Are you looking for literary representation? Below is an overview of categories I represent as well as my current wish list items. I welcome and encourage submissions from marginalized creators, whether or not your story is considered #ownvoices. And remember, I will still consider manuscripts in the below categories even if your story doesn’t fit with the specific items on my wish list—sometimes I don’t know what I’m looking for until I see it.
If you’d like to send me a query letter for potential representation, take a look at P.S. Literary Agency’s submission guidelines.
If I am interested in your project, I will request to see more material. Below is an overview of the material I will expect to review depending on the category of your book.
Nonfiction: book proposal (more details here) + sample chapter(s)
Young Adult: complete manuscript + one-page synopsis
Middle Grade: complete manuscript + one-page synopsis
Chapter Book: complete manuscript + series overview
Picture Books: complete text + sample illustrations (or picture book dummy)
Graphic Novel: pitch package + script sample (or finished pages, if illustrated)
If you are working on any type of illustrated project, I want to see it! I am looking for illustrated projects in all age categories (yes, even the occasional adult title).
Wish list: YA graphic novels; MG graphic novels; graphic memoirs; graphic nonfiction; illustrated chapter books; gift books with illustrations. You can review the above sections for even more information about my interests in specific categories.
If you are an illustrator or author/illustrator, please provide a link to your portfolio when sending a query letter. You can take a look at this Pinterest board or the work of my illustrator clients for an idea of my art preferences.
Some of my favourite comics and graphic novels:
Amulet / Anya’s Ghost / Archie / Chilling Adventures of Sabrina / The Encyclopedia of Early Earth / Jane, the Fox & Me / Lumberjanes / Phoebe and Her Unicorn / Saga / Spinning / The Tea Dragon Society / This One Summer / Through the Woods / The Witch Boy / Witchbody
I am looking for nonfiction projects for readers of all ages. I expect any nonfiction book proposal to offer a new perspective on an entertaining topic. I particularly enjoy nonfiction books in the following categories: pop culture, science, design, and lifestyle.
Some specific nonfiction wish list topics include: the history of a pop culture topic; lifestyle for millennials; vegan cooking; unusual DIY; the intersection of feminism and (pop) culture; witchcraft; nonfiction for kids and teens; smart essay collections; illustrated gift books.
If you're a millennial journalist hoping to turn your expertise on a topic into a book, please get in touch!
Some of my favourite nonfiction books:
The Curated Closet / The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy / Girl Squads / Literary Witches / One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter / The Science of Orphan Black / This Will Be My Undoing / What We See in the Stars / Witches of America / Wonder Women
I am interested in a variety of YA genres: contemporary, magical realism, horror, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy, just to name a few. I am always looking for diverse characters. I enjoy literary prose and a strong, unique voice.
My YA wish list includes: a contemporary focused on female best friends; a macabre fairy tale retelling; a contemporary romance featuring a gay or lesbian couple; psychological horror; an illustrated graphic novel; a new take on vampires (more Buffy than Twilight); a girl in a rock band; an eerie mystery; lighthearted stories by POC and LGBTQ+ writers; a book that combines luscious fantasy with horror; contemporary YA that reads like super fun fanfiction.
If you could list any of these TV shows as comp titles for your YA manuscript, then I want to see it: Dawson’s Creek, Fringe, Gossip Girl, Glee, The Affair, Riverdale, Pushing Daisies, or Scream Queens. I would very much so like to find the next Blair Waldorf or Veronica Lodge... so send me your sassy, messed up, dark-haired beauty queens!
Some of my favourite YA books:
Beasts Made of Night / Cinder / Children of Blood and Bone / Definitions of Indefinable Things / Emergency Contact / Empress of a Thousand Skies / Fangirl / Girls Made of Snow and Glass / The Graces / Kill the Boy Band / Looking for Alaska / Monday’s Not Coming / Simon Vs.. / Since You’ve Been Gone / Stargirl / The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender / They Both Die at the End / We Are Okay / When Dimple Met Rishi / When the Truth Unravels / The Wicker King
Middle Grade & Chapter Books
I am currently looking for all genres of middle grade (yes, really!).
My MG wish list includes: a luscious fantasy; chilling horror (Goosebumps for today's generation); a modern-day Sweet Valley Twins series (featuring best friends); a protagonist with immigrant parents; an animal story; a super feminine adventure story; an illustrated graphic novel; anything with an environmental theme (I really love Wall-E).
I am very interested in reading middle grade stories based on myths and traditions from various cultures.
I am open to a variety of chapter book topics, but I do prefer those projects to have strong series potential.
Some of my favourite MG books:
The Boundless / The Doldrums / Doll Bones / The First Rule of Punk / Furthermore / The Girl Who Drank the Moon / Goodbye Stranger / Goosebumps / Pax / The School for Good and Evil / Silverwing / Snow & Rose / Sweet Valley Twins / The Thing About Jellyfish / The Year of Shadows
I am mostly looking for illustrated picture books by author/illustrators. The one exception is if you have a text-only manuscript based on one of my wish list items—if so, please feel free to send a query letter.
Topics on my picture book wish list include: the Wheel of the Year; cultural traditions/history; tales of mythology and lore; nature-based nonfiction; ghosts.
A few of my favourite picture books:
The Little People, Big Dreams Series / I Want My Hat Back / Islandborn / Leo: A Ghost Story / Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein / Not Quite Narwhal / Out of the Ice / Petra / Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox / Spork / This is Sadie / Virginia Wolf