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agent : conawaysubmissions@writershouse.com
Dan Conaway
Writers House

I'm a literary agent at Writers House and represent an extensive list of bestselling and award-winning novelists, crime writers, biographers, memoirists, journalists and historians.

Prior to joining Writers House I worked as Executive Editor at both Putnam and HarperCollins, and as Director of Literary Acquisitions at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. I started my career as a College Traveler at W.W. Norton. I authored the blog BookAngst 101, a long-retired insider's account of the publishing industry, writing under the pseudonym Mad Max Perkins.

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What am I looking for?

I am interested in literature that explores a diversity of voices and experiences, and stories about underrepresented cultures and identities.

For fiction, I would love to see contemporary literary fiction and smart, upmarket horror, thrillers, and suspense. I am looking for a distinctive voice, compelling characters, an interesting setting, and a gripping, propulsive plot.
A couple books that I’ve loved recently: MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite, FLEISCHMAN IS IN TROUBLE by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, VERY NICE by Marcy Dermanski, MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN by Jonathan Lethem
Next on my reading list: THE WHISPER MAN by Alex North, LOST AND WANTED by Nell Freudenberger

For non-fiction, I would love to see more true crime, popular history, investigative journalism, pop culture, pop psychology, and narrative non-fiction. I am interested in big themes, topical subjects, something that is thought-provoking and conversation starting.
Some non-fiction I’ve loved recently: BENEATH A RUTHLESS SUN by Gilbert King, KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL by Anthony Bourdain
On my reading list: TRICK MIRROR by Jia Tolentino, I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK by Michelle McNamara, KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann.

What I’m not looking for: Police procedurals, science-fiction, fantasy, children’s lit or anything in the YA space.

I look forward to seeing your work!


years experience: 13 as a literary agent
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
Suspense/Thriller, True Crime, Contemporary Literary Fiction, Popular History, Popular Culture, Investigative Journalism, Political Narrative
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
Recent Bestselling & Award-winning Books:

Greg Iles, The NATCHEZ BURNING Trilogy
Joseph Finder, GUILTY MINDS, SUSPICION and THE FIXER
Megan Abbott, DARE ME, GIVE ME YOUR HAND, and YOU WILL KNOW ME
Peter Carlin, BRUCE and HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON
Grant Blackwood, TOM CLANCY'S UNDER FIRE
Bruce Henderson, SONS AND SOLDIERS
Louis Bayard, COURTING MR. LINCOLN
Darcy Lockman, ALL THE RAGE
John Sedgwick, BLOOD MOON

MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Recent Sales:

John McWhorter, NINE NASTY WORDS—Avery
Louis Bayard, JACKIE AND LEM—Algonquin
Matt Siegel, THE SECRET HISTORY OF FOOD—Ecco
Lisa Napoli, UP ALL NIGHT: TED TURNER, CNN, AND THE BIRTH OF 24-HOUR NEWS—Abrams
Megan Abbott, Untitled—Putnam
Allison Brennan, THIRD TO DIE—Mira

Forthcoming Books:

Joseph Finder, HOUSE ON FIRE—Dutton
Megan Giddings, LAKEWOOD—Amistad
MJ Rose et al, SUFFRAGETTE CITY—Flatiron
Matthew Quirk, HOUR OF THE ASSASSIN—Morrow

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
I accept queries via e-mail and regular mail (though e-mail is preferable). If you think I’d be interested in your work, please send me your query in the body of an e-mail (no attachments, please) to conawaysubmissions@writershouse.com. Please include the title and your name in the subject heading of the email.

Fiction: query letter, one brief synopsis, and one sample chapter (or first ten pages)

Non-fiction: query letter, author bio, proposal

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