Literary Agent

Hannah Todd

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What I'm Looking For

Commercial fiction across all genres including women’s fiction; spicy romance novels; clever thrillers; cosy crime; romantic comedies; sagas. If you can make her laugh, cry or fall in love then you’re onto a winner!
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What I'm Looking For

I’m looking for commercial fiction across all genres, with a strong voice, clear pitch, and fantastic characterisation; all of the key elements for a novel that you just can’t put down and have to tell your friends about!
My current dream items would be: small-town US settings in both romance and crime novels, more spicy romances, that range from Emily Henry to Tessa Bailey in terms of spice level and an issues-driven suspense novel like Rosamund Lupton’s Three Hours.
On a broader note: When it comes to romance, I’m looking for everything from spicy romance to romantic comedies to cosy and destination romances. With romantic comedies, I need relatable characters like those by Bethany Rutter, Mary Jayne Baker, and Kirsty Greenwood. I love feeling as though you’ve made a friend when you put the book down! I’m also keen to find an author for LGBTQIA+ romance novels, like Double Booked by Lily Lindon, and of course, novels that will make me laugh out loud. I’m looking for everything from closed door romance, to the far more spicy, so send me everything from Emily Henry to Talia Hibbert and beyond. My only request is that there is great plot alongside the spice! Also, another area of the market I’m keen to work in is destination romances in a beautiful setting as I love novels that whisk me away. I’m looking for pure escapism in every genre!
Within crime and thrillers, I’m looking for high concept thrillers with an unsettling ‘it-could-happen-to-me’ feeling. I am particularly looking for destination set thrillers, where the setting could be as much of a threat as anything else. I’m thinking of books like The Sanatorium, and The Hike by Lucy Clarke. I love to be genuinely shocked by a twist, but only if it feels as though I had a chance to see it coming… nothing is more unsatisfying than an off-page character turning up at the eleventh hour and being responsible for the crime! Again, characterisation is key as well as the satisfying mystery. And finally, I am really looking for a book like Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton in both its themes (real-world emotional suspense) and its execution.
With regards to all genres, I am particularly interested in voices from underrepresented backgrounds: such as writers of colour, indigenous communities, the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with disabilities.
Things that aren’t for me personally:
  • Re-imaginings of the classics (Austen etc.)
  • Books that feature characters putting on Shakespeare plays (the only one I’ve ever loved is Station Eleven!)

My top books (outside of those I’ve worked on!)

The Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho

No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

Honey and Spice by Bolu Babalola

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

Everything that Emily Henry has written(!)

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Dear Edward by Anna Napolitana

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

I’m Glad my Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

 

 

My top TV shows and podcasts

Canadian series, Schitt’s Creek

Netflix series, Pose

Irish comedy series, Derry Girls

Netflix series, Bridgerton

American telenovela, Jane the Virgin

Netflix series, Feel Good

British crime series, Unforgotten

Channel 4 series, Catastrophe

British crime series, Happy Valley

True crime podcast, My Favorite Murder

British comedy/facts podcast, No Such Thing as a Fish

True-crime podcast, Criminal

Romance podcast, This is Love

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