Michelle Witte

Michelle Witte

Mansion Street Literary Management

My Manuscript Wish List

Michelle Witte is a literary agent with Mansion Street Literary Management specializing in children’s fiction and nonfiction. As an agent, her tastes vary widely, and she represents authors across the spectrum of kids books, from illustrated board and picture books to middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Michelle is always on the lookout for fascinating stories that are well told, especially those with a distinct and distinctive voice. Her own published work includes Happy Little Accidents: The Wit and Wisdom of Bob Ross and The Craptastic Guide to Pseudo-Swearing. She lives in Utah.


Fun facts about me:

Random facts about me, because who doesn’t love those:

I became a bookworm at the ripe age of four and haven’t stopped reading since. In fact, I read more than 900 books in first grade and who knows how many thousands since then.

I’m fluent in Spanish and French, can read and understand Italian, and am gradually learning Korean.

I also enjoy making jewelry and other accessories, knitting, and trying out new ways of being creative. You can see some of the stuff I make at my Etsy store: My Darling Jewelry.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to querymichelle@mansionstreet.com

To query Michelle, send an email with the subject line:

QUERY: [YA/MG/PB] [genre] [BOOK TITLE]*

to

querymichelle @ mansionstreet.com

 

For chapter books, middle grade, or young adult novels, paste the query letter and the first 10 pages of the manuscript in the body of the email. No attachments.

For picture books, include the query letter and the full text of the manuscript in the body of the email. I’m willing to consider up to three picture book manuscripts, but mention in the query if you’re querying multiple books. No attachments.

For illustrated kids books, include the query letter and full text of the manuscript in the body of the email, but you may attach a dummy book or sample illustrations.

For children’s nonfiction, please include either a book proposal or a brief (2–3 pages) overview detailing what your book is, why you’re the person to write it, and a sample chapter in the body of the email. If your project contains photos or images pertinent to the book, you may attach a full proposal.

I represent only children’s fiction & nonfiction, so do not send new adult or adult fiction, memoir, or general nonfiction.

*Example: QUERY: YA fantasy TWILIGHT OF THE POTTERS

NOTE: My query inbox is experiencing technical issues (it thinks most of you are spam, sorry), so if the querymichelle @ mansionstreet.com address doesn’t work, use querymichelle @ gmail.com instead.


Guidelines & Details

Vital Info

Agent
Fiction: Children's, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary YA, Diversity, Gothic Horror, Historical Fantasy, Illustrated, Literary Middle Grade, Literary YA, MG mystery, Magical Realism, YA fantasy/light sci-fi, narrative non-fiction YA/MG
I’d like the next…

Pushing Daisies
Roald Dahl
Edward Gorey
Lemony Snicket
Goonies

 


My favorites include…

A Curious Tale of the In-Between, Lauren DeStefano
Garden Spells, Sarah Addison Allen
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
The Goose Girl, Shannon Hale
Crown Duel, Sherwood Smith
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein
I Capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
Seraphina, Rachel Hartman
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Cathrynne Valente
Russell the Sheep, Rob Scotton
Matilda, Roald Dahl

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