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 · 1d

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 · 5d

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.)

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

-Low fantasy/portal fantasies (YA/adult): Something transportive but based in our world, like THE HAZEL WOOD.

-Middle grade: All. Of. It. Especially mysteries: Always looking for GREENGLASS HOUSE or WESTING GAME vibes.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jan 2

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn

I'm about to reopen to queries, but before I do, a little #MSWL thread of what I'm hoping to see in my inbox in the coming months:

#writingcommunity #amquerying

-Domestic thrillers (adult): I love them, & I never get these! Please send me your domestic/psychological thrillers; I vastly prefer them over any other kind & would love to find one with an amazing hook. One of my recent favorites was JP Delaney's THE GIRL BEFORE.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · 20 Dec 2019

Erin Clyburn ~closed to queries until 1/1/20~ @erin_clyburn

Her other book, THE AGE OF MIRACLES, is similarly dazzling.

This is top of the list for things I’d love to see in my inbox for ‘20: sci-fi that puts the SFF elements as the backdrop for telling stories about humanity. #MSWL

For instance...

TAOM is a teen coming-of-age story—but the Earth’s rotation is slowing. In THE DREAMERS, shifting family dynamics are painted on the canvas of a town quarantined bc of a sleeping sickness.


Send me this please. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · 27 Nov 2019

Hi #amquerying! A reminder that you have three days to get your queries to me before I close for the month of December. No rush, though - if you’re not quite ready, I’ll see you in the new year!

You can find my #MSWL & how to query me here:

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · 21 Nov 2019

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn

As the holidays approach, some news:

I'll be closing to queries Dec. 1 - 31. I have a pile of queries & subs to catch up on, so please add yours to it before Dec. 1 if you wish!

#amquerying #amagenting #WritingCommunity

While I'm at it, a quick #MSWL of things I would love to see right now:

- Big-hearted contemporary MG
- MG horror
- A domestic thriller
- YA thriller/horror
- YA/A speculative/light sci-fi (think Black Mirror)
- MG/YA/A with a culinary theme

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · 15 Nov 2019

I am generally not a big historical fiction person, but I am SALIVATING over this write-up of MARY TOFT; OR, THE RABBIT QUEEN by @dexterauthor. If you have a historical fiction based on oddities like this, I want to see it! #MSWL…

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · 24 Oct 2019

Lastly, one exception to all this is that I consume domestic thrillers like candy, especially those with wild twists. I loved The Girl Before. Please send me your domestic thrillers.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · 24 Oct 2019

I would sell my soul for the next The Strange & Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. That's not hyperbole.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · 24 Oct 2019

I like YA on the weirder side & YA with really lyrical voices: I still cannot stop thinking about Midwinterblood, The Accident Season, All the Truth That's in Me, or We Were Liars.