Jaida Temperly

New Leaf Literary & Media

My Manuscript Wish List®

Jaida’s primary focus is Adult Fiction, with a special affinity for literary fiction, magical realism, historical fiction, upmarket fiction, horror, and speculative. Jaida also loves stories that shed light on marginalized experiences and question the “status-quo”, as well as titles that include #OwnVoices themes, international settings, political commentary, conspiracy theories, and alternate histories. Some of her all-time favorite Adult Fiction titles include: THE VEGETARIAN by Han Kang, THE SELL OUT by Paul Beatty, THE DINNER by Herman Koch, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL by Susanna Clarke, and A THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon.

Jaida is also interested select prescriptive nonfiction with a commercial edge, such as YOU ARE A BADASS by Jen Sincero and THE POWER OF HABIT by Charles Duhigg. She also enjoys narrative nonfiction titles that explore the darker corners of the human experience, such as STIFF by Mary Roach, and SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES by Caitlin Doughty.

Prior to joining New Leaf Literary, Jaida studied Biology at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, and briefly attended medical school, before moving to NYC and interning at Writers House. She loves art history, traveling, logic puzzles, secret societies, antiques, and numerous other topics that come in handy for Trivia Night and crossword puzzles.

Fun facts about me:

  • If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to speak and understand all languages.
  • I have a major case of wanderlust and am filling up my passport accordingly.
  • I’m obsessed with art history, religious history, and conspiracy theories.

Submissions should be emailed to query@newleafliterary.com

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