I’m currently looking for young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, and graphic novel fiction across age ranges. I am not looking to acquire picture books, chapter books, non-fiction, or anthologies. You’ll find a more comprehensive breakdown of my likes and dislikes below.
AGENTED SUBMISSIONS ONLY
Across the Board
My main goal is to provide a platform to narratives that showcase, but are not limited to, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and differently abled voices, stories, and communities. I gravitate toward Latinx stories, queer stories, and stories with a keen sense of place.
I love romance, good humor, and squishy feelings. I’m not a dark and gritty, unhappy ending kind of gal. Characters who are spunky, passionate, and empathetic are what I live for. I want to see more ensemble casts, atypical family structures, and found families. I’m chomping at the bit for all-female casts and emotionally vulnerable male friendships.
I gravitate mostly toward contemporary narratives, but love a grounded, high-concept modern fantasy or sci-fi. Some specific SFF topics I enjoy include pirates (both sea- and space-faring); mythological lore and non-Eurocentric inspired fantasies; shape-shifting & cloning; time travel, time loops, alternate universes, & the multi-verse; post-apocalypse; and ghosts. I have a particular interest in speculative fiction and stories that approach death, dying, and the afterlife in a new way.
I love shenanigans and romance with a juicy hook and strong, voicey characters. I love writing that’s romp-y, fun, and fresh, and can handle heavier topics with a light-hearted touch. Basically, take your favorite 80s-early aughts romcom, make it modern, and turn it into a book.
I’d like to see more SFF in the young adult range, but prefer them to be grounded in a modern and / or contemporary space, unlike my taste in middle grade. Atmospheric books with magical realism are also a big draw for me. I’m currently hoping to find a pulse-pounding adventure series that’s reminiscent of the Maze Runner (in particular, it’s varied approach to male friendships).
YA Favorites: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera and Adam Silvera in general, Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi, Reverie by Ryan La Sala, Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman, Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds
I prefer my MG fun, fast-paced, and full of wild schemes and unpredictable twists. Think a middle grade “The Mummy” (Fraiser, not Cruise), “Indiana Jones”, or “National Treasure”. I love magic, adventure, and mystery, along with quirky, take-charge protagonists. Unlike my more grounded young adult tastes, I love middle grades that go on grand, expansive adventures. I’m not the best match for more quiet, introspective works.
MG Favorites: Holes by Louis Sachar, Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega, Front Desk by Kelly Yang, Lily & Kosmo in Outer Outer Space by Jonathan Ashley, the Nate series by Tim Federle, anything written or produced by Rick Riordan
I’m open to graphic novels across all age ranges and genres. I like to say that you can tell me any story you want as long as I love the illustrations—the art will always come first for me and I enjoy puzzling stories together. My favorite art styles tend to be stylistic, soft, vibrant, and dynamic.
Check out my Pinterest board below for a snapshot of my art and style preferences.
GN / Manga / Traditional Favorites: Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki / illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa, Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu, The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver (NSFW), Beetle and the Hollowbones by Aliza Layne, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang, Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner, The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
I Am Not Looking For…
Literary projects; issue books; drug / addiction narratives, stories based around suicide, or books that prominently feature rape or sexual assault; slapstick, toilet humor; sports books; historical; poetry or novels in verse; stories where the dog dies; stories with animal protagonists; unhappy endings; anthologies; non-fiction; picture books; chapter books