Send a query to Thais Afonso (She/Her) at Azantian Literary Agency

Please submit your query, two-page synopsis, and first 20 pages. If I have requested this through an event, I appreciate it if you use the event link so it's tagged properly in the queue.

I am grateful for all queries and submissions, so thank you for considering me. I’m currently only open to unsolicited submissions from BIPOC authors. If you are not an author of color, please hold your submission until I’m open to all queries.

I intend to be open to general submissions on August 1st

A few tips:

If there is triggering content in your manuscript, add warnings to your submission package. I don’t have a maximum word-count for query letters, so you can add any and all content warnings to the end of the letter. In addition to CWs, I recommend your query letter feature a pitch (two or three paragraphs, just describe the hook), your bio, and basic information about the manuscript’s word count, title, and potential audience. Comps are super welcome, but not mandatory. If you can't think of any, feel free to skip comps.

Please keep the synopsis under two pages, if possible. A synopsis should be a dry description of the entire plot for the manuscript you’re querying. Remember to include the ending and try to provide context for any plot twists. If the book is the first in a series, it’s best to keep the synopsis to the book you’re submitting for consideration. Please only query one book at a time.

It is my goal to respond to every query. If you don’t receive a response within three months, please feel free to follow up on your query. However, a lack of response after that amount of time does not mean an automatic pass. It simply means I’ve fallen behind. I apologize in advance, and I promise there’ll be a response (but really, feel free to nudge if it’s been a while, and always nudge if you have an offer of representation, even if I only have your query).

Don’t worry about mistakes. I’ll give equal consideration to all queries. Typos and formatting issues won't hurt how I feel about your book. It is however easier for me to know whether I can represent a book and place it in the market if I have all the necessary information.

Some triggers that are not automatic passes, but that could make it difficult for me to take on a project:

Suicide ideation
Sexual assault
Incest
Pedophilia
Books about caring for an ill/disabled parent or grandparent (due to personal circunstances, I've found these hard to read lately)

For information on which content does get an automatic pass, please go to my Anti-MSWL in the Azantian site or my personal page.

I am grateful for all queries and submissions, so thank you for considering me.

PLEASE NOTE: I am also a freelance editor. If I’ve done paid editorial work for you or if you donated a critique for a marginalized author, I will not be able to represent you.

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Step 2. Tell us about the book

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(If your book is shorter than this (such as a picture book) please include the entire text.) Paste in the first 20 pages of your book, or your full book proposal if your book is non-fiction. (Tips for formatting and pasting text) Do NOT paste images into this field. Pasting large blocks of text can take several minutes. Please be patient.

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