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 Book Review and Barnes & Noble, interned at Levine Green Rostan Literary Agency, and was a submissions reader for Lightspeed Magazine.
WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR
Fantasy: I’m particularly drawn to characters whose struggles include not just “the quest”, but also choices that challenge their beliefs or values. I love both high- and low-magic fantasies; cohesive worldbuilding is the more important ingredient. While I tend to prefer epic, contemporary, or dark fantasies, I also enjoy trying new things.
Science Fiction: While I love SF of all stripes, I’m particularly drawn toward space opera and military SF. 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 group of characters 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 and how they overcome obstacles in order to achieve their happily-ever-after really drive these stories for me. I like to see heroines and heroes with equal power and respect for one another. While I prefer historical settings, I’m looking for that special 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), FOREIGNER (C.J. Cherryh), A WOMAN ENTANGLED (Cecilia Grant), and WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (Shirley Jackson).
I’m currently open to unsolicited queries. Send your query letter and optional 1-2 page synopsis to querylisa [at] awfulagent [dot] com.
For all non-query contact needs, you can reach me at lisa [at] awfulagent [dot] com. Don’t send your queries here; they will be deleted, unread. This makes me sad, so send your queries to my query address.