Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 10, 2020

Agent Amy Stapp at Wolfson Literary

Amy Stapp received her BA from Samford University and MA from Georgia State University before beginning her publishing career at Macmillan, where she was an editor for seven years and had the privilege of working with bestselling authors such as Katie McGarry, Shelley Noble, and Amber Lynn Natusch, among others. Amy joined Wolfson Literary in 2018 and is actively building her list, with interest in women’s fiction, mystery, suspense, historical fiction, young adult, and select nonfiction.  She is particularly drawn to well-paced prose and smart, multidimensional characters.

Adult Fiction

Commercial book club fiction
Lighthearted mysteries with a touch of romance
Historical mysteries
Gritty psychological thrillers
Domestic suspense
Women’s fiction (from beach reads to upmarket women’s fiction)
Magical realism
Historical fiction (particularly 1910s-1950s)
WWII fiction
International setting/Small-town setting/Unique regions
Multigenerational/Relationships between women
Family drama/Family secrets
Southern Gothic
Sophisticated horror with a high-concept hook

I am most eager to find high concept, commercial, book club fiction, and sharp, tightly woven thrillers/suspense.
I’ve lived in the Midwest, South, and now the Northeast, and I have a fondness for small-town settings (either with an endearingly quirky cast of characters, or a more sinister, closed-in, suspicious feel), and a particular interest in the unique Southern voice.
I need multidimensional, complex, nuanced characters that feel like real people (even the villains and bullies).
I will inevitably pick up any book set in Paris, but truthfully I love any unique international setting.
I tend to shy away from women’s fiction where the central story involves a woman learning to live again after divorce and an empty nest.

Nonfiction

Health/Wellness/Fitness
Family/Parenting
Unique cookbooks
Minimalism/simple living
Feminist/female-focused
Faith
In nonfiction, I’m looking for an established platform, an approachable tone, and a unique perspective.

Young Adult

Mystery/suspense
Contemporary romance
Contemporary coming-of-age
Historical fiction
Southern Gothic
In YA, I almost always prefer a more mature protagonist and stories with adult crossover potential. I tend to gravitate toward stories that take place outside of the traditional high school setting. (I’m not a fan of clichéd high school cliques, stereotypical mean girls, or “why doesn’t the boy notice me, I’m so plain”-type outdated tropes.)
I’d love-love-love to find a fast-paced, twisty YA mystery or thriller that keeps me guessing.
I come from a long line of Midwestern factory workers, and I want to see more stories about kids from blue-collar families, farming communities, small towns, or a unique region I’ve not seen before.
I want all of the YA romance; I can’t get enough of it; but I’d also love to see more friendship stories, where girls aren’t jealous, insecure, or in competition.
I love learning something new or being challenged in some way when I read a great book (of any genre or age range), but it needs to come from being fully immersed in a character’s story rather than from an obvious agenda (teens can smell didactic a mile away).
I’d love to find a YA Indiana Jones, or a story with an international adventure.
I have a soft spot for vintage Hollywood, and I’d love to find a historical that captures this romance.

Middle Grade

High concept adventure stories
Traditional mysteries

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to amy@wolfsonliterary.com
Please put “Query: [Title of your book]” in the subject of your email.
Please paste your query letter and the first FIVE pages of the manuscript in the body of the email. Include word count.
Attachments will not be opened and will be automatically deleted.

SNAIL MAIL WILL NOT BE OPENED

Website: https://wolfsonliterary.com/

Talkk tomorrow,

Kathy


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