Erin Clyburn

Associate Agent

Erin joined The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency as Associate Agent in 2019 after an internship and apprenticeship with Corvisiero 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

Children’s:

 

  • Picture books: Nonfiction picture books ONLY, particularly multicultural picture books, picture books about lesser-known individuals or historical events, and unique science concepts

  • Chapter books: High-concept chapter book series

  • 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, horror, thriller, mystery, speculative fiction

  • All children’s: Graphic novels, high-interest nonfiction, magical realism, characters going on journeys

 

Adult:

 

  • 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 sci-fi (Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Anderson’s Feed)

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

  • #ownvoices

  • Characters dealing with mental illness, neurodiverse representation

 

I am NOT looking for fiction picture books, romance, Westerns, epic/high/second-world fantasy, political or military thrillers, hard sci-fi, short stories, horror about vampires/werewolves/aliens/zombies, 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. For picture books, please send the whole text.

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