Here at Quirk, we’re always on the lookout for strikingly unconventional manuscripts and book proposals. A well-written novel with an off-the-wall editorial premise? That’s Quirk. A playful cookbook or craft book with cool photography or crazy illustrations? That’s Quirk, too. We publish across a broad range of categories—always with the goal of delivering innovative books to discerning readers.
Put more simply, we publish books that are smart, original, cool, and fun.
How can I submit my idea to Quirk?
The easiest way to submit your idea is to e-mail a query letter to one of our editors. The query letter should be a short description of your project. Try to limit your letter to a single page. If you have sample chapters, go ahead and include them.
You can also mail materials directly to our office. If you would like a reply, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. If you want your materials returned, please include adequate postage.
Our mailing address:
215 Church Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Who should I contact?
Follow these helpful guidelines:
Jhanteigh Kupihea (Editorial Director) was most recently senior editor at Atria Books where she worked on commercial fiction and non-fiction across all ages and genres. She was a key contributor to Keywords Press, an imprint dedicated to digital influencers, for which she acquired and edited multiple New York Times and national bestsellers, including the Girl Online trilogy by Zoe "Zoella" Sugg, A Work in Progress and Note to Self by Connor Franta. She also oversaw the launch of Skybound Books in 2017, a co-publishing imprint with comic book publisher Skybound Entertainment dedicated to science fiction, fantasy, and horror for pop culture fans.
Email: jhanteigh at quirkbooks.com
Rick Chillot (Senior Editor) is interested in fiction and non-fiction, for adults or kids, that intersects with pop culture, sci-fi, comics and superheroes, comedy, and/or weirdness. Especially likes projects with potential for a prominent visual or graphic component. Please no zombies or poetry, no parody books that don’t have real content, no picture books if there’s not an artist attached. Graphic novel pitches welcome. Don’t just send an idea, send a full outline, sample chapters, or manuscript. Email submissions preferred; response time for mailed submissions will be significantly longer.
Email: rick at quirkbooks.com
Blair Thornburgh (Senior Editor) is interested in high-concept fiction and non-fiction for teens and adults with a humorous, geeky, and/or feminist bent. In YA fiction, she’s seeking manuscripts with a strong, preferably comedic voice and a fresh premise (no dystopias, please). In adult fiction, she's looking for next-gen chick lit, genre fiction that's light and accessible to mainstream readers, and anything with a playful high concept. In non-fiction, she's looking for projects involving women and feminism, geeky stuff and pop culture, or anything that will appeal to quote-unquote millennials. She is actively seeking authors from diverse backgrounds. Definitely query her if you have:
- High-concept YA with a strong voice—think geeky Meg Cabot
- Fiction (adult or YA) that incorporates lots of voices or stylistic devices (à la Dear Committee Members or Where'd You Go, Bernadette)
- A love story with an unusual narrative form, like Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments, Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, or Daniel Handler’s Why We Broke Up
- Genre fiction that's self-aware, like Galaxy Quest or Cabin in the Woods in book form
- Any novel that plays with narrative form, especially involving the internet—a "TTYL" for the next generation
Email: blair at quirkbooks.com
Rebecca Gyllenhaal (Editorial Assistant) is on the lookout for high-concept, genre-bending fiction and nonfiction for adults and middle-graders, but is open to good proposals in any category. In adult fiction, she loves mystery (think Tana French’s In the Woods), sci-fi (think Catherynne Valente’s Space Opera), and genre-adjacent fiction with a literary bent (think The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters). She has a special passion for gothic fiction (think Kate Morton), especially when it consciously plays with the form—if you have a modern update on Northanger Abbey or Rebecca, send it! She also loves fiction that features an unusual setting (e.g., a museum. A tiny house. A cruise ship. An escape room). In adult nonfiction, she’s interested in pop culture, history, humor, and gift books with an off-the-wall premise. For middle-graders, she is particularly on the lookout for weird or spooky fiction and projects with a visual component (think Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark or The Doll People). She is actively seeking diverse authors and pitches. Please send as much material as you have—at least samples and outlines if not the full manuscript.
Email: rebecca at quirkbooks.com
Please only query one of us. And please don’t call us to follow up. We try our best to reply to all queries, and of course we always respond if we’re interested.