Irene Goodman has been a leading member of the publishing community for over 30 years and still loves every minute of it. She has sold over 1500 books and counting. Her clients are regulars on the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Bookscan bestseller lists. Her list includes current affairs, pop culture, food, Jewish interest, Francophilia, lifestyle, upmarket fiction, middle grade, young adult, thrillers, historical fiction, and mysteries.
Originally from the Midwest and still trying to lose the accent, Irene has a B.A. and a master's degree from the University of Michigan. She and her husband divide their time between New York and the Berkshires, and have two grown children.
What to Submit to Irene:
She is particularly interested in fiction that hits the sweet spot between literary and commercial -- it's a captivating story, it has something important to say, it's not hard to read, and it's beautifully structured and written. It can be women's fiction, an intelligent thriller, a fun mystery, historical fiction, or middle grade and young adult fiction. She is avidly interested in non-fiction focusing on pop culture, science, Francophilia, Judaica, and lifestyle. Non-fiction can be for adults, young adults, or middle grade.
Irene prefers a particular format to queries. First, paste in the first ten pages of the manuscript. After that, include the synopsis. And finally, at the bottom, include the query letter.