Wednesday, March 12, 2008

What I Don't Want

Below is a list of subjects that I don't want to see nonfiction queries for, unless you're an internationally recognized expert/commentator on the subject:
  • Presidential election
  • Middle East
  • Religion
  • Business leadership
  • Peace Corps

In regard to fiction, I don't want to see:

  • short story collections
  • novellas
  • erotica
  • Rapture or Religious books


Brian Jay Jones said...

Darn, and here I was gonna ship my novel about an erotic Presidential election.

Adaora A. said...

Damn. I was just about to sub my latest short story to you. It's an erotica, highlighting the sexual scandals of politians all over the world. It dables into how it scorns their Christianity and how they decided to join the peace corps in order to make up for it all.

You would have loved it ::insert deadpann::


December/Stacia said...

I was going to make a joke about an erotic tale of rival middle Eastern oil magnates, but...that actually sounds like it could be cool.

Anonymous said...

How about "what I *do* want"?

Nathan N. said...

Since you mention religion twice, let me ask you something.

What makes a novel religious in the eyes of an agent?

Where is the line between religious fiction and fiction that happens to include characters who practice a faith (examples of the latter being something like Gilead, Mary Doria Russel's The Sparrow, Stewart O'Nan's Snow Angels, or The Poisonwood Bible)?

I'm wondering how to convince agents that my book about the ripple effects of a minister's infidelity on a community isn't Christian Fiction. Any advice?

Jonathan Lyons said...

For me, anything with a religious moral (or anti-religion moral fo rhtat matter).