Julie Dineen is a literary agent with D4EO Literary Agency.After years of editorial work, professional writing of many descriptions and an internship at The Bent Agency, I joined D4EO Literary as an agent in 2017 to build my own list of upmarket fiction.
Across the board, I’m looking for books that hook me from the very first page, whether it’s the writing, the voice or some unquantifiable draw that demands my time. I’m drawn to stories that are exceptionally well-written, that star dynamic, unforgettable characters and that appeal to a wide, commercial audience.
I’m looking for literary fiction with commercial appeal and beautiful, stand-out writing (The Girls, Cloud Atlas). I’m on the lookout for upmarket general, women’s and historical fiction my book club will want to spend hours talking about (Big Little Lies, The Nest, Orphan Train). I’d love to discover a new twist on chick lit – think Bridget Jones for millennials – and I have a weakness for fun, perfectly-executed beach reads. I’m also looking for well-written romance, both contemporary and historical. I especially enjoy epic, genre-bending romance (Outlander, The Bronze Horseman), and I never say never when it comes to paranormal, although believability and originality are essential.
Genres I read less of but will still consider include high-concept YA with blockbuster potential, psychologically complex horror, and female-centric thrillers. In these categories, I’m looking for select projects with storytelling that won’t let go.
To query, please send a query letter and the first ten pages in the body of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. My response time is between ten minutes and four weeks.website: www.juliedinneen.com