As of July 1, 2017, I am closed to queries until further notice. Please keep an eye on my Twitter page for updates on when I will reopen.


Young Adult

  • Contemporary
    • Commercial
    • Literary
  • Historical
  • Magical realism
  • Sci-Fi / Speculative
  • Thrillers
  • Mystery
  • Horror
  • My wishlist includes novels in the vein of:
    • When the Moon Was Ours, Caraval, Glitter, This Savage Song, The Walls Around Us, And I Darken, Kill the Boy Band, Vanishing Girls, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Conversion, Tiger Lily, Imaginary Girls, All the Truth That’s in Me, Salt to the Sea, The Name of the Star,  A Great and Terrible Beauty, Code Name Verity, Anna and the French Kiss, The Diviners

Middle Grade

  • Contemporary
  • Magical Realism
  • Fantasy
  • Sci-Fi / Speculative
  • Adventure
  • Historical
  • My wishlist includes novels in the vein of:
    • A Snicker of Magic, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, How to Train Your Dragon, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, Bridge to Terabithia, Harry Potter, Vesper Holly: The Illyrian Adventure, See You at Harry’s, Over Sea, Under Stone, Destiny Rewritten, Fade Out

Select Commercial Fiction

  • Women’s fiction
    • Light / Quirky
    • Literary / Upmarket
    • Historical
    • Contemporary
    • Thriller
  • Fantasy
  • My wishlist includes novels in the vein of:
    • The Girl Before, Attachments, The Forgotten Garden, Burial Rites, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Twenties Girl, Landline, Me Before You, Room, One True Loves, The Magicians, A Darker Shade of Magic

* Please note: I am NOT looking for genre romance, crime, mysteries, or epic fantasy for adult audiences. Also, NO picture books, poetry, non-fiction, new adult

You can also find real-time updates to my #MSWL on Twitter and on my Visual MSWL board:

Response times:


Per Agency guidelines, if you have not received an answer for your query after 3 months, it will be considered a rejection. We’d like to take the time to respond to each and every query, but doing so creates longer and longer wait times.

Full manuscripts:

Average response time is 3-5 months. Please give me 3 months before querying regarding status. I am behind on reading, but putting a good dent in the rather large pile.

Updated 7/1/2017

  One thought on “Submissions

  1. July 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Whitley! I noticed on Inklings Literary Agency website it says to include a synopsis. Do you require this as well or do you prefer to just receive the query and first ten pages?


    • July 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Personally, I don’t read the synopsis unless I love the sample pages, so I don’t need to see it. Actually, if you do send, I prefer to see the synopsis after the sample. Reading the play by play before getting to the actual sample can distract me from focusing on the motivation and the stakes.

  2. Johanna
    September 28, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    I have a question that may seem stupid but personally I need an honest answer.. What if the author feels giving away the climax of the story in a synopsis ruins the page turning excitment?? Do literary agents really want to know what happens ahead of time?? Remember that movie the Crying Game? I never would’ve watched it if I already knew the “woman” was actually a man!! I was utterly shocked at that revelation!!
    Thank You,

    • October 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Speaking for myself personally, if I’ve requested the synopsis, I’m still going to want it. You are welcome to warn that the synopsis would ruin the excitement, but every synopsis for every book gives something away. We need to know that the writing can keep us reading even if we’ve already read the outline. Make sense?

      • Johanna Butler
        October 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm

        Well, whit I sent you a query etc. So, please heed.. A synopsis would ruin the emotions the book incites. lmho 🙂 I’ll bet you are so intrigued by my 10 page sub. you won’t request a synopsis instead you’ll eagerly request the entire piece lol lol It’s a great read!!

      • Johanna Butler
        October 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm

        P.S. I just re-read your wish list. The “Leopard’ fits snugly on top. You finally responded to my question today, Oct. 14th which is my sister’s birthday. And, your going stop excepting queries on Nov. 1st, my mother’s birthday lmho 🙂 Confucius says, “there are no such things as coincidence.” Or was that my dad 🙂

  3. October 1, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Hey I was wondering do you accept longlines & screenplays as well?

    • October 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      No, as a literary agent, I only work with books.

  4. December 6, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Do you have an idea as to when you’ll be accepting submissions again?

  5. February 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Whitley! Are you open to graphic novels?

    • February 15, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      I am for younger audiences mainly (ie, YA and MG)

  6. July 20, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    HI Whitney I do historical fantasies but I would love to do your revisionist Princess Kaʻiulani. I have a friend in Hawaii I’ll start research. This story is very much like the one I did of Manuel II of Portugal.

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