Maria Vicente

Maria Vicente

P.S. Literary Agency

My Manuscript Wish List

Hello! You’ve taken the time to find my profile here on Manuscript Wish List, so let me tell you want I’m looking for: stories with unique concepts, gorgeous writing, and diverse characters—especially in the young adult and middle grade categories. I also love nonfiction projects that look at fascinating subjects from new angles.

My specific wish list items are listed below by category.

 

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Young Adult

I am looking for a variety of YA genres: contemporary, horror, mystery, light science fiction, light fantasy, and magical realism. My YA wish list includes: a reality-based light fantasy or science fiction; a contemporary focused on female best friends; a macabre fairy tale retelling; a contemporary romance featuring a m/m or f/f couple; a psychological horror; The Big Sleep for teenagers; an illustrated graphic novel; a new take on vampires (more Buffy than Twilight); a girl in a rock band; a story that takes place in one day.

Some of my favourite YA books: The Accident Season, Cinder, Definitions of Indefinable Things, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, The Graces, Kill the Boy Band, Looking for Alaska, Since You’ve Been Gone, Stargirl, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Through the Woods, This One Summer, When Dimple Met Rishi, and The Wicker King.

 

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Middle Grade

I am looking for all genres of middle grade (yes, really!).  My MG wish list includes: a luscious fantasy; chilling horror (something as unrealistic and terrifying as the legend of Bloody Mary, for example); female characters with passionate interests; a protagonist with immigrant parents; an animal story; a super feminine adventure story; a modern-day Sweet Valley Twins series (featuring best friends instead of sisters would be great); an inventive fantasy adventure; an illustrated graphic novel; a story with an environmental theme (I really love Wall-E).

Some of my favourite MG books: The Boundless, Doll Bones, Furthermore, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Goodbye Stranger, Monstrous, Pax, The School for Good and Evil, The Thing About Jellyfish, and The Year of Shadows.

 

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Picture Books

I am looking for illustrated picture books by author/illustrators. I am not a fan of rhyming text. Topics on my picture book wish list: unique biographies; the Wheel of the Year; cultural traditions/history; tales of mythology and lore; nature-based nonfiction; ghosts.

A few of my favourite picture books: Leo: A Ghost Story, This is Sadie, and Virginia Wolf.

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Non-Fiction

I am looking for non-fiction projects for both children and adult readers.  I want to see non-fiction proposals for the following general categories: pop culture, science, design, and lifestyle. I expect any non-fiction book proposal to offer a new perspective on an entertaining topic. Specific non-fiction wish list topics include: the history of a pop culture topic; tarot; lifestyle for millennials; vegan cooking; unusual DIY; the intersection of feminism and (pop) culture; smart essay collections; illustrated non-fiction.

Some of my favourite nonfiction books: The Curated Closet, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy, Literary Witches, One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, The Science of Orphan Black, Witches of America, and Wonder Women.


Fun facts about me:

A list of things I adore and would like to see more of in submissions: witchcraft; boy bands; crows/ravens; pop culture; childhood themes; literary prose; geeky topics; unusual structures/formats; nature; magical realism; female friendship; LGBTQ characters; WOC characters; feminism; Wes Anderson-inspired stories; campy aesthetics (a la Ryan Murphy shows like Glee and Scream Queens).

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to query@psliterary.com

Please include the title of your project in the subject line and address the email to me (Maria Vicente) to ensure I read your submission. Do not send any attachments with your query letter (seriously—your email will end up in spam); you are not required to submit sample chapters at this time. Finally, do not query multiple agents at P.S. Literary Agency simultaneously.


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: Children's, Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Cookbooks, Crafts/DIY, History, Humor, Journalism, LGBTQ, Pop Culture, Psychology, Science

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Diversity, Lifestyle, Literary Middle Grade, Magical Realism, Pop Culture
I’d like the next…

Blair Waldorf or Veronica Lodge


My favorites include…

Wicked by Gregory Maguire
x The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
x Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
x Archie / Josie and the Pussycats Sabrina the Teenage Witch

x Teen Dramas: Dawson’s Creek, Glee, Riverdale, Gossip Girl, The OC, etc.

x Characters: Blaine (Glee), Joey (Dawson’s Creek), Olivia (Fringe), Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), & Luna (Harry Potter).

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