Jennifer March Soloway

Jennifer March Soloway

Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.

My Manuscript Wish List

JENNIFER MARCH SOLOWAY represents authors and illustrators of picture book, middle grade, and young adult stories, and is actively building her list. Although she specializes in children’s literature, she also represents adult fiction, both literary and commercial, particularly crime, suspense and horror projects.

For picture books, she is drawn to a wide range of stories from silly to sweet, but she always appreciates a strong dose of humor and some kind of surprise at the end. When it comes to middle grade, she likes all kinds of genres, including adventures, mysteries, spooky-but-not-too-scary ghost stories, humor, realistic contemporary and fantasy.

Young adult is Jennifer’s sweet spot. She is a suspense junkie. She adores action-packed thrillers, full of unexpected twists. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! She’s a sucker for conspiracy plots where anyone might be a double agent, even the kid next door. She is a huge fan of psychological horror that blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens, especially those focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. In such stories, she is particularly drawn to a close, confiding first-person narrative. But regardless of genre, she is actively seeking fresh new voices and perspectives underrepresented in literature.

That’s her wish list, but the truth is an author might have something she has never considered before, and it might be absolutely perfect for her. She is open to any good story that is well written with a strong, authentic voice. Surprise her!

Prior to joining ABLA, Jennifer worked in marketing and public relations in a variety of industries, including financial services, health care, and toys. She has an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, and was a fellow at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto in 2012. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, their two sons, and an English bulldog.

Jennifer regularly presents at writing conferences all over the country, including the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Northern Colorado Writers Conference, and regional SCBWI conferences.

For her latest conference schedule, craft tips and more, follow Jennifer on Twitter at @marchsoloway.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

To query me, please send me a query letter and, depending on the project you are submitting, please include:

    • Picture Book Writers: full manuscript text pasted below your query letter
    • Illustrators: 2-3 illustration samples (in jpeg format), and link to online portfolio
    • Illustrators with dummy: full dummy (in pdf format) that includes 1-2 color samples, and link to online portfolio 
    • Fiction Writers (chapter books, MG, YA): first 10 pages pasted below your query letter
    • Non-fiction Writers: proposal and sample chapter pasted below query
    • Graphic novels: 2-3 sample page spreads in jpg or pdf format, summary/synopsis pasted below query, link to website/online portfolio
  • Please be sure to enclose a contact phone number as well as your email address.
  • You are free to submit to agents at other agencies at the same time, but it is a professional courtesy to let us know that yours is a multiple submission. If you receive an offer of representation from another agent, please let us know immediately so we can respond accordingly.
If we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will contact you at the email address you provided. If you have not heard from us within six to eight weeks, please assume that the material submitted is not right for our agency at this time.
​I am grateful for the opportunity to consider your work. I read every query carefully, and I wish I could respond to everyone personally. Unfortunately, as we state in our submissions guidelines, because of the high volume of material that we receive, we are no longer able to respond personally to every submission. If your work is rejected, please do not resubmit the same work to another agent at our agency. However, you may submit a new work to another agent, or to the same agent. And, if the work is significantly revised, you may resubmit it after 6 months. 

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Crime, Graphic Novel, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, Picture Books, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Fantasy Grounded in Reality, Fiction and Nonfiction Picture Books, Gothic Horror, Literary Middle Grade, Middle Grade Adventure, Middle Grade Humor, Middle Grade Mystery, Psychological Horror, Psychological Thrillers, Suspense
I’d like the next…

A YA version of The Hand That Feeds You, by A.J. Rich. (I have a thing for bad boyfriends.)


My favorites include…

I have so many favorites, it’s difficult to choose, and I know I’m forgetting something I love, but here are a few…

Picture BooksGrace For President, by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Big Plans, by Bob Shea, illustrated by Lane Smith; Also An Octopus, by Maggie Takuda-Hall, illustrated by Benji Davies; Caring For Your Lion, by Tammi Sauer, illustrated by Troy Cummings; There’s A Giraffe In My Soup, by Ross Burach; Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson; Creepy Carrots, by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown.

Middle Grade: Echo, by Pam Muñoz Ryan; The Jumbies, by Tracey Baptiste; El Deafo, by Cece Bell; Doll Bones, by Holly Black;  The Terrible Two, by Mac Barnett and Jory John; The House of Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer; Keeper of the Lost Cities, by Shannon Messenger; A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle; The House With A Clock In Its Walls, by John Bellairs.

Young Adult: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie; Peas and Carrots, by Tanita S. Davis; Scythe, by Neal Shusterman; The Smaller Evil, by Stephanie Kuehn; When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon; Madapple, by Christina Meldrum; We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart; The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater; The Cure for Dreaming, by Cat Winters; The Marbury Lens, by Andrew Smith

Adult: The Devil All the Time, by Donald Ray Pollock; Out, by Natsuo Kirino; Over the Shoulder, by Leonard Chang; Night Film, by Marisha Pessl; The Secret Place, by Tana French; Motherless Brooklyn, by Jonathan Lethem; Don’t Breathe A Word, by Jennifer McMahon; A Sinless Season, by Damon Galgut; Cruddy, by Lynda Barry



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