MIRA Books is proud to publish great stories for a broad audience. We are actively acquiring breakout and established commercial fiction with a strong narrative drive and complex characters across a wide spectrum, from multilayered relationship and family dramas that make for good book club picks to voicy contemporary reads, thrillers and psychological suspense, sweeping historicals, speculative novels and more.
Our authors enjoy the benefit of tailored publishing campaigns and one-on-one attention at every phase of publication—which is just one of the reasons MIRA has such an extraordinary record of launching debut authors and growing the careers of longtime bestsellers.
In 2018, MIRA placed 55 titles on the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists combined. MIRA publishes approximately 100 books per year in hardcover, mass-market and trade paperback formats.
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Books We're Known For
The Best of Usby Robyn Carr
Robyn Carr has 11 #1 New York Times bestsellers
Approximately 20 million books sold globally
In the last eight years, Carr’s titles have spent more than 230 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list
Hilarious and touching fiction debut that has sold 50k copies and still going
Bunmi Laditan has more than 500k Facebook followers and is the creator of Honest Toddler on Twitter
“Perfect for readers looking for a funny, realistic look at motherhood.” —Booklist starred review
We're Excited About
The Flight Girlsby Noelle Salazar
Outstanding debut novel about the little-known Women' Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program and the heroic role women played in training military pilots deployed to fight during World War II.
A story of friendship and women's strength and contribution toward the war effort, this book is perfect for book clubs.
“An unforgettable and beautifully written historical novel about a fascinating piece of WWII history... Salazar masterfully weaves a story of female strength and friendship, with an emotionally resonant epic love story.” —Jillian Cantor, author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time
Heels of Steelby Barbara Kavovit
Entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the high-stakes New York City building and construction scene that hasn’t been captured before.
Author is a real-life heroine reminiscent of a Jackie Collins character. The People magazine headline said it best: “Construction CEO Barbara Kavovit is Tapping the Glass Ceiling with a Hard Hat - and Telling her Story in a New Novel”.
"Barbara Kavovit has seen it all in the world of high-end Manhattan real estate, and her insiders' POV and knack for storytelling make HEELS OF STEEL a page turning must-read." –Andy Cohen, host, Bravo's Watch What Happens Live
A Girl Named Anna by Lizzy Barber
Chosen from over a thousand entries, debut suspense novel A Girl Named Anna won the Daily Mail crime writing competition.
This story of estranged sisters, a sinister cult, and two mothers pushed to the edge of reason is a propulsive read by an exciting new voice in suspense fiction.
"As convincing as it was gripping, a fabulous debut thriller." —SUNDAY MIRROR
Met Her Matchby Jude Deveraux
#1 New York Times bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux takes a juicy look at the dynamics between people in a small resort town.
Author of over 30 New York Times bestselling titles and over 60 million copies in print.
Jude’s trademark heart and humor make Met Her Match the perfect summer escape. She is a veteran author who knows what her readers love.
Nicole has been with Harlequin for more than 15 years and works with bestselling authors in women’s fiction, suspense and thriller genres. Nicole is guiding the MIRA program to publish exciting editorial from established stars to exciting debuts from fresh new voices. MIRA is home to authors and books that will appeal to readers.
I’m looking for: Issue-driven women’s fiction, feel good fiction and psychological suspense.
I’d love to find the next: Wally Lamb and Gillian Flynn
Kathy Sagan is senior acquisitions editor at MIRA where her list runs from debut to New York Times bestselling authors. She has previously held senior positions in book, magazine and digital publishing. Among the authors she has worked with in the past are Mary Higgins Clark and Lisa Genova, whom she acquired at Simon and Schuster. She loves to collaborate closely with writers to help them bring their work to the next level. Currently Kathy is looking for a range of general fiction, from breakout novels with strong narrative drive, a fresh voice and complex characters, to upmarket book club fiction as well as fast-paced thrillers and suspense.
I’m looking for: Novels with a fresh voice and strong narrative drive, be they general bookclub fiction or suspense.
I’d love to find the next: Maria Semple, Christina Baker Kline, Caleb Carr, Tana French
Emily Ohanjanians has been an editor with MIRA for ten years, and has worked with authors ranging from debuts to veteran New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers. There is nothing more fulfilling for her than seeing readers connect with a story she’s had the pleasure of working on with an author, and is a tireless advocate for authors’ success. She continues to search for breakout mainstream commercial fiction, and is a fan of high concepts, strong pacing, complex characters and multi-level plotlines.
I’m looking for: Emotional, character-driven novels and lighthearted book club fiction.
I’d love to find the next: Liane Moriarty, Philippa Gregory, Jonathan Tropper.
April joined MIRA in 2018, after a decade in the publishing industry during which she’s had the opportunity to work with bestselling and award-winning authors in many genres. She enjoys editing a broad range of fiction projects, from rich family sagas with strong plotting and complex relationships to psychological suspense and thrillers that make her spine tingle. She loves books that feature strong female protagonists from diverse backgrounds and propulsive plots balanced with compelling characters, and books that have something interesting to say about the world we live in. She also appreciates any book that can make her laugh out loud like a lunatic.
I’m looking for: Smart psychological thrillers, book club fiction with a contemporary edge, and complex family stories.
I’d love to find the next: Liane Moriarty, AJ Finn, Meg Wollitzer, Jess Walter
Margot Mallinson has been with Harlequin since 2006 and spent a good chunk of years honing her skills as a copyeditor, working on everything from series romance debuts to #1 New York Times bestsellers, always with ultimate respect for author voice. She was thrilled to join the MIRA Books team because the wide range of stories in the catalog suits her eclectic tastes perfectly, from literary with a genre twist to page-turning thrillers, always anchored by unforgettable characters. She feels there’s nothing better than helping an author realize their vision in the most impactful way possible.
I’m looking for: Atmospheric thrillers, literary speculative and commercial historical.
I’d love to find the next: A. J. Finn, Emily St. John Mandel, Kristin Hannah.