Samantha Wekstein

Samantha Wekstein

Writers House LLC

My Manuscript Wish List

Samantha graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English. Before becoming a Junior Agent at Writers House, she was the assistant to CEO, Amy Berkower and then to founder, Al Zuckerman. She also briefly worked as an assistant at The Agency Group.

Her passion in publishing is YA fiction. She loves creative and epic fantasies in the vein of Sarah J. Maas or Leigh Bardugo. But she is also drawn to contemporary YA with multi-dimensional female characters like those of Rainbow Rowell, Julie Murphy and Melina Marchetta.

She also loves middle grade of any kind, but especially books that deal with themes of friendship, adventure, or encountering tragedy for the first time. Her favorites are Sharon Creech and Gail Carson Levine.

She does not want to receive text-only picture book submissions.  She will only review author/illustrator combinations.  And please remember that picture books don’t only serve to teach a lesson or entertain, but must tell a story.

For adult fiction, Samantha is looking for historical, romance, women’s fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi.

She doesn’t have a huge interest in nonfiction, but is open to humor, and pop culture.

Please do not send her literary fiction.


Fun facts about me:

I love musical theatre, trivia, dogs and 90’s inspirational sports movies.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to

Please submit a query letter in the body of your email with the first chapter as an attachment to  Please include the word “Query” in the subject line.


As a new addition from The Manuscript Academy, #MSWL’s sister company, we are now offering ten-minute e-meetings with a select group of our agents and editors. You’ll be able to pick from Skype, Hangouts, or a phone call–and, yes, this works internationally. Please see our FAQ, our step-by-step guide to booking your meeting, a list of participating agents and editors–and consider joining our Facebook group, a free, friendly community of writers cheering each other on through this process.

Please note: Meetings are posted once monthly, and then often sell out. If there are meetings available, you’ll see them bolded on the calendar below. Want an email when new meetings go up? Click here.


Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Fantasy, Historical, Humor, Middle Grade, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: Humor, Pop Culture

Favorite sub-genres:
I’d like the next…

Story with a strong voice, a unique world/setting, an ambitious structure (think Slaughterhouse 5), or a creative fairy tale retelling.


My favorites include…
Sarah J. Maas
J.K. Rowling
Susan Dennard
Alex Bracken
Rae Carson
Leigh Bardugo
Melina Marchetta
Sharon Creech
Gail Carson Levine
Shannon Hale
Moira Young
TV Shows:
The 100
Gilmore Girls
Boy Meets World
Stranger Things
Avatar the Last Airbender
The Princess Bride
When Harry Met Sally
A Little Princess
The Sandlot
Back to the Future
American Pie
Star Wars
Singing in the Rain

My Upcoming Events: