Being that it’s August, traditionally the quietest time in the publishing world, I’ve been dutifully catching up on queries and submissions the last two weeks. And as I sort through the emails and letters, the vast bulk of them are middle-grade novels, adult thrillers, and picture books manuscripts. Now, I’m certainly on the hunt for good books in these categories, and so I truly appreciate them coming my way (though for picture books I’m really only interested in author/illustrators). But going through the ol’ in-box, I’m realizing that there’s been a serious dearth of nonfiction.
As I was discussing with an editor over lunch today, one of the best parts of agenting for me is the ability to represent nonfiction, because I rarely did any nonfiction as a children’s book editor. But now, all the subjects I used to enjoy solely in my pleasure reading have become potentially viable book projects. And I’ve been doing well with nonfiction, too—in fact, my three most recent sales were all adult nonfiction projects.
So, as the title says, SEND ME NONFICTION! Narrative nonfiction on music, sports, other performing arts, pop culture, health, popular science, business, military history, humor, and memoir—if you’ve got it, I want to see it!