Erika Turner

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

My Manuscript Wish List

I'm interested in character-driven narratives with lush, literary detail. I'm also looking for projects that have a unique approach to black, indigenous, and precolonial history, and those that thoughtfully explore religion and spiritually. I would absolutely love, in MG or YA, a character-centric, carefully crafted mystery with smart insights on people, justice, and the circumstances of crime.

Magical realism, fantasy, and sci-fi are all my jam, as well as the occasional fluffy romance.

I'm particularly interested in projects by marginalized creators, and stories that center marginalized voices, especially related to queer women and femmes.

I also love dog and animal books, and would love stories that still feature BIPOC or queer kids who interact with the world of pets & creatures.

I'm not a good fit for thrillers or issues books.

middle grade

I'm looking for:

  • heartfelt contemporaries that deal with family, identity, and mental health
  • quirky adventure narratives
  • gorgeous world-building paired with deeply moving stories of perseverance, such as in Erin Entrada Kelly's Lalani of the Distant Sea or Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away

young adult

I love:

  • stories that play with time, history, and science
  • queer friendship stories
  • dark historical romance, mystery, or fantasy
  • a moody romantic comedy with a questionably likable femme protagonist
  • characters who fight to be kind even in the darkness
  • complicated family relationships
  • weird ambitions

Fun facts about me:

I'm obsessed with interior design, houses, neighborhoods, and dogs.

Submission Guidelines

Not accepting unsolicited submissions.

Vital Info

Fiction: Action/Adventure, Children's, Commercial, Family Saga, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Historical, LGBTQ, Literary, Middle Grade, Mystery, New Adult, Picture Books, Poetry, Religious, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Non-Fiction: LGBTQ, Pop Culture

Favorite sub-genres:
I'd like the next...
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • Shiloh by Phillis Reynolds Naylor
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

My favorites include...

TV Shows

  • All Rise
  • Doctor Who
  • Person of Interest
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Brooklyn 99
  • Elementary


  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust
  • Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
  • Ash by Malinda Lo
  • What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler


  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Little & Lion by Brandi Carlile
  • Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
  • This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow
  • The Girl on the Milk Carton series by Caroline B. Cooney
  • The Gospel According to Larry by Janet Tashijian


  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

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