The kinds of books #revpit editors want

The kinds of books #revpit editors want

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Would your novel fit on any of these #RevPit bookshelves?

Now is not the time to make mistakes! For #RevPit, we get to submit to two editors. Two! (Well, technically, you get a backup to choose in addition to your top two.) So, make sure names are spelled correctly and make sure the editors you select, um, represent your genre. (We’ve all made that mistake at least once, right? Sorry, Victoria Loder!)

Once you’ve found the editors that will accept your manuscript, then it’s time to select the editors—the two that you’re going to knock their socks off with your story. One of the ways to do this is to find what other novels they love and comp titles for what they are looking for this year.

No worries, guys, I got it taken care of! I reached out to each editor and asked them which novels represent what they’d love to see in their inboxes on Saturday and Sunday. Et voilà: 15 lists of books!

I’ve listed the books they mentioned alphabetically by the author’s last name. One of the editors was unable to get back to me and some referred me to the books they already listed on the Revise & Resub website, so I just used those. Also, if you click an editor’s name it will take you to their #RevPit page.

I hope this helps everyone! If you want even more #RevPit editor insight, be sure to read last week’s post:

What #RevPit Editors Expect from Your First Pages

Good luck this weekend, writers!

Sione Aeschliman

KEYWORDS: gorgeously written, immersive, thought-provoking, heart-touching


  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Severance by Ling Ma
  • Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan


  • Charlie Jane Anders
  • Octavia Butler
  • Nalo Hopkinson
  • Ursula LeGuin
  • Kelly Link
  • George Saunders
  • Oscar Wilde (speculative fiction like his fairy tales or The Picture of Dorian Gray)

Carly Bornstein-Hayward

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Saga (all volumes) by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Editor Cassandra

KEYWORDS: creepy, beach read, escape, twists, mind games

  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Magic by Midnight by Allison S. Bass
  • Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
  • The Light Over London by Julia Kelly
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
  • Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Elizabeth Buege

  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

r. r. campbell

  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Jeni Chappelle

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
  • Soulwood Series by Faith Hunter
  • A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

Tera Cuskaden

KEYWORDS: lush prose, world building, deep messages

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Jodi Picoult

Kyle V. Hiller

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Holly Ingraham

KEYWORDS: romcoms, royal or political angles, unconventional heroine, #ownvoices, hearwarming, swoonworthy, strong, humor

  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Katie McCoach

Keywords: romance, gritty, strangeness, captivating, refreshing

  • The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas (but not so much the Throne of Glass series).
  • Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Kyra Nelson

KEYWORDS: character ensemble, plot complexity, character-driven plot, heart, humor, heist

  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • American Panda by Gloria Chao (*This is a #RevPit book!)
  • Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
  • Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Michelle Rascon

KEYWORDS: distinct character, quirky, fun, suspenseful, realistic, steamy, entertaining, unique, capturing


  • Falling (Girl with Broken Wings series) by J Bennett
  • Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors (Jane Jameson series) by Molly Harper
  • Half-Moon Hollow Series by Molly Harper
  • Neighborly by Ellie Monago
  • Stephen King: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Eyes of the Dragon, The Stand, Carrie, Misery, Thinner, Tommyknockers, Cujo, Lisey’s Story, Insomnia, The Shining, 1408, Gerald’s Game


  • Ray Bradbury
  • Steven Brust
  • Lee Child
  • Pippa DaCosta
  • Scarlett Dawn
  • Molly Harper
  • Stephen King (see above)
  • TJ Klune
  • Nora Roberts
  • RL Stine

Maria Tureaud

KEYWORDS: twists, surprise, big reveals, eclectic, luscious

  • Holly Black (The Cruel Prince)
  • Philippa Gregory
  • Charlaine Harris
  • A.G. Howard
  • Stephen King
  • Karen Marie Moning
  • Anya Seton

Jay Whistler

  • The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Tiffany White

KEYWORDS: characterization, humor, world building, fast-paced plot, enemies to lovers

  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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