Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburnI'll add to this as I come up with more. Feel free to ask questions here if you have them. Thanks for taking the time to read & consider me for representation.✨
Oh! One important note - I am now using an email system for queries; instructions are on the Howland website. I may go back to QueryManager; if so I will update.
Lastly, & importantly, it still rings very true what I say on my website: "Send me your weirds!" I prefer weird books. Bring me your CATHERINE HOUSE energy, LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND energy, NOTHING TO SEE HERE energy, THE RIVERMAN energy. Send me your weirds.
Adult (& maybe YA?): Nature writing. I have been devouring nature books lately, especially those that blend science, culture, and spirituality, like ROOTED, BRAIDING SWEETGRASS, and FINDING THE MOTHER TREE.
Food books! All ages! Fiction or non! I've been working for Food & Wine mag for 6 years; I have a massive collection of weird old cookbooks; I am obsessed with culinary history & postwar cookery from an anthropological perspective, & I want to work on your food books.
Adult: Narrative nonfiction/memoir about food, Southern culture, adventure, extreme sports, journeys, science/medicine, from perspectives we have not seen before/enough of & whose narratives tackle bigger-picture subjects alongside personal narratives.
MG horror, too: Spooky stories, stories that are a little bit creepier than you feel like they should be for middle graders. (More HIDE AND SEEKER than DOLL BONES, if that makes sense? It makes sense to me.)
Adult: Horror of all stripes - psychological, body horror, folk horror, gothic, occult, hauntings, genre blends: horror/mystery, horror/thriller, etc. I gravitate more toward literary & upmarket writing than commercial.
YA: Same as above, basically!
Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburnAll right, I promised a #MSWL update today, so here it is! My wishlists on my agency page & personal website are still valid, but I'm going to thread the things that are top of mind for me right now:
I'll start with horror, because it's what I'm thinking about most these days. I'm looking for horror for all audiences:
Helen Rosner @hels"Another course — a citrus foam — was served in a plaster cast of the chef's mouth. Absent utensils, we were told to lick it out of the chef's mouth."
jesus christ @everywhereist this is so upsetting everywhereist.com/2021/12/bros-r… pic.twitter.com/3F46jS0uIo
OK, yes, this is horrifying. But as someone equally obsessed with food & horror, this is like an excerpt right out of my dream novel, so big #MSWL energy in this foamy mouth.
Olympic-related #MSWL: A reminder that that I'd love more narrative nonfic/memoir by athletes or about extreme sports. I'm obsessed with stories about what the human body is capable of. I recently watched the doc It's Easy Until It's Not—I'd love stories about events like this!
I’ve been in a bit of a reading funk for a while, but I just devoured half of @dakadh’s HIDE AND SEEKER, & y’all! This is what I mean when I say I want scary MG! It is not gently spooky; it is visceral! It’s scary! It’s the book my morbid childhood self would’ve loved! #MSWL