Erzsi Deak

Hen&ink Literary Studio

My Manuscript Wish List®

Erzsi Deak is the founder of Hen&ink Literary Studio, a boutique literary agency. She represents board books through YA in all genres. She seeks character-driven, voicey stories shared with humor and heart in all categories. Twists are always appreciated. She is open for submissions on “Open Coop Days” or by referral and invitation. Her clients include award-winning and debut authors and illustrators alike: J.M. Lee, Ann Jacobus, Tiffany Rose, Dezh Azaad, Andrea Zuill, Diana Murray, Laura Gehl, Nelly Buchet, Nan Cao, Whitney Stewart, and more… Erzsi is NOT looking for: earnest writing, issue books, high fantasy in any category, nor adult nonfiction, adult general fiction or mystery/thriller/suspense, memoirs, poetry, religious/spiritual books, screenplays, or short stories. Hen&ink is active on Instagram @henandinkliterary

Fun facts about me:

I like to laugh and feel the feels but don’t like to close the book melancholy. I’m a huge fan of snappy dialogue (with heart) à la Derry Girls. I like a good murder mystery with smart, richly drawn, and tricky characters and weaving plots like Knives Out. I’ve been known to re-read Kate DiCamillo’s books, particularly Raymie Nightingale.  My barky-baby was named Bingley, so, yes, Jane Austen. I lugged (and read) the 1.47 pound hardback copy of The Thornbirds on a bike trip through southern China. My drooling cat was named Garp, but the only other Irving novel I read was Hotel New Hamphshire. (I might have packed this on the China trip too…) I was Junior Prom Queen (not sure if that’s a title that demands initial caps, but…), editor of my high school newspaper and editor of the Thursday Review, the weekly entertainment section at my university newspaper. I admit to swooning over superb tension-building in romance. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve watched BRINGING UP BABY, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY. I love amazing food experiences (v. plain descriptions) and food-as-character in novels à la Louise Penny in her Inspector Gamache series (murder never made a reader so hungry for Quebecois food as Penny’s descriptions of pain doré and maple syrup back bacon…).

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to


  • Please send only one submission
  • Traditionally formatted: 12 pt double-spaced type.
  • More than one submission, or anything sent outside of the 24-hour Open Coop Day and/or outside of YA and MG novels, will be deleted unread.
  • Submissions must be received between noon eastern time Nov. 3rd and ends noon eastern time Nov. 4th, 2022

Send your pitch + first ten pages via QueryManager.

What we’re looking for

We’re longing for entertainment… YA ROMANCE (Think Sarah J. Maas, Ali Hazelwood, Emily Henry, Mara Rutherford, Susan Dennard, Abigail Own, Ashley Poston…)

  • RomComs
  • Romantasies
  • Romantic Fantasies
  • Crossover
  • YA Mysteries

MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION MGs of all types (and starring any and all identifying characters) full of heart & humor & characters we fall in love with. We’d love to see grounded MG fantasy. ‍


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