Lisa grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from California State University, Sacramento, in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in German literature-in-translation, history, and culture (sadly, she doesn’t speak German, although it’s on her bucket list). She moved to New York City in 2012 to attend NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute and joined the JABberwocky team a few months later. She’s previously worked at San Francisco/Sacramento Book Reviews and Barnes & Noble, interned at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency, and read submissions for Lightspeed Magazine.
WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR
Fantasy: I love seeing an underdog/ordinary protagonist struggle against a more powerful antagonist, particularly if that struggle in some way goes against their beliefs or values. Hopefully the protagonist succeeds, but how “success” is measured may be open to interpretation. While I tend to prefer epic, contemporary, or dark fantasies, I enjoy trying new things.
Science Fiction: I’m particularly interested in space opera, military SF, and near- or far-future settings (with or without space). To explore what it means to be human, how technology (or aliens) affects that definition, and how to remain human given that (or if we should at all) are particularly intriguing to me. On a more general note, I’m also very interested in smaller-scale stories, where there focus is on a particular ship’s crew and not necessarily the fate of the galaxy. (And I really love space battles.)
For both science fiction and fantasy, complex magical/technological, political, and social systems are all good things in my book, as are moral quandaries and ambiguity. I’m also very interested in seeing female protagonists and/or settings outside the typical European setting.
Romance: The heroine and hero’s developing relationship really drive these stories for me. I’m looking for them to overcome obstacles in order to achieve their happily-ever-after together (whether the obstacle is life-long friendship, an unfortunate misunderstanding, arch enemies, or something else). I like to see heroines and heroes with equal power and respect for one another. While I prefer historical settings, I will consider contemporary romance.
I’m also interested in YA and Middle Grade of all genres. I particularly enjoy realistic/contemporary stories, as well as those more speculative in nature.
It should go without saying, but: I am happy to consider queries by persons, or featuring protagonists, of any race, color, creed, religion, national citizenship/origin, gender or sexual orientation, disability, age, or physical appearance, in any and all of the above genres.
A few of my favorite (non-client) books, in no particular order:
BLACK SUN RISING (C.S. Friedman), SPIN STATE (Chris Moriarty), THE COMPANY (K.J. Parker), MAGIC’S PAWN (Mercedes Lackey), INNOCENT TRAITOR (Allison Weir), THE BLACK PRISM (Brent Weeks), THE WHITE DRAGON (Anne McCaffrey), THE DUKE AND I (Julia Quinn), THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (Rae Carson), LOST GIRLS (Ann Kelly), ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE (Robin Hobb), HAMMERED (Elizabeth Bear), HEX HALL (Rachel Hawkins), WINTERGIRLS (Laurie Halse Anderson), THE GIVER (Lois Lowry), PERSUASION (Jane Austen), and FOREIGNER (C.J. Cherryh), A WOMAN ENTANGLED (Cecilia Grant)
I’m open to unsolicited queries. Feel free to send your query letter to querylisa [at] awfulagent [dot] com. You may also paste your synopsis into the body of the email, but a synopsis is by no means required.
For all other contact needs, you can reach me at lisa [at] awfulagent [dot] com. All queries sent to this address will be deleted, unread. This makes me sad, please don’t send your queries here.