Maeve MacLysaght

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Maeve (née Em Lysaght) began her career in publishing bouncing between many roles on either side of the publisher/agent divide, before landing in Foreign and Subsidiary rights with companies like Scholastic and Insight Editions. She joined Ladderbird as an Agent in 2019 and is now based out of Oakland, CA. She holds a B.A in Comparative Literature from Occidental College, a publishing certificate from NYU, an MLitt in Ancient Greek Monsters from The University of St Andrews in Scotland, and a handful of college credits from art schools across the US.

She reads widely across genre and age range and is particularly looking for queer and POC authors taking on genre tropes in commercial fiction.


  • Rich and subtle world building like Wilder Girls or The Mortal Engine series
  • Normalized trans and non-binary existence in world building, like the Tales of the High Court series
  • Shamelessly manga and fanfic inspired stories like Foxhole Court
  • Silk punk, asian attitudes, historical revision that doesn’t think Europe invented the world (Socrates was born after Confucius died! Genghis Khan was a contemporary of King John! Guns were being used in China before the English invented longbows!)
  • Reworking myth and gods and their influence, like The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps
  • Sexy, dark, magical horror, like the Hexslinger series
  • Queer romance with high stakes, like Lord of the White Hell
  • Middle Grade protagonists who cry and fail and try anyways, like How to Train Your Dragon
  • F/F romance, friendship, and intersectional girl gangs against the world
  • Ride-or-die friendships and high stakes
  • Strange grammatical magic, like Diana Wynne Jones
  • Graphic novels inspired by manga and Miyazaki

She is NOT looking for:

  • Non-fiction
  • Superhero graphic novels
  • Genre fiction that perpetrates the racist, colonial, imperialistic, sexist, ableist tropes of the past
  • Non-intersectional representation; no victories at the expense of another group
  • Low stakes, excessive realism

Submission Guidelines

Please send the first three chapters, synopsis (detail! spoilers! I want them), and query letter via my submission link below. Please do not email queries.

Guidelines & Details


Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Horror, LGBTQ, Middle Grade, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, Young Adult

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...


  • The Waking Engine, David Edison
  • Gideon the Ninth, Tamsyn Muir
  • Hexslinger trilogy, Gemma Files
  • Monster of Elendhaven, Jennifer Giesbrecht
  • The Bone Key, Sarah Monette
  • Tightly wound mystery like Ayakashi/Mononoke, but in book form
  • Queer cozies!


  • Lockwood & Co series, Jonathan Stroud
  • Finishing School series, Gail Carriger
  • How to Train Your Dragon, Cressida Cowell
  • Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine


  • Prince and the Dressmaker, Jen Wang
  • 8house: Arclight, Brandon Graham and Marian Churchland
  • Heartstopper, Alice Oseman
  • Two Keys, New Shoe

My favorites include...

I'm really a bunch of pop-culture memes rolled into a trenchcoat.


  • The Untamed
  • Yuri on Ice
  • Big Eden
  • The Thief and the Cobbler
  • Curse of the Golden Flower
  • Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Star Trek: DS9


  • Phoenix Wright
  • Bloodborne
  • Metal Gear Solid 5
  • The Last of Us
  • Dragon Age 2 (I will die on this hill)


  • Moby Dick
  • Iliad, Book 9 specifically
  • Earthian, Yun Kouga
  • Saiyuki, Kazuya Minekura
  • Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

Tl;dr: Anything with a queer-coded villain, preferably a doctor

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