HOW TO SUBMIT:
Please send your query along with the first 2500 words of your manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the word QUERY in the subject line. I try to respond to all queries, however if you do not hear from me within six weeks, please consider it a pass.
WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR: I represent picture books, middle grade, young adult, and everything in between.
I’m seeking unique voices, stories that move readers, moments that make me look up and say “Wow, yes. I’ve felt that.” I want books that keep me turning the page. I love proactive protagonists, kids and teens chasing a dream or a hero who swings in with a song in her heart and a knife in her teeth.
In young adult and middle grade I’m drawn to contemporary realistic stories with strong hooks, as well as fresh fantasy set in our world and others. I love stories told in alternate formats (letters, texts…sticky notes?). Give me villains with vulnerability, bad decisions made with the best intentions, flawed heroes, and impossible odds. I love stories about siblings, the arts, and I have a particular soft spot for anything set in the culinary world (restaurants, diners, food trucks, etc.).
I’m also seeking innovative, funny, quirky, and vibrant illustrators and author-illustrators. In picture books I’m seeking unforgettable characters, as well as story-driven texts. Some favorites (not represented by me) are Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri, Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans, and That’s Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems.
WHAT I’M NOT LOOKING FOR: I am not currently seeking picture book texts. I also tend to shy away from novels with talking animals, sports stories, and poetry.