ABBY MULLER

A white woman in her late twenties, with short straight brown hair and wire-rimmed roundish glasses. She is holding up several books and smiling.

Abby Muller is an associate editor at Algonquin Books, where she has been since 2016. She acquires both fiction and nonfiction, with a particular love for emotionally rich character writing, literary fiction that straddles genre lines, and socially engaged reported works. She has edited titles including Made in China, by Amelia Pang, Pump, by Bill Schutt, Clean Air, by Sarah Blake, Off the Edge, by Kelly Weill, the short story anthology Small Odysseys, and the forthcoming Endpapers, by Jennifer Savran Kelly. A graduate of Brown University, she grew up right around the corner from Algonquin's NC office in Chapel Hill, and she currently lives in Brooklyn.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR

FICTION: I'm looking for stories with complex, emotionally resonant characters and smart, observant writing. As long as those elements are present, my taste is wide-ranging, from intimate to high-concept, historical to contemporary, heavy to joyful. I am often drawn to stories that are a little strange, and especially ones that use speculative or fantastic elements in beautiful, original ways. I have a personal affinity for queer fiction and am also extremely interested in work by BIPOC authors and work that engages with neurodivergence and/or disability.

NONFICTION: I love smart, accessible, deeply reported or well-researched works that examine some aspect of how humans interact with each other or the world. This includes books on language/linguistics, sociology/psychology, anthropology, history, pop culture (especially subcultural movements and internet culture), and cultural criticism.

SAMPLE TITLES OR AUTHORS

Off the Edge, Kelly Weill
Clean Air, Sarah Blake
Endpapers, Jennifer Savran Kelly

Specializes In

FICTION: Family Saga, GLBT, Historical Fiction, Humor/Satire, Literary Fiction, Multi-Cultural, Short Story Collections, Thrillers/Suspense, Upmarket Women's Fiction

NONFICTION: Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, GLBT, History, Investigative Journalism, Memoir, Multi-Cultural, Music, Narrative, Nature/Ecology, Pop Culture, Psychology, Religion, Science, Technology, Travel

Considers

FICTION: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction

NONFICTION: Adventure/True Story, Food & Lifestyle, Gift Books, Humor, Men's Concerns, Parenting, Politics, Sports, Women's Concerns