Annie Hwang

Currently, I’m on the hunt for a sweeping narrative in which high concept and voice are woven into a captivating and atmospheric story. I gravitate towards literary and upmarket fiction with commercial appeal, and I’m particularly drawn to braided narratives and layered plots, complex characters with deep emotional resonance, and anything with a cultural element. Rich historical fiction occupies a strong place in my heart, whether literary or bookclub. I am especially attracted to stories with family sagas that span generations or stories that feature women of a time long past, uniting around a common spatial, cultural, or emotional theme. I also seek visceral literary thrillers that have a psychological or emotional bent, especially those that depart from the norm of the genre, both in tone and concept.

The most important thing to me, beyond concept or pitch, is gifted storytelling. I am looking for writers that can make me hold my breath, make my heart soar, or entice me deep into a well-built world in the space of a few sentences. In short, I am looking for exceptional literary and book club fiction that stretches its genre to new heights, something more compelling than your everyday, run-of-the-mill novel, particularly those with strong potential for film adaptation. I’m also open to fresh, smart, well-branded nonfiction in the areas of pop science, pop culture, diet/health/fitness, food, lifestyle, narrative non-fiction, and humor.

If your manuscript can immerse me in its world until the last word, and leave me thinking about the story for weeks after or if you have an established platform/brand that you’d like to expand with books, then please read my submission guidelines. I would love to hear from you.

Books I can’t stop thinking about: THE ATOMIC WEIGHT OF LOVE by Elizabeth Church, COLD MOUNTAIN by Charles Frazier; BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent; A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING by Bill Bryson; WHY NOT ME? by Mindy Kaling; EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU by Celeste Ng; AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Originally from Los Angeles, Annie first worked in journalism before moving to New York to pursue her love of book publishing. Since joining Folio Literary Management she has had the pleasure of working with both debut and seasoned authors alike.

I am not looking for: children’s, young adult, romance, chick-lit, political thrillers, cozy mysteries, screenplays, poetry

How to contact me:
Please submit queries to annie@foliolit.com. Please include the query letter and first ten pages of your manuscript or proposal in the body of the email. Please be sure to write QUERY in the subject line as this will ensure I do not miss your letter. N.B.: This email address is for queries and submissions only. For all other inquiries, please call (212) 400-1494