Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 10, 2022

Agent Bonnie Swanson – The Purcell Agency

Bonnie Swanson

The Purcell Agency


I have very eclectic tastes and sometimes don’t know what I’m looking for until I read it. However, there are a few consistencies in what I like/don’t like.

Fiction: Children’s, LGBTQ, New Adult, Picture Books, Romance, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Romance, Contemporary YA, Diversity, Humor, Magical Realism, Multicultural, Social Issues, Soft Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Urban Fantasy

YA/Adult Likes: LGBTQ, HEAs-I’m a sucker for a good romance. Magic/scifi/fantasy all kinds. Issue-driven stories that address timeless social issues and the people who fight to change them, stories where the underdog wins, non-traditional characters who feel real (even if they are in outer space or an anthropomorphic animal), stories exploring different types of families, humor,  and basically anything quirky and weird that may not fit into one specific genre.

DISLIKES: stories with violence against women/children, erotica, misogyny, alpha males

Currently I am on the hunt for women’s fiction/romance.  Contemporary isn’t my favorite, but if it has a good hook, I’ll give it a looksie.

Picture Book Likes: Just about everything! Humor, family life, coming of age, parent-child relationships, realistic non-fiction, animal characters, I’m open to it all.

DISLIKES: same as above and I’m definitely not a fit for straightforward non-fiction. But if you make it voicey and fun, send it to me!

Fun facts about me: I’m originally from Chicago but moved to southern Illinois after marriage. I love the mountains and the beach and am torn on where to retire! I have three grown children, three “bonus” children, and one goofy granddog named Onix.

Favorite color: Purple

Pets: Winter, Milo, and Mira the ever-demanding kitty eating machines

Something quirky about me: I have purple hair, tattoos, and STILL teach first grade.

Submission Guidelines

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Talk tomorrow,



  1. Great info! Thanks, Kathy. 🙂


  2. Yay, Bonnie! So great to see this interview with you.


  3. Thank you for the interview. After reading this agent’s likes for picture books, I was disappointed to learn she is closed to queries at this time. I will bookmark her page and check at a later date.


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