T.S. Ferguson

T.S. Ferguson

Harlequin TEEN

My Manuscript Wish List

In a broader sense, I am most often drawn to character-driven, emotional books across genre that shine a light on emotional truths in the face of adversity. My imprint focuses on commercial fiction for teen girls. Diverse characters and #OwnVoices are very important to me as well.

On a more specific level, I am looking for the following:

-contemporary/realistic
-issue books (I am looking for both commercial and literary books in this area)
-epistolary novels
-fantasy (high/epic fantasy is a plus)
-historical fiction
-magical realism
-fairytale retellings
-soft or contemporary science fiction (think Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not, rather than Ender’s Game)
-mysteries/thrillers (especially psychological)
-horror
-action-adventure (kickass girl characters please!)
-narrative non-fiction (more specifically, memoirs with a unique and teen-specific hook)

 

Submission Guidelines

Harlequin TEEN is currently accepting agented submissions only. Agents, please submit partial (with synopsis) or complete manuscripts via email.

Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Young Adult
Non-Fiction: LGBTQ, Memoir

Favorite sub-genres: Action-Adventure, Contemporary YA, Contemporary Young Adult, Diversity, Fairytale Retellings, Feminism, High Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Issue Books, Literary YA, Magical Realism, Multicultural, Narrative Nonfiction, Psychological Thrillers, Southern Gothic, horror
I’d like the next…

 

…book you can’t put down until you finish

…bestselling and/or award-winning author from a marginalized/under-represented group (POC, LGBT, disabled, etc.)

…book that dares to shake things up

…book written successfully in a unique format

…Printz winner (an editor can dream!)


My favorites include…

Books:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Classic Stephen King (anything that came out before Desperation & The Regulators)
Anything by Christopher Rice
The Awesome by Eva Darrows
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Comics:

Saga
Rat Queens
The Wicked + The Divine
Locke & Key
Monstress

TV:

Avatar: The Last Airbender
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Veronica Mars
How I Met Your Mother
Orphan Black
The Walking Dead
RuPaul’s Drag Race (sorry not sorry)

Movies: Anything geeky

 

 

My Upcoming Events: