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Currently seeking in both Adult and Young Adult categories:

  • Fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Upmarket “book club” fiction
  • Romance
  • Thrillers with female protagonists
  • Stories by marginalized voices

Please no urban/paranormal or dystopian as the current market demand is low for these genres.

I will consider middle-grade if it’s fantasy or science fiction.

I do not represent memoir, short story collections, novellas, picture books, or non-fiction.

I do not represent self-published books, read why here.

To submit, click here. To dive further into my wish list check out my profile on ManuscriptWishList.com. It’s a great resource to research agents’ tastes.

For submission response times check here.

If I do not represent your genre, you may wish to query one of the other agents at Kimberley Cameron & Associates. Find their submission guidelines on the KC&A site. Please do not query two of us at the same time and no more than one submission at a time.

37 Comments

  • JSprenger

    July 5, 2017 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Hi, Mary! I’m curious as to your guidelines for Dystopian, as the novel I plan to submit to you has some dystopian themes.

    Thank you for you time!

    • Mary C. Moore

      July 6, 2017 at 7:50 am Reply

      Hi! I’m not seeking dystopian right now as I already have 3 clients who write it and the market for it is over-saturated so it’s difficult to sell to publishers. Sorry this isn’t better news.

  • Dina

    June 21, 2017 at 4:57 am Reply

    Hello Mary,

    I’m currently writing out my manuscript and have been curious as to whether you accept submissions from teenaged authors?

    Thanks!

    • Mary C. Moore

      June 23, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

      I accept submissions from anyone at any age as long as they are in English. 🙂

  • b. L Albina

    June 14, 2017 at 6:01 pm Reply

    My novella that I want to publish is about an arranged marriage between two mer clans and the mermaid princess who is 107 equivalent to 17 years old does want to marry but at the end she does to a merman prince named Kai. Jewel also has vision, telepathy, and healing powers that come out of her body in the shade of her mer-tail. She also is a mer healer.

    • Mary C. Moore

      June 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm Reply

      Apologies, but I don’t represent novellas. Good luck!

  • Christine Scheel

    June 14, 2017 at 11:28 am Reply

    Hi. I am trying to send a query on posted form, but it will not “send” because I don’t have a website. How do I get around this?

    • Mary C. Moore

      June 14, 2017 at 11:33 am Reply

      You can leave it blank, it’s not required.

  • Nate Stein

    May 23, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply

    Hi Mary,

    Are you still looking for magical realism? My MS is high concept commercial/magical realism and I think it’d be perfect for you.

    Really like your writing and looking forward to hearing back!

    Best,
    Nate

    twitter: @natescity

    • Mary C. Moore

      May 23, 2017 at 2:12 pm Reply

      I am, although I tend to prefer latinx MR. Cheers.

  • Minas Tsambanis

    May 2, 2017 at 4:53 am Reply

    Hello, ms Moore. A real pleasure to contact you. My name is Minas Tsambanis and i have completed a science fiction-space opera novel. I would really like to take a look at it. Sci-Fi is not a well received genre in Greece and i really want to try to introduce it outside. Problem is that it is writen in greek. Is it essential to convert it into english before attempting submission it?
    With respect
    Minas Tsambanis.

    • Mary C. Moore

      May 2, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply

      In my case, yes. I will only consider submissions in English. I believe this is the case for most literary agents. Good luck!

  • Paul Moder

    April 30, 2017 at 2:35 am Reply

    Hi Mary,

    I just submitted my query (The Color Kill) and may have a typo in the email address – amended below

    • Mary C. Moore

      April 30, 2017 at 2:43 pm Reply

      Hi Paul, please resubmit with the correct email address. Thanks!

  • Alexis Daria

    February 1, 2017 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Hi Mary. I emailed my query and first 10 to you using your tweeted DVpit guidelines, but now I’m worried I should have submitted using your form. Should I submit again, via form? Thanks!

    • Mary C. Moore

      February 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm Reply

      Hi Alexis, I just checked and I have your submission. Apologies it may take awhile for a response, I’m swamped!

  • Nicholas Binge

    January 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Hi Mary

    I sent you a query a couple of weeks ago through your submissions form. I was just wondering what your process was in replying and whether or not I should assume that you are declining to ask for further material if you do not reply within a certain time frame?

    Either way, thanks for taking the time to consider me.

