Annie Hwang is an agent at Folio Literary Management where she represents a range of fiction for adults and select nonfiction projects. She gravitates towards literary fiction with broad appeal, and is particularly drawn to braided narratives and layered plots, especially when populated by complex characters with deep emotional resonance. Commercially, she’s looking for both sweeping historical fiction and visceral literary thrillers that depart from the norm of the genre. The most important thing to her, beyond concept or pitch, is breathtaking storytelling that stretches its genre to new heights. A California native, Annie worked in journalism before joining the publishing world, where she digs for stories that keep her reading late into the night and stay with her long after she puts them down.
What I’m looking for:
Currently, I’m on the hunt for a sweeping narrative in which high concept and voice are woven into a captivating and atmospheric story. I gravitate towards literary and upmarket fiction with commercial appeal, and I’m particularly drawn to braided narratives and layered plots, complex characters with deep emotional resonance, and anything with a cultural element. Rich historical fiction occupies a strong place in my heart, whether literary or book club. I am especially attracted to stories with family sagas that span generations or stories that feature women of a time long past, uniting around a common spatial, cultural, or emotional theme. I also seek visceral literary thrillers that have a psychological or emotional bent, especially those that depart from the norm of the genre, both in tone and concept.
The most important thing to me, beyond concept or pitch, is gifted storytelling. I am looking for writers that can make me hold my breath, make my heart soar, or entice me deep into a well-built world in the space of a few sentences. In short, I am looking for exceptional literary and book club fiction that stretches its genre to new heights, something more compelling than your everyday, run-of-the-mill novel, particularly those with strong potential for film adaptation. I’m also open to fresh, smart, well-branded nonfiction in the areas of pop science, pop culture, diet/health/fitness, food, lifestyle, narrative non-fiction, and humor.
If your manuscript can immerse me in its world until the last word, and leave me thinking about the story for weeks after or if you have an established platform/brand that you’d like to expand with books, I would love to hear from you.