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 underrepresented writers, whether or not your story is considered #ownvoices. And remember, I will still consider manuscripts in the following 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.
I am looking for nonfiction projects for readers of all ages (both the children and adult markets). I want to see nonfiction proposals in the following categories: pop culture, science, design, and lifestyle. I expect any nonfiction book proposal to offer a new perspective on an entertaining topic.
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; 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, and Wonder Women.
I am interested in a variety of YA genres: contemporary, magical realism, horror, mystery, light science fiction, and light 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 light fantasy or science fiction; a contemporary focused on female best friends; a macabre fairy tale retelling; a contemporary romance featuring a m/m or f/f couple; psychological horror; an illustrated graphic novel; a new take on vampires (more Buffy than Twilight); a girl in a rock band; a story that takes place in one day.
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 YA "mean" girls!
Some of my favourite YA books:
The Accident Season, 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, 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, and 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 (Goosebumpsfor today's generation); a modern-day Sweet Valley Twins series (featuring best friends instead of sisters); female characters with passionate interests; 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, Furthermore, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Goodbye Stranger, Goosebumps, Narwal and Jelly, Pax, The School for Good and Evil, Silverwing, Sweet Valley Twins, The Thing About Jellyfish, and The Year of Shadows.
In general, I am only 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: unique biographies; the Wheel of the Year; cultural traditions/history; tales of mythology and lore; nature-based nonfiction; outer space; ghosts.
A few of my favourite picture books:
I Want My Hat Back, Leo: A Ghost Story, Not Quite Narwhal, Out of the Ice, Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, Spork, This is Sadie, and Virginia Wolf.
I am looking for illustrated graphic novel projects for all age categories (even the occasional adult title).
I am also looking for illustrated picture books and middle grade projects by author/illustrators. and nonfiction, gift-type books with illustrations are some of my favourite projects to work on. You can review the above sections for more information about my interests in these 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/graphic novels:
Amulet, Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, Lumberjanes, Saga, The Tea Dragon Society, This One Summer, Through the Woods, and The Witch Boy.
A FEW notes...
Some random things I would love to see more of in submissions: witchcraft; boy bands; crows/ravens; pop culture; unusual structures/formats; nature; female friendship; LGBTQ characters; WOC characters; Wes Anderson-inspired stories; campy aesthetics (a la Ryan Murphy shows like Glee and Scream Queens).
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: overview/synopsis + script sample (or finished pages, if illustrated)