Amy Fitzgerald

Amy Fitzgerald

Lerner Publishing Group

My Manuscript Wish List

I’m a trade editor at Carolrhoda Books / Carolrhoda Lab, the trade imprint of Lerner Publishing Group. I acquire and edit middle grade and young adult fiction. I love stories with girls/women/female-identifying-people who don’t fall apart the minute something complicated happens to them. (I also hate the phrase “strong female lead” because I’m perverse and that’s reductive, dagnabbit.) I love stories about witty kids. I love stories about friends who actually like and respect each other. Someday, somehow, I will find a YA romance about two people who actually like and respect each other while also respecting themselves–and who do something with their time other than like each other. But in the meantime I’ll settle for page-turning yarns about kids solving mysteries, going on missions, being themselves in a world that doesn’t make that easy, and tossing off brilliant one-liners.

Fun facts about me:

One of my childhood idols was Carmen Sandiego. Part of me still wants to be like her when I grow up–except naturally I would harness my powers and knowledge for good.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

I accept all queries and manuscripts from agents via email to; I’m unable to accept submissions from unagented authors except during open calls, which are periodically announced on our blog.

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Literary YA/MG, Middle Grade Adventure, Multicultural, Psychological Thrillers, Suspense, contemporary MG
I’d like the next…

A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, The Wicked and the Just, A Tale Dark and Grimm, Shadowshaper

My favorites include…


Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Code Name Verity

Shadow Spinner (childhood fave)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

30 Rock

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