Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 20, 2020

Agent Lisa Rogers – JABberwocky

Lisa Rogers grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento. In 2012, she moved to New York City to attend NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute and joined the JABberwocky team soon after. She’s previously worked at San Francisco Book Review and Barnes & Noble, interned at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency, and was a submissions reader for Lightspeed Magazine.

I represent science fiction, fantasy, horror, and romance for YA and adults.

Fantasy / Science Fiction

  • moral challenges for the protagonist, or morally ambiguous main characters
  • a plot that’s more than just “the quest”
  • cohesive and strong worldbuilding
  • strong voice and strong* characters (*vulnerability can be strong, too!)
  • space and spaceships! Think Battlestar Galactica or Firefly
  • exploring what it means to be  “human”

Romance

  • tropes I love include: friends to lovers, marriages of (in)convenience, arranged marriages
  • relationships with equal power dynamics and respect are very important to me
  • I love awkward heroes and heroines
  • hot and steamy is OK! 😉

More generally

  • something dark and twisty like Peaky Blinders
  • near-death experiences, survival stories, or extreme environment settings
  • non-Western settings and/or non-white characters
  • I would love to see more works from authors who identify as nonbinary, genderfluid, queer, or trans,  and/or who write characters with those identities.
  • Ditto for ace/aro authors or characters.

Non-fiction: I’d love to hear from knitters, crochets, spinners (wool, not bicycles), quilters, etc. Pattern collections, craft reflections (like YARN HARLOT), or things tangentially related to handcrafts.

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.

Submission Guidelines

Queries should be sent to querylisa [at] awfulagent [dot] com. Please include your query letter, a 1-3 page synopsis, and the first five (5) pages of your manuscript. Please paste all of these into the body of your email. Queries with unsolicited attachments will be deleted. If you would like to make my life a little easier, you may use this formula for the subject line: “Query: Title (Genre)”.

HERE’S A LITTLE MORE DETAIL OF WHAT LISA IS LOOKING FOR:

Fantasy and Science Fiction: Complex magical/technological/political/social systems and cohesive worldbuilding are all good things in my book, as are moral quandaries and ambiguity. I’m also very interested in seeing female protagonists, non-Western settings, and protagonists from marginalized groups. I’m particularly drawn to characters whose struggles include not just “the quest”, but also choices that challenge their beliefs or values, or how technology/magic can affect what it means to be human. I love SFF of all stripes, from epic fantasy to grimdark to space opera and military SF. Large-scale stories are fantastic, but I’m also very interested in smaller-scale stories, where the focus is on a particular group of characters and not necessarily the fate of the galaxy.

Horror: You know that scene from Friends where Rachel is reading The Shining and nearly brains Joey with a potato masher when he startles her? I’m looking for horror submissions that evoke that feeling. I love horror that goes a little left of center, whether it’s mostly contemporary with a hint of supernatural or more firmly speculative. Birdbox (the book), Get OutA Quiet Place, and The Haunting of Hill House are all great examples of what I’m looking for. I want to read these under the covers with a flashlight and be terrified!

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 fantasy, horror, science fiction, thriller, and romance.

I’m particularly fond of non-traditional narrative structures: epistolary, non-linear, found-footage, mixed media, etc.+

Non-fiction: I would love to see non-fiction proposals for craft-related subjects! Knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, or other sorts of handicrafts are very much in my wheelhouse. I’m interested in both pattern collections and reflections on crafting (a la YARN HARLOT). I’m also looking for select gift book projects.

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), THE BLACK PRISM (Brent Weeks), THE WHITE DRAGON (Anne McCaffrey), THE DUKE AND I (Julia Quinn), THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS (Rae Carson), THE MARTIAN (Andy Weir), ASSASSIN’S APPRENTICE (Robin Hobb), HAMMERED (Elizabeth Bear), WINTERGIRLS (Laurie Halse Anderson), THE GIVER (Lois Lowry), PERSUASION (Jane Austen), FOREIGNER (C.J. Cherryh), DRAGON PRINCE (Melanie Rawn), A WOMAN ENTANGLED (Cecilia Grant), WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE (Shirley Jackson), THE FIFTH SEASON (N.K. Jemisin), ANCILLARY JUSTICE (Ann Leckie), ABSOLUTELY ALMOST (Lisa Graff), THE HATE U GIVE (Angie Thomas), BIRDBOX (Josh Malerman).

lisa@awfulagent.com
@_LisaRodgers
Website

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Great info. Thank you!

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