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“A first-tier purchase for libraries where contemporary and enemies-to-lovers romances are popular.” —Library Journal on THE STAND-IN
"Through her multiracial cast of characters, Buford examines the impacts of racism and revisionist history through the generations. A riveting examination of power and the importance of history." —Kirkus, starred review of GOOD AS GOLD ⭐
I am a literary agent and the director of business affairs at LDLA, who is particularly drawn in by unique voices, strong character development, high-concept plots, and transporting experiences. I mostly represent commercial fiction, romance, MG, YA, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and narrative nonfiction. I’m a sucker for anything about cults, witches, jewel heists, archaeology/ancient civilizations, royalty, psychology, or high-stakes revenge. And I automatically get excited when I see a good smoldering romance, gripping mystery, clever prescriptive nonfiction, or anything set in a bakery (with lots of salivating descriptions!).
I have been passionate about books for as long as I can remember, but I first became interested in agenting after a college friend encouraged me to apply for a summer internship at Writers House. I commuted back and forth from Connecticut three days a week, and knew that this was what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing...minus the two-hour train rides.
Now I live in Sunnyside, Queens, and when not immersed in a good book, love shopping at the city's green markets, exploring new neighborhoods, designing gloriously color-coded spreadsheets, tackling DIY apartment decorating, and snuggling with my cats.
For my full deal history, visit my PM Dealmaker page.
Drop Dead #1-3
February 16, 2023
Lily Chu's DROP DEAD, about an obituary writer whose career and romantic life get turned upside down when she accidentally prints an obit for a famous recluse who, as it turns out, is still very much alive, to Mary Altman at Sourcebooks, in a nice deal, for publication in spring 2025, by Carrie Pestritto at Laura Dail Literary Agency.
Audio rights to Louise Quayle at Audible Originals, with Allison Carroll editing, in a major deal, for publication in summer 2024.
Please use QueryManager to send a submission to me. You can read more about my specific interests there, as well.
Your query letter should include:
a short pitch
and a short plot summary
Also note previous submission or publishing history, if applicable. If you are a debut author, do not worry.
After your query letter, paste the first chapter of your manuscript (or the entire proposal if nonfiction) into the body of the email. I will not respond to queries emailed directly to me and I don't open unrequested attachments.
My (Average) Submission Timeline
Once I receive your query, if I am going to request pages, I usually do so by the 2 month mark. When I receive a partial, it goes to my TBR pile and I try to respond with feedback in about 3-6 months.