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( May. 3rd, 2008 09:32 pm)
I spent all day answering email, and now have less than a hundred queries left in my inbox. To celebrate, I thought I would pick out a new (already published, not by one of my clients) book to read for pleasure, and as usual thinking about what I was in the mood for got me thinking about what I represent.

My current authors write in genres ranging from science fiction to fantasy (urban and historical), YA fantasy (literary & commercial), other YA (contemporary), literary fiction, romantic suspense, thrillers, romance/erotica (contemporary & paranormal)... and then it occurred to me, you know what’s missing from this list? Historical romance! Historical fiction, period. I have very few historical fiction writers right now, and NO writers of historical romance. I worked with an amazing agent who represented lots of it, I’m an avid reader of the genre, and somehow I have no clients who write historical romance of the kind I love to read... yet.

It probably doesn’t help that I’m extremely selective about what I like in historical romance--more so even than is normal for me--but I grew up devouring the work of Laura Kinsale (my all time favorite romance novelist), Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, Loretta Chase, Judith Ivory, Anita Mills, Mary Balogh, Anne Stuart, Susan Johnson, Madeline Hunter, Julia Ross, Gayle Feyrer, Tracy Grant, Carla Kelly, and many other authors I still read to this day, although some of them are no longer publishing or have stopped writing straight historicals.

(If anyone is interested, I also cut my teeth on Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux, Catherine Coulter, Johanna Lindsey, Meagan McKinney, Bertrice Small, Virginia Henley, Brenda Joyce, Marsha Canham, Rebecca Brandewyne, Iris Johansen, Jayne Anne Krentz, Gayle Wilson, Christina Skye, Marjorie Farrell, and again, a host of others I can’t think of off the top of my head right now. I am leaving out authors like Georgette Heyer, Dorothy Dunnett, and Jane Austen as well, because I feel they are in a separate class as inventors of their own subgenres.)

As far as what I’m looking for now--to read and represent--recently published books by new authors which I’ve adored include The Duke of Shadows by Meredith Duran, Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas, The Spymaster’s Lady by Joanna Bourne, and pretty much everything Lydia Joyce has ever written. So, if any of you can think of other historical romances I might like, I’d love suggestions in the comments. (And if you write books like this and are looking for an agent, please query me!)

Finally, would it be good if I posted more lists along these lines? Or other types of lists? I can’t promise I’ll do so, but I enjoy list-making and find it a relaxing and useful means of procrastination.

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