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


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.

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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.…

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · May 6

Do any '90s kids remember @NealShusterman's MINDSTORMS books? They were a Scholastic Book Fair purchase. Twilight Zone for kids, basically; stories like a kid on a plane trying to outrun the sunrise as the sun goes nova ENTHRALLED 6th grade me. What I'm saying is #MSWL.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Apr 22

I am ~so impressed~ with #DVpit today. If I ❤️ your pitch, you can sub to me through the link in my pinned tweet. If I miss yours, you can still sub to me! I'm all over the horror today: hauntings, gothic, anything you can comp to Ari Aster or Jordan Peele. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Apr 19

I can’t remember if I’ve said this before or not, but if anyone out there is writing MG contemporary fantasy you could comp to TOM’S MIDNIGHT GARDEN, please send it my way. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Apr 1

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn

The boyfriend & I have gone down a YouTube rabbit hole of Fountains of Wayne videos that segued into Mazzy Star & then REM vids & now we are weeping.

On that note, I am very much not a fan of romance or mushy books, but if someone could write an angsty, romantic YA that captures the swoony ‘90s energy of “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star, well... that person should send it to me. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Mar 24

Soon, my clients will all either be writing or on sub, so I'm hungry to sign a new author. (Yes, I do have a few fulls to read; I'm getting to them!) I'd give my proverbial right arm for a big-hearted middle grade right now. Something a little magical, like HELLO, UNIVERSE. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Mar 22

I started THE RADIUM GIRLS right before this whole business began, which has been weird, but wow, what a stunning, horrifying book. It will enrage, then enrage you more that workers are similarly fighting for humane rights 100 years later. (Also, #MSWL: nonfiction like this.)

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Mar 11

Stephanie Stein @stephlystein

Would love a killer middle grade mystery.* Spooky/supernatural, cozy, and Westing Game puzzle-style varieties all encouraged. #mswl

*no actual murder required

I've been dying for this ever since I became an agent. It's on my permanent #MSWL, but doesn't hurt to reiterate it here! Send me your comps to THE WESTING GAME, GREENGLASS HOUSE, & THE PARKER INHERITANCE!

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Mar 5

I’m mostly staying out of #PitMad today, mostly, but please query me if you think we’re a good fit. Right now I’d love to see something YA or A that’s really lyrical & literary, something with a super lush, immersive setting. & as always I’m dying for MG. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Feb 22

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.