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 · Jul 1

Replying to @HowieSouthworth

I receive almost no cookbooks/food-related nonfiction, & I'd love to see more of those, too. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jul 1

I'd also love to see more upmarket fiction, women's fiction, & YA horror. I'm surprised how little of the query pie these genres take up. Please send me more of them. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jul 1

I get woefully few middle grade submissions. Y'all, I want middle grade! Middle grade is my heart! Please send me your middle grade!!! #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jul 1

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.

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jun 19

Eric Smith @ericsmithrocks

Pop punk and emo bands that could easily be the title of a Young Adult novel:

🏃‍♂️ The Get Up Kids
⏳ A Day to Remember
❄️ Further Seems Forever
🚀 The Rocket Summer
✨ Straylight Run
🍂 Hidden In Plain View
💫 Count the Stars
😭 Dashboard Confessional
👑 We the Kings

Or their songs. Good grief #MSWL: “The Moon Is Down,” “New Year’s Project,” “Just Until Sundown,” “Again I Go Unnoticed,” “The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most”!!!!!

(Maybe they’re YA - or maybe they’re for us 30-something punk kids who wore Mary Janes & too much eyeliner.)

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jun 13

🧼 Lauren Spieller 🖐 @laurenspieller

I’d love to see more non-white thriller and suspense writers in my inbox! #mswl

Second this. I consume domestic thrillers on audio like candy. I love them, but the subgenre is overwhelmingly white. I’d love to see queries from non-white authors of twisty domestic thrillers. #MSWL

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jun 11

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn

Today I learned all about Lena Richard, a New Orleanian & the first Black woman to host her own cooking show (also a chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur, & cookbook author). My dad’s family has been in New Orleans since the 1800s, & I’d never heard of Lena. 1/2

I’d LOVE to rep a project about Lena Richard. Narrative nonfiction? A cultural history of Black New Orleans food that centers Lena? A bio of Lena through a lense like The Cooking Gene? If you’d like to take this on (are already taking this on?!), query me please. 2/2 #MSWL #BVM

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · Jun 10

Morning, y'all! An update to my #MSWL:

I'm no longer accepting queries for picture books or chapter books. I'm going to focus on MG, YA, & adult fic & nonfic. Check out my fresh new list & see if we might be a match.

#writingcommunity #amquerying…

Erin Clyburn @erin_clyburn · May 27


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.

Check it out!

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.)