Last Updated February 2019

Please note: I am all caught up on submissions from before November 1, 2018.

I’m primarily looking for young adult and middle grade fiction manuscripts. I am actively looking for graphic novels across all age ranges and genres. You’ll find a more comprehensive breakdown below.

Agents: Feel free to contact me at amanda.ramirez@simonandschuster.com if you’d like to set up a call or a time to meet. I’d love to hear from you!

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

The only exception to this rule extends to writers I have met at conferences where I have served as a faculty member. Check out my submission guidelines for more info.


Across the Board:

I want to see books with an accurate representation of the world in which we live. I want books with POC; characters who are part of the LGBTQ+ community; characters who are fat; immigrants; characters who practice different religions; blended families; and characters who are neurodivergent, or physically disabled. I’d love to work with own voices authors. I’d love to see more books set in rarely showcased places.

Themes of feminism, identity, self-love, growing into your own, and discovering yourself are of the utmost importance to me. I love a good homecoming story, or stories of redemption. I love romance and squishy feelings. I’m not an unhappy ending kind of gal.

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 Lilliam Rivera’s Dealing in Dreams or Lily Anderson’s Undead Girl Gang) are a plus. I love family dynamics, particularly between siblings, and fathers with their kids.

Overall, I’m one of those annoying “I’ll know what I want when I see it” people, so feel free to take a swing.

Young Adult:

My taste in YA is primarily contemporary, occasionally with fantastical twists. I like shenanigans and romance with a juicy hook and strong, voicey characters. I don’t trend toward fantasy or sci-fi in YA, but I am not opposed; I consider my taste in SF / F YA to be Genre Lite™. I love suspense and thrillers, but I steer away from excessive drama, grit, and grim-dark narratives. I am not a good match for issue books; I want my stories to be socially aware, but I don’t want that to be the crux of the narrative.

YA Favorites: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez, The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, 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, Social Intercourse by Greg Howard, Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi, and Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom.

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) or a “Legends of the Hidden Temple” series. Convoluted worlds, action, magic, and mayhem are some of the things I live for, along with spunky characters. Sweet, endearing tweens with top-notch voice are the way to my heart. I’m also a big, big fan of contemporary MG, but tend to avoid overly sad or depressing stories.

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.

Specific Things I’d Love to See:

  • Latinx and immigrant voices
    • See related: White-passing privilege and quinceñera stories
  • Queer voices
    • See related: Romance!!!!!
  • Vulnerable male protagonists
    • See related: Peter Kavinsky soft bros
  • Supernatural elements played out as everyday occurrences
  • Superheroes
  • Strong sibling relationships
  • Stories about death and grief
  • “National Treasure” for middle graders
  • Heists
  • Graphic novels! Graphic novels!! Graphic novels!!!
    • Across all age ranges and genres

I Am Not a Good Match For:

  • Sports fiction
  • Chapter books
  • Historical fiction
  • Super high-concept fantasy or sci-fi
  • Poetry or novels in verse
  • “Issue” books
  • Stories where the dog dies
  • Stories with animal protagonists
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