About this New Literary Agent Spotlight series: We love spotlighting and profiling new literary agents —such as Elle Thompson of TriadaUS Literary — because they are actively seeking new writers and constructing a client list.

Literary Agent Bio: Assistant agent Elle Thompson joined TriadaUS as a literary assistant to Uwe Stender. Assistant Agent Elle Thompson joined Triada with a background in academic, editorial, and non-profit work. She’s lived and worked in bookstores in two capitals within the last five years and is thrilled to now be returning to the East Coast and her eastern Pennsylvania roots.

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What to Submit to Elle: In YA, she is most excited for high fantasy that features sweeping world-building and character-driven narratives; romantic fantasy filled with heists, fresh takes on lore, or lush adventure narratives; contemporary fiction that features relatable and charming voices going through periods of growth, discovery, and fresh takes on familiar problems; and horror/thriller, innovating on women as victims or antagonists, exploring terror in fresh ways, and examining how the myriad troubles of youth can be played out and communicated through the unknown. LGBTQIA+ representation is of particular importance to her across all genres.

In adult fiction, Elle is currently seeking smart horror rooted in terror (particularly with gothic elements, special attention paid to the atmosphere, and horrors that set themselves around the house or that have a historical rooting); cozy mysteries that evoke the countryside and the home; literary fiction that explores grief, historically centered and character-driven stories, or relationships (platonic or romantic, and I am particularly interested in stories that center the relationships and friendships of women); historical fiction centering on individual moments of change for either the environment or the protagonist and that is strongly character-focused; dark academia takes on thrillers, horror, or evocative literary fiction; women’s fiction that offers stand-out protagonists and ensemble casts; and fantasy of all kinds.

How to Query Elle: Please send an email with QUERY and the manuscript title in the email’s subject line. In the body of the email, please include your query letter and the first ten pages of the manuscript. If we haven’t responded after two weeks, we have not received your query. 

EMAIL: elle@triadaus.com


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Brian Klems

Brian Klems

Brian A. Klems (TheLifeofDad.com) is a writer, husband, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls. He is Senior Coordinator for Writing Day Workshops and is a proud graduate of the E.W. Scripps journalism school at Ohio University. Brian is also the author of the bestselling parenting humor book, OH BOY, YOU'RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD'S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS (Adams Media, a division of Simon & Schuster).