Lisette Verhagen joined PFD in January 2020 after 5 years at David Godwin Associates, where she was Head of Rights. Before that, she worked in publishing in Barcelona and Amsterdam. She is actively building a list with a strong focus on international clients for sale both to the UK and around the world.
What I'm looking for...
I’m especially looking for literary fiction and narrative non-fiction with great international potential, fresh literary voices that just need to be shared with the rest of the world. I love sharp narratives with a sense of urgency, stories that are moving but never sentimental or overwritten. I have a weak spot for stories that reinvent genre and tell us something new about ourselves and the world we live in, especially those from an immigrant perspective. Besides excellent writing, I’m drawn to stories concerning race, sexuality, specific cultural settings and notions on identity.
Submissions can be written in any language, as long as they have high potential to travel and are submitted with an extensive synopsis and author’s biography in English. Making books travel has always been a dream to me, and I’m excited by the growing interest in international authors from publishers all over the world.
Writers I adore are Arundhati Roy, James Baldwin, Tayeb Salih, Bernardine Evaristo, Mariana Enriquez, Han Kang, Natalia Ginzburg, Ocean Vuong, Caleb Azumah Nelson, Carmen Maria Machado and of course many, many others. Nonfiction titles I love are Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge, Ways of Seeing by John Berger, Conversations on Love by Natasha Lunn and The Violet Hour by Katie Roiphe.
Please note that I’m not considering any children’s, YA or genre fiction.