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I am a kidlit agent, which means I specialize in picture books, middle grade, and young adult. I am especially a lover of middle grade. My tastes range pretty widely. I love fantasy of all kinds, although it needs to be grounded and the world building cannot sacrifice the character development. Some of my favorite genres include fantasy, contemporary romances, the paranormal, spooky (not horror, please no horror), feel good camp stories, really well developed science fiction (although I have been hesitant with it), graphic novels, supernatural, and so much more. 

I love to be surprised by a novel, so even if you wonder if your book will fit with my tastes, just know I'm still developing just what I like. So I'm open to a good surprise.

I will be closed to queries during the months of October and November. I plan to reopen in December. 

Currently Seeking

 

In picture books (currently pausing adding picture book authors until beginning of the year):

  • Whimsical and fun adventure stories that allow for the setting and the world around the characters to play just as important of a role.

  • Nonfiction that highlights the hidden histories of heroes we should know about.

  • Progressive stories about childhood strength, trauma, and identity.

  • Something spooky, maybe a little dark humor, and child appropriate fantasy.

  • Stories that highlight kids 0-8 with disabilities.

In middle grade fiction:

  • Historical fiction that turns typical histories on their head and write about "hidden" stories with plenty of humor and whimsy.

  • Adventure stories with a lot of movement. 

  • Something spooky, without horror, and a lot of fun twists. This includes stories where the paranormal and the supernatural are not the traditional villains and can be the protagonists or the everyday character.

  • Camp stories or settings that place several characters in one environment to explore their arcs in.

  • Paranormal and fantasy stories in which the strange is "normal." Think The Addams Family. I want a supernatural or paranormal Gilmore Girls town. 

  • Genre fiction with MCs with disabilities, but their disability is NOT a twist, a fixation for someone abled, or in any way a "someone needs to learn to love someone else with. a disability" story.

  • Contemporary stories by BIPOC that explore culture and life, without focusing on trauma as a single identifier.

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-like stories about friendship.

  • Stories that explore culture through neighborhood love stories, but with some edge and sass. I want a Bob's Burger's family and neighborhood with strange community members.

  • Fantasies with found families, high concept hooks, and shenanigans.

In YA fiction:

  • Warm romances that capture the magic of teenage summer nights, road trips, and summer camps, but they cannot feel too familiar. I need a new hook that doesn't entail a friend gone missing or reuniting with a lost rockstar father.

  • Fantasy or paranormal boarding school novels about finding a sense of belonging without the traditional family structure guidance.

  • Found families. Give me them all.

  • Contemporary romances and contemporary stories that delve into how digital media affects social activism for young people.

  • LGBTQIA+ stories that don't use identity as a plot twist. I'm especially interested in adventure, fantasy, or spy stories.

  • Parks and Rec and New Girl-like humor in teens.

  • Historical fiction with ballroom scenes with tense almost touch dances.

In adult fiction:

  • Fantasy stories that flip traditional tropes.

  • Historical fiction centered outside of modern and contemporary eras. I like ancient worlds, Renaissance times, and unique story arcs that don't have to do with wars with modern technology.

  • Chick-lit made for reading on the beach to escape hot summer days.

Songs I wish I could bottle up in book form:

  • "I Found You" by Andy Grammer

  • "Rollercoaster" by The Jonas Brothers

  • "Freedom" by Beyonce

  • Literally any banjo solo in any Mumford Sons song

  • "Wait for It" sung by Leslie Odom Jr. in the Hamilton soundtrack

  • "What's Up Danger" by Blackway with Black Caviar

  • "Familia" by Nicki Minja, Anuel AA, and Bantu

  • "Seeing Blind" by Niall Horan and Maren Morris

  • "Higher Love" by Whitney Houston remixed by Kygo

  • "Rivers and Roads" by The Head and the Heart

  • "7 Years" by Lukas Graham

  • "Alright" by Kendrick Lamar

  • "Leave (Get Out)" by JoJo

 

 

What I am not a good fit for:

  • Memoir

  • Horror across all ages. I like spooky, but not horror

  • Adult thriller or mystery

  • I am currently moving away from adult literary fiction

  • Historical fiction in the WWI or WWII eras (honestly, not a huge American history fan).

  • War stories

  • I am not currently taking science fiction unless in middle grade

  • YA mysteries that are too similar to Pretty Little Liars. I'm really not interested in stories in which best friends or schoolmates turn up dead.

  • Stories with too much heavy focus on trauma like sexual assault, domestic abuse, or suicide as a primary storyline.

  • Books where the dog or cat dies.