Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Anne Tibbets of D4EO Literary

Welcome to Inside the Publishing World Wednesday. Today I am highlighting a lit agent I met at the Seattle Writers Workshop, Anne Tibbets.

Who is she?
Anne is a literary agent with D4EO Literary.

What is her publishing experience?
Anne began her career as a screenwriter, author, and literary agency intern at D4EO, becoming a full-time agent in 2018 at Red Sofa Literary. Anne joined D4EO Literary in 2019.

What is she looking for?
Adult and Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. Adult and Young Adult Thrillers. Adult and Young Adult Horror. No Middle Grade, Chapter, or Picture Books. No Non-Fiction. No scripts. No self-published works.

In her own words...
 Adult science fiction: “Give me your dystopia, your utopia, your bloody, bomb-ridden, and gun-blazing shoot ‘em ups with hearts of gold and threads of hope. Earthbound or in space. Bring on your new planets and aliens of all sorts. I’m not afraid of grit, but I do detest sexism. Blow my socks off.”

Adult and young adult fantasy: “Give me your twist on magic, urban or high fantasy. Give me a unique kingdom or city to conquer, and I will be your greatest champion. Bonus points if female-driven.”

Adult thrillers: “Innovative thrillers only. Can’t stress this enough. ‘Just say no’ to alcoholic detectives investigating dead girls. Give me something fresh and well researched. Historical a plus. No redemptive Nazi plots. Anything else? Bring it on.”

Adult and young adult horror: “I want demons, ghosts, ghouls, vampires, werewolves, zombies, aliens, or just really awful human beings – perhaps not all at once. Think early Stephen King mixed with Gillian Flynn. Scare me. Make me sleep with the lights on and marvel at your creepy word choice. My soul is ready.”

Her advice to writers-
1. Make sure your word choices go with the genre you are writing.
2. Verify your historical details.
3. On the first page, she likes to see plot, not an entire page of description. "Plot! Let's get to the action. We can find out more details later."
4. Show, don't tell me.
5. Each time a new character speaks make it a new paragraph.
6. Watch your tenses. Don't switch around.

Want to submit?
Check out her guidelines HERE.
Email Anne at

Where else can you find her?
Twitter @AnneTibbets
Her blog Writer for Coffee.


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