I represent fiction, non-fiction and illustration for children and teens – and am specifically looking for picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult and graphic novels and non-fiction for the trade market. I’m open to both illustrators and author-illustrators, and am also still very much interested in looking at more non-traditional storytelling (verse novels, epistolary novels, etc.).
From previous #MSWL tweets, I’m still looking for:
- Hitchcock-inspired pbs and mg
- stories of women in space
- a YA novel about Julie D’Aubigny, aka La Maupin – the bisexual fencing, opera singing and dueling badass
- a YA set amidst the struggle for the passage of the ERA – whether in the 1920’s or 1970’s
- deliciously dark picture books
- a middle grade mystery series featuring a spunky female protagonist
- more baseball, please! (I would love a middle grade about Negro league baseball and/or the AAGPBL – either historical fiction or non-fiction.)
- secular holiday stories (that don’t involve Santa Claus nor focus on material gift-giving)
- a super witty and clever beach read/romcom in YA
- in YA nonfiction, I’d be interested to see some guides to activism (including eco and political activism) written for teens from somebody with a solid platform
- a YA nonfiction guide to money that acknowledges the gig economy, high cost of secondary education, lack of pensions, etc. How can today’s teens/late millennials prepare for a much different financial reality than previous generations?
- microchimerism in YA non-fiction. This is just wild.
- a story about the day Jackie Mitchell struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
And I’ll always be looking for:
- own voices stories in pb, cb, mg, and ya – would love to see more neurodiverse, LGBT+ and/or stories from people (particularly women) of color. Intersectional stories always welcome!
- picture books where the child has a non-traditional family structure (preferably where that isn’t the main plot point)
- high concept picture books that are super clever and/or witty with heart
- contemporary middle grade stories of friendship or family – potentially with a touch of magic
- middle grade non-fiction that doesn’t flinch or whitewash history and/or the subject
- middle grade and YA graphic novels (fiction or non-fiction)
- non-fiction with a great concept and that explores science, history, cultural movements, our planet, etc. in ways I haven’t seen before
- chapter books with series potential, an irresistible hook and engaging protagonist(s)
- author-illustrators that really take advantage of the opportunity to work both the text and the art themselves. (I love when author-illos create humor in that space between the art and text!)
To get a sense of my taste in illustration, I’m including an image from each of my illustrators below (from left: Kristina Jones, Angela Traunig, Yvonne Ivinson, Charlene Chua, Valentina Mendicino and Sally Deng)!
Some things I’m not a good fit for:
- potty training books, or stories starring anthropomorphic poop and/or boogers
- stockholm syndrome love stories
- YA romance with a huge age gap (e.g. a 400 year old vampire and a teenager – I can’t get past the difference in life experience. It creeps me out.)
- stories about Santa Claus
- picture books about household appliances
- memoirs from adults about their teenage years