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Elisa Moles

Painted Fire Literary Agency

A graduate of the University of Denver Publishing Institute, Elisa’s background in academia (with a doctorate in music performance and literature) has given her a comfort with diverse settings and voices, a critical eye, and an ability to “find the gap” in the marketplace for the written word. For her, fantastic fiction narrative can be defined in one word: Consequences. Consequences give structure. And stories with cohesive and creative structures, true to each writer’s background and voice, stand the test of time beyond the trendy topics and gimmicks of the day. She is looking for compassionate and distinct voices who are telling organically unexpected stories in a wide variety of styles and genres—including SFF, historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers/suspense, romantic comedies, literary, and general fiction. Across categories she especially loves psychologically complex characters. As a classical musician, Elisa has always understood what it takes for artist professionals to succeed; she has built Painted Fire to be an agency whose goal is not only to sell books, but to provide writers with the tools and community they need to maintain a lifestyle of creative productivity.

Subject Focus

Fiction: Debut
Fiction: Mystery/Crime
Fiction: Paranormal
Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Fiction: Thriller
Fiction: General/Other Fiction
Fiction: Literary



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Submission Requirements

How to successfully present your work

All queries should be submitted through email (no phone queries or snail mail) to Please write the subject of your email as: “QUERY: Your Title by Your Name”. Your query letter (as the body of your email) should include: The title of your novel; The genre/category of your novel; The word count of your novel; The one- to three- paragraph pitch for the novel; A brief one-paragraph author bio; Your name, phone number, and email; A one- to two-page synopsis of your novel attached to the email as a PDF only; The first 25 pages of your manuscript attached to the email as a PDF only. Please do not attach Zip files, links to Google Docs/Drive, or Docx. Attachments that are not PDFs will not be read. All attached files should be typed in 12 point font, paginated, and double-spaced. Accepting only adult fiction (55,000+ words). Especially interested in upmarket fiction. Please do not send: poetry, erotica, or nihilist works. Needless to say, we are an equal opportunity agency and welcome submissions from all backgrounds, walks of life, and experience paradigms.