I’d LOVE to rep a project about Lena Richard. Narrative nonfiction? A cultural history of Black New Orleans food that centers Lena? A bio of Lena through a lense like The Cooking Gene? If you’d like to take this on (are already taking this on?!), query me please. 2/2 #MSWL #BVM

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jun 10

Morning, y'all! An update to my #MSWL:

I'm no longer accepting queries for picture books or chapter books. I'm going to focus on MG, YA, & adult fic & nonfic. Check out my fresh new list & see if we might be a match.

#writingcommunity #amquerying…

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · May 27


Since I feel like my agent resources are scattered all over—my agency page, MSWL, here, etc.—I thought I'd create a website that I can easily update with things like conference appearances & bragging on client news.

Check it out!

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · May 12

V specific #MSWL: I'm obsessed with bizarre feats of strength & stories of athleticism (Free Solo, The Barkley Marathons); I would read a novel based on this @runnersworld story. The relationship drama!! Or narrative nonfic about anything like this.…