Submission Guidelines

The P.S. Literary Agency represents both fiction and non-fiction in a variety of categories. Please read each individual agent profile below to help determine who is best suited to your project.

Note: We do not represent poetry or original screenplays.

Curtis Russell – President and Principal Agent
Curtis is currently acquiring both fiction and non-fiction. In terms of fiction, he is seeking literary, commercial, mystery, thriller, suspense, romance, young adult, middle grade, and picture books. In terms of non-fiction, he is looking for business, history, politics, current affairs, memoir, health, wellness, sports, humor, pop culture, pop science, and pop psychology. If you would like to send a query to Curtis, please review our submission guidelines below. If you would like to learn more about him, please click or tap here.

Carly Watters – Senior Literary Agent and Senior Advisor
Carly is currently acquiring both fiction and non-fiction. In terms of fiction, she is seeking women’s fiction, upmarket adult, commercial adult, domestic suspense, literary mystery and thrillers, historical, contemporary romance, and smart book club fiction. In terms of non-fiction, she is looking for pop science, business, psychology, cookbooks, unique memoirs, lifestyle (health, wellness, relationships, parenting), narrative, and platform based non-fiction (must have demonstrable expertise and a quantifiable market). If you would like to send a query to Carly, please review our submission guidelines below. If you would like to learn more about her, please click or tap here.

Maria Vicente – Senior Literary Agent
Maria is acquiring fiction for kids/teens and nonfiction for all ages. She is actively seeking: graphic novels, graphic memoirs, and graphic nonfiction in all genres and age ranges; Young Adult and Middle-Grade fiction; illustrated Picture Books and Chapter Books; and nonfiction for kids, teens, and adult readers about pop culture, history, science, or lifestyle topics. She welcomes and encourages submissions from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled creators. You can view her detailed manuscript wish list here. If you would like to send a query to Maria, please review our submission guidelines below. If you would like to learn more about her, please click or tap here.

Eric Smith – Literary Agent
Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and non-fiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in young adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), middle grade, and literary and commercial fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of non-fiction, he’s interested in cookbooks, pop culture, humor, middle grade, essay collections, and blog to book ideas. You can view his detailed manuscript wish list here. If you would like to send a query to Eric, please review our submission guidelines below. If you would like to learn more about him, please click or tap here.

Claire Harris – Literary Agent
Claire is acquiring both fiction and non-fiction projects for adults. She’s actively seeking projects that shine a spotlight on people, places, and events that are often overlooked or not given the attention they deserve. In fiction, she’s looking for adult rom coms, contemporary fiction, psychological thrillers, select horror, and cozy mysteries—all for millennial audiences, specifically. Claire is happiest when reading manuscripts with unexpected endings or new twists on classic genre tropes. For non-fiction, Claire is seeking a range of projects, including lifestyle guides, pop culture celebrations, pop psychology, cultural criticism, humor, true crime, essay collections, and illustrated books for adults. If you would like to send a query to Claire, please review our submission guidelines below. If you would like to learn more about her, please click or tap here.

Elizabeth Fithian – Literary Agent
Elizabeth’s publishing career spans over 20 years with a concentration in children’s books and bestseller marketing. She’s looking for creators and creator/illustrators who create engaging high-interest non-fiction, whimsical picture books, heartfelt middle grade, daring YA fiction, and gripping graphic novels. On the adult side, she’s eager to find an extraordinary debut novel. She’s keen on reading queries for book club fiction, narrative non-fiction, literary fiction, memoir, fantasy, and mystery. For illustrators interested in submitting their work, please send a query letter detailing your background illustration and include links to a website with examples of your work. No attachments please. If you would like to send a query to Elizabeth, please review our submission guidelines below. If you would like to learn more about her, please click or tap here.

Stephanie Winter – Associate Agent
Stephanie is primarily acquiring across three pillars: adult fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels. She’s actively seeking titles with diverse and inclusive representation that offer smart, culturally aware, and enriching narratives. In fiction, she particularly enjoys commercial and upmarket projects (rom-coms, thriller/suspense, etc.) that offer millennial and/or queer-affirming perspectives. In non-fiction, she’s on the hunt for pop culture, cultural criticism, millennial business and finance, narrative non-fiction, how-to, and lifestyle projects. Overall, she’s looking for stories that will engage with and change the way we view the world around us. If you would like to send a query to Stephanie, please review our submission guidelines below. If you would like to learn more about her, please click or tap here.

Cecilia Lyra – Associate Agent
Cecilia is acquiring both fiction and non-fiction on the adult side. In terms of non-fiction, she is seeking psychology, pop culture, science, business, and lifestyle from experts in their fields with an original angle, as well as compelling memoirs—both long-form and memoir-in-essays. As for fiction, Cecilia is passionate about voice-y literary fiction and fast-paced commercial fiction. She adores reading about dysfunctional families from the point-of-view of a morally ambiguous protagonist. Books that are centered around feminist issues have a special place in her heart. Above all else, Cecilia is looking for a story she can’t put down. She often tweets about her manuscript wish list as well as the books she’s currently lost in, so follow her there. If you would like to send a query to Cecilia, please review our submission guidelines below. If you would like to learn more about her, please click or tap here.


Your submission should consist of the following:

  • Paragraph One – Introduction: Include the title and category of your work (i.e. fiction or non-fiction and topic), an estimated word count and a brief, general introduction.
  • Paragraph Two – Brief overview (this is where you hook us!): This should read similar to what is found on the back-cover of a published book.
  • Paragraph Three – Creator’s bio: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
  • Sample Material: If your work falls into the following categories: adult fiction, adult memoir, adult non-fiction essay collection, or children’s fiction and non-fiction, please include the first ten pages of text only (if your work is illustrated, please include a link to your portfolio or sample art) within the body of your email. Otherwise, please limit your submission to just the three paragraphs as indicated above.

Tips:

  • Do not send attachments. Please use text within the body of your email.
  • Please do not submit a full-length manuscript/proposal unless requested.
  • Let us know if your manuscript/proposal is currently under consideration by other agents/publishers.
  • Address your query to the attention of the agent you feel is the best match for your work.
  • You will receive an auto reply confirming receipt of your query. If you don’t, please check your junk/spam folder.
  • Please do not query multiple agents at the agency simultaneously – if you don’t receive a request for further material within 4-6 weeks it means a no from the agency.

We only accept submissions via email. Queries should be directed to query@psliterary.com. We do not accept or respond to phone, paper or social media queries. To learn more about our agents and to meet the rest of our team, please check our Who We Are page.

Please Note: If we are interested in seeing further material we normally respond within 4-6 weeks. However, the process may take longer depending on the volume of submissions we may be reviewing at a particular time. Please do not call to check on the status of your submission – if you have a question or concern with regard to your submission, email is the best way to inquire.

We do not charge reading fees.

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