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Bio: A graduate of New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute, Cara is the newest addition to the legacy agency Harold Ober Associates. Before joining the agency world, she worked in editorial at Entangled Publishing’s new adult imprint for two years. At HOA, she works in both the book and film/TV worlds as she assists with selling books’ motion picture rights. Originally hailing from the sunny beaches of Florida, Cara is now enjoying seeing the seasons actually change while actively building her own client list. She can be found on Twitter @Cara_Mannion.
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Currently Looking For: Mainly YA and adult commercial fiction, including romance (and all its subgenres), historical fiction, women’s fiction, paranormal, science fiction, horror, mysteries and thrillers. Limited interest in nonfiction includes humor and biography. Cara particularly enjoys strong female protagonists, juicy love triangles, subversive conspiracy plots, and opening lines that make you want to jump headfirst into the book.
Not Looking For: Fantasy, memoirs, picture books, poetry, self-help books, screenplays and short story collections.
How to submit: [July 2015 update: Cara has closed herself off to queries for a while. She will let GLA know when she is back open and the post will be updated again. Thanks.]
Please email the first 10 pages of your manuscript, a concise query letter, and a detailed synopsis to [redacted]. You can also mail your query to:
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