I represent books for the Christian market (CBA) as well as for the general market, and I’m accepting queries for both.

Please address all queries to: gardnerliterary@gmail.com

  • I only accept queries by email, NO snail mail.
  • Read “What I’m Looking For” below to see if I will consider your project.

To have your project considered for agency representation, it’s important that you do two things:

  • Make sure you know if your project fits into what I’m looking for, and
  • Read and follow my submission guidelines.

If we are interested in your project, we will be in contact within 60 days or sooner. If we do not think your project is something we can represent, we may or may not be in contact, depending on current workload. I always try to respond to all queries. But if you don’t hear from us within 60 days, you can assume it’s a pass.

Adult Fiction: 

General and Christian market, full-length, 75,000 to 110,000 words. Women’s, Mystery, Suspense/Thriller, Family Saga, Historical, Legal, Literary, Mainstream, Romance. No fantasy or sci-fi.

NO children’s, middle grade, or YA books.

I’m looking at both Christian market and general market projects. Memoirs, Home Life, Current Affairs, Health & Diet, Narrative Nonfiction, Popular Culture, Self-Help, Women’s Issues. Your platform is important so be sure to highlight it in your query.

I occasionally look at devotionals.

What am I NOT looking at?
→ Cookbooks
→ Poetry
→ Short stories
→ Novellas (except from current clients)
→ Screenplays
→ Graphic novels
→ Children’s picture books.
→ Science fiction or fantasy for any age.

Submit your query via email to: representation@booksandsuch.com.

See "How to Write a Query Letter" below. All queries should include:

  1. A pitch for the book;
  2. Information about you and your platform (for nonfiction) or writing background if you have one (for fiction);
  3. The first 3 to 5 pages of the manuscript pasted into the email. (Please note that the Books & Such guidelines do not specify this part, but if you’re querying me, I prefer you include it.)

All information must be in the email, as we do NOT open attachments and we do NOT click on links.


  • The query letter is a short pitch (equivalent to one page, about three to six paragraphs).
  • You can find information on how to write queries and proposals by scrolling down this page. You can also click on my Resources page (Your Path to Publishing) under the heading, "Submitting."


  • You must have a completed manuscript before contacting us, unless you have at least two novels published (not including self published).
  • Don’t give a synopsis of the whole book—just write a pitch a couple of paragraphs long, designed to make us want to read your book. Study back-cover copy and Amazon copy to learn how to do this.


  • You can query when you have a completed book proposal and three sample chapters. See “How to Write a Book Proposal” below.
  • In the query, make sure you tell us a little about yourself, enough to let us know why YOU are the person to write this book.

Please also include the first three to five (or so) pages of your manuscript pasted in to the body of the email. Don’t include any attachments to the email—they won’t be opened. Please also refrain from asking us to click on a link to find out more. If you have a link to your website in your signature line, and we are interested in your query, we might click on it.

  • Please remember this is your first writing sample and it may be your only chance to WOW us… so write your query accordingly. There are numerous books, websites, and blogs on how to write great queries (including here on my website).
  • If we are interested in your project, we’ll respond by requesting a proposal or a full manuscript. You will be expected to send it via email in a single Word attachment.
  • We DO accept simultaneous submissions.


  • We do not take unsolicited pitches by phone.
  • Always make sure your e-mail address and phone number are clearly visible no matter what you are sending.
  • No snail mail queries. Email only.
  • When you send email attachments in response to our request, please consolidate into ONE attachment. Don’t have separate chapters in separate files.

There is copious information on this site to help you prepare query letters and book proposals. Please go to my Resources page (Your Path to Publishing) to find the information you need.

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How to Write a Query Letter

This guide includes everything you need to know about creating a professional query letter.

How to Write a Book Proposal

This guide includes everything you need to know about crafting the perfect book proposal.