    Kind regards

    Nick Binge

  • James G Kelly

    January 3, 2017 at 3:42 pm Reply

    Hello, Mary, I hope you are well. I’ll be pitching you in a workshop next Sunday and have a question if you don’t mind. I’m a life-long reporter and disabled Marine veteran writing an historical novel (trilogy) on my generation with a Navy nurse who served aboard the Hospital Ship Repose. My question is, should I bring the first couple of chapters to the workshop.

    Kindest regards,

    Jim Kelly

    • Mary C. Moore

      January 4, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply

      Hi Jim,

      Don’t bring them for me. If I like your pitch, I will request you to email me your submission and give you instructions on how to. However if the workshop has other classes where you can get feedback, then perhaps they could use the pages.
      In general agents don’t want any material when they are being pitched at conferences, it ends up in the recycle bin.

      Cheers.

  • Jack Marshall

    January 3, 2017 at 10:12 am Reply

    Hi Mary,

    I think I have something that would interest you, but do you accept submissions from non U.S. writers? I am based in the UK.

    Kind Regards,

    Jack

    • Mary C. Moore

      January 3, 2017 at 3:25 pm Reply

      Hi Jack, as long as it’s in English I will consider it. Cheers.

  • Kashya Smith

    November 2, 2016 at 6:46 am Reply

    Are you okay with post-apocalyptic? I know it says no dystopia, but would you consider those the same?

    • Mary C. Moore

      November 2, 2016 at 11:06 am Reply

      They are pretty close. I already have 3 clients who write post-apocalyptic/dystopian, so either is hard sell with me.

  • Roshoud Brown

    October 26, 2016 at 3:52 pm Reply

    Hello Mary,

    I was very much surprised by your blog, more so when I discovered, without intending to, that I had read through every article in a single sitting.

    Thanks for sharing,
    R.

    • Mary C. Moore

      November 2, 2016 at 11:07 am Reply

      Thank you for your lovely compliment.

  • Keith Chatterton

    September 1, 2016 at 11:45 am Reply

    Mary, I filled out your submission sheet, but was unable to get pass the “Author Website” field. I used my company’s, I own, website with no success.

    • Mary C. Moore

      September 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm Reply

      The author website field is not required, so you can leave it blank.

  • Jeffrey G. Roberts

    June 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm Reply

    Hello, Ms. Moore;
    I have 2 questions: One of your pages says you will be open to submissions on August 1st, and another one says September 1st. I want to do the right thing, but do not know which is the correct date?
    Also, will your submission form be back up, when submissions open? Because I could not find it.
    Thanks!

    • Mary C. Moore

      June 5, 2016 at 11:31 pm Reply

      Hi, originally it was August 1st, but I realized I would be traveling out of the country for most of August, so I moved it back to September 1st. Sorry for the confusion.

      Yes the form will be available when I open again.

  • Christian

    February 17, 2016 at 7:47 pm Reply

    Do you only accept stories with female leads in them? And what if my story is a combination of genres you are looking for and a bit of some you are not interested in

    • Mary C. Moore

      February 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm Reply

      I do accept any gender leads. I simply tend to prefer female leads, but if the writing is solid, it doesn’t matter.

      As for your genre question, as long as the major genre is within what I represent I’m happy to consider.

      • David Mark Dannov

        April 26, 2016 at 4:21 pm Reply

        Mary, I’ve tried to find a way to email you my submission. I do not have a Twitter account so hopefully you have a regular email. email me your email if you feel more comfortable with this.

        • Mary C. Moore

          April 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm Reply

          Hi David, I am currently closed to submissions. When I am open, I don’t use email but rather a submission form. Please check back in September! Visit here for more information.

  • giora

    February 11, 2016 at 12:53 am Reply

    I submitted the one with the magical realism (mermaid) which fits better with your MSWL. The other one has a more realistic story and very different plot. Thanks for reading.

  • Giora

    February 10, 2016 at 9:50 pm Reply

    I write to you because your recent MSWL calls for Latino magical realism, by Latino author. Classic but Modern. And you prefer indigenous cultures and writing that glows. Sadly, I don;t have all of the above. What I have is two complete contemporary commercial YA novels set mostly in Mexico, where the main character is a 17-year-old chubby brown-skinned girl from the Maya indigenous people of Chiapas. One have magical realism with a story about a mermaid that joins the Mexican Police force to protect the main character. I’m not a Latino author. I can’t say that my writing glows. If that’s okay I can send you two queries with first pages about the two novels. Thanks for reading.

    • Mary C. Moore

      February 10, 2016 at 11:44 pm Reply

      Hi Giora, if you would like to submit, please fill out the submission form. And please only submit one at a time. Thanks!

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