I joined LBA in 2018 and am currently building a list of commercial and reading-group fiction. I previously worked for a literary scout and as a translation rights assistant, and I grew up in Luxembourg, so I have a strong working knowledge of the global publishing market and always bring an international eye to my reading.
What I’m looking for:
I read voraciously and eclectically; my taste runs more commercial than literary, though my favourite novels often sit in the sweet spot between the two, like Kiley Reid’s Such A Fun Age, Anna Hope’s Expectation, or anything by Curtis Sittenfeld.
I love rom-coms that could be a delicious Netflix movie, and that have strong subplots – as in Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein or Beach Read by Emily Henry. I also really enjoy ‘high-concept’ romances and women’s fiction that play a bit with the speculative – for example, early Taylor Jenkins Reid or In Five Years – that ask the reader those impossible ‘what if’s. And if you can make me laugh and cry in the same novel (Holly Bourne and Candice Carty-Williams, I’m looking at you), you’re golden!
I’m also on the lookout for meaty YA/crossover projects like The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emergency Contact, or Sadie – especially something that plays with formats like Sadie does – or the pure escapism of American Royals.
In the thriller/suspense genre I generally want my reads to be female-led, though this isn’t always the case (I am obsessed with everything Jane Harper writes). When there’s that additional hook – the millennial/Gen X divide in Precious You, or the Ripley riffs of Social Creature – I find myself completely gripped. I adored My Sister, The Serial Killer, but that’s probably my limit on something that’s on the zany side. I love low-stakes true crime, so if you have a novel where the plot could be compared to the Anna Delvey scandal, please send it to me!
For the reading-group market, I am drawn to novels that start conversations, like the magnificent novels of Tayari Jones, Brit Bennett and Delia Owens, and to evocative historical novels (that don’t have to be set in Britain!). I would absolutely love to find something in the vein of Liane Moriarty, including her early work – The Hypnotist's Love Story is one of my very favourites.
Other things I’m always on the hunt for include: themes of motherhood or sisterhood, dark academia that could be compared to If We Were Villains, and voice-driven narratives for a millennial or Gen Z audience.
Across all the above genres, I particularly welcome submissions from writers from communities that have been underrepresented in mainstream publishing, whether or not you are writing characters who share all of your personal experiences.
I’m not the right agent for children’s books, sci-fi or high fantasy, or a book without speechmarks.