Brooks Sherman is on the lookout for adult fiction that runs the gamut from literary and upmarket to speculative (particularly urban/contemporary fantasy rooted in realistic settings, horror/dark fantasy, and magical realism), as well as historical fiction and crime fiction. On the children’s side, he is seeking middle grade novels of all genres (but particularly fantasy adventure and contemporary), and is open to YA fiction of all types except paranormal romance. He would especially love to get his hands on a dark and/or funny contemporary YA project.
Recent sales include: Heidi Schulz‘s middle grade adventure Hook’s Revenge (Disney*Hyperion, Fall 2014) and her picture book Giraffes Ruin Everything (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, Fall 2015); Emma Trevayne‘s YA sci-fi thriller Chorus (Running Press Kids, Spring 2014) and her middle grade fantasy Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times (S&S Books for Young Readers, Summer 2014); author/illustrator Sam Garton‘s picture book I Am Otter (Balzer + Bray, May 2014); and novelist Sean Ferrell‘s picture book debut I Don’t Like Koala (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, TBA).
Brooks is specifically seeking projects that balance strong voice with gripping plot lines; he particularly enjoys flawed (but sympathetic) protagonists and stories that organically blur the lines between genres. Stories that make him laugh earn extra points. Recent favorites include Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Defending Jacob by William Landay, Lucky Bastard by S.G. Browne, The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy, You by Charles Benoit, The Thieves of Manhattan by Adam Langer, and Horns by Joe Hill.
He is thrilled to be living once more in Brooklyn, after a two-year stint with the Peace Corps in bucolic West Africa and a one-year stint in the savage jungles of Hollywood. As befitting his chosen career in publishing, he subsists on a diet of breadcrumbs and bourbon.
You can find him on Twitter at @byobrooks.
For submissions, please email the query and the first 5-10 pages (pasted in the body of the email) to “Brooks [at] fineprintlit [dot] com.”
NOTE: Brooks Sherman is currently closed to submissions. All unsolicited queries and submissions sent to him during this period will be not be stored or read.