Erin Clyburn

Associate Literary Agent

Erin joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as an Associate Literary Agent in 2019 after an internship and apprenticeship with a boutique literary agency. She has worked as a copy editor and recipe editor in the magazine industry and was General Manager and Director of collection development for Turtleback Books. She received her BA in English Literature from Mississippi State University and her MA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University. When not working, Erin loves hiking, cooking, traveling, painting, working on a manuscript or two, and trying to keep her three rabbits, Felix, Agnes, and Valentino, from chewing up every baseboard in the house.


What I'm looking for



  • Middle grade: Stories with big hearts and unforgettable voices, especially mysteries (Did you write a novel like The Westing Game, Holes, or Greenglass House? Send it to me!)

  • YA: Dark contemporary, thriller, mystery, speculative fiction

  • All children’s: Horror, high-interest nonfiction, magical realism, contemporary fantasy, historical fiction, characters going on journeys




  • Fiction: Character-driven literary fiction; plot-driven mysteries; domestic and psychological thrillers; laugh-out-loud novels about quirky, dysfunctional families; psychological horror, gothic horror, out-of-the-box horror; multigenerational family sagas like We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas; contemporary fantasy grounded in our world; speculative fiction 

  • Nonfiction: Pop science (Oliver Sacks, Mary Roach); high-interest nonfiction, particularly stories about fascinating people and issues that haven’t been told before (Radium Girls, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks); true crime; cookbooks; science- or culture-focused memoirs (My Brain on Fire, Educated, Full Body Burden)


Across the board:


  • Emotional, character-driven soft sci-fi based in our world (Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Karen Thompson Walker's The Dreamers)

  • An Alabamian, I would love to see diverse Southern voices writing stories set in the South.

  • #ownvoices projects

  • Characters dealing with mental illness, neurodiverse representation


I am NOT looking for picture books or chapter books; romance; Westerns; epic/high/second-world fantasy; political, crime, or military thrillers; hard sci-fi; short stories; or stories with a strong focus on religion.

How to submit


Queries should be submitted through QueryManager: http://QueryMe.Online/ErinClyburn. Emailed queries will be deleted unread. For fiction, please include your query letter, synopsis, and first 10 pages of your manuscript. For nonfiction, please send your query, proposal, and the first 10 pages.

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