Claire Draper

Claire Draper

InkWell Management

My Manuscript Wish List

I joined InkWell Management in June 2016, after studying Diversity in Children’s Literature at NYU Gallatin. Diversity matters to me in a big way, especially if it’s an own voices work. I am interested in representing young adult fiction, middle grade, picture books, graphic novels, or a feminist memoir/collection of essays. I love a good YA romance, but will absolutely take on any other YA genre.

I’m craving more YA queer romances with much more going on than the romance, like lesbian witches avoiding persecution, or your everyday trans crime-fighting teen, though both characters in the relationship need to be lovable for their own reasons, so please make sure your characters are as lovable as we want them to be. I love twists and turns in my books, so please surprise me. Also, I’m very much looking for YA books that handle mental illness well, especially a character who deals with having bipolar disorder.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Queries should be emailed to:

In the body of your email, please include a query letter and a short writing sample (1-2 chapters), and address the email to me either at the beginning of the e-mail, or put it at my attention in the subject line.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: LGBTQ, Memoir

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I’d like the next…

I’m really looking for the next Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, but set in space, with a race against time, and the battle between good and evil. Or the next An Ember in the Ashes. Or the next Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. I’m definitely looking for more books by loud women.

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