Ask Daphne! What doesn’t Work (for You)?

February 15th, 2008 • Kate

MM asks

What types of fiction do you NOT represent?

Honestly, I picked this question because I thought it’d be fun for a Friday, on what I’ve otherwise decided will be a reading-heavy day. I’ve got loads of queries to get to and requested materials piling up, so I want to get a move on! (And though I was going to try to get some reading done last night, Rexroth and I instead ventured out to see The Spiderwick Chronicles, which was six different kinds of fun.)
So! What DON’T we represent? Literary fiction, to start. I like a rousing story, and it seems to me most adult literary fiction is more about language and beautiful prose than plot. Mainstream thrillers, hardboiled detective stories, traditional westerns, high fantasy, cold war spy novels, cosies (or is that cosys?) Lots of different types of adult fiction, really, although some of these genres, if well told in a YA or middle grade novel, might be right up my alley.
As for the rest — so often it depends on the telling. If you have something and you’re not sure whether or not it’d be right for me — try me! You have nothing to lose.

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3 Responses to “Ask Daphne! What doesn’t Work (for You)?”

  1. Julia Says:

    Since you mentioned it… I saw The Spiderwick Chronicles last night & loved it!

  2. Joya M Says:

    Just curious, but how do you feel about representing collections of poetry or short stories? I've heard they're the hardest to sell, which is why loads of agencies don't represent them, regardless of genre.

  3. beth Says:

    I'm still trying to see Spiderwick….my husband refuses to go to any kids movies after I drug him to one too many Disney flicks…