I am a literary agent at P.S. Literary Agency. Below is an overview of categories I represent as well as my current wish list items. 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 welcome and encourage submissions from underrepresented writers, whether or not your story is considered #ownvoices.
If you’d like to send me a query for potential representation, please take a look at P.S. Literary Agency’s submission guidelines and send your query letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am looking for non-fiction 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; tarot; lifestyle for millennials; vegan cooking; unusual DIY; and the intersection of feminism and pop culture.
If you're a millennial journalist hoping to turn your expertise on a topic into a book, please get in touch!
I am interested in a variety of YA genres: contemporary, magical realism, horror, mystery, light science fiction, and light fantasy. I am always looking for diverse characters. I enjoy literary prose and a strong, unique voice. I am currently looking for fun YA projects rather than issue-driven stories.
My YA wish list includes: magical realism; contemporary focused on a platonic friendship; an extremely dark fairy tale retelling (along the lines of the stories in The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, except for younger readers); contemporary romance featuring a m/m or f/f couple; something like Night Film by Marisha Pessl for younger readers; fringe science in a contemporary setting; and psychological horror (please note that this does not mean paranormal).
Some random things I’d love to read about in YA include: Wicca, fandom, girl bands/boy bands, break-ups, and musicals.
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 am currently looking for all genres of middle grade (yes, really!).
My MG wish list includes: horror (ex: Doll Bones or Goosebumps); a modern-day Sweet Valley Twins series (featuring best friends instead of sisters); historical stories told with a magical twist; an inventive fantasy with excellent worldbuilding; and anything with an environmental theme (I really love Wall-E).
If your book will make me laugh and/or cry like a Pixar film, then I want to read it. I would also love to add a new graphic novel or two to my middle grade list (preferably illustrated), plus read a manuscript that incorporates astrology/the zodiac in some way
Also, I am very interested in reading middle grade stories based on myths and traditions from various cultures.
I am currently looking for picture books that are high concept, written in prose (no rhyming text, please), and not didactic.
I also represent illustrated picture books, or even just professional illustrators. If you are an illustrator or author/illustrator, please provide a link to your portfolio when sending a query letter.
Topics on my picture book wish list include: biography; other nonfiction topics; geek culture; and unusual animal protagonists. I gravitate towards quiet, lyrical prose (ex: Kyo Maclear).