Tanera Simons – Agent Wishlist

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My interests lie in rom-com, love stories, commercial historical fiction, book club, and in female-driven novels with a slightly darker edge. Across all of these I am always looking for a strong hook – a set-up that immediately intrigues me and makes me want to find out more – as well as rich, layered characters who we can’t help but invest in.

Premise, character, and plot are all more important to me than lyrical writing: I want a book that takes you in on the first page and doesn’t let go until the end.

When it comes to rom-coms, I represent Beth O’Leary and she epitomizes what I look for from novels in the genre: a very clear hook and a fresh take on the existing tropes. Nora Goes Off Script leans into romance tropes and the result is a completely escapist, funny novel brimming with sexual tension. I want to champion more diverse writers in this space, too, so if you have written anything along the lines of Last Tang Standing or Casey McQuiston’s novels then please consider me for your book.

There will always be space on my list for an epic love story – I’m thinking In Five Years meets One Day – and particularly a love story that ‘transcends’ in some way: whether this means it spans generations, or travels the world, or bucks the status quo in another way.

I have long been looking for a historical novel with a focus on character and plot, with the historical detail woven throughout rather than being the central premise: perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I am looking for love stories and book club fiction, set in the past.

Lucinda Riley’s Seven Sisters is a wonderful example of a dual timeline series that centres on the revelation of long-held family secrets across generations. I greatly enjoyed Tammye Huf’s A More Perfect Union, which is a wonderful example of a love story set during the slave trade in America. I also recently read Weyward and was completely absorbed by the gothic world Emilia Hart drew me into: if you have written anything witchy that comments on women’s rights then please do send my way!

Finally, I am also looking to build my list on the book club side, and want to find novels that make you question in some way: perhaps how you would react in the character’s position; or perhaps even questioning the status quo. Darker book club fiction is a space I am particularly interested in: The Ugly Truth confronts society’s obsession with celebrity and the media, with potentially devastating consequences.

Other books that I have enjoyed and epitomize my wishlist include:

  • Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus
  • Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
  • In Fives Years, Rebecca Serle
  • The Hating Game Sally Thorne
  • Anything by Marian Keyes
  • Book Lovers, Emily Henry
  • Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

I look forward to reading your work!

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