Sunday, February 5, 2017
Suzy is an attorney, author, and literary agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She holds a Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley.
In the adult market, Suzy is particularly on the hunt for great serious nonfiction, especially by historians who are looking to make a transition from an academic to trade readership and journalists who have something unique and significant to say. She’s also on the lookout for smart parenting books with truly useful, original hooks that fill a gap in the market (bonus points for humor!); food, health, and diet-related titles, especially culinary histories of all flavors and tastes; sports books with crossover appeal in other genres, especially history and philosophy (she’d LOVE to find the next Golf in the Kingdom or Zen and the Art of Archery); self-help by authors with well-established, national platforms and riveting, elegantly-written memoir (recent favorites include William Finnegan’s brilliantly adventurous Barbarian Days and Paul Kalanithi's deeply-rendered When Breath Becomes Air), as well as cookbooks with inventive new twists; humor, especially as it relates to marriage and parenting; and small, quirky books that make her smile or think about the world in entirely new and surprising ways. She’d also love to find a great legal thriller.
On the children’s front, Suzy has a great love of middle grade and is particularly on the hunt for lively, engaging nonfiction that pops off the page and makes kids excited about reading and learning; wacky/hilarious commercial MG fiction with series potential; and graphic novels that bring history, great works of literature and fascinating historical figures (think Socrates! Machiavelli! Alexander Hamilton!) to life.
She also have a soft spot for classic, coming-of-age MG works, contemporary YA fiction that tackles difficult issues in bold, daring ways and with inventive formats that can be brought into the classroom to stimulate meaningful discussion and debate (a la Walter Dean Myers’ Monster) and sweet, lyrical picture books that capture the imagination and call for multiple readings (favorite classics include Stellaluna,The Cat Who Walked Across France,and The Velveteen Rabbit). She'd also love to find MG fiction that explores disability and diversity in all its manifestations, and an exciting, high-concept YA thriller that has "MOVIE!" written all over it.
As an author herself, Suzy’s most recent books include Machiavelli for Moms (Simon & Schuster) and Forgotten Crimes: The Holocaust and People with Disabilities. She’s also a ghostwriter for a #1 New York Times best-selling author with more than 25 million copies in print and her first children's book will be published by HarperCollins in 2018.
How to Submit: For fiction, please send a synopsis and the first fifteen pages of your manuscript (quick, friendly tip: resist the temptation to hit “send” too quickly. Revise, revise, and revise and THEN hit send). For nonfiction, send your query with a concise author bio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My response time varies from a few minutes to a few weeks. Thanks for sharing your work with me and I look forward to hearing from you!
For more about Suzy, see Writer’s Digest