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Across the board, I’m looking for books that hook me from the very first page, whether it’s the writing, the voice or some unquantifiable draw that demands my time. I’m drawn to stories that are exceptionally well-written, that star dynamic, unforgettable characters and that appeal to a wide, commercial audience.

I’m looking for literary fiction with commercial appeal and beautiful, stand-out writing (The Girls, Cloud Atlas, Circe). I’m on the lookout for upmarket general, women’s and historical fiction my book club will want to spend hours talking about (Big Little Lies, The Nest, Orphan Train, Little Fires Everywhere). I want books that inform and entertain, and that take the reader to enchanting and unexpected places (Crazy Rich Asians).

I’d love to discover a new twist on chick lit – think Bridget Jones for Millennials – and I have a weakness for fun, glitzy, perfectly-executed and utterly-addictive beach reads.

I’m also looking for well-written romance, both contemporary and historical (I would love to see something along the lines of Lisa Kleypas's contemporary Travis series). I especially enjoy epic, genre-bending romance (Outlander, The Bronze Horseman) and I never say never when it comes to paranormal, although believability and originality are essential.

Genres I read less of but will still consider include high-concept YA with blockbuster potential, psychologically complex horror (I'm a huge fan of Stephen King) and female-centric thrillers. In these categories, I’m looking for select projects with storytelling that won’t let go.

For nonfiction, I'm seeking exceptionally engaging narrative nonfiction and memoir with outstanding writing.

In all of the above, humor is always welcome and if I laugh out loud and/or cry three times, you've probably won me over.

Please note: I do not represent middle grade, picture books, graphic novels or poetry.


I am actively building my client list and am open to submissions.

Please send a query letter and the first ten pages in the body of the email to: jdinneen.submissions@gmail.com

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As a new agent with space on my list and many years of agenting ahead of me, I'm looking to develop long-term relationships with the authors I represent and will advise and advocate for my clients every step of the way. As an experienced editor, I'm an editorial agent and typically work with authors through several rounds of revisions before submitting to publishers.

If I request your full manuscript, I’ll do my best to get back to you within four weeks.


My tastes are varied and I'm always hoping to be hooked by originality, great writing and engaging storytelling. A few things I would love to see in my inbox:

  • Contemporary fiction/romance revolving around a current social issue

  • Literary fiction that walks the commercial line with an original, distinctive voice

  • Fun, debauched romcoms set in Manhattan penthouses, luxury yachts, Beverly Hills mansions and/or Hollywood film sets

  • Beautifully-written family sagas

  • Coming-of-age stories, friendship stories, sibling stories

  • Well-observed social commentary weaved seamlessly into compelling storytelling

  • American road trips

  • Genre-bending books

  • Stories set in New Orleans with a Gothic, atmospheric feel

  • YA adventure/romance with outstanding world-building starring mermaids or vampires, with a fresh twist

  • Well-written romance of all subgenres

This is an eclectic selection of the kinds of books I love to read and would love to represent. I'm seeking books like these:


I'm also looking for romance at the top of its game, in all subgenres. I want fun escapism that sweeps me away with its writing, its immersive storytelling, its humor and heart and, most of all, with its characters. I want heroes and heroines I can fall in love with and chemistry that leaps off the page. Some of my favorite romance novels are those that break out of their genre in wonderful and unexpected ways.