Erin Clyburn

Literary Agent

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

This weekend I inhaled NOTHING TO SEE HERE by Kevin Wilson (TY @gracetowery for the rec!). It is SO MY BRAND. If you could comp your MS to it, please send it my way: a funny, dark, character-driven story with a weird twist (in this case, kids who spontaneously combust!). #mswl

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

I am listening to BOYS OF ALABAMA by @genhudson on audio, & it's just what I always dream of in Southern fiction: It explores everything that's beautiful & ugly about the South, with a touch of magic. It's stunning. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

I finished season two of Pen15 & I am shattered. I wouldn’t have gotten through middle school without my own ride-or-die, who is still my BFF today (check out these 7th grade math team nerds/soulmates). Please send me books about middle/HS friendships like Maya & Anna’s. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

I just finished WONDERLAND by @zooshka, & when I say on my #MSWL I’m looking for deeply emotional horror about family relationships, this is exactly what I want! The dread, the claustrophobia, the terror of the natural world. What a stunningly agonizing read.

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

Thought of another #MSWL: A rewatch of Palm Springs got me thinking about time loops & interconnected timelines. I’d love to see something that truly blows my mind in the way NEVERWORLD WAKE or MIDWINTERBLOOD did. Serious, funny, romantic, super dark, all of the above?

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

Julia P. McCarthy @thejumbles

I want a YA novel that reads like a Joanna Newsom song.

My eyes bulged at the thought of this.

“There are some mornings when the sky looks like a road
There are some dragons who were built to have & hold”

“Your skin is something that I stir into my tea
& I am watching you
& you are starry, starry, starry”

Gimme. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

OK, I think that’s all for now. I’m working my way through subs & will be jazzed to see your weird words in a couple of weeks. If anything else pops into my head, I’ll add to this list.

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

Oh! A locked-room mystery in YA or adult!

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

Pop science in the vein of Mary Roach & Oliver Sacks, & science-adjacent histories like RADIUM GIRLS & HENRIETTA LACKS.

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips
Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

I am still on the hunt for the book I’ve been dreaming about since I became an agent: a multigenerational family saga with spec elements set in the South, a Southern 100 Years of Solitude. Dream big, right?

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

Anything you could comp to NEVER LET ME GO. So, character-driven sci-fi ~based in our world~ that will absolutely destroy my soul like Ishiguro always does.

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

Still looking for my puzzle/scavenger hunt MG. Think GREENGLASS HOUSE. Also spooky MG. Also all MG.

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

I’d love to see dark & twisty domestic thrillers by BIPOC authors.

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

Adult upmarket fiction - women’s fic, spec fic, mystery. Looking for beautiful literary writing with a great hook. Would love to see more with older women protags.

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips
Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

I just realized two of my clients' books involve jugs of blood. So I guess if you're writing a book with jugs of blood in it, I'm your gal.

Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips
Erin Clyburn
@erin_clyburn
Literary Agent
Associate Literary Agent @JDLitAgency // Copy Editor @foodandwine // Southerner // hiking & horror movies // she/her
110 MSWL
6 AskAgent
18 Tips

One of my dream #MSWL items is an adventure novel that reads like a film like FREE SOLO or THE BARKLEY MARATHONS feels. An edge-of-your-seat outdoors story with near-superhuman athleticism. I’ve spent all of quar hiking & watching ALONE so I’ve had too much time to dwell on this.