Joanna Volpe

Joanna Volpe

New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc.

My Manuscript Wish List

Joanna grew up watching and appreciating every kind of film imaginable in her parents’ movie theater; today, her taste in books transcends genre as well. She represents all brands of fiction (commercial, literary and genre) and has an affinity for stories that feature nuanced characters and complex relationship dynamics. She is currently on the lookout for stories with rich settings, diverse and unique perspectives, and she has a soft spot for speculative and/or fantastical elements. She’s personally not the kind of reader that needs a romance in her novels, though she does appreciate a good one.

On the non-fiction side her tastes are much more specific. In adult non-fiction she tends toward all things geek-related, foodie books, travel books, general pop-culture, pop-science and narrative non-fiction featuring interesting and powerful women. For children’s books she looks for topics that captivate kids: biographies (particularly untold stories), animal-related stories, all sciences, tech, history, etc. Joanna also enjoys morbid, weird or offbeat topics.

Joanna is specifically looking to build her list of adult and middle-grade titles, though she always appreciates unique and stand-out YA. Across the board, she’s looking for anything that highlights the under-represented, both real and fictional. More diversity, please!

Submission Guidelines

How to Query:

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  • ie – Subject: Query, Joanna Volpe
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Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Family Saga, Fantasy, General, Graphic Novel, Horror, Humor, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Thriller
Non-Fiction: Biography, Journalism, Memoir, Pop Culture, Science, Travel

Favorite sub-genres: Diversity, Geek Culture Nonfiction, Gothic Horror, Historical Fantasy, Illustrated, Magical Realism, Narrative Nonfiction, Pop Psychology, Speculative Fiction, upmarket genre fiction
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