Updated 6/14/12: I APOLOGIZE, BUT I AM STILL CURRENTLY UNABLE TO EVALUATE ANY NEW FICTION SUBMISSIONS. PLEASE DO NOT SEND.
HOWEVER, I AM READY AND WILLING TO READ NON-FICTION SUBMISSIONS!
I definitely specialize in non-fiction, and I would like to see more work from current journalists who have investigated a particular topic. Also, I am a bit of a specialist in True Crime.
I would like to see more books by experts in their fields. So, if you're a whistleblower (your company wasted billions of dollars in TARP money and you know where the money is), a doctor (you have a new healthcare plan that will insure everyone for nickles), you're a lawyer who sued the tobacco industry for billions (or are coming clean about how you protected the tobacco industry for decades) or are another type of professional with a story to tell, that's great. Alternatively, if you are an expert in an area, but do not have time to write the book yourself, I may be able to suggest some great co-writers for you to interview.
The author biography: These days, publishers feel that an author's "platform" is more important than ever before. Are you an expert in your field, regularly appear as such, and are often quoted in articles or on television? In other words, will people buy your book simply because you are you? I don't need to hear that you will hire a publicist (not usually a great idea) or other things that you "will do," but want to know what you're already doing. Preferably you are employed vocationally or avocationally in an area about which your book is a logical and organic outgrowth. I also need to know why you want to write this book, why you are one of the best people, if not the best person to write the book and why you are so interested in this subject. THE MOST IMPORTANT NOTE: Non-fiction is completely different than fiction. All you need is a sample chapter or two and a detailed outline to sell a non-fiction book.