Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburnSci-fi & fantasy authors, tomorrow is #SFFpit, & I’ll be dipping into the feed looking for emotional, character-driven soft sci-fi, spec fic, & low fantasy grounded in our world. Looking forward to seeing your pitches! (Or hey, just query me if you like!) twitter.com/dankoboldt/sta…
Some SFF comps I'd love to see in #SFFpit & general #MSWL: THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY, NEVER LET ME GO, THE DREAMERS, THE AGE OF MIRACLES, THE HAZEL WOOD, TUCK EVERLASTING, ANNIHILATION, THE SNOW CHILD
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.
Oh, hello! At long last, my #MSWL page is up! I will try to keep this as up to date as possible. (I also regularly tweet things I'm looking for here.) Check it out:
#amagenting #amquerying #WritingCommunity
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!
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.
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.
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.
Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburnIn light of #SFFpit today (& because I'll have an updated #MSWL on my agency page soon), I feel like it's a good time for a little thread to reiterate what kind of sci-fi queries I'd love to see in my inbox.
I am not the right person for hard sci-fi or sci-fi with world-ending stakes. Generally I don't connect with stories set in space, war stories, kingdoms pitted against each other, etc.
Erin Clyburn ~closed to queries until 1/1/20~ @erin_clyburnI think my favorite read of 2019 (so far) was THE DREAMERS by @KThompsonWalker. The lyrical way she writes sci-fi makes her writing feel like a song, or a dream. I haven’t stopped thinking about this hypnotic book all year.
What was your favorite book you read this year?
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
Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburnAs 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_clyburnHere's a specific list of the kind of darker lit I want to see. (I really, really love darker lit. It's my favorite.) If your MS fits this list, please query me! #MSWL #PitDark
For adult & YA, I gravitate more toward character-driven horror/fantasy/sci-fi than plot-driven. I prefer dark lit to reflect truths about humanity through relationships & setting over tangible monsters. I don't really get excited about werewolves, vampires, zombies, demons, etc.