DongWon Song

DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. He was formerly an editor at Orbit and a product manager for the ebook startup, Zola Books and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the publishing program at Portland State University.

What I'm Looking For

Adult thrillers that focus on voice and character like Tana French’s In the Woods or Lauren Beukes’s Broken Monsters. Ideally with some speculative (or adjacent) element or a focus on technology or very near-future elements like William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition or Eliot Peper’s Bandwidth.

Horror that focuses on the experiences of marginalized people. Alyssa Wong’s work, Victor Lavalle’s The Ballad of Black Tom, Han Kang’s The Vegetarian, or, looking outside of books, Get Out, Raw, and so on.

Young adult science fiction that takes the science and worldbuilding seriously without sacrificing character. M.T. Anderson’s Feed, Emily Suvada’s This Mortal Coil.

Contemporary YA that centers the experience of marginalized youth. #ownvoices preferred. Intersectional representation is very important to me. Mark Oshiro’s Anger is a Gift, Tiffany D. Jackson’s Allegedly, Emily X.R. Pan’s The Astonishing Color of After. Also looking for thrillers, speculative, and horror in this vein.

Select Graphic Novels and Middle Grade, along similar themes and genres as outlined above.

Sample Titles or Authors

Anger is a Gift, Mark Oshiro
The Lies of Locke Lamora, Scott Lynch
Alyssa Wong

Specializes In

FICTION: Children's, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade, Multi-Cultural, Science Fiction, Young Adult

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Food & Lifestyle, Multi-Cultural



NONFICTION: Investigative Journalism, Juvenile, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Science