Elana Roth Parker
Laura Dail Literary Agency, Inc.
My Manuscript Wish List
The big picture: I focus entirely on children’s and young adult books. To that end, I’m looking for commercial-leaning middle-grade and young adult novels. I’m also open to graphic novels and non-fiction projects for these age groups.
GENERAL: My tastes run more commercial than literary, so I'm mainly looking for high-concept or commercial-leaning novels. That means good plots and good twists. I like to say my tastes lie at the intersection of timeless and fresh. (For examples, I represent Kiera Cass, Rachel Griffin, Alexa Donne, Gina Chen, and Anna Bright. All write things I would describe as delicious and fun and escapist.
I’m not picky about genre (sci-fi, fantasy, magical realism, contemporary, historical, all good) so long as there's a strong plot (make me keep turning pages, please) told by a strong voice. I want books that I can come back to over and over again. I read to escape, not to get punched in the face, so take me far away with an irresistible voice, but don't make me suffer along the way.
Fiction keywords: imagination, escapism, other-worldiness, nerdy inspiration, high emotional stakes, diverse, plot-driven, heartfelt.
MIDDLE GRADE: I tend to like the funny, mad-cap adventure type of middle-grade story. I love stories about kids who find out their worlds have a magic twist they didn't know about. I love friendship stories. I love family stories. I'm here for a juicy series.
YA: I'm always here for romantic tropes (enemies to lovers, love triangles, fake dating, etc.), big sweeping feelings, really well-drawn worlds, and a great twist. A sense of humor (or at least, wit) is a plus. Stories that know how to adapt the well-established literary traditions in a new way.
**DO NOT SEND ME: Christmas stories, talking animal books, or anything gory/nightmare-inducing.
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