Alyssa Eisner Henkin

Birch Path Literary

My Manuscript Wish List®

Alyssa Eisner Henkin founded Birch Path Literary, a full-service boutique literary agency in 2021. She began her publishing career in children’s editorial at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. She later joined Trident Media Group as a literary agent and was named Executive Vice President. She is proud to represent a stable of bestselling and multi-award authors including Ruth Behar, Julie Berry, Jen Bryant, Lisa Greenwald and R.J. Palacio, whose #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder was turned into a major motion picture and sparked a movement to #choosekind.

Alyssa is passionate about heartfelt storytelling and innovative ideas that fill holes and/ or break new ground in the market. While kidlit will always comprise the bulk of her list, she is open to representing select projects for grownups.

Right now, Alyssa is on the hunt for the following:

  • Character-driven YA romcoms that are heavy on the comedy and feature endearing and underrepresented voices in the vein of Never Have I Ever.
  • Early graphic chapter books —a Dog Man format with a Madeline flair—would be a dream.
  • Inventive nonfiction for board book through young adult created by changemakers and experts in their fields.
  • Upmarket fiction – both historical and contemporary. Books about book lovers and book clubs are especially intriguing.
  • Not A Fit: category romance, science fiction or high fantasy, horror, suspense or inspirational.

Fun facts about me:

Alyssa loves listening to audio books on long walks, museums, travel, seasonal pastimes, and spending time with her family, including her winsome wheaten terrier, Winnie.

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