Lauren E. MacLeod

Lauren E. MacLeod

The Strothman Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

I represent young adult and middle grade fiction and nonfiction, as well the occasional adult narrative nonfiction project.

The Strothman Agency has always been committed to advocating for books that matter and I look for books that reflect that mission.

I am particularly searching for #ownvoices and inclusive, diverse narratives as well as strong female characters or feminist themes, and QUILTBAG representation. (#ownvoices queries that use the hashtag in the subject line of their email will be prioritized.)

Fiction can shape the way people view the world and make us more empathetic. To that end, I am searching for books with themes that speak to the current political environment. I am especially interested in books about immigration, income inequality, racism, abortion, authoritarian governments, climate change, and civil rights.

When I go through my slushpile, I’m mostly looking for uniqueness. I want to see tropes turned on their heads, twists on familiar plots or character archetypes, or a playful take on the usual genre conventions.

I value voice slightly more than plot (plot is important too, of course, but plot can be fixed), and love seeing interesting character arcs unfold.

I’m open to all YA and MG sub genres. I love the fabulous world building in fantasy, historical fiction and scifi, the chills and twist and turns of thrillers, horror and mysteries, and watching dynamic characters interact in romance, friendship, and family stories.

I decide to offer on a project when it makes me feel something. Make my pulse pound, make me laugh, or cry, or get me emotionally invested in a character and I’m in.

Fun facts about me:

Our dog is named after the man who helped officiate our Las Vegas wedding ceremony: Elvis.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to


The Strothman Agency only accepts electronic submissions. Physical query letters will be recycled unopened. We accept queries to this address

Please include the following items to ensure a successful submission:

  • A query letter outlining your qualifications and experience.
  • A synopsis of your work.
  • The genre and word count of your manuscript.
  • For fiction, two to ten pages of your manuscript, include in the body of your email.

Do not send attachments. All attachments will be deleted unread. All emails received will be responded to with an auto-reply. If we have not replied to your query within six weeks, we do not feel that it is right for us.

The Strothman Agency does not charge a reading fee, and every submission is read and considered. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please allow four to six weeks for a response.

Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Fiction: Middle Grade, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Biography, History, Journalism, LGBTQ, Memoir, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Diversity, Feminism, Funny MG, LGBTQ+, Literary YA & MG, Narrative Nonfiction, YA SF/F, YA Thrillers
I’d like the next…

UnREAL! I love the mix of social commentary, interesting characters, romance, and completely soapy, bananas plotting. I love stories that let me have my cake and eat it too.

My favorites include…

TV: Broad City, The Crown, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,  UnREAL, Veep, Mad Men, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Supernatural, House of Cards, Jessica Jones, Game of Thrones, Firefly, Dr. Who, Downton Abbey, Black Mirror, London Spy, BoJack Horseman

A woefully incompletely list of books I’ve loved enough to demand other people I love read them, in no particular order: ON THE JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta, FINGERSMITH by Sarah Waters, THE SECRET HISTORY by Donna Tartt, MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL by John Berendt, THE DINNER by Herman Koch, GOING CLEAR by Lawrence Wright, THE RAVEN CYCLE by Maggie Stiefvater, NIGH FILM by Marisha Pessl, PEOPLE WHO EAT DARKNESS by Richard Lloyd Parry, THE LOST CITY OF Z by David Grann, WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead, The Flavia de Luce novels by Alan Bradley, THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater

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