Alyssa Miele

HarperCollins Publishers

My Manuscript Wish List

My taste steers me more frequently toward contemporary realistic fiction in YA and MG. Anything under that (very expansive) umbrella, I'm game for. From commercial to literary, queer to straight, and everything in between, I'm looking for manuscripts that are chock-full of strong, flawed, and loveable characters that stay with you long after you've lived their story with them.

More specifically, manuscripts that:

  • feature LGBTQI characters
  • feature diverse characters
  • feature characters that are neuro-diverse
  • are written by #ownvoices authors
  • deal with complex family dynamics
  • explore toxic relationships (romantic, platonic, familial)
  • showcase strong, uplifting friendships
  • take me through the worst of high school/grade school, but bring me out on the other side of it

I can get into darker, more emotionally gripping fare, but also enjoy stories that are on the lighter, quirkier side.

Also: I love music. Like, a lot. I would love a submission that somehow incorporates a character's musical playlist/taste throughout the narrative or as some sort of narrative device/structure. Like High Fidelity for YA.

Other words that dance around my head when I'm thinking about what I want: voice-driven, coming-of-age, feminism, unreliable narrators, fresh narrative structure, secrets, sex-positive, atmospheric, love


Fun facts about me:

I can pogo upwards to 500 times in a row without stopping & can eat you under the table with Lucky Charms.

Submission Guidelines

Agented submissions only

Vital Info

Fiction: Children's, Family Saga, Humor, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Romance, Thriller, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Diversity, LGBTQ Romance, LGBTQIAP, Magical Realism, YA Contemporary Romance, commerical, contemporary, family saga
I'd like the next...


Now & Then

Virgin Suicides


Jellicoe Road

Breakfast Club

Girl, Interrupted for YA

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Say Anything (pls gimme a Lloyd Dobler)

Dead Poets Society

American Beauty (but with much more focus on the teens)

My favorites include...

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, She's Come Undone, Your Voice in My Head, On the Jellicoe Road, Virgin Suicides, Ramona the Brave, Clementine, P.S. Longer Letter Later, The Glass Castle, Out of My Mind, Tweak, Speak, Ask the Passengers, Franny & Zooey, This One Summer, Wonder Boys, Grit, Sharp Objects, The Fever, The Impossible Knife of Memory, Honor Girl, My Sister's Keeper, Cut Both Ways, All American Boys, Saint Anything, All the Bright Places,

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