Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 18, 2021

Agent Amy Guiffrida – Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency – Likes and Dislikes

Amy Giuffrida – Associate Literary Agent

The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Amy’s life is consumed with all things bookish. When she’s not working on books, she’s talking about stories with her classes as an 8th grade ELA (English/Language Arts) teacher. In her spare time, you can find her renovating her house, binge-watching TV shows on Hulu, or reading something scary—all while snuggling with her three rescue dogs.

I am always looking for #ownvoices stories written by disabled, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ authors. I am especially interested in seeing stories set in non-western places that envelop me in cultures typically underrepresented.


Horror– Give me your dark and twisted tales that make me question reality. Stories set around Halloween, ghosts and hauntings–all with themes of friendship–are perfect stories for me.

Romance– I really want to see sweet first love stories. I want to feel that wave of butterflies first love creates and the awkwardness of a first kiss or that tension of having a crush—no matter the type of coupling (F/F, M/M, or F/M).

Contemporary– I’m always in search of strong, young characters that fight to change the world. Also, enemies to friends, friendship break-ups, and feel good family stories are always at the top of my #MSWL—think MG or YA Schitt’s Creek.

Mystery– I’d love to see stories including a group of teens that band together to solve puzzles and mysteries. Think of a modern day Goonies or Scooby-Doo with diverse characters.

Adventure- As a rescue dog mama of three, I am on the hunt for a story that includes a rescue dog–preferably one with a breed who is often cast as naughty. But please don’t send me one where the dog speaks.


I am seeking twisty suspense, light magical realism that is grounded in every day life, dark academia, cozy mysteries, southern gothic, and contemporary upmarket women’s fiction.

In Horror– I want scary, smart stories.

Psychological Thrillers– Give me all the unreliable narrators and unexpected twists and turns.

Romance/Rom Com- Give me books that make me swoon, laugh, and cry all at the same time. Stories of best friends turned lovers makes me super happy, no matter the coupling. I’d love to see more of true love stemming from blind dates and making it in the face of diversity. I also seek f/f love stories—give me RED WHITE & ROYAL BLUE,  but with female characters. Would also LOVE to see some stories set during holidays in non-Western settings.


MG, YA, and Adult– I am looking for powerful stories from diverse voices, including cookbooks that highlight family stories or ancestral anecdotes.

I am NOT the best fit for:

  • High Fantasy/Science Fiction/Historical Fiction
  • Pandemic/virus stories
  • Angels/demons/werewolves/zombies/vampires/mermaids/pirates
  • Political/military/police heavy thrillers
  • Novellas/short story collections/poetry collections/screenplays
  • Previously published work
  • Chapter/picture books
  • Stories including religious themes, suicide, rape, physical/mental abuse/abductions/violence against children

Submission Guidelines

Queries should be submitted through QueryManager: http://QueryMe.Online/AmyGiuffrida

For fiction, please include your query letter, synopsis, and the first 10 pages of your manuscript. For nonfiction, please send your query, proposal, and the first 10 pages.

Guidelines & Details


Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for spotlighting another agent I didn’t know about. I’ve been finding out about a lot of agents to feature in my agent spotlights at Literary Rambles here. Thanks so much!


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