Thao Le

Thao Le

Sandra Dijkstra & Associates

My Manuscript Wish List

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Thao Le is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency since 2011. She also handles the agency’s daily financial operations and select contracts.

Thao is looking for: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, and select Historical/Fantasy Romance.

In YA and Middle Grade, she’s currently seeking contemporary stories that are witty, heartfelt, and authentic. Especially stories about family and friendships from the POV of diverse protagonists. She’s a fan of young characters who are passionate about the arts, sports, STEM, activism, and geeky fandoms. She adores stories with a touch of magic and whimsy, and is a fan of mythology and fairytales.

In the Adult SFF realm, she’s a fan of character driven low and contemporary fantasy, near future science fiction, and romantic space operas. She is particularly excited about stories with fresh twists to common genre tropes, such as what Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway does with portal fantasy. Some of her favorite authors are: Diane Wynne Jones, Neil Gaiman, Robin McKinley, Naomi Novik, and Juliet Marillier.

Her favorite romantic tropes are: hate-to-love/enemies-to-lovers, slow burn, forbidden/doomed romance, dating/marriage of convenience, grouchy curmudgeon and bubbly optimistic, mistaken identities, and she is a sucker for beta second male leads who steal the show (and hopefully the heroine’s heart!).

In general, she loves beautiful literary writing with a commercial hook and tight plotting. She is actively seeking underrepresented voices (including, but not limited to, all ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental and physical health, and socioeconomic status) to her client list.

Thao’s recent sales include: NYT bestselling author Roshani Chokshi’s new YA trilogy The Gilded Wolves (Wednesday/St. Martin’s), NYT bestselling author Sandhya Menon’s From Twinkle, With Love (Simon Pulse), K.A. Reynolds’s middle grade debut The Land of Yesterday (Harper Children’s), Elle Katharine White’s sequel Dragonshadow (Harper Voyager).

Fun facts about me:

I’m a big fan of board games and escape rooms, so I’m usually drawn to stories that are a little puzzle-y and wraps up logically.

I grew up in a multi-generational household and am dying for a YA or middle grade depicting this kind of family dynamic. I’m especially close to my grandparents and would love to see more of the grandparent/grandchild relationship explored in an authentic way.

I am a foodie and am often captivated by food themed or food related stories, such as Chocolat or The Hundred Foot Journey (YA version).

While I enjoy GRRM and Tolkien in my leisure, I’m not the best agent for adult epic fantasies. I’m also not the best fit for any military or hard science fiction.

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Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Fantasy, Historical, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary YA, Diversity, Fantasy Romance, High Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Literary Middle Grade, Low Fantasy, Magical Realism, Middle Grade, Multicultural, contemporary middle grade, historical romance
I’d like the next…

My favorites include…

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Want by Cindy Pon

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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