Sub Guidelines

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Here is the link to Rachel's submission form, as well as a brief description of her most current preferences below. 

Rachel Brooks's focus is fiction, specifically adult romance and young adult, as well as select women's fiction and cozy mysteries. 

  • In adult romance she's looking for high-concept stories. She's seen the tropes before, so the voice has to feel fresh and stand out in the market.
  • In young adult she especially wants to read manuscripts by authors from marginalized communities (although this applies to adult projects too). 
  • In women's fiction she is selectively looking for commercial stories with a strong hook. She likes lighter reads in the vein of Sophie Kinsella, while also darker ones like Liane Moriarty. She enjoys women's fiction with dynamic multi-generational or sister relationships. She's open to multiple POV stories, so long as the voices are distinct. She's not the best fit for inspirational or mother/child stories.
  • For cozy mysteriesshe wants to see a fun series theme set in an idyllic small town with a lovable sleuth (Examples: Krista Davis's Paws & Claws series, Laurie Cass's Bookmobile Cat Mysteries, and Peg Cochran's Cranberry Cove series).