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Cristen's Wish List: Fiction Projects

Cristen Iris

I'm actively looking for thought-provoking and nuanced literary, upmarket, and Southern Gothic (grit lit) fiction projects.

I help clients develop high-stakes fiction that moves: clear goals, conflict, strong character development, interesting protagonists, complex antagonists, and situations that drive the story.

I’m particularly interested in nuanced stories with a strong sense of place, where setting and culture shape the characters and influence the beats. As a lover of words and ideas, I help clients craft sentences, phrases, and dialog that leap off the page and take root in my mind.

More recently, I’ve developed an interest in working on projects that lend themselves to screen adaptation. In addition to an understanding of story structure, genre conventions, and the market, high stakes, strong character arcs, and attention to setting are a must.

When it comes to subject matter, my taste is eclectic. When it comes to client type, I’m most interested in working with professionally minded writers with more than one book project in mind and specialize in working with authors who aspire to be traditionally published.

If a results-oriented editor and long-term strategic partner are on your wish list, let's talk: Connect


Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, stories and a novella by George Saunders

A Land More Kind than Home by Wiley Cash

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

Watchers by Dean R. Koontz

Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King

A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Joyce Carol Oates

Margaret Atwood

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