Current #MSWL

I represent fiction, non-fiction and illustration for children and am currently looking for:

  • picture book fiction and non-fiction (especially author-illustrated, but also open to text only)
  • middle grade fiction – including contemporary, magical realism or historical fiction – and non-fiction
  • early reader and middle grade author-illustrator graphic novels
  • chapter book series by author-illustrators
  • board books with series potential by author-illustrators
  • children’s illustrators

From previous #MSWL tweets, I’m still looking for:

  • Hitchcock-inspired pbs and mg
  • stories of women in space
  • a novel about Julie D’Aubigny, aka La Maupin – the bisexual fencing, opera singing and dueling badass (if someone could figure out how to make this work in mg!)
  • a middle grade set amidst the struggle for the passage of the ERA – whether in the 1920’s or 1970’s
  • deliciously dark picture books
  • a middle grade mystery series featuring a spunky female protagonist
  • more baseball, please! (I would love a middle grade about Negro league baseball and/or the AAGPBL – either historical fiction or non-fiction.)
  • secular holiday stories (that don’t involve Santa Claus nor focus on material gift-giving)
  • middle grade non-fiction about the concept of patient zero, and how that’s traced
  • middle grade non-fiction about the importance of the polar ice caps for the trade market. What’s going in Antartica and why?
  • fiction and non-fiction for middle graders navigating climate change

And I’ll always be looking for:

  • inclusive stories for children – would love to see more submissions from neurodivergent, GSRM, disabled and/or people (particularly women) of color. Intersectional stories always welcome!
  • picture books and middle grade where the child has a non-traditional family structure (preferably where that isn’t the main plot point)
  • picture books that are clever, witty and/or hilarious read-alouds!
  • contemporary middle grade stories of friendship or family – potentially with a touch of magic
  • middle grade non-fiction that doesn’t flinch or whitewash history and/or the subject
  • middle grade graphic novels by author-illustrators
  • non-fiction picture books and middle grade with a unique structure or clever hook

Some things I’m not a good fit for:

  • leprechauns
  • potty training books, or stories starring poop and/or boogers
  • angels
  • horses
  • stockholm syndrome love stories
  • YA romance with a huge age gap (e.g. a 400 year old vampire and a teenager – I can’t get past the difference in life experience. It creeps me out.)
  • stories about Santa Claus
  • picture books about household appliances
  • memoirs from adults about their teenage years
  • books for the educational market

You can also find more about my list and what I’m looking for by browsing my client books, client list and announced deals.

Last updated July 16, 2021.

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