Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New literary agent Abby Saul seeks psychological thrillers, gothic novels, women's historical fiction and great writing of all sorts

Browne & Miller Literary Associates
410 South Michigan Avenue
Suite 460
Chicago Illinois 60605

Browne & Miller describes itself as “Chicago's premier literary agency, specializing in full-service representation of a select clientele. Our tastes are broad and eclectic and we value exceptional writing and very fine storytelling above all else.  This agency has represented thousands of books over the past 40 years – fiction and non-fiction – and our clients include several New York Times bestselling authors and numerous prize – and award-winning writers. We also sell domestic, foreign, and subsidiary rights for our clients and work with subagents in most foreign markets and in the film/TV industry.

“Browne & Miller is most interested in literary fiction, commercial fiction, women's fiction, women's historical fiction, literary-leaning crime fiction, romance, and Amish fiction. We are also interested in time travel stories; Christian/inspirational fiction by established authors; literary and commercial Young Adult fiction; a broad array of nonfiction by nationally-recognized, platformed author/experts. We do not represent children's picture books, horror or sci-fi novels, short stories, poetry, original screenplays, articles, or software.”

Abby Saul is the most recent member of the team, and like all new agents, she needs authors. Abby joined Browne & Miller in 2013 after spending five years on the production and digital publishing side of the industry, first at John Wiley & Sons and then at Sourcebooks. A zealous reader who loves her iPad and recognizes that ebooks are the future, she still can’t resist the lure of a print book. Abby’s personal library of beloved titles runs the gamut from literary newbies and classics, to cozy mysteries, to sappy women’s fiction, to dark and twisted thrillers.

Abby is looking for great and engrossing writing, no matter what the genre, and is actively exploring new digital possibilities for books. Here’s her specific wish list:

(1) Complex, literary-leaning psychological thriller/crime novel. She loves a dark story really well told – think Tana French or Gillian Flynn (or, for the TV junkies, True Detective, Top of the Lake, or The Fall).
(2) Gothic novel, contemporary or historical – anything that takes a cue from Rebecca, Victoria Holt, or The Thirteenth Tale, but offers a fresh twist.
(3) Substantive women’s historical fiction with romantic overtones – love American, English, and French history, but we are definitely open to other settings and time periods.

A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, Abby spends her weekends when she’s not reading cooking and hiking with her husband. Find her @BookySaul on Twitter

Query Abby at: mail@browneandmiller.com
Send only a query letter at first. If she’s  interested, she’ll ask for more material. For novels, typically a detailed synopsis plus the first 5 chapters. For nonfiction, a full proposal plus the first 3 sample chapters.

See Browne & Miller’s full submission guidelines here.

Olga Filina
Brian Henry will lead a "How to Get Published" workshop in Niagara on the Lake on Saturday, March 7, with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here).

Other upcoming workshops, include: Secrets of Writing a Page-turner,” Saturday, Jan 17, in Toronto (see here), "How to Write Great Dialogue," Saturday, Jan 24, in Georgetown (here), and “Revising and Editing,” Saturday, Jan 31 in Oakville (here).

Weekly courses: Whether you're looking for an introduction to creative writing or you're getting your manuscript ready to submit to an agent, your best bet is a weekly course. Starting in the new year, Brian will be offering classes for beginners through advanced writers. See details for all six courses here.

For details of “Welcome to Creative Writing” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington see here, for “Writing Your Life & Other Personal Stories” on Tuesday mornings in Oakville see here, for “The Next Step in Creative Writing” on Wednesday evenings in Burlington see here, on Thursday afternoons in Mississauga see here, and on Thursday evenings in Georgetown see here, and for “Intensive Creative Writing” on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington here.

For details of any course or workshop or to register, email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian’s full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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