Q&A with Megan Carroll, Literary Agent at Watson, Little
December 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Megan Carroll graduated from Goldsmiths with a BA in English and American Literature in 2013 and has worked at the agency since 2014, first as the assistant and now as a Literary Agent.
Megan is looking for writers in a variety of areas, and from a wide range of backgrounds – she is particularly keen to hear from Black, Asian, and LGBTQIA+ writers across all genres.
In Fiction, Megan is keen to see all kinds of love stories from the very commercial through to upmarket/reading group for adults and YA readers, both realistically set and in the ‘romantasy’ space. She’d love to see those familiar romance tropes – enemies to lovers, friends to lovers, love triangles, forbidden love etc. – with underrepresented characters at the centre.
Megan is also actively looking for upmarket fiction and would love to see layered family drama, contemporary stories about life today and darkly comic novels that explore a specific time, place or experience. She is also open to accessible literary fiction and tends to be drawn to stories about complex and flawed characters.
She has recently loved reading: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin, City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert, Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto, Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn and Wahala by Nikki May.
In Non-Fiction, Megan is keen to hear from experts in their field talking about topics relating to film, music, true crime, popular culture, history and issues from largely unrepresented perspectives. She is keen to see memoir, narrative non-fiction and essay collections.
In YA, she is keen to see contemporary YA with humour, and romance at the heart – fun and emotional stories that appeal to the interests and issues of the teenage readers. She’d also love to see thrillers and horror stories for this age group too, as well as epic fantasy as long as there is a thread of romance throughout.
She has recently loved reading: My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney and Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter.
On the younger end, Megan is looking for funny, contemporary middle grade – think Louise Rennison and Karen McCombie – and anything creepy and spooky for 8-12 year old readers too. She’d love to find something like Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and is keen to find original adventure stories in both fantasy and realistic settings.