Last Updated September 2019

I’m currently looking for young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, and graphic novels. I am not a great match for picture books, chapter books, or anthologies. You’ll find a more comprehensive breakdown of my likes and dislikes below.

You can also take a look at books I’ve worked on or books I’ve acquired to get a better sense of what I already have.

Agents: If you feel like you have just the thing for me, please contact me at amanda.ramirez@simonandschuster.com. Additionally, let me know if you’d like to meet up for coffee or have a chat. I’d love to hear from you!


Across the Board

I want to see books with an accurate representation of the diverse world in which we live. I have an invested interest in Latinx and LGBTQ+ voices. I’d love to see more books set outside of the US.

Themes of feminism, identity, self-love, growing into your own, overcoming failure, and discovering yourself are of the utmost importance to me. I love a good homecoming story, or stories of redemption. I love romance, good humor, and squishy feelings. I’m not an unhappy ending kind of gal. Characters who are spunky and passionate and empathetic are what I live for.

I want to see more ensemble casts: anything like the chemistry between the characters in Netflix’s “Sense8” or David Arnold’s Kids of Appetite, for example. Girl gangs (like “Sailor Moon”) are a plus. I love family dynamics, particularly between siblings, and fathers with their kids.

Currently, my list trends very contemporary, but I’d love to get more sci-fi / fantasy on there. Below is a compilation of topics I’d love to explore:

  • Pirates (sea- & space-faring)
  • Demons & possession
  • Faeries faeries faeries
  • Mythological lore
  • Non-Eurocentric inspired fantasies
  • Shape-shifting & cloning
  • Time travel, alternate universes, & the multi-verse
  • Post-apocalyptic situations
  • Magical girl / “Power Rangers” inspired
  • Ghosts & ghost hunters

Young Adult

I love shenanigans and romance with a juicy hook and strong, voicey characters. I love suspense and thrillers, but I steer away from excessive drama, grit, and grim-dark narratives. Atmospheric books with magical realism are a big draw for me.

YA Favorites: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera, Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi, Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom, Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman.

Middle Grade

I prefer my MG how I like my spring break: 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”. Convoluted worlds, action, magic, and mayhem are some of the things I live for, along with determined, take-charge characters. Sweet, endearing tweens with top-notch voice are the way to my heart.

MG Favorites: The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal, Alan Cole Is Not a Coward by Eric Bell, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya, The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez, 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, Harry Potter, and A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Graphic Novels

I grew up reading manga and traditional American comic books, so I’d love to add some kick-butt graphic novels to my list. I’m open to graphic novels across all age ranges and genres, but there’s a special place in my heart for pretty much anything that catches my eye – I love my art to be soft, vibrant, and visually stunning.

A non-exhaustive list of artists and styles that I favor:

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, Bloom by Kevin Panetta / illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau, The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver, Not Simple by Natsume Ono.

Very Specific Things I’d Love to See

  • A story about a Latinx who has to choose between a quinceñera and a Sweet Sixteen
  • Rom-coms featuring visible bisexuality and queer POC
  • Male protagonists that express vulnerability and an aversion to classic toxic masculinity
  • THE AREA 51 RAID!!!!!
  • Supernatural elements played out as everyday occurrences (re: “yeah, we got mermaids”)
  • Road trip novels / travel-based books
  • Strong sibling relationships (especially atypical sibling relationships, like half-siblings or step-siblings)
  • Stories about overcoming or conquering death (either literally or figuratively) see also: subverting death representation
  • Stories about overcoming grief

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I Am Not a Good Match For

I am not a good match for issue books; I want my stories to be socially aware and to feature diverse characters, but I don’t want that to be the crux of the narrative. I am also not a good match for drug / addiction narratives, stories based around suicide, or books that prominently feature rape or sexual assault. If you have to put a trigger warning on it, it’s probably not for me, but don’t be afraid to clarify!

I am not a good match for quieter, softer middle grade. I don’t prefer overly sweet or saccharine narratives. I’m also not a good match for slapstick toilet humor.

I am also not a good match for:

  • Sports fiction
  • Historical fiction
  • Horror / gore / vore
  • Poetry or novels in verse
  • Stories where the dog dies
  • Stories with animal protagonists


Authors:
Please note that I am unable to accept unagented submissionsunless specifically told otherwise (i.e. conference submissions for the allotted amount of time). All queries must be submitted through an agent.

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