Myrsini Stephanides

 

I’m a voracious reader with eclectic tastes in fiction and non-fiction. 

I’m looking for both fiction and non-fiction projects that make me laugh, cry, bite my nails with anticipation, or teach me something I’ll want to share with friends over drinks. Hook me with your query and keep me hooked with your proposal. I’m looking for projects (illustrated or non-illustrated) in the following areas:

 

Non-Fiction

Pop Culture / Music

Query guidelines: Tell me what the book is about and why you’re uniquely qualified to write it. Describe your platform/connections within the industry and your target audience. Include a list of comparable titles that have been published on the subject.

I am not looking for: general reference or instructional/ how-to books

Books I like (non-clients): I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story, Other People’s Love Letters, Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life, Cringe

Humor

Query guidelines: Make me laugh. If you have a blog or website, include traffic stats.

Books I like (non-clients): Grandma’s Dead: Breaking Bad News with Baby Animals, Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar, The Book of Bunny Suicides, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, The Bro Code, Ask a Ninja Presents The Ninja Handbook, Should You Be Laughing at This?

Popular Science

Query guidelines: Tell me what the book is about and why you’re uniquely qualified to write it. Describe your platform/affiliations and your target audience. Include a list of comparable titles that have been published on the subject and your credentials. YA queries are also welcome.

I am not looking for: general science reference or textbooks

Books I like (non-clients): The Female Brain, This Is Your Brain on Music, Why does E=MC2?, Why Do Men Have Nipples, An Anthropologist on Mars (or anything else by Oliver Sacks), Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You, Proust was a Neuroscientist

Narrative Nonfiction & Memoir

Query guidelines: If you have a compelling story, tell me about it.

Cookbooks

Query guidelines: I’m looking for authors with strong platforms and extensive connections within the culinary community. Celebrity clientele is a plus.

Fiction

I’m interested in offbeat literary, graphic, and edgy YA, New Adult, and upmarket women’s fiction with a twist. Can fiction be offbeat and commercial? I think it can. And I’m looking for it.

I am not looking for: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (YA or Adult), Romance (YA or Adult); MG (middle grade) fiction

Query guidelines: Please paste the first 10-15 pages of your manuscript into the body of your email.

A very short list of recent Adult Fiction favorites: Muriel Barbery (The Elegance of the Hedgehog), Jhumpa Lahiri (Interpreter of Maladies, Unaccustomed Earth), Larry Doyle (I Love You, Beth Cooper), Wally Lamb (The Hour I First Believed, I Know This Much is True), Nicole Krauss (The History of Love), Adam Ross (Mr. Peanut), Thrity Umrigar (The Space Between Us), Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Helene Wecker (The Golem and the Jinni).

A very short list of recent YA Fiction favorites: Jennifer Brown (Hate List), Ned Vizzini (It’s Kind of a Funny Story), Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me, First Light), John Green (An Abundance of Katherines, Looking for Alaska), Francisco X. Stork (Marcelo In The Real World),  R.J. Palacio (Wonder),  Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park).

Submission Guidelines

I do not accept submissions via snail mail. Please email your query letters to myrsini (at) carolmannagency (dot) com. If your query has a graphic component, attach it to your email as a low-res PDF or JPG.

If you’d like to connect via the magic of social networking, you can follow me on twitter or check out Goodreads to see what I’m reading now.

More about Myrsini

Myrsini has 10 years of experience as a nonfiction editor and book packager specializing in highly illustrated books. Most recently, she worked as an Acquisition Editor at Sterling Publishing, where she developed the pop/culture and music category with titles including Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World, Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon, The British Invasion, and Record Store Days. Myrsini was the editor of the Weird travel series(Sterling), senior editor of The Duke Encyclopedia of New Medicine: Conventional and Alternative Medicine for All Ages (Rodale, 2006) and developmental/series editor of the first three books in the Men’s Health Best series (Rodale 2005). She has also collaborated on projects with The Smithsonian, Archaeology magazine and YANKEE Magazine and was a contributing writer to the fifth edition of the Hammond World Atlas (Langenscheidt, 2007).