Tanera Simons

Director & Literary Agent
Accepting Submissions
Tanera Simons

Tanera has worked in the publishing industry for 10 years and, after seven years as a literary agent, co-founded Greenstone Literary with Laura Heathfield.

Tanera’s authors are based both in the US and UK and include Beth O’Leary, Sally Page, Mandy Baggot, Sophie White, Ally Zetterberg, and Emma Steele. Collectively, her clients’ work has been adapted for television and film; received Nielsen Bestsellers Awards; and featured on the Sunday Times Top Ten list in both hardback and paperback.

Tanera has always enjoyed reading commercial fiction and is open to submissions in this space.

What I'm Looking For

I am looking to acquire commercial fiction across a wide range of genres, including rom-com, love stories, historical fiction, book club, romantic fantasy, and female-driven narratives with a darker edge. Across all genres I am always looking for very clear hooks; a pitch that can be easily summarised and leave readers wanting more. I want to see stand-out, memorable characters whose journeys readers can’t help but invest in.

I have recently re-watched Desperate Housewives and would love to find an author who writes bold, dramatic twists; cul-de-sac friendships and heartbreaks; and shocking secrets. The depiction of female friendships throughout fascinates me, and I would love to read anything that tackles this theme in such a compelling and vivid way.

Within rom-com, I read and acquire widely in this space and will always be interested in anything that provides a fresh take on existing tropes. Whether this is highlighting modern themes and issues in a historical setting; or subverting the expected when it comes to character, I would love to find new voices in this space. I want to champion more diverse writers in this space, too, and am a big fan of Lauren Ho and Casey McQuiston’s work.

I am on the look-out for an epic love story: particularly one that spans and/or transcends place or time (or both!). I love a strong sense of place in a novel – such as Where The Crawdads Sing, Outlawed, Welcome to Glorious Tuga – and would love to find a love story in which the setting plays a central role.

When it comes to darker fiction, I enjoy domestic suspense, thriller, and psychological drama. Please do think of me for any female-driven novels in these genres; or stories in which there is a focus on the characters, dynamics, and psychology, rather than police procedural. Books I enjoy in this space include Strange Sally Diamond; Luckiest Girl Alive; and The Only One Left.

I would love to find more historical fiction that centres on character and plot, such as Weyward and A More Perfect Union. I have long enjoyed Lucinda Riley’s Seven Sisters series and would love to find an author who writes present/past fiction in a similar way. Her focus on family across time and generations fascinates me, and I would also be keen to read anything that explores family in a more sinister way: focusing on themes of obsession, secrets, and even wealth – such as in Sucession.

Other go-to authors for me include: Emily Henry; Jodi Picoult; Gillian Flynn; Kristin Hannah; Lauren Ho; and Rebecca Yarros.

I look forward to hearing from you!

My Favourite Genres
  • Rom-Com
  • Woman's Fiction
  • Book Club
  • Love Stories
  • Romantic Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
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