Caitlyn Averett

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/Jimmy Patterson

My Manuscript Wish List

I'm on the lookout for stories with unforgettable character and voice, and am also interested in hooky concepts, character-driven stories, commercial writing, and unique story structure/timelines or stories that play around with epistolary formats. I am most interested in YA, MG, and graphic novels right now, but am open to picture books if the right one comes along.

My focus is acquiring diverse voices from a range backgrounds, so please send me LGBTQIA+, POC, Latinx, or neurodiverse stories. I am also drawn to stories with strong friendships at the core, especially friendships gone wrong, as they can be just as emotionally volatile and interesting to read about as romantic relationships. I'm also a fan of morally gray characters, psychological twists, nonlinear formats, and quirky concepts that make me think or question some part of the world--whether that be the universe itself or human nature. But above all else, I want characters who feel real, and stories with deep emotional undercurrents that speak to situations, feelings, and thoughts of everyday people, even if the story is set beyond our world.

More specifically, I'm looking for:

YA: magical realism/low fantasy, grounded sci-fi (not looking for traveling the galaxy stories), thrillers, contemporary, gritty/edgy realism, LGBTQIA+, and diverse voices.

MG: magical realism, fantasy, sci-fi (so long as it’s got a great hook and equally great characters), girls who stand up for what they believe, boys who aren’t afraid to show emotion, anything fun/quirky, LGBTQIA+, and diverse voices.

Graphic novels (mostly MG, but YA if it fits other areas of my wishlist): fantasy, sci-fi (epic space travel okay!), LGBTQIA+, contemporary, and hooky concept.

Picture books: strong concept and compelling characters.

Above all, I'm looking for stories that grab me from the first line (both with the concept and voice), that won't let me stop reading at the end of a chapter, and that stick with me even after I've reached the last page.

 

I'm not the right person for high fantasy YA, space travel sci-fi (unless it's a graphic novel), plots that revolve entirely around high school drama, or stories about a chosen one.

Submission Guidelines

I only accept agented submissions.

Vital Info

Editor
Fiction: Children's, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres: Commercial YA, Contemporary YA, Contemporary Young Adult, Diversity, Fantasy Grounded in Reality, Humor, Issue-Driven, LGBT YA, Magical Realism, Magical Realism YA, Middle Grade Adventure, Middle Grade Humor, Middle Grade Mystery, Middle grade magical realism, Multicultural, Psychological Thrillers, Speculative Middle Grade, Urban Fantasy, YA Thrillers, YA/MG graphic novel, light Sci-Fi
I'd like the next...

VICIOUS by V.E. Schwab as a YA or MG. Give me unlikable characters you can't help but root for! I want relatable antagonists or antiheroes, and blurred lines between "good" and "bad."

ARTEMIS FOWL--not necessarily the fairies part so much as the evil kid genius and the quirky cast of characters aspect.

HALF MAGIC, the way the magic works (or doesn't!), the siblings, the quirky concept... just all of it.


My favorites include...

YA books:

  • RADIO SILENCE by Alice Oseman
  • FELIX EVER AFTER by Kacen Callender
  • EVERY DAY by David Levithan
  • SADIE by Courtney Summers
  • ANGER IS A GIFT by Mark Oshiro
  • THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
  • ARC OF A SCYTHE series by Neal Schusterman
  • THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera
  • WE ARE THE ANTS by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • DREAD NATION by Justina Ireland
  • WHERE I END AND YOU BEGIN by Preston Norton
  • I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST by Mason Deaver
  • DEPOSING NATHAN by Zack Smedley
  • ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

MG books:

  • KIKI KALLERA BREAKS A KINGDOM by Sangu Mandanna
  • ARTEMIS FOWL by Eoin Colfer
  • ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL: THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE by James Patterson and Chris Tebbets
  • JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER by Bruce Coville
  • HALF MAGIC by Edward Eager

TV shows:

  • The Queen's Gambit
  • Schitt's Creek
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Good Omens
  • Ozark
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Please Like Me
  • Black Sails
  • The Good Place
  • Revenge

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