Neyla Downs

Literary Assistant

Susanna Lea Associates

Literary agency assistant @SLANYC . Aspiring New Yorker & francophone. Exasperated cat mom. She/her

Neyla Downs
@neyladowns
Literary Assistant
Literary agency assistant @SLANYC . Aspiring New Yorker & francophone. Exasperated cat mom. She/her
13 MSWL

#amquerying authors: Anyone querying upmarket historical fiction with a crime/thriller element? Comping to Laura Shepherd-Robinson, C. S. Harris, or C. J. Sansom?

Make sure to include my colleague Stephanie Cabot @SLANYC on your list!

#MSWL #amwriting

Neyla Downs
@neyladowns
Literary Assistant
Literary agency assistant @SLANYC . Aspiring New Yorker & francophone. Exasperated cat mom. She/her
13 MSWL

If any of this describes your book, we’d love to see a query, synopsis, and the first 3 chapters/30 pages at ny (at) susannalea (dot) com.

If not, try us anyway! We’re always interested in finding new voices. 4/4

Neyla Downs
@neyladowns
Literary Assistant
Literary agency assistant @SLANYC . Aspiring New Yorker & francophone. Exasperated cat mom. She/her
13 MSWL

High-concept, female-led thrillers. We prefer our protagonists snarky and morally gray. Who doesn’t love a messed up antiheroine?

We’re also looking for writers in the crime & mystery space. Very commercial and propulsive. Could be dark or light and quirky, like KNIVES OUT. 3/4

Neyla Downs
@neyladowns
Literary Assistant
Literary agency assistant @SLANYC . Aspiring New Yorker & francophone. Exasperated cat mom. She/her
13 MSWL

Grounded speculative fiction and/or contemporary or historical fantasy, esp. if on the darker side. Maybe even incorporating horror or thriller. If you’re comping NINTH HOUSE, we want to read it!

We’re probably NOT a fit for romantasy, epic fantasy, or hard scifi. 2/4

Neyla Downs
@neyladowns
Literary Assistant
Literary agency assistant @SLANYC . Aspiring New Yorker & francophone. Exasperated cat mom. She/her
13 MSWL

Hey #amquerying crowd! I wanted to report a couple new #MSWL items we’d love to see in our @SLANYC inbox soon: 1/4