Curtis Brown, Ltd.
My Manuscript Wish List®
I am an Associate Agent at Curtis Brown Ltd. I am interested in representing children’s books, picture books through YA, focusing on middle-grade fiction/non-fiction with the goal of amplifying underrepresented voices and experiences. I particularly love stories with friendship ties, complicated family dynamics, and grief or loss.
I’m looking for stories that are so well written, I automatically envision the illustrations. Exploring deep emotions like in Remembering Ethan, is important to me. But I do love and enjoy anything funny such as Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, and I’m a sucker for dreamy lyrical prose.
I am in love with middle grade and am very eager to build my list. I gravitate towards voice and the ability to capture the complexity of emotions of that age. I am in love with King and the Dragonflies! So, if your work is similar to that, I’d love to see it. I’m always interested in characters with unbeatable courage, anything filled with heart as in Front Desk or stories that make your heart clench like The Thing About Jellyfish. Most importantly, give me little black girls saving the world!
With YA, I’m looking for stories that attach themselves to you and don’t let go. Books that amplify LGBTQ voices while exploring what it means to fall in love for the first time like Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, immigration stories that open your eyes as in The Book of Unknown Americans, and standout voices like You Should See Me in A Crown.
My taste is always subject to change and sometimes I really don’t know what I would love until I see it. So, if it’s a children’s book and you think it’s a good fit for me, I’d love to take a look!
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