Manuscript Wish List

I am looking to acquire middle grade and young adult novels and narrative nonfiction, as well as picture books and graphic novels.

Young Adult

For YA I’m looking for speculative fiction that is layered, has a distinct voice, and is grounded in a universal emotional desire. I seem to be drawn toward literary works that have a commercial hook, and I’m interested in genre mash-ups. So whereas I don’t love sci-fi, I’d jump at a mystery set in space; I don’t want straight romance, but I’d love a high fantasy romcom. I find that I’m especially drawn to YA that has vivid, immersive and contained settings–settings that almost function as a character themselves. As with MG, I enjoy books with ensemble casts and fast action. I would love a smart, funny heist and a moving novel in verse along the lines of Poet X. 

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Middle Grade

In middle grade, I’m looking for a wide range of genres. I enjoy high concept, fast-paced adventure books with a commercial hook, either contemporary or fantasy, as well as literary works featuring lush, lyrical writing. I love ghost stories, magical realism, historical fiction and mysteries–books that get you to look at the familiar in a different light and to see the possible in the impossible. I love books that feature ensemble casts, unlikely heroes, underdogs, surprise friendships and complicated, yet hopeful, family dynamics. I am particularly interested in books written by and featuring underrepresented voices in ways that showcase kids being kids in all the above scenarios. For nonfiction, I’m interested in projects that shed a light on a little known historical time period or discovery, projects that focus on the natural world, and issues of social justice. In all genres, I’m looking for beautiful writing and strong voice.

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Picture Books

For picture books, I am drawn to texts that are character driven with a strong narrative arc, and I particularly love books with a surprise or subversive twist to them that make me laugh. I also love lyrical texts with a classic feel, and am looking for nonfiction picture books about a little known period of history or that focus on the natural world.

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