Sheila Fernley

Fiction: Picture Books, Fractured Fairy Tales, Folktale Retellings, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Commercial Nonfiction: Picture Book Biographies, Narrative Nonfiction Favorite sub-genres: Heartfelt, Humorous, Contemporary, Diversity, Cozy Mystery, Soft Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

My Current MSWL

Across the board, I am currently focused on finding stories with strong diverse and multi-cultural voices. I am drawn to picture books filled with humor, whimsy, heartfelt, make-me-giggle storytelling, and fun, SEL concepts. In Middle-Grade fiction, YA fiction, graphic novels, I’m eagerly seeking strong, distinct voices, multi-dimensional characters, compelling stories of friendships, coming-of-age stories, emotional … Read more


Esty Loveing-Downes holds a BFA in creative writing from Ringling College of Art + Design and an MFA in fiction from Queens University of Charlotte. Aside from serving as a daily editor for the Southern Review of Books, she was first mentored by the teams at Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc. and Tobias Literary … Read more