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agent : conawaysubmissions@writershouse.com
Dan Conaway
Writers House
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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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I'm looking for contemporary literary fiction and smart, upmarket crime and suspense fiction that explores a diversity of voices and experiences, and stories about underrepresented cultures and identities. I am looking for a distinctive voice, compelling characters, a strong sense of place, and a gripping, propulsive plot. I don't read a lot of science fiction or horror, but am open to both, if the writing's great.

Novels I’ve loved recently: MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER by Oyinkan Braithwaite; THE COLLECTIVE by Alison Gaylin; YOUR HOUSE WILL PAY by Steph Cha; RAZORBLADE TEARS by S.A. Cosby; THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT by Walter Tevis; THESE WOMEN by Ivy Pochoda.

What I'm NOT looking for: Police procedurals, fantasy, children’s lit or anything in the YA space.

For non-fiction, I'm NOT looking for books in the self-help/self-improvement/business realms. I AM looking for books with ambitious themes, subjects that are topical and thought-provoking and conversation starting. My real love, always, is *narrative* nonfiction, driven by powerful story-telling--investigative journalism, true crime, history, music and pop culture, science, and gorgeously-written memoir.

Some non-fiction I’ve loved recently: HIDDEN VALLEY ROAD by Robert Kolker; ALSO A POET by Ada Calhoun; MEMORIAL DRIVE by Natasha Trethewey; YOUNG MEN AND FIRE by Norman Maclean; BENEATH A RUTHLESS SUN by Gilbert King.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your query process--look forward to hearing from you.


years experience: 15 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
Megan Abbott, THE TURNOUT and DARE ME
Joseph Finder, GUILTY MINDS, SUSPICION and THE FIXER
Stacy Willingham, A FLICKER IN THE DARK
John McWhorter, NINE NASTY WORDS and WOKE RACISM
Peter Carlin, BRUCE and HOMEWARD BOUND: THE LIFE OF PAUL SIMON
Bruce Henderson, SONS AND SOLDIERS
Louis Bayard, JACKIE & ME
Farah Stockman, AMERICAN MADE

MOST RECENT SALES/ FORTHCOMING BOOKS
Greg Iles, SOUTHERN MAN—William Morrow
Megan Giddings, THE WOMEN COULD FLY—Amistad
The Author's Guild, ed. Margaret Atwood, FOURTEEN DAYS—HarperCollins
Bruce Henderson, BRIDGE TO THE SUN—Knopf
Stacy Willingham, ALL THE DANGEROUS THINGS—Minotaur
Ace Atkins, FREE FALLING—William Morrow
Charles Barber, IN THE BLOOD—Grand Central
Allison Brennan, NORTH OF NOWHERE—St. Martin's Press
Jeremy Dauber, AMERICAN SCARY—Algonquin
Jules Ohman, BODY GRAMMAR—Vintage
International Thriller Writers, ed. C.J. Box, BIRDS OF PREY: THE HARLAN COBEN CHALLENGE—Audible
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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